Windows - HOW-TO make XBMC for Windows boot as a Shell in Full Screen (the easy way)

  Thread Rating:
  • 4 Vote(s) - 5 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Post Reply
zerocool_ie Offline
Senior Member
Posts: 145
Joined: Jun 2012
Reputation: 2
Location: Ireland
Post: #61
(2012-06-24 19:57)wally101 Wrote:  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?

If you want to have full Windows functionality available, this would be the way I'd do it:
- drop a shortcut to XBMC into your startup group
- set the windows taskbar to auto-hide
- set the desktop background to black
- hide your desktop icons

This would make it look like XBMC is the shell, but still give you the "\" option you were looking for

Main Room Helix 14.2 | Bello v3 | ASRock ION 330HT-BD | Win 8.1 x64 | SAMSUNG 55" 3D LED HDTV
Bedroom Helix 14.2 | Bello v3 | DELL Studio 17 | Win 8.1 x64 | PHILLIPS 42" LCD HDTV
Server Helix 14.2 | Confluence | HP Evo D530 | Win 7 x32 | MySQL 5.6.21 as primary DB | Ember Media Manager 1.4 BETA
NAS Synology DS411 | 12TB usable | MariaDB 5.5.39 as backup DB
(This post was last modified: 2012-08-06 14:50 by zerocool_ie.)
find quote
Skank Offline
Posting Freak
Posts: 1,969
Joined: Jul 2012
Reputation: 8
Post: #62
Used this shell way too, worked perfectly, but have to install aeon skin (which isnt available inside xbmc...)
So i have to download it manually but i cant access windows anymore
I get a black screen also
find quote
baijuxavior Offline
Posting Freak
Posts: 1,780
Joined: Jan 2012
Reputation: 42
Location: India
Post: #63
Try my XBMCLauncher.
find quote
Skank Offline
Posting Freak
Posts: 1,969
Joined: Jul 2012
Reputation: 8
Post: #64
(2012-08-20 08:29)baijuxavior Wrote:  Try my XBMCLauncher.

i did, and i even replied in your topic
find quote
SidoEM2 Offline
Junior Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2014
Reputation: 0
Post: #65
I used 1. EventGhost Method found on the wiki page. Everything works fine except the EventGhost windows pops up for about 2 seconds before XBMC launches. Is there a way to hide/minimize the EventGhost window while it is being used as the shell?
find quote
SidoEM2 Offline
Junior Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2014
Reputation: 0
Post: #66
Nvm, it doesn't show up anymore. But now when I use New Task.. in the Task Manager to get back to windows using explorer.exe it only opens the My Computer folder, did I mess something up here
find quote
testmetest Offline
Member
Posts: 86
Joined: Apr 2009
Reputation: 0
Post: #67
I installed SilentLaunch and did the InstantSheller. Windows 8 will boot into the XBMC shell. However, there is a command screen that opens prior to XBMC loading. Any ideas how to hide the command screen? (It's a blank window that is titled SilentLaunch.exe)

Thanks for you help!
find quote
Post Reply