How do I automatically add icons to windows 7 task bar?

  • I use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to install images and applications using a Lite-touch installation method. I would like to automatically add the icons to the "superbar" after installation so the users will be more inclined to use the improved task bar, rather than continuing to use desktop icons.

    I understand that there is no programmatic access to the task bar to prevent applications from adding themselves to the task bar, filling it with unwanted applications. Is there a way to use MDT, or even GPO to add icons to the task bar, or shall I use a VBS to add the Start menu shortcuts to the task bar?

Answers(23)

  • +1 for Systems Management Server and other mass-deployment-management software in that vein – voretaq7 ♦ May 25 '11 at 22:01

    • Although you can put it in the login script, you may have to add logic to check for existence, so it does not install multiple times.

      You could use this free tool (PS.EXE) from Sysinternals, now Microsoft, to run the setup file on remote systems without actually logging into them, or installing any client software. I would setup a network install point for googletalk-setup.exe then use the utility. It even can install to multiple systems, or an entire domain using a wildcard.

        http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897553 http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/remote-computing/psexec (utility was renamed, but usage is the same)

      • Found this script recently appears to work when run locally, I'm new to sccm2007 having problems deploying script from Task Sequence.

        ' Windows Script Host Sample Script ' ' ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ' Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation ' ' You have a royalty-free right to use, modify, reproduce and distribute ' the Sample Application Files (and/or any modified version) in any way ' you find useful, provided that you agree that Microsoft and the author ' have no warranty, obligations or liability for any Sample Application Files. ' ------------------------------------------------------------------------

        '************************************** '* '* File: PinItem.vbs '* Date: 03/04/2009 '* Version: 1.0.2 '* '* Main Function: VBScipt to pin an item to the Start Menu or Taskbar '* '* Usage: cscript PinItem.vbs /item: '* [/taskbar] [/?] '* '* Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation '* '* Revisions: '* '* 1.0.0 - 04/03/2008 - Created. '* 1.0.1 - 03/02/2009 - Used Replace in PinItem function to remove "&" '* from verb. '* 1.0.2 - 03/04/2009 - Script name was PinToStartMenu.vbs. Added '* /taskbar switch to pin items to taskbar on '* Win7. '* '***

          *********

          ***
            ***********************

              '***************************

              ************

              ****
              '* Declare Variables '*********
              *********************************
              *

              Option Explicit 'On Error Resume Next

              Dim blnPinned Dim blnTaskbar

              Dim i Dim intOpMode

              Dim objWshShell Dim objFSO Dim objShell

              Dim strPath Dim strArguments Dim strOptionsMessage

              ' Define constants Const CONST_ERROR = 0 Const CONST_WSCRIPT = 1 Const CONST_CSCRIPT = 2 Const CONST_SHOW_USAGE = 3 Const CONST_PROCEED = 4 Const CONST_STRING_NOT_FOUND = -1 Const CONST_FOR_READING = 1 Const CONST_FOR_WRITING = 2 Const CONST_FOR_APPENDING = 8 Const CONST_Success = 0 Const CONST_Failure = 1

              Const TRISTATE_USE_DEFAULT = -2 Const TRISTATE_TRUE = -1 'Open the file as Unicode. Const TRISTATE_FALSE = 0 'Open the file as ASCII.

              blnTaskbar = False

              '******************************************* '* Create Objects '*******************************************

              Set objWshShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

              '*********************

              ***************** '* Check script host exe and parse command line '******
                ***************

                ************
                  *****

                  'Get the command line arguments For i = 0 to Wscript.arguments.count - 1 ReDim Preserve arrArguments(i) arrArguments(i) = Wscript.arguments.item(i) Next

