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- Race41989 - 2011-02-25 05:31

im running or trying to get silent launch running on windows xp. but every time i click the exe for it. it does nothing.
i have the config file in the c directory with the "C:\Program Files\XBMC\XBMC.exe" -fs -p

does nothing . cmd said it cant find the cfg


- Lambada - 2011-02-25 18:50

i tried this:
1. Log in as administrator.
2. Open the start menu, and type in the search box: mmc <ENTER>.
3. Choose File -> Add/Remove Snap-in....
4. Select Group Policy Object Editor and hit Add.
5. In the wizard that pops up, hit Browse..., go to tab Users, select your user account (the one that you set up to log on automatically in step 1) and hit OK.

But, if i work with a remote control the XBMC-Window is not activated. I have to do a click on the window with the mouse.
What can i do that the XBMC ist booting and the active window?


- Finchy - 2011-03-14 20:29

x23piracy Wrote:Hi,

time to say read the much grown wiki page:
http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=HOW-TO_make_XBMC_for_Windows_boot_as_a_Shell_in_Full_Screen

Greetz X23

Sorry, I didn't realise there were any replies to this!

I did look on there but the help for Windows 7 is for the pro, ultimate and enterprise versions, mine is Home Premium.

Still not got it working Sad


- sam9s - 2011-06-06 13:30

Read the whole thread and I realised that most of the information is for XP. Anyway I tried the following for Windows 7 ... and it works perfectly...

Set XBMC as shell for a specific user account

Log in as administrator.
Open the start menu, and type in the search box: mmc <ENTER>.
Choose File -> Add/Remove Snap-in....
Select Group Policy Object Editor and hit Add.
In the wizard that pops up, hit Browse..., go to tab Users, select your user account (the one that you set up to log on automatically in step 1) and hit OK.
Make sure that the checkbox in the wizard is Unchecked, and hit Finish.
Hit OK in the Add/Remove Snap-ins window.
In the User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System folder, open Custom User Interface.
Select Enabled and enter the full path (including XBMC.exe and any switches that you may use) in the Interface file name textbox.
Hit OK and reboot your system. It should now log in and start XBMC automatically without showing the start menu and icons first.

Now the only thing I have to do to find a way to change the windows 7 logo to XBMC and if possible the BIOS screen as well for my P5B Delux Wifi Mobo .....

Any suggestions ...Confused?


- tuxen - 2011-06-10 13:03

Does anyone know, if I shift my shell to xbmc if I will loose my bluetooth.
I know it's in the tray, but is'nt it just for bloothtooth info, and thus has nothing todo with the core functions in bluetooth.
Anybody knows? or tryed it?

And if something is needed loading, maybe someone could enlighten me, Heh..

Regards, Martin


- tuxen - 2011-06-16 18:54

Solved all this by buying a ssd device, now XBMC is loads before the windows 7 welcome sound has finished playing..
Total Boot time till XBMC is up and running 15 secs!


- Hypknox - 2012-03-08 00:30

So I followed the instructions from the wiki - For Windows 7 and optional EventGhost : Using Windows 7 Group Policy Object Editor

I now realize that I need to change something through actual windows but when I shutdown XBMC I'm left with just a black screen and no ability to do anything. I'm assuming this is because explorer isn't loaded.

My question is this - How can I regain access to the computer at this point? I don't see a way that I can access the computer now or even go in and reverse this process if I wanted to.

Edit - It seems to me that this is a bit unnecessary for me as with the OS and XBMC being on an SSD the load times were fine... My only reason for exploring this option was because when I added XBMC to the startup folder it would open fullscreen but there were times when windows would load and xbmc would either be minimized or if it were fullscreen it wouldn't actually recognize XBMC as the main window until I moved the mouse and clicked. This is going to be a problem when I get my remote in because I will then no longer be using keyboard and mouse...

