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Windows 7: Filehippo

17 Jul 2010   #11
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I don't have an answer for it then. Sorry.


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17 Jul 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try to put the program into the startup programs. Find the program.exe e.g. in Program Files on C and do a "send to" desktop. That creates a shortcut of the program on the desktop. Then press "Start" and type: shell:startup and press enter. That will put the startup folder on your desktop. Drag the shortcut from before into that folder and close the folder. Now the icon should appear all the time in the notification area.
If it appears only in the notification box, click on the little arrow under it and drag the icon onto the taskbar.
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17 Jul 2010   #13
cestode

windows 7
 
 

thanks whs
That sounds a bit complicated for me but I'll try tomorrow morning and post the result
Best
Cestode
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17 Jul 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cestode View Post
thanks whs
That sounds a bit complicated for me but I'll try tomorrow morning and post the result
Best
Cestode
It is actually very simple. All you need to do is to move a shortcut of the program.exe into the startup folder. I have given a bit more verse assuming you might not have done a similar operation before. And dragging the shortcut from the notification box to the taskbar (if required), should be simple too.
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17 Jul 2010   #15
Sympatico

 
 

Personally I'd drop FileHippo, PSI Secunia is far better but even then I wouldn't have it running in the background, as much as it wants to. I'd set it up that it runs once a week as a scheduled task.
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17 Jul 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sympatico View Post
Personally I'd drop FileHippo, PSI Secunia is far better but even then I wouldn't have it running in the background, as much as it wants to. I'd set it up that it runs once a week as a scheduled task.
That is not a bad idea. Just make sure you run Secunia either manually or as a scheduled task as Sympatico suggests. Else it can be somewhat a pain in the neck.
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17 Jul 2010   #17
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Secunia PSI will look for insecure, and end of life programs. But if an older version is not insecure, it won't tell you a new version is available. Fillehippo Update Checker tells you when a new version (or Beta version if you so choose) is available for Apps you have installed. Not quite a comparison. I generally check File Hippo every day since only takes a second, but I have the Update Checker exe, not installed. A Guy
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18 Jul 2010   #18
cestode

windows 7
 
 

I did what you suggested whs and confirmed that the .exe file was in the shell startup folder. However it has not cured the problem. The notification icon only appears after a fresh install of Filehippo but disappears on reboot. Thanks for the alternative software suggestion Sympatico and your comments A Guy.
I think I'll stick with Filehippo and do manual checks.
I really appreciate all your support
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18 Jul 2010   #19
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

OK, didn't want to leave you hanging if you want to go further. I set mine to start with windows. At 1st I got the icon for the hippo and his eyes blinked. But then the notification icon turned to the green one on the left in this pic

Filehippo-update.jpg

Clicking on it did bring up the update page, but no hippo after a few seconds. Is it possible that yours is changing as well? I have no experience with it before, so can't say if this is a change.

Also, when windows has started, with the checker setup per all the advice above (set to start with windows) do you show this process in task manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc)?

Filehippo-task.jpg

There are other update apps that I have tried, I like Filehippo, so I stuck to it, but it only shows updates for programs you have installed that Filehippo also carries. Here are some other update apps:

Free Sortware Update Monitors

A Guy


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18 Jul 2010   #20
cestode

windows 7
 
 

When I re-install Filehippo, A Guy, it behaves exactly as you describe. The hippo's eyes open in the notification area and turns into a green square if updates are available.
However, if I reboot, nothing happens - there is no hippo in the notification area.

I checked Task manager - update checker is not listed! And yet the update checker file is in the start up folder,as described by whs.
I remain confused!
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