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November 19, 2008 12:36 PM   Subscribe

Please help me find the best way to keep my XP windows locked in the same place, at the same size, even after rebooting.

Still working on the public listening station I mentioned in this question, and I've got one last hurdle to go.

The desktop will always be opened to two windows (the VLC Media Player and the XP My Music folder). The machine will be rebooted every night. What I want is:
1) Those two windows to open, to the same size and in the same location, upon rebooting.
2) The two windows to stay locked in place (actually, VLC does stay locked in place, so I guess I'm primarily concerned with getting My Music to stay put).
3) The My Music folder to remember the customized columns and appearance I set in Folder Options, Choose Details, etc.

Doing this via Windows itself is fine, but I'm certainly open to downloading a tweak, hack, or app that will accomplish these objectives (free is ideal).

I've checked previous questions, and some of them get at my problem, but I couldn't find anything that will accomplish all three tasks.
posted by Rykey to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Hmm - the only times I've done something similar, I needed custom code running as a Windows service to constantly monitor the open applications/Windows and make adjustments. You get a "handle" to the window, then monitor it in a thread/loop to ensure that it is positioned correctly. If it moves, you send it the appropriate sizing "messages" to force it back into position.

Either that, or a custom app that simply displays the My Music folder via an ActiveX component - which may be an easier option.

Generally, I used to write these sort of kiosk apps using either Delphi or FreePascal as they could easily hook into the Win32 API and were capable of producing small, standalone executables with no runtime requirements.
posted by jkaczor at 12:41 PM on November 19, 2008


Yeah, I'm fairly ignorant about anything involving writing programs or scripts. Something downloadable and user-friendly would be best for me (sorry, should have been more clear in my question).
posted by Rykey at 12:45 PM on November 19, 2008


Huh - there are some third-party utities and code available:

- Window Sizer code
- WindowSizer
- Sizer
- Leanware Window Sizer
posted by jkaczor at 12:46 PM on November 19, 2008


Huh - there are some third-party utities and code available:

- Window Sizer code
- WindowSizer
- Sizer
- Leanware Window Sizer
posted by jkaczor at 12:46 PM on November 19, 2008


Thanks, that pretty much nails it! :D
posted by Rykey at 1:16 PM on November 19, 2008


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