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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

  Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 Forum


RE: Windows Explorer as a Published App
by johnrsnyder 03-11-2012 11:19
u can use C:\Windows\explorer.exe \\fileserv01\home\%username% in location.
its works perfect for me even in xenapp 6.5.
the iexplore idea not working all the times,

good day,


Re: Windows Explorer as a Published App
by lauracw 11-08-2004 17:21
But there's a much easier, and recommended way to publish explorer.

Publish IE, using explorer switches, and you can make it look like explorer, and lock it down to a certain degree. 

The article below refers to explorer.exe, but a lot of the switches work with IE, as well.  The difference is that with IE, use "-" instead of "/" in front of the switch.

Here's the command line I use, and it works quite well:
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -e -root \\<server>\<rootshare>

Good luck, and have fun!


Re: Windows Explorer as a Published App
by jrector66 11-08-2004 15:22
Thanks for the info! Tongue Tied

Re: Windows Explorer as a Published App
by ervik 11-04-2004 00:05

If you want to publish the explorer.exe , you can make a copy of it, and call it explorer2.exe or whatever, and publish it. Thus, neither Citrix nor Microsoft recommends publishing the explorer.exe.
Have you thought about having a published desktop and stripp it down so the users only have access to the Explorer.exe and no other apps or functions?
For instance on a dedicated server for the sole purpose of explorer.exe...??

Check out this article(it focuses on some of those things!):
This article describes how to add "My Documents", "My Computer" and "Recycle Bin" as a shortcuts.

You want to add "My Documents" and/or "My Computer" and/or "Recycle Bin" as a shortcut to PowerMenu to provide users easy access to their (shared/deleted) documents. This is done by invoking Windows Explorer with specific startup parameters OR by invoking Microsoft Internet Explorer with specific startup parameters.

If you want to use Windows Explorer for this, you must first create a copy of explorer.exe (in this document, we take pexplorer.exe as an example). More information about creating a copy of explorer.exe can be found later in this document.

Step-by-Step Procedure for Windows Explorer scenario

Enter the following information:
Title: My Documents
Command line: pexplorer.exe
Parameters: /e,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

Enter the following information:
Title: My Computer
Command line: pexplorer.exe
Parameters: /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Enter the following information:
Title: Recycle Bin
Command line: pexplorer.exe
Parameters: /e,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Step-by-Step Procedure for Microsoft Internet Explorer scenario

Enter the following information:
Title: My Documents
Command line: c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
Parameters: /e,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

Enter the following information:
Title: My Computer
Command line: c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
Parameters: /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Enter the following information:
Title: Recycle Bin
Command line: c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
Parameters: /e,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}


When publishing the Windows Explorer and a users starts Windows Explorer, nothing happens. After trying again, Windows Explorer starts in browse mode or nothing happens.

When Windows Explorer is started for the first time during a session, it checks whether it is the shell or not. If it is the shell, it starts in taskbar mode. The user expects Windows Explorer to start in browse mode. When started for the second time Windows Explorer sees that it is already running in taskbar mode and starts another instance in browse mode.

There are three solutions to work around this behaviour of Windows Explorer.

The first way is to change a registry setting located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them. RES cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Change registry settings with this tool at your own risk.

By changing this registry value, Windows Explorer is no longer the shell. We do not recommend this, but for documentation purposes we provide you with the information:

Registry key located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell

Old REG_SZ value: explorer.exe
New REG_SZ value: [any other valid value]

The second solution is to make a copy of explorer.exe to pexplorer.exe and invoke this copy. This way, pexplorer.exe checks if it is the shell. Because it is named pexplorer.exe, it is not the shell, so pexplorer.exe starts in browse mode.

Step-by-Step command prompt procedure

Start a Command Promp
Change the current directory to the Windows directory
Execute command: copy explorer.exe pexplorer.exe
Close the Command Prompt
Repeat steps 1 to 4 for each machine
Add an application with title "Windows Explorer" and command line "pexplorer.exe"
Test the application

The third solution is to invoke iexplore.exe (Microsoft Internet Explorer) in file mode. This can be accomplished by specifying a path as startup parameter for Microsoft Internet Explorer. Microsoft Internet Explorer will then be launched in file mode exposing an interface similar to the Windows NT Explorer interface.

Windows Explorer as a Published App
by jrector66 11-02-2004 15:53
Does anyone have any idea how to offer Windows Explorer as a published app? It would also be nice to force it to open in a given location.

Thanks in advance!

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