64bit 2k8 - creating shortcut to control panel applet - use system32 or SysWOW64 control.exe?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by James, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. James

    James Guest


    supporting both 32bit and 64bit 2k8 servers... I have a script that is
    creating some shortcuts and I'm wondering if I should take the extra step to
    check between 32 and 64 bit versions of the OS and making the shortcuts
    point to the 32 or 64 bit specific control.exe? does it matter for control
    panel apps?

    eg. I need to create a shortcut to the Network Connections control panel
    applet and both the following work for the 'target' of the shortcut on my
    x64 test system:
    1. \Windows\System32\control.exe netconnections
    2. \Windows\SysWOW64\control.exe netconnections

    I was going to just use the System32 path and call it a day but then I
    decided I would look into it a little... I can put the conditional
    processing in but didn't want to bother if it didn't matter?

    anyone know?
    James, Apr 28, 2009
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  2. Hello James,

    As most 32bit programs run on 64bit servers, i assume that there are only
    some special one's that are really 64bit. So if you compare the file/folder
    size of the system32 on 64bit server with normal 32bit version you can see
    that there is a small difference, round 4000 files. The sysWOW64 has about
    4000 files. I know that is not the same amount in total, but i assume that'
    s the way that you can use the system32 .exe versions with your sript without
    any problem.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Apr 28, 2009
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  3. James

    James Guest

    ok, thanks for the reply.

    James, Apr 29, 2009
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