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Installing Dock
« on: February 07, 2009, 05:01:20 AM »
Hi, this is great software, just what I need, but each time I restart windows I have to reinstall the dock to get it to show. I have tried dragging it to my Start up folder in Vista, but I can only find an .exe file. I'm sure its installed but it will not work until I click the .exe, any help gratefully received, Adrian
« Last Edit: February 07, 2009, 05:18:51 AM by aaria5 »

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Re: Installing Dock
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009, 12:52:45 PM »
I ran into a similar issue. The following is the solution that worked on my Windows Vista Ultimate (32).

I made sure that the Circle Dock was unzipped and the folder was placed in my Programs file (c:/Program Files/CircleDock0.9.2Alpha8.2)
Once this file is created and the files are in place. I made a shortcut of the CircleDock.exe file.
Right click CircleDock.exe and click on "Create Shortcut" towards the bottom of the context menu
I cut and pasted this file to the startup file in the Start Menu.

Note:
Anything that you currently have in the Startup Folder related to CircleDock, remove it first. ANy shortcuts or exe's that currently exist, delete them before proceeding!

You will not just want to copy the shortcut, or drag and drop the shortcut, this will not work properly in Vista!!! you will want to cut and paste the shortcut!!!

I right clicked the "CircleDock.exe-shortcut", and clicked "cut"
In order to get the shortcut to properly paste in the "startup" menu, I had to open start menu, click all programs, scroll down to "startup", right click the folder, and open/click "Explore".
Once the window came up I right clicked in the in the Startup open window field and clicked "paste", you may also go to edit, and then click paste (if you have your menu's enabled.
Now I got the UAC usual acceptance windows and the requiring admin privilege requests (Just a couple of clicks), you may not experience this.
Once the shortcut was placed, I right clicked on the CirckeDock.exe-Shortcut and checked the properties.
The properties windows should have the following information in the "Shortcut" tab:
Target: "C:\Program Files\CircleDock0.9.2Alpha8.2\CircleDock.exe"
Start in: "C:\Program Files\CircleDock0.9.2Alpha8.2"

Now I use Spybot S&D, so I had to make an exception for the entry (placing the shortcut in the Startup folder will create a "startonboot" registry entry).
I also had to make a trusted profile in my firewall (in my case, I use Comodo Firewall)
Check any anti-virus software, to ensure that the program is not restricted. (I did not have this problem. I use Threatfire and AVG, But a friend using Nortins 360, did, so an exception had to be created)

Prior to rebooting your system, check the following settings in CircleDock:
Turn on CircleDock. Right click, and bring up the settings.
In the general Tab/Settings, make sure that the "Enable Portability Mode" is NOT checked, if it is; clear the check box. Close Settings.

Reboot your system. Now hopefully CircleDock will come up during boot  :up:

Now there may be one last issue to check after booting (if CircleDock did not start)
The last check was in "Windows Defender",
now I checked to make sure that the program had "rights" to start at boot up.
The quickest way I know of to get to these properties:
Start Menu > Control Panel > Control Panel Home > (under "Programs") Change startup programs.
Once this window comes up:
Make sure that the "Category" says "Startup Programs"
In the list look for "Eric Wong" and/or CircleDock
Click on CircleDock, and look to the lower right of the this window and ensue that the "enable" Button is greyed out. If it is not, click "enable". Click the "Refresh" Button and double check that the CircleDock is enabled.

Reboot your system.

I hope this assists, and corrects your issue.
If not, I am at the end of the assistance that I can provide.

Good Luck.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2009, 12:57:54 PM by sgtevmckay »

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Re: Installing Dock
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009, 05:55:07 PM »
Thanks for the excellent walk through reply sgtevmckay,  that's a great help,

cheers, Adrian

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Re: Installing Dock
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2009, 06:12:21 PM »
Appreciate it.
Let me know if it all works out for you.

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Re: Installing Dock
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2009, 02:04:35 AM »
Hi sgtevmckay, excellent, that worked, I followed your work-through but had trouble getting into the "Start Up" folder via programs, so did it this way, right clicked on the windows orb thing and selected "open all users, then clicked on "Start up folder in the left pane, and pasted it in ,  I think the problem is my Start Up folder, perhaps I clicked something that has stopped it loading programs, as it was empty.
Any way all fixed, and thank you for taking time to give the help,
Adrian

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Re: Installing Dock
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2009, 02:09:42 AM »
Excellent.

I guess I will have to re-write the tutorial a little better.
As for your startup folder, I would not worry too much, as windows Vista is now more dependent on a bootonstartup registry, than what actually sits in the startup folder.

I am glad it worked, and hopefully it will work for others as well.
I apologize for any confusion.
 :-[ :P :-\

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Re: Installing Dock
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2009, 11:31:23 AM »
Hi, no confusion on your part, Its all me, :-[ I think I did something to my start up folder a while ago, trying to speed up vista, as it was empty of any programs, and I couldn't get it to open in the programs menu.
  Adrian

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Re: Installing Dock
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2009, 02:42:47 PM »
Ah hah! Understood.

One of these days I will due a complete tutorial with images and everything.
What was a simple process in XP is no longer so in Vista.
Some folks get lost in the process, or confused by what the Folks at Redmond have done to the new OS.