Link0 specifies the path to the first shortcut in
the Start menu list of most frequently used programs.
|This setting has been deprecated in Windows® 8. The information about this deprecated setting is provided for reference only. In Windows 8, the Start menu list of most frequently used programs is not available.|
Shortcut files must be placed either on the Start menu or
on the desktop. Otherwise they will not appear in the list of most
frequently used items. We recommend that you add shortcut files to
the All Users Start menu, for example:
Menu\Programs\Fabrikam\Application.lnk, to enable all users
to access the programs, and to keep the desktop clean for the end
We do not recommend adding the shortcut by using the environment
%USERPROFILE%. Shortcuts added by using
%USERPROFILE% are applied only to the profile of the
next user to log on to the computer. Also, if the setting is
applied during the auditUser configuration pass, the
shortcut is applied only to the temporary administrator account,
which is removed after the computer exits audit mode.
When you add the OEM First Run application, we recommend that you also add it as the first shortcut in the Start menu list of most frequently used programs, so that users can access the application repeatedly until they have accomplished all of the specified tasks. For information, see OEMWelcomeCenter.
This setting has no effect on Server Core installations of Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012.
Specifies the path to the first shortcut on the Start menu. Path_to_first_link is a string with a maximum length of 259 characters.
Path_to_first_link specifies the complete path and the file name of a shortcut file with a .lnk file name extension. The path must refer to a location on the destination computer.
Each shortcut file must include the complete path and file name of a corresponding program file with an .exe file name extension. The path to the program file must refer to a location on the destination computer.
This string type does not support empty elements. Do not create an empty value for this setting.
Valid Configuration Passes
For a list of the Windows® editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.
The following XML output shows how to add a shortcut for the OEM First Run application as the first shortcut in the Start menu list of most frequently used programs.
<StartPanelLinks> <Link0>%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Fabrikam\Welcome.lnk</Link0> </StartPanelLinks>