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Windows 7: Games Explorer - Edit

Games Explorer - Edit

Edit Games Explorer Easily with Game Explorer Builder
Published by dw96
03 May 2010
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Games Explorer - Edit with Game Explorer Builder

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Note   Note
I am not the developer of this application, all credit for it goes to the original application author. For more information about the license, view "license.txt" in the Beta 2 ZIP file. All rights reserved :)
Step 0:
If you haven't done so yet, please read the HUGE warning above.
Step 1:
Download the Vista Game Explorer Builder Beta 2 and UnZip to a folder of choice (default "Program Files" for 32-bit users and "Program Files (x86)" for 64-bit users).
Step 2:
NOTE: This is done to pervent any unneeded errors to show up.
Right Click the executable (.exe) file, select "Properties" and go to the "Compatibility" tab. From there, tick the checkbox named "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and from the Drop-Down menu select "Windows Vista" (with no service packs). Lastly, tick the "Run As Administrator" checkbox, hit apply, and you're ready to start editing. Screenshot:
Games Explorer - Edit-compatibility.png
Step 3:
Run the app. Start with a Right Click> Add Game > New Resource. Begin by choosing an export location for the GDFResource.dll file for the game.
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In order for this to work you need to have a seperate GDFResource.dll file for every seperate game. (Note: To prevent screw-ups, just place every seperate GDFRecource.dll file in the directory folder of the game (Program Files or Program files x86)

Then you can start filling in game information such as BoxArt, Icon, Description, Developer, Publisher and more. You can even set up minimal and recommended system rating for the game!Once you're done and you've hit OK, you'll be given a new window. In it's first section (Shortcuts) create a new record (with the new button at the upper left) then in "Name" type in "Play" (without the brackets!!!) and in "Shortcut" fill in the full location of the game executable file. (Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\MyGame\game.exe) (See a screenshot below). After hitting OK you will have successfully added the game location.
Step 4 (Optional):
In the "Support Links" section of the "Install Game Resource" window you can add the Developer and Publisher websites as links. Simply add a new record to the second section, then fill in the name, such as "Visit Developer Website" and in URL you will have to fill in the desired URL (needs to be full URL, with "http://" in front of it).
Tip   Tip
You can also use this feature to have a direct link to a game forum of your liking or something else associated with the game. For example as a name you'll add "Game Forum" and then fill the forum URL below! Screenshot:

Games Explorer - Edit-game-resource.png
Step 5:
Once you're done with the linking you can select whether you want this game only for you or for all users (using the checkbox below) and then you can click "Install". If everything went alright, the game should be added to the list of games and when you close the editor it should be available in the Games Explorer too. Enjoy playing!
Tutorial by:
12 May 2010   #1
Oo KaiN oO

Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64bit, English

THANK you !!!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oo KaiN oO View Post
THANK you !!!!
No problem. Just a little note here - if anyone is having problems running the program from a shortcut, I suggest just running from the EXE itself, for some reason the program has random crashes sometimes if ran through a shortcut...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thx dw96, cool app, so much nicer than my tutorial...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rjck View Post
Thx dw96, cool app, so much nicer than my tutorial...
No probs, I guess the only problem here would be that it's a little confusing to work with this thing, but you get used to it. Look how shiny and neat my Games look:
Games Explorer - Edit-games-explorer.png

The advantages of editing Games Explorer by yourself are that you can add High Quality JPEGs as box art, unlike the ones windows puts trying to detect the game and grab info online. Most of my box arts are over 1000x600.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2010   #5

Win7 Ultimate x64
Vista Game Explorer Editor

can someone upload this vista game explorer builder for me?
because the website to download is not available.
please I need this program.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well its workin' now...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2010   #7

windows 7

when I try this it just tells me it has stopped working and W7 is searching for a solution.

I have set everything per instructions.

W7 64
beta 2 dnld
in program files folder
vista - no SP
run EXE
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ruggb View Post
when I try this it just tells me it has stopped working and W7 is searching for a solution.
Hi there ruggb!
I suggest taking ownership of the Game Explorer Builder folder.

You can see a tutorial on this here:
Take Ownership Shortcut
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Sep 2010   #9

windows 7

that doesn't work either. another idea? please!

[Window Title]

[Main Instruction]
GameExplorerManager has stopped working

Windows is checking for a solution to the problem...

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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