Creating Your Own Shortcuts
Some programs, games, etc. might not have an existing shortcut you can use to run them. Say, you downloaded a game off the Internet and wish you could run it with a shortcut, how would you do that? It is very easy to create a shortcut. You can even change the existing applications' shortcuts, but this involves editing the Windows Registry.
Windows depends greatly on the Registry for its operation; therefore, it is important to back up the existing Registry before making changes. To create a backup, open Windows registry (type regedit in RUN, press Ok), go to File menu, select Export, select "All" under "Export range" (back up everything, in case you change different registry keys), give a name to the backup file and finally press the Save button. To restore the registry with the backup, choose Import from the File menu and select the backup file you created.
Another method is to create a restore point. It can be useful to restore Windows to a previous, best working state. To create a restore point, go to Start menu → Programs menu → Accessories menu → System Tools menu, and select System Restore. Pick the "create a restore point" option, and press Next. Give your restore point a name, then press the Create button, and click the close button when done. To restore Windows, go back to the System Restore, choose "Restore my computer to an earlier time," press next, select the restore point you created, and continue by pressing the Next button.
Now that you've safely backed up your Registry and/or created a restore point, to create a new shortcut for an application, follow these simple steps.
Start the RUN command dialog, type in regedit, then press OK.
Now, go to KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths
Right-click on “App Paths", select New → Key command
As the new key appears, rename it with a shortcut name you like. For example “myfavgame.exe"
- You will see an empty String value “Default" in the key. Double-click it and you will see Edit String dialog box.
Type in the full path to the application’s executable file in the Value Data text box, for example “C:\Games\NFS\myfavgame.exe" and press OK.
Now the registry is updated with new shortcuts and your new shortcut is ready to use. Simply load the RUN command dialog and try out your new shortcut.