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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Script Utility to Configure Windows Desktop
Max The Magnificent   6/6/2014 12:39:14 PM
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@lgadz61: I used AutoIt for a lot of this.

Thanks for sharing -- I'm going to ask our IT guy to peruse and ponder all these suggestions and pick the best (I'm sure he'll appreciate me giving his something to do to fill his days LOL)

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Script Utility to Configure Windows Desktop
lgadz61   6/5/2014 7:15:28 PM
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I managed a bunch of desktops (2,000+) where we wanted to place applications in specific locations as you want to do including multiple monitors.  I used AutoIt for a lot of this.  Also used Windows Scripting Host but found AutoIt easier to use when you needed/wanted a windowed interface.  Last used it on Windows XP but the app will also run on Windows 7 and Windows 8 (desktop mode only).

 

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Re: Not a problem
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 10:15:30 AM
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@perl_geek: That would  convert a simple statement of fact into an unseemly piece of gloating...

LOL

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Re: Batch File Solution
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 10:14:39 AM
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@Steve: You could try a batch file like this one for Notepad...

What I really need is you here to do this for me while I go and get a cup of coffee :-)

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Re: Power Down?
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 10:13:11 AM
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@zeeglen: ...am curious as to what percentage of computer users power down every night vs those who unplug only when thunderstorms are in the forecast?

I used to both power down and unplug everything in my office every evening, but it got to br a pain crawling around under the desk, and then I purchased a monster uninterruptable power supply that is supposed to offer protection against lightning.

So now I just power everything down each evening. Apart from anything else, I have a vauge hope that this clears anything out of the memory that didn't get cleared up as it should.

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Re: rap.exe disappeared
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 10:09:32 AM
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@David: This is called progress.

I can imagine Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory raising an eyebrow and saying to Leonard "Sarcasm?" LOL

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Re: Not a problem
perl_geek   6/5/2014 8:58:20 AM
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That would  convert a simple statement of fact into an unseemly piece of gloating. :-)*

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Batch File Solution
Steve Manley   6/5/2014 7:41:39 AM
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Max,

You could try a batch file like this one for Notepad (obviously edditing the x&y metrics and file & path names to your requirements). Excel shouls open up in the place it was last used.

@echo off
Start Excel

reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosDX /t REG_DWORD /d 800 /f
reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosDY /t REG_DWORD /d 400 /f
reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosX /t REG_DWORD /d 50 /f
reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosY /t REG_DWORD /d 100 /f
start Notepad (path and file name of the first Notpad Doc. e.g. C:\Temp\1stNotepadfile.txt)

reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosDX /t REG_DWORD /d 400 /f
reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosDY /t REG_DWORD /d 200 /f
reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosX /t REG_DWORD /d 1500 /f
reg ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Notepad" /v iWindowPosY /t REG_DWORD /d 200 /f
start Notepad (path and file name of the first Notpad Doc. e.g. C:\Temp\2ndNotepadfile.txt)

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Power Down?
zeeglen   6/4/2014 11:14:23 PM
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Max,

Not to hijack this discussion, but as a side note am curious as to what percentage of computer users power down every night vs those who unplug only when thunderstorms are in the forecast?

Maybe because I come from a vacuum tube era where power-cycle thermal stresses were huge I usually do not turn my PC off, so as to avoid thermal stress on ball-grid-array devices with no mechanical flex to them.  My PC before this current one had to have the CPU heated with a hair dryer before it would finally boot; this expanded the broken solder balls(s) to make contact to the PCB.  Once started, it remained hot enough to keep the cracked balls in contact.

Have seen several BGA problems related to thermally affected cracked solder ball joints.

Any reader opinions/experiences on reliability affected by 'leave it on' vs 'turn it off'?

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Re: rap.exe disappeared
David Ashton   6/4/2014 6:06:10 PM
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@Max I used to be able to lock the desktop in Windows 3.11 by putting one line in the WIN.INI file.  Now everything is in the registry and even if you know exactly what to put in and where (and few people seem to) it's still a pain to change things.

This is called progress.

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