                  'Check whether the script is run using CScript Select Case intChkProgram() Case CONST_CSCRIPT 'Do Nothing Case CONST_WSCRIPT WScript.Echo "Please run this script using CScript." & vbCRLF & _ "This can be achieved by" & vbCRLF & _ "1. Using ""CScript MODIFYUSERS.vbs arguments"" for Windows 95/98 or" & VbCrLf & _ "2. Changing the default Windows Scripting Host setting to CScript" & vbCRLF & _ " using ""CScript //H:CScript //S"" and running the script using" & vbCRLF & _ " ""MODIFYUSERS.vbs arguments"" for Windows NT." WScript.Quit Case Else WScript.Quit End Select

                  'Parse the command line Err.Clear() intOpMode = intParseCmdLine(arrArguments, strPath, blnTaskbar, strOptionsMessage)

                  If Err.Number Then Wscript.Echo "Error 0X" & CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) & " occurred in parsing the command line." If Err.Description <> "" Then Wscript.Echo "Error description: " & Err.Description & "." End If 'WScript.quit End If

                  Select Case intOpMode Case CONST_SHOW_USAGE Call ShowUsage() WScript.quit Case CONST_PROCEED 'Do nothing. Case CONST_ERROR WScript.quit Case Else Wscript.Echo "Error occurred in passing parameters." End Select

                  '******************

                    ************
                      ********
                        '* Main Script '************

                        ******
                          ********************

                          WScript.Echo strOptionsMessage

                          blnPinned = PinItem(strPath, blnTaskbar) WScript.Echo "Item pinned: " & CStr(blnPinned)

                          If blnPinned Then WScript.Quit(0) Else WScript.Quit(1) End If

                          '*********

                          ***************************
                          **
                          '* '* Function intChkProgram() '* '* Purpose: Determines which program is used to run this script. '* '* Input: None '* '* Returns: intChkProgram is set to one of CONST_ERROR, CONST_WSCRIPT, '* and CONST_CSCRIPT. '* '**************************************
                            Private Function intChkProgram()

                            ON ERROR RESUME NEXT
                            
                            Dim i
                            Dim j
                            Dim strFullName
                            Dim strCommand
                            
                            'strFullName should be something like C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\CSCRIPT.EXE
                            strFullName = WScript.FullName
                            If Err.Number then
                                Wscript.Echo "Error 0x" & CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) & " occurred."
                                If Err.Description <> "" Then
                                    Wscript.Echo "Error description: " & Err.Description & "."
                                End If
                                intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
                                Exit Function
                            End If
                            
                            i = InStr(1, strFullName, ".exe", 1)
                            If i = 0 Then
                                intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
                                Exit Function
                            Else
                                j = InStrRev(strFullName, "\", i, 1)
                                If j = 0 Then
                                    intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
                                    Exit Function
                                Else
                                    strCommand = Mid(strFullName, j+1, i-j-1)
                                    Select Case LCase(strCommand)
                                        Case "cscript"
                                            intChkProgram = CONST_CSCRIPT
                                        Case "wscript"
                                            intChkProgram = CONST_WSCRIPT
                                        Case Else       'should never happen
                                            Wscript.Echo "An unexpected program is used to run this script."
                                            Wscript.Echo "Only CScript.Exe or WScript.Exe can be used to run this script."
                                            intChkProgram = CONST_ERROR
                                    End Select
                                End If
                            End If
                            

                            End Function

                            '************************************** '* '* Function intParseCmdLine() '* '* Purpose: Parses the command line. '* '* Input: arrArguments An array containing input from the command line '* '* Input: strPath Path of exe to pin '* strOptionsMessage String containing options selected '* '* Returns: intParseCmdLine is set to one of CONST_ERROR, CONST_SHOW_USAGE, '* and CONST_PROCEED. '* '******************

                              *********
                              *********
                                **
                                Private Function intParseCmdLine(arrArguments, strPath, blnTaskbar, strOptionsMessage)

                                  ON ERROR RESUME NEXT
                                  
                                  Dim i
                                  Dim strFlag
                                  Dim strSwitchValue
                                  
                                  strFlag = arrArguments(0)
                                  Err.Clear()
                                  
