MED-V Applications are not available in the Windows 7 start menu

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SYMPTOMS

Applications installed in the MED-V workspace are not published in the Windows 7 start menu as expected.

CAUSE

There are a few reasons why installed applications installed on the Windows XP workspace may not be published in the Windows 7 start menu. The problem may reside on the Windows 7 host or in the Windows XP SP3 Workspace.

RESOLUTION

Before beginning in-depth troubleshooting, first verify that the application shortcut is located in the "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs" in the MED-V workspace (guest). Then determine if it is a Host issue or a guest issue using the following steps:

1.       Look in the Host Start menu and see if the MED-V application is published

2.       Look on the Host to see if the application was published by VPC under \%appdata%\roaming\Microsoft\windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Virtual PC\<nameof workspace>

If the shortcut files are not in this folder it is likely a problem in the guest. Otherwise, if you do see the shortcut files it is likely a problem on the host.

On the Host

1.       Look in the MED-V event log of the host for events from the task category “Application Publishing” for warnings or errors.

2.       When MED-V publishes shortcuts to the start menu, it will attempt to publish the shortcut with a name that does not include the workspace name.  If there is already a file of the same name as the shortcut name being published, then MED-V will publish the shortcut with a name that includes the workspace name. If the shortcuts are contained in folders of the same name, the contents of those folders are always merged.

3.       If users move the MED-V shortcuts out of the start menu, it now becomes a self-managed shortcut and MED-V will not republish it. Use the steps for renaming applications to replace the shortcuts. 

To determine if a shortcut is self-managed look for the shortcut under \HKCU\software\microsoft\medv\applicationpublishing\<nameofworkspace>

Each application is represented by an alpha numberic key. Each key will have a source and destination file path for the shortcut file. If you have an entry in the registry and no shortcut on the start menu then the shortcut is a self-managed shortcut.

On the Guest


1.       Look on the guest in seamless mode in registry under HKLM\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Virtual Machine\Appallowlist and make sure the application is listed. Each application is represented by an alpha numberic key. Each key will have a source and destination file path for the shortcut file. Validate the shortcut name and path for the application are correct.

2.       Check if the application is in the ExcludeList \Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Virtual Machine\Appexcludelist. If the application is in here it needs to be removed and the guest needs to be restarted. Use the shutdown /r cmd in the guest to restart the workspace                          

MORE INFORMATION

How to open the Windows 7 Event Viewer http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Open-Event-Viewer
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Application publishing happens automatically for applications under the Start Menu and Programs under …..\All users in the MED-V Guest. Applications will not be automatically published while you are in full screen mode. In seamless mode when you create or remove application shortcut(s) you will see the shortcut(s) publish or un-publish immediately on the host.

Publishing Application folders are supported by using the following method:

1.       Create a MED-V application folder in the %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu

2.       Copy applications into the application folder. The folder will be published to the host Start Menu.

3.       Access the application folder from the start menu in the host.

Publishing Control Panel applets are supported by using the following method:

1. Create a shortcut on the guest where the target is the name of the applet (i.e. C:\WINDOWS\system32\appwiz.cpl)

2. The shortcut needs to be created or moved into"%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs" or some folder below.

3. The applet will be published to the host in the corresponding location in the host Start Menu.

4. Launch the applet shortcut in the host.


When creating the shortcut *do not* specify %SystemRoot%\control.exe. This application is on the exclude from publishing list and VPC will not publish it to the host.

Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.

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Article ID: 2504415 - Last Review: March 10, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0
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