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Adding shortcuts within Administrative Tools in W7

Dr. Klahn
Dr. Klahn asked
On my own systems I customarily put useful but dangerous single items such as Autoruns and Process Monitor into the Administrative Tools group.

Bringing up a new Windows 7 Pro system, I find that it is not possible to establish a new shortcut in Administrative Tools by the old method of locating the folder, right-clicking in it to obtain the context menu, and selecting "New Shortcut".

I'm sure that this is a permissions issue but I don't know how to go about resolving it efficiently and I don't want to blow every permission out of the water hunting for the right procedure.
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bbaoIT Consultant

basically do you mean you want to create a shortcut on desktop pointing to the program group of Administrator Tools?
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer


No.  I want to create new shortcuts within Administrative Tools.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
I'll describe what I do.  It may or may not give you ideas or prove useful.

All of the SysInternal Suite apps/utils are placed into "C:\Program Files (x86)\SysInternals Suite"
I have the following util called MenuApp.exe in "C:\Program Files\MenuApp"  You can obtain MenuApp from http://www.desktopapps.co.uk/menuApp.php

I have a shortcut on my desktop as per the graphic below

When I click on that it starts up and gives a scrollable drop down list of all of the SysInternal apps/utils as per the graphic below

Something like this might prove useful as you could then put permissions on the shortcut or the folder concerned.  Unsure about how that would work as I haven't really played with Windows permissions.  But as I said before this may or may not prove useful.
Principal Software Engineer
I've found a workaround.  It's annoying, but it's workable.

Create a shortcut to the desired target on the desktop.  Right-click on it to show the Properties.  Copy shortcut target using ctrl-A, ctrl-C.

Open Administrative Tools.  Right-click and select New Shortcut.  Click in the shortcut target and paste using ctrl-V.

Name the shortcut.

(optional) Right-click on the finished shortcut and select Properties, Advanced, and enable Run as Administrator.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer


Best solution available.  dbrunton's approach is good and workable, but not exactly what I wanted.