It seems like a simple batch file with a delay placed in the startup folder of Windows would resolve this but I haven't been able to find the correct command for a batch file to achieve this. Could anyone write out what a batchfile should look like that would cause maybe a 5 second delay or so before it attempted to open XBMC? I believe this would resolve the issue of XBMC opening but not actually being the active window. I think it's just opening too fast.


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - e2zippo - 2012-05-01 01:00

Hey guys, just put together my first HTPC and now i'm trying to get XBMC to start up directly at boot but I'm having some trouble getting XBMC to stay in focus.

I tried both

"For Windows 7 and optional EventGhost : Using Windows 7 Group Policy Object Editor"

and the Silenlaunch way, but with both ways i end up with XBMC beeing shown in my left corner, minimized.

I tried adding -fs p switches after xbmc.exe but that didn't do anything.

I then created an advancedsettings.xml file and put

<advancedsettings>
<fullscreen>true</fullscreen
</advancedsettings>

in there but that didn't help either.

Some help needed guys!


RE: HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - wally101 - 2012-06-24 19:57

The guide worked a treat.

The only thing is:
1) I want XBMC to load to fullscreen when the cpu starts (which it does thanks to the guide)
2) I still want to be able to press \ and put XBMC into window mode so I can use my cpu as normal, which when I do now is just a black screen with nothing on it

So I want it it to boot straight into the XBMC shell but also have the explorer shell startup but remain hidden until I shrink XBMC

Is there anything that can do this?


RE: HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - wally101 - 2012-06-24 20:32

Ok I deleted silentlaunch and now when i boot my cpu theres just a black screen......

Pls help. I cant do anything


RE: HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - gatekepa - 2012-07-18 05:37

Wow, no help on this? I hope you were able to get your computer back up and running!

I would guess that you could use instant sheller to make explorer.exe the shell once again?


RE: HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - large - 2012-07-18 06:38

1. On the blank screen, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC and get the task manager up'n running.
2. Under File->Open find the Instantsheller (or what ever solution you used) to change the shell, reverse it here.
3. Boot and you're back in biz...

Cheerio!

Edit: Sorry for very late reply, I didn't get any reply pr mail earlier on this...


RE: HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - gatekepa - 2012-07-18 11:03

Okay, now I'd like some help, if possible. So I followed the wiki's procedure's for EventGhost (on XP). Everything seems to be going fine. Something interesting with the setup, though. There was no "XBMC" plugin, but there was an "XBMC2". I chose that, and it seems to be fine.

Anyway, to the point, I notice that EventGhost stays running. I checked the task manager and it takes up more memory than explorer.exe. I can close it manually, but I'd rather it close automatically after getting XBMC running. Is there a way to make that happen?


RE: HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - gatekepa - 2012-07-20 10:51

(2012-07-18 11:03)gatekepa Wrote:  Okay, now I'd like some help, if possible. So I followed the wiki's procedure's for EventGhost (on XP). Everything seems to be going fine. Something interesting with the setup, though. There was no "XBMC" plugin, but there was an "XBMC2". I chose that, and it seems to be fine.

Anyway, to the point, I notice that EventGhost stays running. I checked the task manager and it takes up more memory than explorer.exe. I can close it manually, but I'd rather it close automatically after getting XBMC running. Is there a way to make that happen?
Decided to go with the Silent Launch method. Seems to work awesome.

Also, if you're like me and using an old system with Windows XP, you might want to add a delay. I noticed I was getting CApplication:: Create() Failed errors when XBMC tried to boot, but it was opening fine after a minute or so. I added -d 30 to the SilentLaunch.cfg (you could do the same in EventGhost), and now it works great!


RE: HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way) - large - 2012-08-03 21:06

(2012-07-20 10:51)gatekepa Wrote:  Decided to go with the Silent Launch method. Seems to work awesome.

Also, if you're like me and using an old system with Windows XP, you might want to add a delay. I noticed I was getting CApplication:: Create() Failed errors when XBMC tried to boot, but it was opening fine after a minute or so. I added -d 30 to the SilentLaunch.cfg (you could do the same in EventGhost), and now it works great!

Great that it worked out for you Smile