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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       #120

    Hello @phrab,

    What happens when you right click on the .bat file, and click/tap on Edit instead?

    Does it open it in Notepad to view?
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  2. phrab's Avatar
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       #121

    Brink said:
    Hello @phrab,

    What happens when you right click on the .bat file, and click/tap on Edit instead?

    Does it open it in Notepad to view?
    Yes. It's not that the bat file doesn't run (& I did use it to create a shortcut to a game, just to test, & it worked). It's that when I click the resultant desktop shortcut, I get the message that Windows can't open this type of file. I expected it to create a new text file in Notepad.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #122

    phrab said:
    Yes. It's not that the bat file doesn't run (& I did use it to create a shortcut to a game, just to test, & it worked). It's that when I click the resultant desktop shortcut, I get the message that Windows can't open this type of file. I expected it to create a new text file in Notepad.
    Are you having issues opening just this shortcut (lnk) file, or all shortcuts?

    I don't think you will be able to open this shortcut with Notepad though.
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  4. phrab's Avatar
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       #123

    Brink said:
    Are you having issues opening just this shortcut (lnk) file, or all shortcuts?

    I don't think you will be able to open this shortcut with Notepad though.
    All my .lnk shorcuts work, as far as I know. It's just the Notepad.exe & Metapad.exe that I've tested, to see if it would work. I expected the desktop shortcut (the one created with the bat file) to act as if I clicked on either of those executables.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       #124

    phrab said:
    All my .lnk shorcuts work, as far as I know. It's just the Notepad.exe & Metapad.exe that I've tested, to see if it would work. I expected the desktop shortcut (the one created with the bat file) to act as if I clicked on either of those executables.
    I have noticed that this may not always work for games due to how they may run.

    You might give option 2 a try to see how it does, and if the elevated shortcut will work or not.
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  6. phrab's Avatar
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       #125

    Brink said:
    I have noticed that this may not always work for games due to how they may run.

    You might give option 2 a try to see how it does, and if the elevated shortcut will work or not.
    Thank you. I actually don't need to use this method to run Notepad or Metapad. I just wanted to test to see if I understood it & could make it work. It actually did work on a game. If I open cmd or powershell & type notepad.exe or C:\Utilities\Metapad metapad.exe, they open new text files. So I figured this bat file would crate a desktop shortcut that would do the same.
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  7. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #126

    phrab said:
    Create_an_elevated_shortcut.bat doesn't work, doesn't create anything, just flashes
    phrab said:
    I tried to test Create_an_elevated_shortcut.bat by choosing it to open Notepad. Also, if Metapad.exe (a notepad alternative) is chosen, there's a message that Windows can't open this type of file, the same message I get when choosing Notepad.

    Should this happen?
    This has not happened at my end.
    Click here to download the latest version of Create_an_elevated_shortcut.bat.
    The shortcut shown in the following screenshot works properly. Metapad.exe will be run successfully. Windows can open it.

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-shortcut-metapad.jpg

    phrab said:
    It actually did work on a game.
    Do you mean the .bat script worked on a game but did not work on Notepad and Metapad?
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #127

    phrab said:
    when I click the resultant desktop shortcut, I get the message that Windows can't open this type of file.
    phrab said:
    If I open cmd or powershell & type notepad.exe or C:\Utilities\Metapad metapad.exe, they open new text files.
    Go to Task Scheduler-->Task Scheduler Library-->Apps. Right-click on the "Metapad" task-->Properties-->Actions. Do you see the following?

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-scheduled-task.jpg

    In my case, the shortcut will actually Start a program "D:\Testing\metapad.exe"
    The command "D:\Testing\metapad.exe" works on Command Prompt.
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  9. phrab's Avatar
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       #128

    Matthew Wai said:
    Go to Task Scheduler-->Task Scheduler Library-->Apps. Right-click on the "Metapad" task-->Properties-->Actions. Do you see the following?

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-scheduled-task.jpg

    In my case, the shortcut will actually Start a program "D:\Testing\metapad.exe"
    The command "D:\Testing\metapad.exe" works on Command Prompt.
    Hi Mathew:

    Thank you for responding. I downloaded your latest Create_an_elevated_shortcut.bat, from the link you provided. To answer your questions:
    1. First, I had been looking in the wrong place in the Task Scheduler for the task. I looked under "Task Scheduler Library" & didn't expand "Apps". I see now that I have created several tasks. See the image below. And, yes, I see a similar task action.
    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-task-scheduler.png
    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-metapad-actions.png



    2. When I click the resultant Metapad shortcut, I get the following message (see screenshot):
    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-cant-open.png

    So it creates a shortcut on my desktop & creates a task in the Task Scheduler, which appears to have the correct action. However, when I click the shortcut, all it does is flash & then I get the screen above. When I press Escape, the screen goes away, but a new text file isn't created.

    This is what I have in my Utilities Folder for your utility:

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-create-folder.png

    3. When I used your .bat file to run a game (Bridge Buff 19), it did work; i.e. there was a flash & then the game opened. I'm just not sure why it doesn't open a new text file for Notepad or Metapad.

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    Matthew Wai said:
    Go to Task Scheduler-->Task Scheduler Library-->Apps. Right-click on the "Metapad" task-->Properties-->Actions. Do you see the following?

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10-scheduled-task.jpg

    In my case, the shortcut will actually Start a program "D:\Testing\metapad.exe"
    The command "D:\Testing\metapad.exe" works on Command Prompt.
    I just found my error & I apologize for wasting everyone's time. I have a program called SendToToys. It has an option to send a file to the clipboard as a name. That's what I used for the path, each time I used your utility. I just noticed that it adds an extra space after the path. That's why I kept getting error messages. When I removed that space, everything worked fine!

    Again, I apologize to you & to @Brink.
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  10. Brink's Avatar
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       #129

    No need to apologize @phrab.

    I'm glad you found the culprit, and posted back to let us know so it may help others with the same issue.
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