Application Launcher Tool

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File Name: startup.exe
Accompanying Files: Autorun.inf, start.html, cdrom.ico, startup readme.txt

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This is not a new idea or tool. There have been several iterations on this same theme, but I would like to think that this tool is slightly improved from previous versions that I have seen and used in the past. Startup.exe launches any URL, file, link, or application provided as the command line parameter. Simply launch the startup.exe from the app object "run" command (either locally or on a network location) with the appropriate argument to launch the desired item. It is also ideal for use with CD's for autorun sequences, or as a NAL application assistant to launch web links or other applications. If the filetype of the file provided as the argument is unassociated, the default Windows "Open-With" dialog is launched. If no argument is provided, then the startup application launches explorer.exe at the current path of the startup.exe program (or the assigned working directory).

Examples:

startup.exe -launches explorer in app.path or working directory if used in an app object
startup.exe http://www.intel.com -launches the default browser to the designated URL
startup.exe c:\temp\readme.txt -launches the readme.txt file with the default associated program
startup.exe c:\Windows\Logs\test.log -launches the Windows "Open With" dialog if there is no app association to *.log files

Special Arguments:

startup.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} -launches My Computer
startup.exe ::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103} -launches My Documents <of current user>
startup.exe %systemroot% -launches Explorer Window @ system root
startup.exe %userprofile% -launches Explorer Window @ root of <current user> profile directory
startup.exe <path>\<filename.lnk> -launch the shortcut referred to by filename at the path

Note: If the argument <command line parameter> is invalid, nothing happens. Any valid Zen recognized variables may be used. The application is very well behaved.

CD Use:
See the autorun.inf file provided along with the start.html page. Basically, you put your autorun.inf file, the startup.exe application, and the html menu page at the root of your custom CD. This will give it autorun capabilities with possibilities for easy navigation.

Zen Tested Arguments:
http://www.intel.com -default browser to Intel's home page
c:\documents and settings\all users\start menu\lock workstation.lnk -link to lock the workstation
c:\winnt\dahotfix.log -open with default application
%windir%\clock.avi -default avi app ... media player
c:\winnt\media\windows logon sound.wav -same as above
::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} -my computer
::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103} -my documents of current user
%systemroot% -explorer to system root
%userprofile% -explorer to documents and settings\username
startup readme.txt -default text app if the "startup readme" file is in the app path
<no argument> -explorer at current app path
<invalid argument> -app does nothing

The suggested working directory should be set to the application's location. Be sure to assign any necessary rights to network locations so that users can execute the application (or any files listed as arguments).

I think you get the idea and I think this could be a very useful tool. I hope you enjoy it!

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