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How to create permanent Start Menu, StartUp and Desktop shortcuts in 3K Computers RazorBook 400 CE without disabling persistent registry


Applies To

  • 3K Computers' RazorBook


This article outlines how you cancreate permanent shell folders on the non-persistent RazorBook 400 CE, so that their contents are not lost between resets.

More Info

3K Computers' RazorBook, a Windows CE 5.0 subnotebook, does not have a suspend feature, requiring a reboot after each power-off. Additionally, the device has a persistent registry, which returns the contents of RAM to factory settings after each reboot. As a result, any shortcuts placed in the Start Menu, on the desktop, or in the StartUp folder are wiped clean after each reboot.

How-to Guide

Preserving these shortcuts involves making use of the device's NAND flash storage, along with a registry edit.

You will require access to a registry editor in order to complete this article. If you require more information on using the Windows CE Registry see CESDS0006. If you require a Windows CE Registry Editor see CESDS0082.

WARNING: If you use a Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to hard reset your Handheld PC back to its factory installed configuration. Edit your Windows CE registry at your own risk.
  1. Open "My Computer" and enter the \NandFlash folder. You will see a second \Windows folder there. Open \NandFlash\Windows.
  2. Create the following three folders inside \NandFlash\Windows, if they do not already exist there:
  3. Close "My Computer" and open a registry editor.
  4. Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Explorer\Shell Folders
  5. Inside this you will find several subkeys, including three named "Programs," "Desktop," and "StartUp."
  6. The values of these subkeys will be "\Windows\Programs," "\Windows\Desktop," and "\Windows\StartUp," respectively. Change these to "\NandFlash\Windows\Programs," "\NandFlash\Windows\Desktop," and "\NandFlash\Windows\StartUp," respectively.
  7. Close the registry editor.
  8. Install applications as usual, using \NandFlash as the destination location.
NOTE: This method may work with other Windows CE 5.0 devices (eg, GPS devices) that have NAND storage and the registry key HKLM/System/Explorer/Shell Folders by default; however, as of this writing this has not been confirmed. (It has been confirmed to work on the ViewSonic V212 Wireless Tablet Client, however.) As usual, edit the registry at your own risk.