                                  'Help is needed
                                  If (strFlag = "") OR (strFlag="help") OR (strFlag="/h") OR (strFlag="\h") OR (strFlag="-h") _
                                      OR (strFlag = "\?") OR (strFlag = "/?") OR (strFlag = "?") OR (strFlag="h") Then
                                      intParseCmdLine = CONST_SHOW_USAGE
                                      Exit Function
                                  End If
                                  
                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & ""  & VbCrLf
                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & WScript.ScriptName  & VbCrLf
                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & ""  & VbCrLf
                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Command Line Options:"  & vbCrLf
                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "======================================="  & VbCrLf
                                  
                                  For i = 0 to UBound(arrArguments)
                                      strFlag = Left(arrArguments(i), InStr(1, arrArguments(i), ":")-1)
                                      If Err.Number Then            'An error occurs if there is no : in the string
                                          Err.Clear
                                          Select Case LCase(arrArguments(i))
                                              Case "/q"
                                                  blnQuiet = True
                                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Supress Console Output: " & blnQuiet & VbCrLf
                                              Case "/taskbar"
                                                  blnTaskbar = True
                                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Pin to Taskbar instead of Start Menu: " & blnTaskbar & VbCrLf
                                              Case Else
                                                  Wscript.Echo arrArguments(i) & " is not recognized as a valid input."
                                                  intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                                                  Exit Function
                                          End Select
                                      Else
                                          strSwitchValue = Right(arrArguments(i), Len(arrArguments(i))-(Len(strFlag)+1))
                                          Select Case LCase(strFlag)
                                              Case "/item"
                                                  strPath = strSwitchValue
                                                  strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Item to pin to Start Menu or Taskbar: " & strPath & VbCrLf
                                              Case else
                                                  Wscript.Echo "Invalid flag " & strFlag & "."
                                                  Wscript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
                                                  intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                                                  Exit Function
                                          End Select
                                      End If
                                  Next
                                  
                                  If (strPath = "") Then
                                      Wscript.Echo "The /item switch is required"
                                      Wscript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
                                      intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                                      Exit Function
                                  End If
                                  
                                  intParseCmdLine = CONST_PROCEED
                                  

                                  End Function

                                  '******

                                  ***
                                  ************
                                  ***
                                  ************
                                    **
                                    '* '* Function PinItem() '* '* Purpose: Pin item to the Start Menu. '* '* Input: strlPath Path of exe to pin '* blnTaskbar Pin item to Taskbar instead of Start Menu if true '* '* Dependencies: objShell Shell.Application object '* objFSO File System object '* '* Returns: True if the shortcut is created, else false '* '******************
                                      ********************
                                      Function PinItem(strlPath, blnTaskbar) On Error Resume Next

                                      Dim colVerbs
                                      Dim itemverb
                                      
                                      Dim objFolder
                                      Dim objFolderItem
                                      
                                      Dim strFolder
                                      Dim strFile
                                      
                                      If objFSO.FileExists(strlPath) Then
                                          '***** Do nothing, folder exists
                                      Else
                                          '***** Folder does not exist
                                          PinItem = False
                                          WScript.Echo "File to pin does not exist."
                                          WScript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
                                          Exit Function
                                      End If
                                      
                                      strFolder = objFSO.GetParentFolderName(strlPath)
                                      strFile = objFSO.GetFileName(strlPath)
                                      
                                      WScript.Echo "Folder: " & strFolder
                                      WScript.Echo "File: " & strFile
                                      
                                      Err.Clear
                                      Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strFolder)
                                      Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName(strFile)
                                      
                                      ' ***** InvokeVerb for this does not work on Vista/WS2008
                                      'objFolderItem.InvokeVerb("P&in to Start Menu")
                                      
                                      ' ***** This code works on Vista/WS2008
                                      Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
                                      
