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Windows WiFi Networks Manager - Convenient Usabily Removed

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Mosslump View Post
    In pervious versions of Windows, the WiFi Networks icon in the notification area was more useful. You could access a WiFi connection's status and other detail pages through the right-click context menu or whatever. Now, the only way I know to access this information is by opening up the Network and Sharing Center and going from there. Is there any other way to do this?
    The link below shows how to do this with Windows 8.

    How to Manage Wireless Network Connections & Profiles in Windows 8 | 7 Tutorials

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  2. #12


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    Win 8 Pro


    Well I'm not certain, but it seems like Windows doesn't allow you to refer to a shortcut to the Wi-Fi Status page. I can't seem to get it to run from a .bat file either. I only seem to be encountring this problem with the Wi-Fi Status.lnk specifically.

    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mosslump View Post
    In pervious versions of Windows, the WiFi Networks icon in the notification area was more useful. You could access a WiFi connection's status and other detail pages through the right-click context menu or whatever. Now, the only way I know to access this information is by opening up the Network and Sharing Center and going from there. Is there any other way to do this?
    The link below shows how to do this with Windows 8.

    How to Manage Wireless Network Connections & Profiles in Windows 8 | 7 Tutorials
    Thanks, but I don't see anything about Wi-Fi status there.
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  3. #13


    Is this your only complaint? Because from my point of view it doesn't take any longer to get to the WiFi status page compared to how it was. Either way you had to right click then click on the status button.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Mosslump View Post
    Well I'm not certain, but it seems like Windows doesn't allow you to refer to a shortcut to the Wi-Fi Status page. I can't seem to get it to run from a .bat file either. I only seem to be encountring this problem with the Wi-Fi Status.lnk specifically.
    Does the "WiFi Status" shortcut itself work?

    If so, then what's the full path of with file name of where you are keeping it saved at? The shortcut must stay there for the context menu to work.

    I'll see if I can create a .bat file to add it to your desktop context menu for you.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 18
    Win 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Is this your only complaint? Because from my point of view it doesn't take any longer to get to the WiFi status page compared to how it was. Either way you had to right click then click on the status button. :geek:
    No, it's not my only complaint. I have many issues, some rather insignificant, with Windows 8. However, I think there is plenty to like about the OS as well.

    The Wi-Fi Status shortcut does work. The path to the Wi-Fi Status shortcut is "C:\Users\[username]\[folder]\WiFiStatus.lnk".

    The WiFiStatus shortcut properties tab indicates:
    Target Type: {BA126ADB-2166-11D1-B1D0-00805FC1270E}
    Target Location: Network Connections
    Target: {BA126ADB-2166-11D1-B1D0-00805FC1270E}
    The property "Target" is grayed out and cannot be changed.

    I tried a few .bat files, one in the location above:
    Code:
    @echo off
    start C:\Users\[username]\[folder]\WiFiStatus.lnk
    exit
    And another in a public folder.
    Code:
    @echo off
    start %PUBLIC%\Documents\WiFiStatus.lnk
    exit
    I also tried other essentially identical variations, and tried it in a few other locations. Using similar .bat files, I was always able to get other shortcuts to run from these locations, but not the WiFi Status shortcut.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Mosslump,

    If you like, instead of trying to do it through a .bat file, see if you can create a .reg file with this below, then merge it to have it added to your desktop context menu.

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WiFi Status]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WiFi Status\command]
    @="C:\\Users\\[username]\\[folder]\\WiFiStatus.lnk"
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Jun 2013 at 20:34.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 18
    Win 8 Pro


    That causes an error:

    Explorer.EXE
    Application not found.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hmm, ok. Could you post a screenshot showing this entry in the registry to see if it merged properly?
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  9. #19


    Posts : 18
    Win 8 Pro


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  10. #20


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok. After some more testing, this should work for you with a desktop context menu.

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WiFi Status\command]
    @="explorer \"C:\\Users\\Matthew\\Mjsk\\Network\\WiFiStatus.lnk\""
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