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CaptNKILL
10-29-09, 02:33 AM
Is there any way to edit the shortcuts in the games explorer like you could in Vista? It really sucks that they had to go and change that. I edited shortcuts all the time.

I really don't want to go back to the freaking start menu shortcuts for my games. :headexplode:

Any registry tweaks or 3rd party programs that can bring back the edit button? :o

Muppet
10-29-09, 04:51 AM
You mean as in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. I went in and edited the security tab and edit the permissions tab and gave myself full permisson. I was then able to add shortcuts to games.

CaptNKILL
10-29-09, 11:19 AM
You mean as in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. I went in and edited the security tab and edit the permissions tab and gave myself full permisson. I was then able to add shortcuts to games.

No, I mean the games explorer.

The "Games" button in the Start menu brings up a window with information about your games, requirements, website links etc.

Most new games install their shorcuts to here and no longer create start menu shortcuts.

In Vista you could edit these shortcuts to change launch options. In 7 you can't change anything, so if, for example, the DX10 version of a game crashes but it is the default, you have to right click the shortcut and tell it to run the DX9 version every time. If this option isn't available on the default shortcut you have to manually add another shortcut which won't have any of the other options that are supposed to be there. In Vista you could just edit the existing shortcut to run the DX9 exe by default.

DiscipleDOC
10-29-09, 11:46 AM
I would like to know this as well. I want to put my older games in this folder...

nekrosoft13
10-29-09, 12:39 PM
go here

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\ GameExplorer

find the game folder, find the shortcut and edit.

Game Explorer took couple steps backwards in Windows 7

CaptNKILL
10-29-09, 01:48 PM
go here

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\ GameExplorer

find the game folder, find the shortcut and edit.

Game Explorer took couple steps backwards in Windows 7

Ah, thanks nekro. I was hoping that there was still a way to do this manually. That's a big help. :thumbsup:

Hopefully Microsoft (or a third party) can get the games explorer back to the way it was. It was better before.

ViN86
10-29-09, 02:43 PM
Bah I just put all my shortcuts in Steam so I have em in one place.

DiscipleDOC
10-29-09, 03:12 PM
Ah, thanks nekro. I was hoping that there was still a way to do this manually. That's a big help. :thumbsup:

Hopefully Microsoft (or a third party) can get the games explorer back to the way it was. It was better before.

My problem with this shortcut is that it does not update the games in the folder with the box art and stuff like that...

CaptNKILL
10-29-09, 03:41 PM
My problem with this shortcut is that it does not update the games in the folder with the box art and stuff like that...

There are a few more options under this key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\GameUX

betterdan
10-29-09, 05:17 PM
Why do people use game explorer anyways? Isn't that what the taskbar is for? I just put the shortcuts to the games on my taskbar. More convenient and you can edit the shortcut all you want.

wollyka
10-29-09, 05:21 PM
I used vista game explorer editor program before (http://gameeditor.webnode.com/), but didn't try it yet in Win7 maybe it still works to edit shortcut and add games..

JasonPC
10-29-09, 08:35 PM
Why do people use game explorer anyways? Isn't that what the taskbar is for? I just put the shortcuts to the games on my taskbar. More convenient and you can edit the shortcut all you want.

That's going to be a lot of pinned objects on the task bar for people who have many games (the majority of us). I was wondering this myself. Why did the games explorer take so many steps back?

Bah!
10-29-09, 10:01 PM
That's going to be a lot of pinned objects on the task bar for people who have many games (the majority of us).

Nah, you can do it with just one word showing.

Make a folder somewhere on your computer and put all the shortcuts to your games in it. Then right click on the task bar, go to "Toolbars", then "New Toolbar". Direct it to your newly made folder and it will show up on the task bar with an arrow beside it that you can click for a list of all your games.

Mike89
10-30-09, 12:57 AM
I'm still getting used to the changes from XP to Windows 7. Start menu setup is way different. In XP I had it down pat. Created game links in Start Menu for all my games. Broke them down into two folders, "Games PC AL" and "Games PC MZ". You could either do this in Documents and Settings\All Users or Documents and Settings\Username. Could even create in both and everything would come up in one in Start Menu. Windows 7 doesn't seem to work this way. Going to All Programs-Games, all games are not automatically in there. Windows 7 puts some in and others it leaves out. To compound it, if you right click on "Games", there are other entries going to either "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games" or "C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Window s\Start Menu\Programs". Then there is the "Games Explorer". Each of those were not consistent in what games were in them. Kind of had me flustered a bit after using XP for so many years. I didn't end up using Games Explorer. It looked nice at first glance but turned out not to be functional at all to me for using it for game links and Windows 7 is not too good at getting all the games in there. I just ended up using the Games Link "C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Window s\Start Menu\Programs\Games". Copied in the remaining game shortcuts that weren't in there (and edited the names to what I wanted), pinned it to my taskbar and I'm now good to go. Took a little time to gather all the shortcuts but personal tweaking is time consuming anyway. Another way would be to shortcut that folder to Desktop, use "Desktop" toolbar and access it that way.

wysiwyg
10-30-09, 08:18 AM
i had to re-enable my games tab thingy with add/remove=

http://www.sevenforums.com/gaming/3858-missing-my-regular-standard-games.html