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I'd prefer to have only one WMP11 anywhere in my installation, and I'd like it at: START MENU->MULTIMEDIA->Windows Media Player.lnk

In my WINNT.SIF I have:


This successfully prevents all of the default shortcuts.

I then created the following INF:

Signature=$Windows NT$

[Optional Components]

ProfileItems =WMP.AddShortcut

Tip ="WMPshortcut"
Modes =0,1,2,3
ProfileItems =WMP.AddShortcut

Name = "Windows Media Player"
CmdLine = 16422,"Windows Media Player",wmplayer.exe "/prefetch:1"
SubDir = "Multimedia"
WorkingDir = 16422,"Windows Media Player"
InfoTip = "Play digital media including music, videos, CDs, and DVDs."

If I right-click this and choose install, I get the shortcut I want.

However, if I put this in an addon like this:

description=WMP Shortcut
title=WMP Shortcut



WMPsc.inf = 1,,,,,,,20,0,0

I never get the shortcut.

Any ideas? I must be missing something simple?

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Try this, this will work on any language BTW...It will localize the shortcut with whatever is written in unregmp2.exe (no matter what language)

Name = Windows Media Player
CmdLine = 16422,"Windows Media Player",wmplayer.exe /prefetch:1
SubDir = Multimedia
WorkingDir = 16422,"Windows Media Player"
InfoTip ="@%%SystemRoot%%\system32\unregmp2.exe,-160"

Look in unregmp2.exe/String Table with a resource editor and you will find the localized shortcut name (DisplayResource) and info tip

BTW if you want to have less INF files just add this profileitem to wmp.inf

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CmdLine	= 16422,"Windows Media Player",wmplayer.exe "/prefetch:1"


CmdLine	= 16422,"Windows Media Player",wmplayer.exe /prefetch:1

The reason this does not work during sysoc (and another good reason to add it to wmp.inf) is because wmp is installed later on in the install process, its not done by sysoc.inf but by syssetup.inf...so your inf fails because its executed looooooong before wmplayer.exe has been installed/copied



Edit: If you use nLite I can write a Entries_*.ini that could probably edit wmp.inf for you and add a profileitem...do you use nLite or the Integrator?

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ProfileItems = WMP.AddShortcut

Name = Windows Media Player
CmdLine = 16422,%MP2_FOLDER%,wmplayer.exe /prefetch:1
SubDir = Multimedia
WorkingDir = 16422,%MP2_FOLDER%
InfoTip = "@%%SystemRoot%%\system32\unregmp2.exe,-160"
DisplayResource = "%%SystemRoot%%\system32\unregmp2.exe",4

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Hey Rick, thanks for the help. Unfortunately this didn't work for me. I'm guessing that from my first post, the "WMPOCM = Off" in my WINNT.SIF is somehow blocking this from working. When I get a chance, I'll kick-off a new build without that setting to confirm it is the problem.

If this is the case, is there a way to create the shortcut after the explorer shell/desktop is available?

From what I see, the RunOnceEx commands run, then the desktop theme gets applied, then I get a message along the lines of "Personalizing Windows Media Player". I'm guessing that for this to work, I have to create the shortcut after that "Personalizing..." message, or I need to not use "WMPOCM" in my WINNT.SIF, and instead find some other way to delete/prevent the default shortcuts in the start menu and quicklaunch from being created.

Ideas or recommendations?

Many thanks!

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  • 3 months later...

I thought I'd point out that if you want the InfoTip to work, you have to make sure you point to the unregmp2.exe in your install. I don't know why mine's in a different location than Rick's, but mine is in the 'inf' directory, so I had to use the following:

InfoTip		 = "@%%SystemRoot%%\inf\unregmp2.exe,-160"
DisplayResource = "%SystemRoot%\inf\unregmp2.exe",4

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