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October 29
Putting shortcuts on the Start Screen for all users in Windows Server 2012

Like most SharePoint nerds I’ve spent the last week furiously building new VMs with the SharePoint 2013 RTM bits. What a wonderful time to be alive! To keep on the cutting edge I’ve been building everything on Windows Server 2012. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are a touch different than their predecessors. This has lead to some frustrating moments as I struggle to figure out how to do in Windows Server 2012 things I’ve been doing forever. I persevere though, because in order to be fully certified in SharePoint 2013 I’m going to have to be certified in Windows Server 2012. That motivation helps me keep fighting the good fight.

Anyway, enough story part, on to the fun tech stuff. I’m currently building a shiny new SharePoint 2013 VM and I want the much beloved MSDN ULS Log Viewer on the Start Screen for all users. It is a must have utility for all SharePoint servers in the world. With the Start Menu out, and the Start Screen in, that is a little more complicated than it used to be. Another niggling issue I had been having is the issue of User Access Control (UAC). In SharePoint 2010 (on Windows 2008 and 2008 R2) I always pinned the SharePoint Management Console to the Start Menu and changed its shortcut so it always “ran as administrator” with UAC. It’s not much good without that. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to bake that into the Start Screen shortcut. You can rightclick and choose “run as Administrator” but like putting the seat down on the toilet, I always forget. I found both solutions in one fell swoop today. Monday’s aren’t so bad after all.

The phrase that pays is “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs” That’s the location for the common Start Screen. By default not all users can create shortcuts there. You can tell if that’s the case by right-clicking in the folder and clicking New in the flyout menu. If the only option is “Folder” then you don’t have permission. You’ll have to go up one level and give yourself write permission and try again. If you try to drag a program in with Explorer to create a shortcut you might also get a message about how shortcuts can’t be created there, and asking you if you’d like to create it on the Desktop instead. Don’t fall for its lies, give yourself permission to the folder and you’ll be fine.

While you’re in there creating your shortcut you can open up its properties and click the “Run as Administrator” box. For the ULS Log Viewer that is a must.

I hope this helps some folks out there. Windows Server 2012 is pretty cool, but sometimes it’s a little high maintenance. Don’t worry though, we’re all in it together. Smile




We're all in it together

I just wiped my laptop and installed Win2012, SQL 2012 and SharePoint 2013. Working on little things like you mention on your post are definitely not fun but with a little luck and trial and error I'm getting through it day by day :)

Have fun and keep us posted with new things you find. For example learned the hard way that to close an app with a mouse you to go the top of the screen click and pull down the mouse pointer. Found that out looking at a Win8 user using their finger to slice through the screen to close the app.

Coskun Cavusoglu
 on 10/29/2012 10:59 PM


Just what I was looking for.
Please note that you can copy to that folder using an administrative command prompt instead of altering the security settings of the folder
 on 5/2/2013 7:44 AM


Just what I needed.  You have a fun-to-read writing style, too!
 on 5/28/2013 12:53 PM

Re: Thanks

Glad it helped.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 5/28/2013 11:00 PM

another MS failure

server 2012 is another shining example of how MS is becoming the compact car of OS

we really need he metro look on a server so it takes longer to do anything. 


Every single bug I have seen in the servers and workstations are making their way back

stuff that has been gone since win98 are back

the reason

the ppl i know at MS says it is that every single manager is an H1B or from another country

welcome to third world MICROSOFT!
 on 9/12/2014 4:40 PM

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