Creating Program Aliases in Windows

Posted On 2007-05-03 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Creating Program Aliases in Windows (Windows 9x and NT)
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A hidden feature in the Windows registry allows you to create program aliases. Allowing you to create, for example, an alias called JBLOGGS.EXE that when executed actually runs another program, e.g. NOTEPAD.EXE
1. Open your registry and find the key below. Under it should be a number of sub-keys.
2. To create a new alias create a sub-key, and call it the name of the alias you wish to create (e.g. 'JBLOGGS.EXE').
3. Modify the (default) value of the sub-key to equal the fully qualified path and filename of the application you want to be launched when you execute the alias (e.g. 'c:\windows\notepad.exe').
4. Exit Regedit, and to test use the Start | Run command type in the name of your alias (i.e. 'JBLOGGS.EXE') and the aliased program should be launched, in this case Notepad.

Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths]
Value Name: (Default)
Data Type: REG_SZ
Data: Fully Qualified File Name (e.g. c:\windows\notepad.exe)

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