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Contributor

AppVolumes 2.10 and Taskbar Pinned Items

How are the rest of you dealing with pinning advertised shortcuts on the taskbar?  By "advertised shortcut" I mean the kind that does not have a path in the target field.  Microsoft uses them for Office (and other) products. Others publishers use them sometimes too.  (More about advertised shortcuts.)  These shortcuts actually point to the Installers directory under C:\Windows.  Here is a guy who wrote a vbscript to show the actual target.

Normally when you pin or copy one of these shortcuts the shortcut gets converted into a non-advertised shortcut.  It will now have a real path to the executable of the application.

The problem is when the application is on an AppStack that target path becomes something like C:\SnapVolumesTemp\MountPoints\{1ca2e473-0659-11e6-be68-005056b949ee}\PROGRA~2\MIF5BA~1\OFFICE14\OUTLOOK.EXE.  This works until the next time I logon.  The next time I logon the SnapVolumes mountpoint has different identifier and the shortcut is dead.

This was discussed in Apps in Stacks can no longer be pinned to Windows Taskbar after 2.6 upgrade where the thought was this broke in the 2.6 update and was fixed in the 2.7 update.  I wonder if that was really true.  If so it was broken again along the way.

Others having this issue?  Anyone know a work around?  I have considered going in my AppStack with Office and manually changing all the shortcuts to non-advertised shortcuts.  I would also have to search for any other apps using advertised shortcuts.  And would have to remember to check/fix this after any updates.  Seems like a mistake prone pain.

/David

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Virtuoso
Virtuoso

We did install the office appliction into the golden image so i cant vouch for that.

Otherwise, we didn't have the issue anymore with pinned applications on the taskbar.

The issue in 2.6 you are referring to is that pinned applications were removed from the taskbar or were entirely broken, even it is was a " simple"  shortcut.

I would indeed suggest manually chaging the shortcuts in the Appstack.

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast

I'm having the exact same problem in AV 2.10.  This issue is keeping us from being able to deploy Office 2013 via appstack despite everything else working.

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We are having the exact same issue as well. We also have issues with customization to the systray as well. If a user moves an app in an appstack from being hidden, it is lost on log off, despite the icons that are from the golden image maintaining their location.

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast

We have the same issue here with AppVolumes 2.12.1

Have you found a way to resolve this ?

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Expert
Expert

I am facing the same issue with AV 2.11 on win10

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast

The same issue persists in 2.12.1

VMware, is there an solution to this issue?

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast

Advertised shortcuts are the devils work, and I obliterate them whenever I find them, and replace them with my own.

As I understand it, the thing they link to checks your install is OK, and repairs it if not.  As my applications are delivered by app volumes I don't need this check.

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