                                      If blnTaskbar Then
                                          For each itemverb in objFolderItem.verbs
                                              If Replace(itemverb.name, "&", "") = "Pin to Taskbar" Then itemverb.DoIt
                                          Next 
                                      Else
                                          For each itemverb in objFolderItem.verbs
                                              If Replace(itemverb.name, "&", "") = "Pin to Start Menu" Then itemverb.DoIt
                                          Next 
                                      End If
                                      
                                      If Err.Number = 0 Then
                                          PinItem = True
                                      Else
                                          PinItem = False
                                      End If
                                      

                                      End Function

                                      '***************************

                                      *********** '* '* Sub ShowUsage() '* '* Purpose: Shows the correct usage to the user. '* '* Input: None '* '* Output: Help messages are displayed on screen. '* '*********
                                      ******************
                                      ***********
                                      Sub ShowUsage() WScript.Echo "This script is used to Pin items to the Start Menu or Taskbar." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "Usage: cscript " & WScript.ScriptName & " [options]" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "Options:" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /item: Path of item to pin." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /taskbar (Optional) Pin to Taskbar instead of Start Menu." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /? (Optional) Displays this help text." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "" End Sub

                                    • I haven't tried Win+R in this context. The shell has been unresponsive, so I would expect that it wouldn't work either. I'll endeavor to try it as I work through this. – Mike Chess Feb 4 '10 at 18:25

                                    • I wish this was easier, as Group Policy is probably the most ideal method. Unfortunately, it's rather difficult to find any decent msi-building tools that let you build them quickly and visually. – Cypher May 25 '11 at 23:35

                                    • I assume by VBS you're referring to this post.

                                      The post also mentions the ability to add a max of 3 shortcuts to the 'superbar' via unattend.xml, which you can modify in the Deployment Workbench and DISM.

                                      The other alternative is to create the profile with all the 'superbar' icons set as you want, and make this the default profile. The assumes all the apps you want in the superbar will be installed on the desktop at deployment time, and that you want the same for all users on the machine. It also assumes that the default profile is derived from the one on the machine, and not from another location (a GPO setting). This needs to be done before the capture phase, so it will be deployed to all machines (alternatively, you can deploy the default profile manually during the deployment phase).

                                      We used this method to remove the Windows PowerShell and Server Manager icons that come default on Windows Server 2008 for our Remote Desktop users.

                                    • @Cypher Really? Advanced Installer , WinInstall LE are [just] two free, GUI apps which make MSI packaging incredibly simple. – jscott May 26 '11 at 1:13

                                    • This might be overkill, but if you're comfortable with kernel dumps you can force a blue screen memory dump from the keyboard and then look at the memory dump file...

                                      • some software programs have .msi packages available, and those that do will make deployment via group policy a snap: support.microsoft.com/kb/816102 . – Cypher May 26 '11 at 1:46

                                      • +1 Note that Systems Management Server (SMS) is now called System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/configuration-manager/… – GAThrawn Jun 10 '11 at 17:22

                                      • you could use ctrl + shift +esc

                                        but i guess it won't work better, as even the sas sequence is not working.

                                        You could either use process monitor from sysinternal (launched before the hand) or enable the crashOnControl to get a memory dump and so find what's hanging the system that way

                                      • Any luck with Win + R to bring up Run, then if so try to launch "taskmgr" that way.

                                        If you have a working explorer window, use "C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe"

                                        but outside of these two options, Right Click -> Task Manager, CTRL+ALT+DEL and CTRL+SHIFT+ESC you can't do much more.

                                      • Found this script recently appears to work when run locally, I'm new to sccm2007 having problems deploying script from Task Sequence.

