FAQ: Boot directly into your front end
Note: Some front-ends work better than others:
FrodoPlayer - Had no problems
Cetrafuse - Has an option within the program. See Cirion's comment in post #63
Mobile Media Center - untested at the moment
RoadRunner - Works. Test by UK_MP3Car (post #13) (Personally tested with 05-02-06 build as of 24May06)
Neocar Media Center - Works with 0.7 beta 2. Tested by DJ-FrosT (post #12)
(Note: This should be the last configuration in your installation. Get all your hardware and software working before doing this.)
This tutorial will show you how to make Windows boot directly into your front end of choice. You will not have to click on anything. This process can speed things up and save you a little bit of RAM. If you use your front end to hibernate or standby your machine, it should boot back up into the front end. This is primarily for cold boot setups.
Step 1: Click Start > Run > regedit
Step 2: Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon
Step 3: In the right pane, find and double-click Shell
Step 4: Change explorer.exe to the complete path of your front end and hit OK. (Note: In this case for FrodoPlayer: C:\Program Files\Frodoplayer\Frodoplayer.exe. Also, note the quotation marks at the beginning and end up the path. These are used to allow long filenames.)
Technically, that’s all but we’re going to improve it a bit. We’re going to also set up Windows to Auto-Logon and not display any messages during boot-up and shutdown.