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I have an older laptop with Vista Home Premium which Iím configuring now to give it to my grandson. I have a folder which is named ďGamesĒ with 42 games / videos (all educational) on this laptop and I wonder whatís the best way to provide easy access to each executable on this folder.

I can click the executable of each item and send it to desktop but then the desktop is getting crowded or I can copy / paste all items to a word document or I can make a shortcut of the folder to desktop but then its too difficult to find the executables

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Create a "Games" folder on your desktop. Go to each executable, right click and select create shortcut. Move all the shortcuts to the games folder. Set the view on the games folder to ICON.

Now when you double click the games folder, you see all the shortcuts for the games.
 
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Paul suggested the same thing I do with such things on my work laptop - categorize the shortcuts and put them in a folder together.
 
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Old 05-03-17, 03:49 PM
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Sounds a good idea and thats what I will do.

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I have an older laptop with Vista Home Premium which Iím configuring now to give it to my grandson.
What are you going to tell him when he asks, why is this thing so slow? That's what my 84 year old mother asked when I gave her a Vista laptop & she didn't even try to play games? Buy a new PC for the boy.
 
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kolias, have you considered leaving those games where they are and giving them all an entry in the Windows menu instead? And it's not as difficult as it might sound.

That is, unless Vista's User Account Control (UAC) won't let you monkey with the directories I'm about to direct you to. I'm on Win7 and I've beaten on it with a 16-oz sheet metal hammer to remove all the safety devices (for the record, I've also cut the seat belts out of my car, taken the fuses out of the antilock braking system and removed the bulbs from my tail lights, so consider the source). Given the options of fighting with the IRS or Vista's UAC, I'll take the audit every time. And I don't have a copy of Vista to work from, so if you get into permissions gridlock I'm afraid I won't be much help.

This basically is a 2-step process. Step #1, create a shortcut for all the game executables. Step #2, move all those shortcuts into a directory that will cause them to be added to the Windoze menu.

Step 1:
Open a copy of Windows Explorer. Drill down to the directory with all the games in it. Switch the current view to "Details":



1.1: Click on the 'view' settings and select "Details."

1.2: Click on the heading over the column labeled, "Type." This should bring all the executable files (type: application) to the top of the list. If it doesn't, they're probably upside-down so click "Type" again and see if that brings the "applications" to the top.

1.3: Highlight the executable at the top of the column by clicking on it. Scroll down to the last of the executables, hold down the Shift key <Shift> and click on the executable at the bottom. That should have highlighted all of the executables.

1.4: Being careful not to un-do the highlighting, scroll through the list to make sure that the only executables being highlighted are the ones needed to launch a game. If you have highlighted any executables that do anything apart starting a game, hold down the Control key <Ctrl> and click on just that entry. That should UN-highlight just that one file.

1.5: When the un-necessary executables are un-selected, right-click on any of the highlighted files and select "Create shortcut."



Now that same directory should contain a shortcut for each file you had highlighted. Since you're already sorted by file type, scroll down and you should see a bunch of shortcut files congregated together.

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2.1: Open a second copy of Windows Explorer. And I'm working off memory here but I believe this is the correct path. Cut and paste the following line into the address window of your browser:

C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Note that I'm putting this in the directory path for "All Users," so these entries should still appear, regardless who is logged on. If you want to use some other account name, no harm, no foul.

2.2: Provided UAC allowed you to access this directory, in the right-hand pane, right-click in an empty spot and select "New" and "Folder." Now locate the folder, which will be too cleverly named, "New folder." Rename it "Porn." Well, okay, if you HAVE TO, you could name it "Games," but the kids are less likely to forget where you put it if you call it "Porn."

2.3: Whatever you've named it, open the new directory. Then switch back to the copy of Windows Explorer that has all the newly-minted shortcuts in it.

2.4: Using the same method as in Step 1.3 (above), highlight all of the shortcut files. Then right-click on the mass of highlighted files and choose "Cut."

2.5: Switch back to the copy of Windows Explorer you were in when you created the Porn directory. Or whatever you called it. Right-click into the (empty) directory and choose "Paste."

Now check the Windows menu for a selection named "Porn" (or whatever you called it), and confirm the shortcuts for all of the games are available as a menu entry.



That's exactly the method I used to do this ^^^. I didn't name my new folder "Porn" to cut down on the duplication.

Windows automatically will adjust the records-keeping when you move the shortcuts to another folder, so they still will work. If you find the entries in the menu are too unwieldy because now they have " - Shortcut" appended to them, just edit the title of the shortcut. Windows won't care.
 
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Old 05-03-17, 06:14 PM
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Sorry donoli2016 but I donít agree with you. I know the reputation Vista has but on the contrary I found it to be one of the best OS MS ever made. It all depends how you configure the system and I can assure you it can really fly. I will take anytime Vista than windows 10 which I erased from my new laptop and will never go back to it and if I have to I would rather learn Linux than go to win10.

My new Asus laptop (with windows 8.1 now) boots in 6.4 seconds and my Vista boots in 12 seconds. Not too bad for an old OS. And my desktop with XP boots just about the same.

Aside from the OS, a laptop also depends on the hardware. The Vista laptop itís a Dell Inspiron 6400 which I ordered on line in 2007. At that time you could configure a Dell online and I specified what I wanted like Intel Core 2 Duo T7200, 4MB L2Cache, 667MHz FSB, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz and 160GB SATA HD among other refinements.
 
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Old 05-03-17, 06:40 PM
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BTW I forgot to mentioned that the boot timing mentioned includes the time to enter 2 passwords, one during the POST operation and one to enter the user account (both lengthy)

Thanks Fred_C-Dobbs, actually I have disabled the UAC long ago as it was a real pain. I just did that because when I made the new Games Folder it reminded that it would be much easier to have the entries into the Start Menu / Programs. Since there are 42 games I created 3 folders each folder with 14 entries so you donít have to scroll down.
 
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It's not a question of which OS is better. If the main reason is for your grandson to play games, the question is can the PC handle the games?
 
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Old 05-03-17, 09:00 PM
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You are right, the games I have are old and similar to backgammon, quod, card fun games etc. In addition the laptop is basically to do his homework for the school and to start learning computers.

Iím not into games but I assume todayís games need muscle PCís and I donít think my grandson is at that level yet.
 
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I donít think my grandson is at that level yet.
Give him a few weeks.
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