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Windows 7: How do you make Jumplist items survive application upgrades?

19 Feb 2016   #1
SevenOfNine

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
How do you make Jumplist items survive application upgrades?

When I upgrade an application, I often lose all the Jumplist items that I manually set for it (in the taskbar).

I have "Store and display recently opened items in the Start Menu and the taskbar" disabled. These Jumplist items were all manually added to taskbar shortcuts.

This regularly happens with shortcuts that were created by installers.

To (try to) be clever, I manually created shortcuts directly to the executables, and added those manually-created shortcuts to the taskbar. Then I added Jumplist items to each shortcut. Unfortunately, this does not help, and even with this technique, I still lose every Jumplist item I added when I update the application.

The worst offender, by far, is LibreOffice. Every time I have to update LibreOffice, I lose every Jumplist item I had manually added to the taskbar shortcuts for each LibreOffice application. This happens when I use shortcuts created by the LibreOffice installer and with manually created shortcuts. It's a PITA to recreate every Jumplist for every LibreOffice application every time they have an update.

Is there a trick to maintain Jumplist items when an application is upgraded?


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19 Feb 2016   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Have you tried the technique in this tutorial? I am thinking backup. Upgrade the programs. Then restore the jumplists.

Jump Lists - Backup and Restore in Windows 7
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19 Feb 2016   #3
SevenOfNine

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Hmmm... I took a look at those batch files, per your recommendation. They look like a possibility. I might give them a try before/after performing the next update.

Each file for the custom and automatic destinations begins with a sequence of 16 hexadecimal digits. How are these digits computed? That will likely determine if this has a chance of working.

BTW, I'm surprised to see multiple automatic destination files, given that the automatic destinations have never been enabled ("Store and display recently opened items in the Start Menu and the taskbar" has always been disabled). Is it safe to just delete those files, or will that cause issues?

Also, there are many more custom destination files than applications for which I have assigned custom destinations. Any ideas why?
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19 Feb 2016   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I didn't write the tutorial or batch file. But if you have questions it is acceptable practice here to post a followup on the tutorial thread. Brink is very good about replying. He does most of the tutorials although other regular posters do chip in occasionally.
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27 Feb 2016   #5
SevenOfNine

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I didn't write the tutorial or batch file. But if you have questions it is acceptable practice here to post a followup on the tutorial thread. Brink is very good about replying. He does most of the tutorials although other regular posters do chip in occasionally.
Thanks for the tips!
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