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Windows 7: Local Area Connection Status -- able to autostart?


26 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 
Local Area Connection Status -- able to autostart?

There is an object called Local Area Connection Status. It is located in Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center in the section below the title "View your active networks." You launch it by clicking the "link" labeled "Local Area Connection." On Windows XP, this item had an icon directly in the Control Panel (which had less structure than it does now on Windows 7) and I was able to just drag it directly into the Startup folder. On Windows 7, this thing doesn't have an icon. The closest I have come is to drag the Network and Sharing Center icon into the Startup folder. After a fresh reboot the Network and Sharing Center does automatically open, so I click the Local Area Connection link, then I close the Network and Sharing Center. After a resume from hibernate, the Local Area Connection object is not open. So I navigate Start Menu -> All Programs -> Startup & open the Network and Sharing Center (which requires popping up the context menu & selecting Open, because the default action on this object is Expand, which means it actually does nothing when you just click or double-click on the item in the Startup menu), and manually relaunch the Local Area Connection object. I would like the Local Area Connection Status object itself directly in the Startup folder. As an alternative, I'd accept a technique that involves auto-starting something from the Task Scheduler.

In contrast to this, take a look at another similar object. Navigate to Control Panel -> Harware and Sound. In there, you can see a sub-category called Sound. That has an icon. I have dragged that icon into the Startup folder & that object does automatically launch at bootup. So it seems that the absence of an icon beside the Local Area Connection Status item in the Network and Sharing Center is what is preventing me from doing what I want.

Any ideas how to accomplish what I want?

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26 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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27 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 



I don't believe I didn't find that Tutorial. I searched through a few dozen Tutorials before I posted this question. Clearly, my technique is lacking. Thank you for the pointer.

At the step in the Tutorial where it says to right-click & create a Shortcut, instead of that, I just dragged the icon into my Startup folder on the Start Menu. Problem solved.

That Tutorial is not quite 100% intuitive. Well, not the Tutorial itself, but the underlying thing it's describing. Since I have no desire to change the settings on my adapter, I have never clicked that selection to get into that level of the Control Panel. Of course, once I got there, I could see what to do. If I had ever thought to click that, I wouldn't have needed a Tutorial or your helpful advice to do what I want.

Except now I'm seeing something completely unexpected. I no longer want that entry in my Startup folder for opening the Network and Sharing Center. So I navigated to it & hit the Delete key. I get the expected confirmation prompt to which I reply Yes. And then I get a dialog box asking if I want to delete Desktop.Ini. Say what? I'm no expert but I know enough that I don't want to do that. I wish the dialog showed me the path to the Desktop.Ini file it thinks I'm asking to delete. I do know there's multiples of that file in the system & if I knew which one it was prompting me about, I might feel comfortable canning it.

False alarm. I went into Windows Explorer & found at least 3 places where there are Start Menus:

C:\ProgramData\Start Menu
C:\Users\myusername\Start Menu
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

At some level of the tree traversal below each of those, there's a Startup folder. I suspect there are several more. And there's a Desktop.Ini file in every one of those Startup directories. So I held my breath & went ahead & let the system delete the Desktop.Ini file it was asking permission to delete. I must not have found the right directory in my search because all three of the Startup directories below the 3 I list above still have a Desktop.Ini file in them. So it deleted another one from somewhere else & the entry is gone from my Startup folder in the Start Menu. All is rockin' & continues to rock.

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27 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Glad it works ok and you got the other stuff worked out.
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