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    Shortcut for 64bit and 32bit sims

    Is there a way of having a common shortcut for 64bit and 32bit versions of Sims?

    I have found I can manually move the Sims install directory to program files and then link to pulsar.exe but I'm not sure if this will have unintended consequences.

    Is there a reason the normal shortcut is simsload.exe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Is there a way of having a common shortcut for 64bit and 32bit versions of Sims?

    I have found I can manually move the Sims install directory to program files and then link to pulsar.exe but I'm not sure if this will have unintended consequences.

    Is there a reason the normal shortcut is simsload.exe?
    I didn't know there was a 64bit version of SIMS?

    I wouldn't move your SIMS installation, better to write a script and have that launch SIMS simply by checking if it exists in the "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)" folder - if you need a hand with the script let me know.

    I believe simsload.exe as a wrapper to pulsar.exe checks for any available updates, installs them if found, then launches SIMS (pulsar.exe). If you launch pulsar direct, I believe you skip update checking (been a while since I experimented with this)

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    When we had mixed x86 and x64 we had 2 separate redirected start menus. One for x64 and one for x86. easy, not fuss.

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    I'd like to have a common shortcut if possible.

    Does anyone have a better solution?

    I assume if I move the install directory then it will break Solus 3...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I'd like to have a common shortcut if possible.

    Does anyone have a better solution?

    I assume if I move the install directory then it will break Solus 3...
    Define 'better'. Personally, I'd be quite happy with sitting a small BAT file on each machine that opens the relevant pulsar EXE, then having a shortcut to that BAT in place of directly to SIMS. How do you envisage a 'better' solution working?

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    If you're using S3 then don't worry about simsload, feel free to run straight from pulsar.
    What exactly is your goal in loading a separate "version" (although there isn't an x64 sims) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    If you're using S3 then don't worry about simsload, feel free to run straight from pulsar.
    What exactly is your goal in loading a separate "version" (although there isn't an x64 sims) ?
    The goal is to have a single icon on a shared teachers desktop. I have a 64bit remote desktop server i'd like to roll out but currently the icon on the desktop does not work as its 64bit.

    Assuming I can link to pulsar.exe then its problem solved I think. I'll just move the folder and upgrade manually in the future.

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    @LosOjos you're right about how things work with the simsload simspulsar. @zag I'm guessing you have a mixed client environment, and people have shortcuts that don't work. We have this, and it's not just SIMS which is affected. Any links, taskbar items, etc. created / saved in your profile from the 32 bit days, no longer point to the right place. so as they move around the site, sometimes things work other times - they 'can't find the internet'.

    I tell people to hit the Windows Circle a.k.a. Start Circle / Start button / Windows Key etc. (we're on Win 7!) and type the name of the program they want. So they click on the correct link or shortcut as it were.

    If you created / pushed both links to their desktop or start menu, i think they should end up with one which has the logo / image and one that doesn't. This will also give them an error if they did try to click it. Would this suffice? It's not about making a one file fits all, rather than giving them the right file/link for the job.

    Making a batch file is easy enough, and you can even override it with the SIMS icon so it looks correct. I did this when i had an upgrade interrupt script to manually run Sims load first.

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    I'd be interested in a batch file that checks if the folder exists or not.

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    Can't you just change the link to the program files (x86) folder and it will then work...?

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    Here is the script you need:

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\" GOTO X86
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\" GOTO X64
    ECHO "SIMS.net not found!"
    GOTO EOF
    
    :X86
    "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\SIMS .net\pulsar.exe"
    GOTO EOF
    
    :X64
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\SIMS .net\pulsar.exe"
    
    :EOF
    Save it as a BAT, create a shortcut to it, replace the icon of the shortcut with the SIMS icon and your users will be none the wiser

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    Many thanks @LosOjos

    Just to confirm, are there any side effects from using pulsar.exe rather than SimsLoad.exe?

    I'm using Solus 3 so hopefully it doesn't need that any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Many thanks @LosOjos

    Just to confirm, are there any side effects from using pulsar.exe rather than SimsLoad.exe?

    I'm using Solus 3 so hopefully it doesn't need that any more.
    With Solus3, SIMSload is redundant so you'll be fine. If you wanted to run SIMSload "just in case", you can simply change the script above to:

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\" GOTO X86
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\" GOTO X64
    ECHO "SIMS.net not found!"
    GOTO EOF
    
    :X86
    "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\SIMS .net\SIMSload.exe" "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\SIMS .net\pulsar.exe"
    GOTO EOF
    
    :X64
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\SIMS .net\SIMSload.exe" "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\SIMS .net\pulsar.exe"
    
    :EOF

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    I do not allow users to run batch files, so I have converted it to an exe.

    I have included the tool that I used, the icon and the script inside.

    I used the "ghost" option in the tool to stop the cmd window flashing up

    Script from LosOjos

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\" GOTO X86
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\" GOTO X64
    ECHO "SIMS.net not found!"
    GOTO EOF
    
    :X86
    "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\SIMS .net\SIMSload.exe" "%ProgramFiles%\SIMS\SIMS .net\pulsar.exe"
    GOTO EOF
    
    :X64
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\SIMS .net\SIMSload.exe" "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SIMS\SIMS .net\pulsar.exe"
    
    :EOF

    Tested and working for me.

    See attached.

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