Had a recent issue on Win7, could not install the service pack 1 due to this dll which was missing.
I used the sfc /scannow at least 3 times and finally this dll has been restored; Unfortunately all the originals files from the system were also restored.
Having on this machine customized the Welcome message and some others….however I have been able to apply the sp.
Rather to change the default shell of the entire machine, you can also assign to one of the user to run another shell than explorer.
Create key into the registry that belongs to your user; To make sure that you change the right user, logon once with your user credential and open regedit.exe (you might need to change the rights to allow registry access or runas..)
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