This chapter is about OS-specific issues with windows.

Windows 8+: No app icons

Windows 8 introduces a new security features:  

Application icons from a network share are bad and needs to be disabled automatically.

You can enable them again via domain GPO policy:

run gpedit.msc

Computer configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/File Explorer/Allow the use of remote paths in file shortcut icons

 Trusted Network

If you get this warning message,

then you have to change how windows

detects your local area network.

Please follow these steps:

  • Open the windows control panel
  • Choose "Internet Options".
  • Change to tab "Security".
  • Select the Icon "Local Intranet".
  • Click on the Button "Sites".
  • Click on the Button "Advanced"..
  • Add \\Your_Fileserver to the list. (replace "Your_Fileserver" with the name of the fileserver the RR files are on)

Note: This is a per user setting in windows.

Domain GPO:

If you are in a domain, then you should change this setting with a GPO:

1. Open GPMC in your Domain Controller. Create a GPO or use an existing GPO linked to the OU which contains all users.

2. Under User Configuration, expand Polices > Windows settings >Internet Explorer Maintenance >Security

3. Double click Security Zones and Content Ratings, then chose Import the current security zones and privacy settings.

4. Click Continue, then click Modify Settings.

5. In the Internet Properties windows chose Security tab, then click Local intranet, click Sites to add sites you want.

You might want to add your whole domain by adding your domain name, e.g. http://*.domain.local


How to pin an RR app to the taskbar?

Windows 7 has some restrictions that dis-allow programs to be pinned to the taskbar.

There are cases in which programs on a network share are not allowed and/or if the executable file contains a reserved word (like help, control...).


  • First click with the right mouse button on the desktop.
  • In the context menu select "New" -> "Text Document":
  • Change the name of the text file into a meaningful front part (e.g.: "rrControl"), and - important - the file extension has to be ".exe".
    (If the file extension "txt" does not appear, previously deactivate in Windows Explorer via menu "Organize" -> "Folder and search options" -> tab "View" -> "Hide extension to known file types".)
  • Ignore the warning from Windows 7 and answer the question:
    "Are you sure you want to change it?" with "Yes".
  • After that the icon has changed to a standard icon for EXE files.
  • Click on the file with the right mouse button. Now a menu item "Pin to Taskbar" appears. Choose this and a new icon appears in the taskbar.
  • Right-click on the icon in the taskbar and then again with the right mouse button on the "Program" (here: "rrControl"). In the context menu select "Properties"
  • Now change on tab "Shortcut" the "Target" to either the batch file ([RR]\win__rrControl.bat) or the executable ([RR]\bin\win\rrControl.exe)
  • The icon can now be selected with the button "Change Icon". Click on "Browse..." and select the executable ([RR]\bin\win\rrControl.exe)
  • The "fake program" text file on the desktop (here: "rrControl.exe") may be deleted. 
  • The new shortcut in the taskbar can be used immediately. However, the changed icon sometimes appears only after a reboot. 
    If the mouse hovers over the shortcut in the taskbar then the name appears as a "Tooltip" above the link.