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What controls the Start Menu entry with ClickOne deployment?

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I have an application (VB.NET, .NET 2.0) that I successfully deploy with ClickOnce.
Now I want to deploy a slightly different version. I change the app, I change the publishing location. I go to Publish -> Options and change the Publisher Name and the Product Name and deploy again.

The deployment works fine, but my first Start menu entry has been removed and replaced by the new one. I want two Start menu entries; one for each of the deployments.

What is connecting these two deployment so that I only have one Start menu entry?
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I believe it has something to do with the class id of the application--which I believe is stored as the GUID in Assembly Information [don't quote me though :) ].
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If you change the GUID, however, you won't be able to go back, unless you write the original down somewhere.
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Thanks to everyone who gave this question some thought. I used a MIcrosoft support call and found out that:

It's likely the executable name that primarily brings the entries together. This is a hassle to change for the different versions. But.....if you only have two versions that you are trying to maintain, then you can use the LANGUAGE setting. These create different START menu entries. I deploy my QA version under the DEFAULT Language with Product Name = "xxxx (QA)" and then the production version with ENGLISH and Product Name = "xxxx (Prod)" and I have two START menu entries with recognizable names.

That's what I wanted!

Click-once isn't reall designed to handle this, so y
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