                                        ' Windows Script Host Sample Script ' ' ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ' Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation ' ' You have a royalty-free right to use, modify, reproduce and distribute ' the Sample Application Files (and/or any modified version) in any way ' you find useful, provided that you agree that Microsoft and the author ' have no warranty, obligations or liability for any Sample Application Files. ' ------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                        '*********

                                        ***
                                          ***

                                          ***********************
                                          '* '* File: PinItem.vbs '* Date: 03/04/2009 '* Version: 1.0.2 '* '* Main Function: VBScipt to pin an item to the Start Menu or Taskbar '* '* Usage: cscript PinItem.vbs /item: '* [/taskbar] [/?] '* '* Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation '* '* Revisions: '* '* 1.0.0 - 04/03/2008 - Created. '* 1.0.1 - 03/02/2009 - Used Replace in PinItem function to remove "&" '* from verb. '* 1.0.2 - 03/04/2009 - Script name was PinToStartMenu.vbs. Added '* /taskbar switch to pin items to taskbar on '* Win7. '* '******************************

                                          ********

                                          '******************

                                            ***************
                                              *********

                                              *
                                                '* Declare Variables '******
                                                  ***
                                                  ************

                                                  **********************

                                                  Option Explicit 'On Error Resume Next

                                                  Dim blnPinned Dim blnTaskbar

                                                  Dim i Dim intOpMode

                                                  Dim objWshShell Dim objFSO Dim objShell

                                                  Dim strPath Dim strArguments Dim strOptionsMessage

                                                  ' Define constants Const CONST_ERROR = 0 Const CONST_WSCRIPT = 1 Const CONST_CSCRIPT = 2 Const CONST_SHOW_USAGE = 3 Const CONST_PROCEED = 4 Const CONST_STRING_NOT_FOUND = -1 Const CONST_FOR_READING = 1 Const CONST_FOR_WRITING = 2 Const CONST_FOR_APPENDING = 8 Const CONST_Success = 0 Const CONST_Failure = 1

                                                  Const TRISTATE_USE_DEFAULT = -2 Const TRISTATE_TRUE = -1 'Open the file as Unicode. Const TRISTATE_FALSE = 0 'Open the file as ASCII.

                                                  blnTaskbar = False

                                                  '*********************

                                                    *********************
                                                    *
                                                    '* Create Objects '************************************

                                                    *******

                                                    Set objWshShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

                                                    '******

                                                    *********
                                                      ************
                                                        ***********
                                                        '* Check script host exe and parse command line '**************************************

                                                        'Get the command line arguments For i = 0 to Wscript.arguments.count - 1 ReDim Preserve arrArguments(i) arrArguments(i) = Wscript.arguments.item(i) Next

                                                        'Check whether the script is run using CScript Select Case intChkProgram() Case CONST_CSCRIPT 'Do Nothing Case CONST_WSCRIPT WScript.Echo "Please run this script using CScript." & vbCRLF & _ "This can be achieved by" & vbCRLF & _ "1. Using ""CScript MODIFYUSERS.vbs arguments"" for Windows 95/98 or" & VbCrLf & _ "2. Changing the default Windows Scripting Host setting to CScript" & vbCRLF & _ " using ""CScript //H:CScript //S"" and running the script using" & vbCRLF & _ " ""MODIFYUSERS.vbs arguments"" for Windows NT." WScript.Quit Case Else WScript.Quit End Select

                                                        'Parse the command line Err.Clear() intOpMode = intParseCmdLine(arrArguments, strPath, blnTaskbar, strOptionsMessage)

                                                        If Err.Number Then Wscript.Echo "Error 0X" & CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) & " occurred in parsing the command line." If Err.Description <> "" Then Wscript.Echo "Error description: " & Err.Description & "." End If 'WScript.quit End If

                                                        Select Case intOpMode Case CONST_SHOW_USAGE Call ShowUsage() WScript.quit Case CONST_PROCEED 'Do nothing. Case CONST_ERROR WScript.quit Case Else Wscript.Echo "Error occurred in passing parameters." End Select

                                                        '***************

                                                        ***************
                                                          ***
                                                            ***
                                                              **
                                                              '* Main Script '*********************************
                                                              *****

                                                              WScript.Echo strOptionsMessage

                                                                blnPinned = PinItem(strPath, blnTaskbar) WScript.Echo "Item pinned: " & CStr(blnPinned)

