Normally with the Launcher-Addon, Emulator-ROMs are somewhat easier to handle then direct Windows-programs. When adding a new game-ROM to an emulator, you simply copy the ROM-file into the ROM-directory and then rescan the Launcher-item in XBMC. Windows-programs need to be added one-by-one as stand-alone launcher-items. Another problem with this is, that you cannot group all Windows-Games or -Programs into a seperate Launcher-"group".
Using this HOW-TO you can handle Windows-programs exactly like Emulator-ROMs using normal Windows-shortcuts and a special EXE-file.
- Download [url=http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZNUY8DLI&setlang=en"]this file[/url] and extract WindowsShortcutLauncher.exe into any directory.
- Create a new folder anywhere and place shortcuts to all programs you would like have in your Windows-Launcher-item.
- Create a new Launcher-item in XBMC using the following code:
<platform>IBM PC Compatible</platform>
- Now you can scan the Launcher-Item for new files and they will be added just like ROM-games to emulators.
Of course you can also make more than one such Launcher-item (e.g. Programs and Games). You just need to use different Shortcut-folders.
This was tested using XBMC Dharma, the current Advanced Launcher Addon-version by Angelscry and Windows 7.
Of course, using Angelscry's (excellent!) version of launcher, the automatic scraping of game-infos is also working nicely.
So what is this EXE-file and what does it do?
It's actually very simple. Using the script-language "Autohotkey" i created the EXE using the following code: