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"Start" Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

  1. #10


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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Shawn— Thanks for all your tutorials.
    but all of a sudden I can't get this 'Start screen shortcut' to work.
    I download, unblock, open , Pin to taskbar. Then it won't work . Avast antivirus gives me option to ignore it but wants info about its manufacturer ...

    I'm having same problem with others as well. Logoff, Shutdown & Restart
    Hello Ron,

    Did you keep the .exe file where it was saved at before pinning it to the taskbar? If not, then it would break the shortcut on the taskbar.

    If you haven't already, double check to make sure that these .exe files are added to Avast's exclusion list to see if that may help. It sounds like Avast may be blocking them still.

    Avast Internet Security - Create an exclusion
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Aug 2013 at 02:19. Reason: added quote

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  2. #11


    Thanks Brink.
    My goofy pill wore off and I set Avast to ignore it.
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  3. #12


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    Anytime Ron.
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  4. #13


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    Going through the exe it's a compiled AutoIt script. Can you post the script for people who prefer to run it themselves? Thanks.
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  5. #14


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    Hello aph, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yep, it's just an AutoIt script.

    I'd prefer not to post the script though to help prevent it from being copied everywhere.
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  6. #15


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    Windows 8 (duh)


    It's too bad that no one's found the way to do this yet that doesn't involve faking a keystroke (and there has to be one), because I think the Start Screen and its live tiles would make a perfect screen saver.
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  7. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro/Server 2012 R2 Datacenter


    Hi, thanks. All you're doing is Ctrl+Esc anyway. That doesn't work for anyone using a start button replacement, which is a prime reason this would be needed

    There is a way that doesn't involve keystrokes but it's involved. I did a stack trace of the start screen shortcut that comes with StartIsBack and it involves elevating the security context into a background console session on the local host so that process can invoke the start screen, on its own like it would normally. The process is then run as the current user so it shows up on your screen. Not exactly a Ctrl+Esc but give that a download if you want to check it out
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  8. #17


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    Hey Aph,

    Sure, I'll have a look.

    Usually if you don't change what the Windows key opens to in the 3rd party Start menu program settings, the shortcut should still work to open the modern Start screen.
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