                                                                If blnPinned Then WScript.Quit(0) Else WScript.Quit(1) End If

                                                                '************************************** '* '* Function intChkProgram() '* '* Purpose: Determines which program is used to run this script. '* '* Input: None '* '* Returns: intChkProgram is set to one of CONST_ERROR, CONST_WSCRIPT, '* and CONST_CSCRIPT. '* '************************************

                                                                ** Private Function intChkProgram()

                                                                ON ERROR RESUME NEXT
                                                                
                                                                Dim i
                                                                Dim j
                                                                Dim strFullName
                                                                Dim strCommand
                                                                
                                                                'strFullName should be something like C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\CSCRIPT.EXE
                                                                strFullName = WScript.FullName
                                                                If Err.Number then
                                                                    Wscript.Echo "Error 0x" & CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) & " occurred."
                                                                    If Err.Description <> "" Then
                                                                        Wscript.Echo "Error description: " & Err.Description & "."
                                                                    End If
                                                                    intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
                                                                    Exit Function
                                                                End If
                                                                
                                                                i = InStr(1, strFullName, ".exe", 1)
                                                                If i = 0 Then
                                                                    intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
                                                                    Exit Function
                                                                Else
                                                                    j = InStrRev(strFullName, "\", i, 1)
                                                                    If j = 0 Then
                                                                        intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
                                                                        Exit Function
                                                                    Else
                                                                        strCommand = Mid(strFullName, j+1, i-j-1)
                                                                        Select Case LCase(strCommand)
                                                                            Case "cscript"
                                                                                intChkProgram = CONST_CSCRIPT
                                                                            Case "wscript"
                                                                                intChkProgram = CONST_WSCRIPT
                                                                            Case Else       'should never happen
                                                                                Wscript.Echo "An unexpected program is used to run this script."
                                                                                Wscript.Echo "Only CScript.Exe or WScript.Exe can be used to run this script."
                                                                                intChkProgram = CONST_ERROR
                                                                        End Select
                                                                    End If
                                                                End If
                                                                

                                                                  End Function

                                                                  '************************************** '* '* Function intParseCmdLine() '* '* Purpose: Parses the command line. '* '* Input: arrArguments An array containing input from the command line '* '* Input: strPath Path of exe to pin '* strOptionsMessage String containing options selected '* '* Returns: intParseCmdLine is set to one of CONST_ERROR, CONST_SHOW_USAGE, '* and CONST_PROCEED. '* '

                                                                    ***

                                                                    *********
                                                                    *********

                                                                    ************
                                                                    *****
                                                                    Private Function intParseCmdLine(arrArguments, strPath, blnTaskbar, strOptionsMessage)
                                                                    ON ERROR RESUME NEXT
                                                                    
                                                                    Dim i
                                                                    Dim strFlag
                                                                    Dim strSwitchValue
                                                                    
                                                                    strFlag = arrArguments(0)
                                                                    Err.Clear()
                                                                    
                                                                    'Help is needed
                                                                    If (strFlag = "") OR (strFlag="help") OR (strFlag="/h") OR (strFlag="\h") OR (strFlag="-h") _
                                                                        OR (strFlag = "\?") OR (strFlag = "/?") OR (strFlag = "?") OR (strFlag="h") Then
                                                                        intParseCmdLine = CONST_SHOW_USAGE
                                                                        Exit Function
                                                                    End If
                                                                    
                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & ""  & VbCrLf
                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & WScript.ScriptName  & VbCrLf
                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & ""  & VbCrLf
                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Command Line Options:"  & vbCrLf
                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "======================================="  & VbCrLf
                                                                    
