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    32 Bit/64 Bit Neutral Shortcuts

    I may have to deploy some 32 Bit workstations alongside my 64 Bit workstations [Windows 7 Pro: SP1]

    If we deploy software to the 32 Bit workstations it will install in:

    C:\Program Files\

    If we deploy software to the 64 Bit workstations it will install in:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\

    [All of the non-OS software we have is 32 Bit]

    This would mean two sets of icons for the same software in the Start Menu/Desktop. However I have noticed that some shortcuts are '32 Bit/64 Bit neutral' [the same icon can be used on 32 Bit or 64 Bit OS]

    Office 2010 has this type of shortcut.





    Whereas the FlipShare shortcut specifies in the 'Target' box C:\Program Files (x86)\...

    I would like to be able to deploy icons like these for more of my software. Is it possible?

    Thanks.
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    would using %program files%\app\runme.exe as the shortcut work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    would using %program files%\app\runme.exe as the shortcut work?
    Tried that: It doesn' like it.

    Experimented with the path:

    "%Program Files%\Flip Video\FlipShare\FlipShare.exe"

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    %programfiles% will just just return C:\Program Files

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    put a junction point on the 32 bit machines for Program Files (x86) and point it to program files. links should then work

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    put a junction point on the 32 bit machines for Program Files (x86) and point it to program files. links should then work
    Not sure what a junction point is in this context.

    Could I do that via Group Policy? [I don't want to have to visit all 500 machines and do it!]

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    shortcut to a batch file that then runs the prog?

    just tested this seems ok

    if exist "c:\Program Files (x86)" goto _x64

    :_86
    echo 32 bit os
    goto _end

    :_x64
    echo 64 bit os
    goto _end


    :_end
    pause

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Not sure what a junction point is in this context.

    Could I do that via Group Policy? [I don't want to have to visit all 500 machines and do it!]
    Junction Points are like Shortcuts but to a program they appear to just take the part - more explanation here NTFS junction point - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    it would just be junction "c:\program files (x86)" "C:\program files"

    you might be able to run that as a startup batch script but never tried.

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    How are you implementing the shortcuts?

    If you're using Group Policy Preferences you could could use item level targetting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    How are you implementing the shortcuts?

    If you're using Group Policy Preferences you could could use item level targetting.
    I deploy the shortcuts in Redirected Desktops/Start Menus.

    As the icons are not created by Group Policy I doubt I can use this answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    How are you implementing the shortcuts?

    If you're using Group Policy Preferences you could could use item level targetting.
    oe even create 2 start menu gpos one for a 32 bit start menu one for 64 and use a wmi filter to parse it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    oe even create 2 start menu gpos one for a 32 bit start menu one for 64 and use a wmi filter to parse it?
    Yes I could do that. I was hoping not to have to [going back to my original post] but perhaps this will not be possible.

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    I use the above, two start menus, one 32bit and one 64. As we have a mix of XP, Windows 7 32bit and Windows 7 x64 it made sense, and has worked fine.

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    Shortcuts aren't the only thing you need to worry about. There's the registry too...

    Can I Use the Same User Profile on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows? Sepago

    If you're using roaming profiles, you will want to avoid using a single profile for both OSs...

    Microsoft Windows operates on multiple processor architectures, most notably x86 and x64. User data and configuration settings are stored in a user profile. This user profile includes COM registration, file and registry virtualization information, application settings, and well-known folder locations which may differ from 32-bt and 64-bit versions of Windows. The differences can create unknown behaviors when attempting to roam user profiles between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Currently, this scenario has too many variables to adequately test the interoperability. Therefore, sharing roaming user profiles between 32 and 64-bit Windows is not supported. (Source)
    Last edited by Arthur; 19th October 2011 at 05:45 PM.

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    Was going to say can't you use GPO / WMI to detect if its 32 bit or 64 bit and push out the correct shortcuts ?

    Also am sure there was a pdf regards to group policy preferences ( not sure if that can help or do anything in regards to your problem ) ?

    Unless you could put 64 bit machines in one OU and 32 bit ones in another and have them map different policies etc so that they get the relevant shortcuts etc applied ?

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