Launch an app via a shortcut from VB?

How do I call a shortcut from within VB?  This would be the equivalent of typing "c:\app.lnk" at the DOS prompt.  The reason I want to do this is to force a 16-bit app to run in a separate memory space, as can be specified in the shortcut properties.  Is there another way to tell an app to run in a separate memory space?  I'm working on NT4.
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ninooCommented:
shell function will help you

example
  shell("notepad.EXE", 1)
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mcriderCommented:
You can run a .lnk file using ShellExecute.  See the microsoft KB article:

HOWTO: Use ShellExecute to Launch Associated File (32-bit)
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q170/9/18.asp 
 
Cheers!

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mcriderCommented:
ninoo,

shell will not launch .lnk file...

Cheers!
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craigdawsonAuthor Commented:
Shell doesn't do it.  ShellExecute API looks promising, though.  Thanks.
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ninooCommented:
i am sorry about it mcrider
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mcriderCommented:
in the URL I gave there is a function defined called StartDoc(DocName As String)

It uses the ShellExecute API.  You can use it to call StartDoc this way:

   StartDoc("C:\windows\mylink.lnk")

and the link will execute...


Cheers!
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