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How to Use Program Manager for the Windows Shell

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This article describes how to use Program Manager as the shell in Windows 95/98 and Windows Millennium Edition (Me).

NOTE: Microsoft does not recommend or support using Program Manager as theshell in Windows 95/98 or Windows Me.
To use Program Manager as the shell in Windows, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
  2. Type system.ini in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Locate the line that reads "shell=Explorer.exe," and then place a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line to disable the line.
  4. Add the following line beneath the line you disabled in step 3:

  5. Save and then close the System.ini file.
  6. Shut down and then restart Windows 95/98.
For additional information about using Program Manager as the shell inWindows, please see the following article in the Microsoft KnowledgeBase:
ARTICLE-ID: 116245
TITLE : Program Manager Issues in Windows 95
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Article ID: 142255 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 12:56:17 - Revision: 1.3

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows 95

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