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Windows 7: How do I find preinstalled program's executable from the Start Menu

30 Mar 2014   #11
StupidUser

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Post an image of the properties dialog box that you see. The file path should be shown after "Target". That field can't be blank or the shortcut wouldn't work. If you're not able to display executables then your system may have group policy rules installed. If that's the case, contact your Administrator.
Images attached. The shortcut works fine. You can see the Target field is grayed out and merely has a description of Reader, rather than the file path.

I am the administrator, in that I am the sole owner of this PC. I already contacted myself, and since I didn't know what to tell me, I posted here.




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30 Mar 2014   #12
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Carwiz I believe this is what they are talking about. Adobe shortcut points to app data folder not program file folder.


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30 Mar 2014   #13
StupidUser

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohavepc View Post
perhaps this will help answer the question. link
So there's a new folder (aka 'directory') called AppData which keeps information about installed programs. I'm not sure how that relates.
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30 Mar 2014   #14
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Where are you located? That MUI (Multilingual User Interface) may have something to do with why the links aren't direct. I'm not familiar with MUI so I'll just watch.
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30 Mar 2014   #15
gregrocker

 

Did you check Control Panel>Programs and Features to see if this Nitro program you don't want opening .pdf's is there so you can Uninstall it?

Have you checked Control Panel>Default Programs>Set Default Program or Associate File Type to see if Adobe REader has all of its defaults, and .pdf only allows Adobe Reader?

This is how defaults are set and maintained, not by doing anything with an .exe unless you've found Support for this issue that specifies doing something with the .exe. Can you help us to help you by saying why you want to access the .exe for a solution?
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30 Mar 2014   #16
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StupidUser View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohavepc View Post
perhaps this will help answer the question. link
So there's a new folder (aka 'directory') called AppData which keeps information about installed programs. I'm not sure how that relates.
To quote "AppData or Application data is a hidden folder in Windows 7. It is to protect user data and settings from any unwanted change or deletion. It contains many important data such as program settings, IE cookies, toolbar settings, IE browsing history, temporary files created by applications, Libraries, send to items, templates and many more."

The shortcuts you and I posted about are pointing to "App Data" folder. I guess it would take someone more familiar with Microsoft whys and why not's to find out answer that question totally.

To quote Ztrucker "One easy way to find it is to open a PDF with Adobe, then start Task Manager, right click on Adobe Reader and select Open file location." will show you faster.

I cannot add to this and since I am not really looking for an answer to Microsoft's idiosyncrasies I am out of this one. Good Luck
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30 Mar 2014   #17
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you check Control Panel>Programs and Features to see if this Nitro program you don't want opening .pdf's is there so you can Uninstall it?

Have you checked Control Panel>Default Programs>Set Default Program or Associate File Type to see if Adobe REader has all of its defaults, and .pdf only allows Adobe Reader?

This is how defaults are set and maintained, not by doing anything with an .exe unless you've found Support for this issue that specifies doing something with the .exe. Can you help us to help you by saying why you want to access the .exe for a solution?
hey Greg the defaults are set correctly but evidently the program she is working in has options for PDF programs that are able to be modified from within said program.

I believe the "original" question of where is the exe has been answered. as well as how to find it. now it is a question of why Microsoft or adobe or whomever is using a "hidden" link file in app data to open adobe reader. I don't know why and truthfully have no desire to find out.

Have a good eve
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30 Mar 2014   #18
gregrocker

 

Never heard of that. Wanted to make sure she checked both places in Default Programs since .pdf file defaults may overrule a program's preferences.

Absent that then Reader .exe is AcroRd32 below: How do I find preinstalled program's executable from the Start Menu-capture.png

The reader may still be listed in Programs and Features similar to Itunes' Bonjour which also runs best when uninstalled.

Does the PC have a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 I have a Lenovo Core i5 laptop which works great without any bloatware. I do use the Power Mgmt battery feature that limits charge to 60% to prolong the battery which I'm not traveling.


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30 Mar 2014   #19
StupidUser

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Where are you located? That MUI (Multilingual User Interface) may have something to do with why the links aren't direct. I'm not familiar with MUI so I'll just watch.
I'm in the US (New Jersey, to be exact). Not sure what MUI you're talking about, but it's probably just so that Reader can display documents in other languages.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you check Control Panel>Programs and Features to see if this Nitro program you don't want opening .pdf's is there so you can Uninstall it?

Have you checked Control Panel>Default Programs>Set Default Program or Associate File Type to see if Adobe REader has all of its defaults, and .pdf only allows Adobe Reader?

This is how defaults are set and maintained, not by doing anything with an .exe unless you've found Support for this issue that specifies doing something with the .exe. Can you help us to help you by saying why you want to access the .exe for a solution?
All of that is set correctly. Nitro is in Programs and will be uninstalled shortly. PDFs are associated with Adobe Reader. But my other program, TXC, sends several commands to Reader. I now have TXC setup correctly, so that's no longer an issue

I am curious, in general, how to find the program that a Start Menu shortcut points to when the shortcut's properties box won't give any information about it. I often have this issue -- not just now. For example, let's say I want to use the "Open with..." dialog box for some unusual file types which I want to associate with Reader (or maybe Excel). Then I have to go and find the executable, and it's often hard to find and the Start Menu shortcuts often hide the target file's location.
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30 Mar 2014   #20
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StupidUser View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Where are you located? That MUI (Multilingual User Interface) may have something to do with why the links aren't direct. I'm not familiar with MUI so I'll just watch.
I'm in the US (New Jersey, to be exact). Not sure what MUI you're talking about, but it's probably just so that Reader can display documents in other languages.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you check Control Panel>Programs and Features to see if this Nitro program you don't want opening .pdf's is there so you can Uninstall it?

Have you checked Control Panel>Default Programs>Set Default Program or Associate File Type to see if Adobe REader has all of its defaults, and .pdf only allows Adobe Reader?

This is how defaults are set and maintained, not by doing anything with an .exe unless you've found Support for this issue that specifies doing something with the .exe. Can you help us to help you by saying why you want to access the .exe for a solution?
All of that is set correctly. Nitro is in Programs and will be uninstalled shortly. PDFs are associated with Adobe Reader. But my other program, TXC, sends several commands to Reader. I now have TXC setup correctly, so that's no longer an issue

I am curious, in general, how to find the program that a Start Menu shortcut points to when the shortcut's properties box won't give any information about it. I often have this issue -- not just now. For example, let's say I want to use the "Open with..." dialog box for some unusual file types which I want to associate with Reader (or maybe Excel). Then I have to go and find the executable, and it's often hard to find and the Start Menu shortcuts often hide the target file's location.
Ztrucker answered that question already "

On my Win 8 X64 system, Adobe Reader is in

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"

Should be the same in Windows 7. If you have 32 bit then I think it would be:

"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"

One easy way to find it is to open a PDF with Adobe, then start Task Manager, right click on Adobe Reader and select Open file location. " should work with most files if you know what program you want to use. open it then open task manager, right click, select open file location.

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