Launching Expression Web 4 automatically

холна секцияIn one of our authoring tool projects, we need to launch the newest version of Expression Web on the author’s computer. When an author had ExpressionWeb 3 and 4 installed on the computer, our code was always launching Expression Web version 3 instead of version 4. The problem was not in our code – the problem was in the registry settings created by the Expression 4 installation. The installation of Expression Web 4 leaves does not update the registry setting responsible for launching the application by its name (ExpressionWeb.exe). You can change the registry setting by creating a .reg file (see contents below) and then launching that .reg file.

The first line of the .reg file must contain Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00. Save the .reg file as a Unicode file using notepad.

Here are the contents of the .reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\ExpressionWeb.exe]
@=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Expression\\Web 4\\ExpressionWeb.exe”
“Path”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Expression\\Web 4\\”

About Leo Lucas

Leo Lucas is an e-learning consultant. Leo has 25 years of experience developing e-learning programs, authoring tools and learning management systems. Over the years, he has created e-learning solutions for large and small clients. Prior to founding e-Learning Consulting, Leo served in several senior management roles at Click2learn (now SumTotal Systems) including Vice President of Product Marketing and Vice President of Product Development. While at Click2learn, Leo led the development of the e-learning authoring tools and learning management systems. Leo served as Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer at Aimtech Corporation. Leo's team created the first Windows-based multimedia authoring system and other award winning software running on Windows, Unix and other operating systems. Leo started his e-learning career by creating and leading the first computer based learning development team within the US Army Intelligence School at Fort Devens.
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