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Windows 7: need to make a desktop shortcut to a running program

22 Aug 2015   #11
Total

Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

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Hello : I need to make a desktop shortcut to a running program . Is this possible ? Thanks .
Did you ever get your shortcut made?
I sort of gave up , The program is Virtual weather station , vws.exe and the icon will disappear from either the hidden icon area or on the task bar . But the program continues to run . I know this because it uploads the current conditions to the web ...


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22 Aug 2015   #12
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I am on my phone at the moment - so this will be brief.

Use Windows Explorer to locate the exe (probably in the program files folder).

Right-click on that exe and select Send to from the context menu...
...then select Desktop (create shortcut).
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22 Aug 2015   #13
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Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I am on my phone at the moment - so this will be brief.

Use Windows Explorer to locate the exe (probably in the program files folder).

Right-click on that exe and select Send to from the context menu...
...then select Desktop (create shortcut).
HI : I know how to do that , ( if I clicked the short cut on the desktop or anywhere , a new instant of the program will start , but will not be able to access the sensors ) . The program is running in the background but I can't view it without shutting it down then restarting it . Wanted to my a shortcut to the running program , not to run the program .
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22 Aug 2015   #14
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Sorry, I did not understood your original request.

You can make a batch file that stops the running app and lets you start a new (single) instance of the app. Or, there might be some command line switches that tell the app to not make a new instance and instead: open the currently running app.

What is the app?
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22 Aug 2015   #15
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Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Sorry, I did not understood your original request.

You can make a batch file that stops the running app and lets you start a new (single) instance of the app. Or, there might be some command line switches that tell the app to not make a new instance and instead: open the currently running app.

What is the app?
, The program is Virtual weather station , vws.exe
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22 Aug 2015   #16
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

A quick search for command line options for that app did not turn up any useful ones.

Here is a thread that mentions doing that I suggested:
PROBLEM SOLVED: How to stop VWS from freezing/locking up after continuous use
Kill the running app and restart a fresh instance via batch file.

It is really up to the program itself to be written in such a way that starting a second instance of the app brings up the window from first instance and then the second instance ends. I have several apps that do just that.

I might be able to make the window for the existing instance visible.
Is this the app in question: Virtual Weather Station Download Center
Which version do you have?
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22 Aug 2015   #17
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Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
A quick search for command line options for that app did not turn up any useful ones.

Here is a thread that mentions doing that I suggested:
PROBLEM SOLVED: How to stop VWS from freezing/locking up after continuous use
Kill the running app and restart a fresh instance via batch file.

It is really up to the program itself to be written in such a way that starting a second instance of the app brings up the window from first instance and then the second instance ends. I have several apps that do just that.

I might be able to make the window for the existing instance visible.
Is this the app in question: Virtual Weather Station Download Center
Which version do you have?

Thanks for the help .. The program never freezes up or locks up ever . Yes that is the program , I'm running 15.00 P03 version
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22 Aug 2015   #18
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Could you try having VWS set to start in Startup, located in All Programs from the Start menu. Then set up a short cut from the VWS program itself & pin it to the Task Bar.

This should then start VWS when you start the computer & the Icon on the task bar should be slightly lit up & when ever you click on it it should take you straight to the running weather station.
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22 Aug 2015   #19
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Total View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
A quick search for command line options for that app did not turn up any useful ones.

Here is a thread that mentions doing that I suggested:
PROBLEM SOLVED: How to stop VWS from freezing/locking up after continuous use
Kill the running app and restart a fresh instance via batch file.

It is really up to the program itself to be written in such a way that starting a second instance of the app brings up the window from first instance and then the second instance ends. I have several apps that do just that.

I might be able to make the window for the existing instance visible.
Is this the app in question: Virtual Weather Station Download Center
Which version do you have?

Thanks for the help .. The program never freezes up or locks up ever . Yes that is the program , I'm running 15.00 P03 version
I understand that your install is not freezing - but the batch file mentioned in that thread would crudely solve your problem.

Give Ranger4's excellent idea a try while I play with the app:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Could you try having VWS set to start in Startup, located in All Programs from the Start menu. Then set up a short cut from the VWS program itself & pin it to the Task Bar.

This should then start VWS when you start the computer & the Icon on the task bar should be slightly lit up & when ever you click on it it should take you straight to the running weather station.
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22 Aug 2015   #20
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Bummer. That app hides its windows well. Nothing that I tried would restore the hidden windows (there are two of them) that the app creates when it starts. Here is how I set it to start:

need to make a desktop shortcut to a running program-vws.png


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