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Replacing explorer.exe on Windows Thin PC

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New Member
Mar 25, 2016
I'm working in a corporate environment where we are trying to lock down the local computers a bit. These are Windows thin pc systems that are ONLY used to access Vmware virtual machines. I replaced explorer.exe with vmware.exe on a test machine so that windows boots to the VMware client without loading taskbar, desktop, etc etc. It works perfect on a desktop computer that is hard wired to the network. The problem is, some of our clients take their laptops home at night and need to connect to random wireless networks. I included ncpa.cpl in the bootup sequence so that networking options are displayed but alas, it appears that the wireless box that shows available wireless networks is a function of explorer.exe

Does anyone have any ideas to connect to wireless without explorer.exe running? I know I can connect to a specific wireless netword through a command line, but I need users to be able to choose from a list like we are all familiar with.

I appreciate any help and ideas. Thank you!