                                                                    For i = 0 to UBound(arrArguments)
                                                                        strFlag = Left(arrArguments(i), InStr(1, arrArguments(i), ":")-1)
                                                                        If Err.Number Then            'An error occurs if there is no : in the string
                                                                            Err.Clear
                                                                            Select Case LCase(arrArguments(i))
                                                                                Case "/q"
                                                                                    blnQuiet = True
                                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Supress Console Output: " & blnQuiet & VbCrLf
                                                                                Case "/taskbar"
                                                                                    blnTaskbar = True
                                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Pin to Taskbar instead of Start Menu: " & blnTaskbar & VbCrLf
                                                                                Case Else
                                                                                    Wscript.Echo arrArguments(i) & " is not recognized as a valid input."
                                                                                    intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                                                                                    Exit Function
                                                                            End Select
                                                                        Else
                                                                            strSwitchValue = Right(arrArguments(i), Len(arrArguments(i))-(Len(strFlag)+1))
                                                                            Select Case LCase(strFlag)
                                                                                Case "/item"
                                                                                    strPath = strSwitchValue
                                                                                    strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Item to pin to Start Menu or Taskbar: " & strPath & VbCrLf
                                                                                Case else
                                                                                    Wscript.Echo "Invalid flag " & strFlag & "."
                                                                                    Wscript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
                                                                                    intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                                                                                    Exit Function
                                                                            End Select
                                                                        End If
                                                                    Next
                                                                    
                                                                    If (strPath = "") Then
                                                                        Wscript.Echo "The /item switch is required"
                                                                        Wscript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
                                                                        intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                                                                        Exit Function
                                                                    End If
                                                                    
                                                                    intParseCmdLine = CONST_PROCEED
                                                                    

                                                                    End Function

                                                                    '***************

                                                                      ***************

                                                                      ***
                                                                      ***
                                                                        **
                                                                        '* '* Function PinItem() '* '* Purpose: Pin item to the Start Menu. '* '* Input: strlPath Path of exe to pin '* blnTaskbar Pin item to Taskbar instead of Start Menu if true '* '* Dependencies: objShell Shell.Application object '* objFSO File System object '* '* Returns: True if the shortcut is created, else false '* '**************************************
                                                                          Function PinItem(strlPath, blnTaskbar) On Error Resume Next

                                                                          Dim colVerbs
                                                                          Dim itemverb
                                                                          
                                                                          Dim objFolder
                                                                          Dim objFolderItem
                                                                          
                                                                          Dim strFolder
                                                                          Dim strFile
                                                                          
                                                                          If objFSO.FileExists(strlPath) Then
                                                                              '***** Do nothing, folder exists
                                                                          Else
                                                                              '***** Folder does not exist
                                                                              PinItem = False
                                                                              WScript.Echo "File to pin does not exist."
                                                                              WScript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
                                                                              Exit Function
                                                                          End If
                                                                          
                                                                          strFolder = objFSO.GetParentFolderName(strlPath)
                                                                          strFile = objFSO.GetFileName(strlPath)
                                                                          
                                                                          WScript.Echo "Folder: " & strFolder
                                                                          WScript.Echo "File: " & strFile
                                                                          
                                                                          Err.Clear
                                                                          Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strFolder)
                                                                          Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName(strFile)
                                                                          
                                                                          ' ***** InvokeVerb for this does not work on Vista/WS2008
                                                                          'objFolderItem.InvokeVerb("P&in to Start Menu")
                                                                          
                                                                          ' ***** This code works on Vista/WS2008
                                                                          Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
                                                                          
                                                                          If blnTaskbar Then
                                                                              For each itemverb in objFolderItem.verbs
                                                                                  If Replace(itemverb.name, "&", "") = "Pin to Taskbar" Then itemverb.DoIt
                                                                              Next 
                                                                          Else
                                                                              For each itemverb in objFolderItem.verbs
                                                                                  If Replace(itemverb.name, "&", "") = "Pin to Start Menu" Then itemverb.DoIt
                                                                              Next 
                                                                          End If
                                                                          
                                                                          If Err.Number = 0 Then
                                                                              PinItem = True
                                                                          Else
                                                                              PinItem = False
                                                                          End If
                                                                          

