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Of The Ways Or Means I Have Provided In The Body of My Question, How Can A User In Order To Setup To Run Desired Thrid Party Applications/Programs Directly From The Command Bar In Windows Explorer?

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Hello. I have a question to ask you.

What…

(A) applicable program/application(s) allows for…

… and/or…

(B) by performing system registry and system directory manual modification/hacking…

…can a user add both:

(1) links to third party installed executable programs/applications…
 
…and…

(2) links to third party installed program/application shortcuts…

…in order to setup to run desired programs/applications directly from the command bar in Windows Explorer?

Please provide your own detailed facts, suggestions, hints, and tips; and/or the best possible well written, detailed and documented website links.

Please reply.

Thank you!

NOTE: This question is applicable to a Windows 7 64-bit operating system.
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by:johnb6767
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Hey stranger... Not sure I follow 100%, but here goes, correct me if I am way off.....

Say you want try to launch myapp.exe from the Run dialog.... But, it fails as it cannot find it. You go back and type iexplore.exe, and it works.....

If this is correct, read on.....

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

there is a subkey for an .exe, with 1 or 2 values inside of it. Take iexplore.exe for example....

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\IEXPLORE.EXE

The Default and the Path values. "Default" is the FULL path to the .EXE. Path is the value to the Folder it is in. the "Path" value is not crucial, as it is the "Default" value that windows looks at to run the app....

That's it. Also, if you typed explorer.exe, it would also work. This app doesn't have an entry under that .reg key, but it is in the System PATH, so it is not needed....




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by:RegulaOne
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@ johnb6767 & others:

Hello again, johnb6767. It is always nice to see you again, johnb6767. Thank you for your comment. :-)

From reading your comment, I "think" I have confused you and other experts and I MUST apologize! Yes, it is not like me to confuse EE members! I am sorry! I have tried to condense my question for a change, and I see this leads to confusion. I am sorry! I will have to be more critical and descriptive of my initial posted question.

I try rephrasing my initial posted question through example in the similar fashion you have provided me:

I have Nero 11 Platinum installed on my computer and I want to use Nero's burning features/functions and even Nero's backup features/functions for example. I have my Windows Explorer open with a folder showing in the content area that I want to burn and backup and I wish to use Nero's features/functions instead of Windows 7's built-in burning and backup features/functions. I would like to have Nero 11 launch as I would just need to click on the Windows Explorer command bar's Nero 11 icon or if I cannot have the icon represented in the command bar, the written word(s) "Nero" (or better definitively described "Nero Burn" and "Nero Backup" to the appropriate Nero 11 application to launch if being specific to the Nero 11 sub-program/sub-application is possible).    

Please understand that this is ONLY ONE example for ONE program or application I am demonstrating with Nero 11, I am looking for more broad, generalist perspective, yet a comprehensive practice process for *ANY* (*MANY*) programs/applications to add their programs'/applications' icon to the Windows Explorer command bar or at least the written word or phrase of the programs'/applications' proper name in the Windows Explorer command bar.  

Now, I am not sure if I can do this via manual means in that I would hack or modify the system registry and/or the system directory? It would seem that with one inclusion of a program/application by hacking or modifying  the system registry and/or the system directory, that the same process would be repeated for additional programs/applications. I am not sure if there is a third party program/application that allows for a more automated process to add applications/programs to the Windows Explorer command bar?  

I hope this makes this clear for you johnb6767 and other experts here.    

Please reply.

Thank you!
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by:RegulaOne
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@ johnb6767 & anyone:

Hello! Nice to hear from you again, johnb6767! Thank you again for replying back!

