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WFWG: Exiting from Shell Does Not Exit Windows for Workgroups

Article ID: 92793

Article Last Modified on 10/13/2003


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q92793


Some shell programs may not behave correctly when you run them with Windows for Workgroups; when you exit these shell programs, you may not exit Windows. In this situation, the correct behavior for a shell program is to exit windows.

An example of a shell program is Windows Program Manager. When you exit Program Manager, you also exit Windows.


In Windows version 3.0, an application determines that it is the shell by checking the number of tasks that are currently running. Because Windows for Workgroups starts some tasks before the shell, this manner of determining shell status does not work. To correctly determine shell status, applications should check the "shell=" line in the [boot] section of SYSTEM.INI file.

For information about how your shell determines shell status, contact the supplier of your shell program.


  1. Create a directory called WINDOWS\WFWINIT.
  2. Copy the following files from your WINDOWS directory to the newly created WINDOWS\WFWGINIT directory:


  3. Delete or rename the original files.
  4. Create program items in your startup group that start each of these files from the WINDOWS\WFWGINT directory.

Additional query words: 3.10 3.11

Keywords: KB92793