                                                                          End Function

                                                                          '******************

                                                                          ******************** '* '* Sub ShowUsage() '* '* Purpose: Shows the correct usage to the user. '* '* Input: None '* '* Output: Help messages are displayed on screen. '* '************
                                                                            ******************
                                                                            ********
                                                                            Sub ShowUsage() WScript.Echo "This script is used to Pin items to the Start Menu or Taskbar." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "Usage: cscript " & WScript.ScriptName & " [options]" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "Options:" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /item: Path of item to pin." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /taskbar (Optional) Pin to Taskbar instead of Start Menu." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /? (Optional) Displays this help text." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "" End Sub

                                                                          • You misunderstood Mathieu's suggestion. You used Process Explorer, which is a great tool, but he had suggested that you use Process Monitor (also from Sysinternals), which will give you much more granular information and you may find out what in the code is locking you up. – mfinni Feb 4 '10 at 18:51

                                                                            • That is a shame :( options are limited after that. Really not much more you can do beyond the methods I listed above. – Urda Feb 4 '10 at 21:16

                                                                            • I would build an MSI file and deploy it via Group Policy.

                                                                            • I assume by VBS you're referring to this post.

                                                                                The post also mentions the ability to add a max of 3 shortcuts to the 'superbar' via unattend.xml, which you can modify in the Deployment Workbench and DISM.

                                                                                The other alternative is to create the profile with all the 'superbar' icons set as you want, and make this the default profile. The assumes all the apps you want in the superbar will be installed on the desktop at deployment time, and that you want the same for all users on the machine. It also assumes that the default profile is derived from the one on the machine, and not from another location (a GPO setting). This needs to be done before the capture phase, so it will be deployed to all machines (alternatively, you can deploy the default profile manually during the deployment phase).

                                                                                We used this method to remove the Windows PowerShell and Server Manager icons that come default on Windows Server 2008 for our Remote Desktop users.

                                                                              • psexec is a certainly a good tool, but does not handle multiple choices when an installer has no or few command line options (when installer is close to entirely GUI).

                                                                                I've seen a working kixtart script as the logon script. It is used to load and launch other scripts according to the install sequence which may be as follows:

                                                                                "logon" script executes at login. Launches "mount" script to mount apps drive. Launches "updater" script that looks for apps.

                                                                                "updater" script launches "transfer" script that transfers apps to local directory. "updater" then launches "install" script (unique for each app)

                                                                                "install" script may be any method... batch, AutoIT, psexec.. whichever works, preferably silent and fast

                                                                                "updater" logs to directory in apps drive "logon" script logs to directory in apps drive

                                                                                All of this can be done on a shoestring budget, but there is a very steep learning curve. I know that updating at login is a great way to slow down login. "updater" could be installed as a Scheduled Task on login and run at a more appropriate time.

                                                                                By the way, does anyone have any kixtart script samples to help him out?

                                                                              • @jscott: i found wininstall le (and most other msi packagers) to be all but useless to those who haven't memorized the .msi db structure. having a gui is not what i meant by visual; taking a standard setup.exe and converting to .msi by simply walking through the normal install prompts and checking off a few options along the way would be my idea of a 'quick and visual' procedure. haven't tried adv. installer - it looked more like a packaging system for software developers. i'll give it another look. – Cypher May 26 '11 at 1:43

                                                                                • Two methods spring to mind:

                                                                                  1. Windows logon script
                                                                                  2. Miscrosoft Systems Management Server
                                                                                  • Fair enough. I did download ProcesMonitor, set it to capture events just before closing NUnit, and began watching it. When the NUnit window disappeared from the screen I went to ProcessMonitor to see what happened. ProcessMonitor locked up. – Mike Chess Feb 4 '10 at 19:23

                                                                                    • You assume that all 100 systems are on in this case. The OP would probably be better off making a login script with some logic in it to check for an existing install. – MDMarra Oct 12 '11 at 17:49

                                                                                    • Win+R does not work. :( – Mike Chess Feb 4 '10 at 18:43