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Windows 7: Tweak will make Your seven easier ;)

15 Oct 2009   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I personally have a liking for the old quicklaunch bar which I use on Windows 7 and remove all pinned icons from the taskbar. Then I dragged the Computer icon from the desktop to the quicklaunch which created a shortcut and now I have a shortcut that opens on Computer without openning a new explorer.exe process.

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15 Oct 2009   #22

 

And, opening new instances only increases the mem footprint without creating a new explorer process.

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15 Oct 2009   #23

 

Furthermore, closing all Explorer windows does not kill the process or release all the memory.

Beautiful.

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15 Oct 2009   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
I personally have a liking for the old quicklaunch bar which I use on Windows 7 and remove all pinned icons from the taskbar. Then I dragged the Computer icon from the desktop to the quicklaunch which created a shortcut and now I have a shortcut that opens on Computer without openning a new explorer.exe process.

I am testing with my own shortcut, it does not open a new process.
It does ramp up the memory used by explorer.exe.
My shortcut functions exactly like the desktop shortcut, Computer.

In my testing the memory is released, just not immediately.
It takes a few minutes. 3-4 minutes to be exact.

To create the quicklaunch, I used an AutoIt script acquired from here
The script needs to be compiled and functions on English systems only, and the quicklaunch it creates can be disabled using a rightclick on the taskbar, browsing to toolbar, and unchecking 'quick launch'. I could have provided you with a compiled exe but that would take all the fun out of it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2009   #25

 

I do see that the memory is released after a few minutes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2009   #26

 

OK.

After further testing, I am hapy to report -

The tweak provided in the long standing SF tutorial works properly. Yes, multiple instances of Explorer.exe occur in Task Manager. Yes, their slightly higher combined memory usage is greater than the sum total of multiple windows using the default link. Yes, the instances stay resident once the window is closed.

BUT, all instances close out of TaskMan after a short duration after the window is closed.

The tweak behaves properly in terms of min/max.

This may be odd behavior, but the tweak meets the usage requirements of the Antman.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2009   #27

Wndows 7 Build 7100
 
 
Nipples are fun but...

i'm afraid of mice :(

WinKey-E will open up Windows Explorer as desired WITHOUT any
'tweaking' at all.

cheers
Catherine
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2009   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Wait a minute. Opening any Windows explorer window, regardless of the tweak or not, will have a second instance of explorer.exe after it is closed, that isn't released until a minute or two has passed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2009   #29

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Wait a minute. Opening any Windows explorer window, regardless of the tweak or not, will have a second instance of explorer.exe after it is closed, that isn't released until a minute or two has passed.
Roger that.

The alarm was multiple instances, many more than two. The tweak causes many. Untweaked causes two.

@catherine - I don't like using my keyboard.

My work is done here. I will take my embarassment with me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2009   #30
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Ah, didn't read the whole thing. The tutorial has both %windir% and %systemroot%, the latter posted by Limneos a few posts down the tutorial. I do not use the tweak, if Antman says the %windir% string works properly, and not the %systemroot%, then perhaps it should be brought to Brinks attention in the tutorial, so the %systemroot% strings can be taken out, or an warning issued about it.
The %windir% is the correct command to use. I have updated Limneos's post to replace %systemroot%.
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