1.    13 Jul 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2015
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    win 7/10 dual boot

    Run a Desktop Context item at boot time


    I run Windows 10 Pro.
    I use an application to save and restore my desktop icon layout.
    The source is an .msi file and there is also a .dll file.
    The application puts 3 items onto the desktop context menu.

    1. Save Desktop
    2. Restore Desktop
    3. Custom Save / Restore

    I would like to activate / run the Restore Desktop item at start-up / boot (and ideally on wake-up).
    Is there any way to do this.
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  2.    13 Jul 2016 #2

    Quote Originally Posted by donwb View Post
    I run Windows 10 Pro.
    I use an application to save and restore my desktop icon layout.
    The source is an .msi file and there is also a .dll file.
    The application puts 3 items onto the desktop context menu.

    1. Save Desktop
    2. Restore Desktop
    3. Custom Save / Restore

    I would like to activate / run the Restore Desktop item at start-up / boot (and ideally on wake-up).
    Is there any way to do this.
    You could always add the program that restores the desktop to the task scheduler with the option to start it on login.
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  3.    13 Jul 2016 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 22
    win 7/10 dual boot
    Thread Starter

    I tried adding to Task Manager, but the problem is the program doesn't have an executable (.exe) file once installed.
    The only way it can be run is via the Desktop Context Menu.
    It may have "executable" system files located elsewhere but I can't find them.
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  4.    13 Jul 2016 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 8,190
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)

    Try with code like this (with the .dll part):

    Code:
    RUNDLL32.EXE <dllname>,<entrypoint> <optional arguments>
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  5.    14 Jul 2016 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 22
    win 7/10 dual boot
    Thread Starter

    Hi Andre Ten
    Thanks for your code suggestion.
    However, unfortunately I am not familiar with the coding process or syntax yoursuggestion would require.
    I wouldn't know where to start so would it be possible for you to suggest somecode in the right form and syntax which I could try.
    I know how to start a new action in Task Manager (as Wullail suggested) -would I put this code in the "Actions" tab?
    Would appreciate any help
    Hvala
    donwb

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  6.    14 Jul 2016 #6
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 8,190
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)

    It's hard to tell anything more without knowing which extension you run. And I'm not really that good at this stuff.

    Instead you can install another program for managing desktop icons. DesktopOK is recommended by Majorgeeks and Softpedia.
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  7.    15 Jul 2016 #7
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 22
    win 7/10 dual boot
    Thread Starter

    Hi Andre Ten

    I have tried unsuccessfully in the past to find executable Desktop Restore software.
    So I was very please to have your suggestion of DeskTopOK.
    I've installed it and it works fine, particularly restoring the icon layout from boot which is the main aspect I was trying to achieve.
    Many thanks
    donwb
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  8.    15 Jul 2016 #8
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 8,190
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)

    Great! If everything works out for you, then you can mark this thread as solved.

    Good luck!
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