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    Hello

    I want to install a shortcut in Start Menu in Windows XP of all the "Hidden" applications that are not installed by default and that are disseminated in various locations inside Windows, for example: Direct X Diagnosis (C:\WINDOWS\system32\dxdiag.exe)

    There is software created by particulars that do that:
    - XP Hidden Application Launcher (23 applications) by Rizla (portable)
    - XP Hidden Application Interface v1.0 (24 applications) by Craig Longford (installer)
    - XP Hidden Application Enabler v2.0 (44 applications) by Serials2000 Rocks Team (portable)
    - Matt’s System Helper Outer v0.52 (8 applications) (portable)

    And by companies:
    - Camtech Hidden Utilities XP-Vista v1.0 (53 applications + 43 command line utilities) (total 96) (portable) Free
    - Camtech Hidden Utilities XP-Vista v2.0 (81 applications + 130 command line utilities) (total 211) (installer) U$S 19.95

    My problem is that it is in English (I need it in Spanish) and non of them is complete with all that has inside Windows XP. The same can be applied to Windows Vista and 7.

    I know that I can made it manually with shortcuts and links to some Folder in Start Menu > Programs > (example: HiddenApps), but is there a batch file that I can make?

    Many thanks

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    I see you have had NO response for several days, so let me say "HI" and ask you a question.

    Why are the applications 'Hidden' and why do you need to show them in a separate listing?
    If you show them, then they are no longer really Hidden.....are they?

    So why not just UN-Hide them all and let them show up in the regular Programs menu?

    There is a simple script to UNHide all files that would do the job nicely for you.

    You can find that file if you just Google "Show Hidden Files".

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    They are "applications" not "folders"

    These applications are little useful programs from Windows XP itself that are "hidden" or that are "not visible" in Start Menu > Programs > Accesories, like System Tools or Administrative (Management) Tools that can be show clicking in Control Panel > Taskbar and Start Menu options.

    They are found in C:\Windows\system32 and others folders and subfolders.

    So I want to make only the shortcuts to avoid digging and searching every time one needs them.

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    What is it you want the batch file to do?

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    I finished making the batch files for adding shortcuts to the programs that Windows XP (Home or Professional) doesn’t install by default.

    All programs listed in my first comment only shortcut some applications, no one of them is complete, or simply call the application from their own program. In different ways, generally very mixed, and many repeat some applications that are already installed by default, for example: Notepad or Character Map.

    The batch file that I made “Windows XP Hidden Applications“ install all the shortcuts to the applications that Windows XP doesn’t call and that are "hidden" inside directories and folders. There are 62 applications that doesn’t appear in any way unless one knows the name and extension or the keyboard shortcut to call it.

    Excluded are those that are installed but not seen as System Administrative Tools that resides in Control Panel, and if you want to see it in Accessories, you must go to Control Panel > Taskbar and Start Menu > Start Menu > Customize > Advanced > System Administrative Tools and tick Display on the All Programs menu.

    In order that all applications are seen one must install Windows XP with Service Pack 3 complete. After completing the standard installation go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components and tick all the options. If you do not label some of them, the associated shortcuts will not work. But this is a option that you decide and depends of your actual requirements.

    I also made another batch installer “Windows XP Command Line”, with 210 command lines. I included only those that respond to the command line. There are others, but the command line must be applied directly in order to function.

    This is a job that can be improved and if anything is missing or there are errors I will appreciate your suggestion and will correct it. There is a ReadMe.txt file with the instructions.

    In English:

    Windows XP Hidden Applications
    [attachment=89463:Windows XP Hidden Applications.zip]

    Windows XP Command Line
    [attachment=89464:Windows XP Command Line.zip]

    In Spanish:

    Aplicaciones Ocultas de Windows XP
    [attachment=89465:Aplicaciones Ocultas de Windows XP.zip]

    Línea de Comandos de Windows XP
    [attachment=89466:Linea de Comandos de Windows XP.zip]
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