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Adding Program To Control Panel

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I need some help adding a program to the contol panel. I've created a Startup Manager program and have added it to the control panel with the following registry entries:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{373419B5-F3F9-4D20-9A45-6D4898CE9E04}]
@="Startup Manager"
"InfoTip"="Manages all programs that startup with a computer."

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{373419B5-F3F9-4D20-9A45-6D4898CE9E04}\DefaultIcon]
@="%programfiles%\\Mantra Software Australia\\StartupManager\\StartupManager.exe,0"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{373419B5-F3F9-4D20-9A45-6D4898CE9E04}\Shell\Open\command]
@="%programfiles%\\Mantra Software Australia\\StartupManager\\StartupManager.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{373419B5-F3F9-4D20-9A45-6D4898CE9E04}]
@="Startup Manager"

It appears, but the problem is when I try and run it from the control panel, I get an "Access is Denied" error.

Does anyone have any information on this or any way to fix it?

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Nevermind. I fixed it.

I placed the StartupManager.exe file in the system32 directory and now it works.

Obviously the "Program Files" folder doesn't have the required permission to run programs via the control panel.

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really? thats kinda weird (ive never tried it)

what if u are in the admin account? (i dunno if u are)

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Yeah. No matter what account you use, you'll get an "Access is denied" error.

system32 is the only folder so far that works properly. Ahwell, I don't mind... I only have one exe file so just placing it in the system32 directory doesn't matter.

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what if u add a *.lnk 2 system32 & link it 2 the program? adding your *.lnk file to control panel?

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Nup... I get a new error now...

(null) is not a valid Win32 application.

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Maybe you can modify this to your purpose.

Examples of a similar sort of add to CPL:

;Show TweakUI at Control Panel
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}]
@="TweakUI XP"
"InfoTip"="Starts the TweakUI program which, allows you to customize advanced options and Settings in Windows to your liking"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\DefaultIcon]
@="%SystemRoot%\\\\System32\\\\tweakui.exe,0"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\Shell\Open\command]
@="tweakui.exe"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:00000030
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}]
@="Tweak UI

;Clipboard (becomes clipbook) Control Panel Icon
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}]
@="Clipboard"
"InfoTip"="Starts the Clipboard"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\DefaultIcon]
@="%SystemRoot%\\\\System32\\\\clipbrd.exe,0"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\Shell\Open\command]
@="clipbrd.exe"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:00000030
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}]
@="Add Clipboard to the Control Panel"

Hoping this helps....

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@prathapml: Take note of my second post... I fixed it... :P

Just meant that I needed to have the program in "system32" directory rather than the "Program Files" directory.

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The only way I've found to add programs to the Control Panel is to use CMD or BAT files with "REG ADD" commands in it. It ensures that the correct path to the program is expanded before it is put in the registry. For example, this is how I add the "Volume Control" applet to the Control Panel:

echo Adding "Volume Control" application to Control Panel....
set CLSID={A27BAB2C-1EF5-4009-B6DA-53F58DEAEAA3}
reg add hkcr\clsid\%CLSID% /v "" /t REG_SZ /d "Volume Control" /f > nul
reg add hkcr\clsid\%CLSID% /v InfoTip /t REG_SZ /d "Allows user to adjust the volume of the sound card" /f > nul
reg add hkcr\clsid\%CLSID%\DefaultIcon /v "" /t REG_SZ /d "\"%systemroot%\system32\sndvol32.exe\"" /f  > nul
reg add hkcr\clsid\%CLSID%\Shell\Open\Command /v "" /t REG_SZ /d "\"%systemroot%\system32\sndvol32.exe\"" /f  > nul
reg add %NameSpace%\%CLSID% /v "" /t REG_SZ /d "Volume Control" /f > nul

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google for a program called CPL maker it will make cpl extensions for any program. I have a registered version for any that want a cpl made...

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google for a program called CPL maker it will make cpl extensions for any program. I have a registered version for any that want a cpl made...

Could you provide a link to the software? I can't find it! :}

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yep, control panel looks in \system32 folder.

I copy the DirectX applet (directx.cpl) there

\$OEM$\$$\System32\directx.cpl

for my unattended CD...

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