Need some help with a custom shortcut

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  1.    06 Sep 2016 #1

    Need some help with a custom shortcut

    Im trying to make a shortcut to open Saitek's Control panel. This panel looks similar to the windows control panel for controllers,
    C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl

    Saitek's version uses its own control panel interface with more options and settings. It is not the profiler software.

    The folder its located in is here
    C:\Program Files\Saitek\SD6\Software

    I used Procmon to find out which file or exe it was using to open. the file is "cpl.dll"

    Pic showing what its using to open and what Im opening.
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    I'm just trying to make a simple shortcut for this control panel so that its easy to open,I need it open anytime I use the joystick to make certain buttons function.

    Thanks for any help
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  2.    06 Sep 2016 #2

    If C:\Program Files\Saitek\SD6\Software
    is the installation folder for this control panel, please post a screenshot of explorer showing that folder.

    How do you normally open it?

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  3.    06 Sep 2016 #3

    dalchina said: View Post
    If C:\Program Files\Saitek\SD6\Software
    is the installation folder for this control panel, please post a screenshot of explorer showing that folder.

    How do you normally open it?

    Ok I normally open that control panel by right clicking " Saitek x52 Flight Controller" in the lower right task bar of windows. By right clicking it opens a pop up window with different selections,
    for ex: Proflie Editor,Control panel(the joysticks control panel and not windows), select different profiles and such.

    Location of the file
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    And what Im actually clicking to open in lower right corner of desktop
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    Sometimes I load up my game and I forget to start this file and well the game isnt very alt+tab friendly so I usually have to close it and restart again,gets kind of annoying.

    Thank you
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  4.    06 Sep 2016 #4

    Hi, I can't see everything in that folder, but I would guess you need to find the relevant exe. A clue might be the icon to the left of Control Panel in your screenshot above.

    You could use Sysinternals Procmon (not process explorer) to log exactly what happens when you click on that to launch it; have that running, note the exact time you click it, then search the log.

    Or you could just try appropriate looking exe's in your folder.
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  5.    06 Sep 2016 #5

    I'll try Sysinternals Procmon.
    I used a program called process explorer and I did what you said before I made the thread and the only change I saw was the cpl.dll added.

    So I was assuming that was launched by the dll file just like the default windows version(joy.cpl) is opened.
    I came across how to open the default windows one similar to the joy.cpl I showed in the first post.

    But I'll try Sysinternals Procmon and see what info I can grab with it,then come back with the info.

    Thank you.

    I did try every exe file int the Saitek folder but none launched what I needed shown in pic above. What Im trying to shortcut to is that small pic to the right in the first pic I posted,it has all the numbered red dots and such on it.
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  6.    06 Sep 2016 #6

    Here is what Ive found,sorry if this isnt all the info,Im unfamiliar with this program.
    The saimfd.exe is for the lcd display thats on the joystick. Only thing that changes is the cpl.dll.

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    And Event properties

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  7.    06 Sep 2016 #7

    This is a better shot of when the process starts.

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  8.    06 Sep 2016 #8

    Hi, think you've applied a filter which excludes how it's launched- you'd be interested in events just before the appearance of that cpl.dll
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  9.    06 Sep 2016 #9

    Im not too sure about the filter.
    When I opened Process Monitor it had a filter list and I unchecked everything that said exclude and left checked anything that said include.

    It still gave the same info as the pics above. So i'm not really sure what I need to do.

    Thank you
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  10.    06 Sep 2016 #10

    It sounds like you should have done the right thing- the default setting of the filter is that you see most activity. You should see all activity related to system processes as well. Everything down the left side is cpl.dll, so somehow the view is prioritised to that. You should see registry related activity...

    Compare mine- I reset the filter:
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