Windows 7 / 8 and Controlled Start Menus

Hi,

We currently have a very old system of PERL Scripts that create Start Menu Folders and Shortcuts, based on whether or not a user has got the application installed on the machine.

For example the attached code extract checks which version of Office is installed and then places the appropriate shortcut in Start -> Programs -> Applications (we have many others too that go to different folders).

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We are looking to retire the PERL as it runs on an old server and we don't want to keep relying on 15 year old code.

Is there a better way to replicate this either with a 3rd party product or ideally using group policy.

If so can someone please offer some assistance.

Thanks

Paul
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
You can use Group Policy Shortcut preferences for this. You would use Item Level Targeting - File Matches to determine if the application is installed.
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essexboy80Author Commented:
Hi Joseph,

Thanks for your comment, a further question if I may.

How do you define the folders that the shortcuts go into - ie, apps all, apps accounts, apps hr

Thanks

Paul
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
When create the shortcut location, specify the folder you would like for it to create in. it will create the folder if it doesn't exist.
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essexboy80Author Commented:
Sorry can you show me what you mean please.

Thanks
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essexboy80Author Commented:
Hi Joseph,

Ignore me i realise what you mean.

Thanks so much

Paul
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
no problem Paul!
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essexboy80Author Commented:
Hi Joseph,

Really sorry, but I have hit a wall again here.

It was working, but now I can see the Folder in c:\users\username\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu

But it isnt actually appearing on the Start Menu.

Paul
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