Okay, I have spent some time working with your weblinks you have provided with your last comment. I found the last (second) weblink focused with Internet Explorer (much older version) and instructions to construct what we typically call 'toolbars' (or they refer to 'explorer bars', 'tool bands', or 'desk bands') is a great resource for Internet Explorer 8 and earlier as I have found out from some detached testing and experimenting and from other comments -- these instructions only works in conjunction with creating and customizations and system implementation and system registry registration procedures. I see the construction is totally from 'scratch' or ground up. I see there is a need to have a good background in JavaScript which I am limited. However, the script examples are readily available to use. it is very well written and logical and a user with limited programming experience can reasonably follow these sensible instructions. The web source will be investigated by me in deeper depth much later time when I attempt to create my own toolbar.  

Now, I will attend your first weblink in your last comment that directs greater amount of time to the Windows Explorer Command Bar. Attempting the run the JavaScripts into my C:\ProgramData folder with "Run as Administrator" all 4 scripts and unfortunately none of these scripts had any effect on my Windows Explorer Command Bar, let alone providing the representative image icons associated with the prospective command as shown in your first weblinks's attached image file's examples. However, I have determined that the first weblinks's attached image file's examples are actually representative of Windows Vista and not Windows 7 -- be easily fooled! Windows Vista allows for image icons by default that Windows 7 has removed. Therefore if I desire to have image icons in the Windows Explorer Command Bar; it appears (I'm speculating.) this is not possible unless there is some registry key, string value, or DWORD value that needs to be modified in such a way to 'unblock' the image icon prevention in Windows 7 which typically is a 'fix'. Let me ask, is there some website/webpage out there that concerns this issue with the image icon restoration in Windows 7? Can anyone answer that???

The bottom line this first weblink does not provide instructions to the ability to associate a third party program to the Windows Explorer's Command Bar's buttons. I have to think (and this is an assumption) if I know the system registry key and string value associated with a particular Windows Explorer's Command Bar's button; I may be able to modify it to associate that key and string value to the third party program's system directory file path that already is associated with the same type of Windows 7 inherent program, feature, or function? For example: Nero 11 associated in place of Windows 7's "Burn To Disc". Can anyone answer that too? Of course, modifying the system registry would be risky. Backups by exporting would be conducted first before test trials.

Please reply.

Thank you!  
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by:RegulaOne
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@ johnb6767 & anyone:

Hello again.

johnb6767, would you care to comment from my previous comment?

Would anyone wish to comment from my previous comment?

Please reply.

Thank you!
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by:RegulaOne
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@ johnb6767 & anyone:

Hello again.

Do you care to comment on my last posted comment above?

Please reply.

Thank you!  
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by:johnb6767
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Let me look at something when I get to work tomorrow.....
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by:RegulaOne
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@ johnb6767:

Hello again. Thank you for your comment.

I appreciate your continued interest in helping me.

Thank you!
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by:RegulaOne
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@ johnb6767 & anyone:

Hello again.

Do you care to comment on my last posted comment above? I am going to be disconnected shortly.

Please reply.

Thank you!  
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by:RegulaOne
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@ Neilsr and nobus:

Hello again. Thank you for your comments.

I am going to close this thread now. My account is going to expire very shortly and I am to close this question based on the data provided.

johnb6767, I am going to award this incomplete question/thread for you regardless that it is not complete question/thread – YOU DESIRVE IT. This is my way to show you my appreciation for your honest and sincere dedication to me for a long time now!!!

I have to try to put some sensible rationale with my evaluation for this question/thread even though it does not answer this question/thread. ***Please -- do not use this question/thread for reference in the EE Forum database! I am going to award your second to last comment with a potential answer and solution that didn't prove successful, but it is the 'closest and also the last in the evolution' of developing/determining an answer and solution in the process.

Again, thank you and a personal thank you for all that you have done for me!!! ;-)
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by:RegulaOne
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@ johnb6767:

Hello again.

Excuse me, I mistyed the "@ Neilser and nobus" as the greeting to my last comment. I closing a few of my last opened questions/threads and in a hurry and accidently crossed these experts with you. It should say, "@ johnb6767". Sorry!  
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