- devenv - Visual Studio
- inetcpl.cpl - Internet Explorer Options
- mstsc - Remote Desktop
- inetmgr - IIS
- notepad - Notepad
- regedit - Windows Registry
However, sometimes I want to customize my own entries with things like Paint.NET, Visual Source Safe, or Notepad++. Fortunately, I can do this using the Windows Registry. As always when you are working with Windows Registry, you want to make sure to create a backup before you make any changes. See the Microsoft Knowledge Base article below for more details. As far as adding custom Run entries, here are the steps:
- Open the Windows Registry.
- Create a backup. (See below for details)
- Open the following registry key - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths
- Create a new key with the name of the shortcut you'd like to use. (For example, "VSS.exe")
- Double-click on the (Default) string that is created and enter the path to the application executable that you are adding the shortcut for. (For example, "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual SourceSafe\ssexp.exe")
- Close the registry. You will now be able to access the shortcut.
How to back up and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Vista