Lightroom: Pictogram link from automatic import window is corrupted

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Hi,

do you know the window which pops up in win 7, when a new drive is detected? Lightroom is one option to select in this window, namely to import files. After my initial installation of Lightroom there was also a nice pictogram in front of this option.

Now after installting a newer version the pictogram is defect. Is there a solution for that?

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Beat Gossweiler

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Does LR have a icon within the start menu?

Beat
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lightroomer

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The LR Icon in the start menu is quiet normal. Maybe it is a bug in the installation process not to update the link of the icon in the automatic start menu.
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Beat Gossweiler

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I just checked my system and it looks like the installer did not update the AutoPlay entry for LR.

Check this registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\Lightroom3BetaAutoPlayHandler64\DefaultIcon
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It shows "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3\Lightroom.exe" on my system, but I also have LR 3.3 still installed.

I guess changing the value to "3.5" should solve your problem.

Beat
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Hi Beat,

i fixed the reg entry from 3.4 to 3.5, did a reboot and it did not work. Still the same defect icon.

I then copied the path from the reg entry in a explorer window to double check if the path is correct. The path was NOT CORRECT.

I then copied from attributes of lightroom.exe the entire path and pasted it directly in the reg entry. And voila: It worked again. Icon is now there and this without a reboot.

IMHO this is a bug in adobes lightroom installation process and should be fixed for further releases. Do you know, where we can report such a bug?
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Beat Gossweiler

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Actually, THIS is the place to officially report bugs.

Beat
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lightroomer

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OK, do some official devs read this forum?
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Beat Gossweiler

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Yes, they usually do.

Beat
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Lightroom has a command-line option to repair the registry keys.

Short story: open a command prompt, change to the directory where Lightroom is installed, and run "lightroom.exe -register" (without quotes).

Longer version:
1. To open a command prompt, click on the Windows start button, and in the search box, enter "cmd" (without quotes). A black window with grey text should appear.
2. Right click on the desktop icon for Lightroom 3.5 and choose Properties
3. From the Target field, copy the path to lightroom.exe. On my system, this is C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 (note that the app name, lightroom.exe, is NOT part of the path).
4. In the black command window, type "cd ", then right click and choose Paste to paste in the path. Hit enter to change to the Lightroom directory.
5. In the command window, type "lightroom.exe -register" to try and restore the registry keys it needs.
6. Close the command window and try running Lightroom normally again.

Hope this helps.
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Hi,

thanks for this solution. Why is this process not integrated in the installation process?
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Beat Gossweiler

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Thanks, Julie, good to know.

Beat
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auto play is kinda screwed up after each update. I have updated to version 3.5, and my autoplay shows only version 3.0.64 and there are duplicates in the autoplay window with universal icon. No more Lr icon. Is there a fix for this? I could show you a picture from snip it tool but I don't see a spot to upload a picture.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Auto Play for Lightroom after update.
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The main cause of this problem is Adobe's insistence on naming the installation folder and even the application after the minor version number. That doesn't make any sense.

Lightroom installation should always be in a fixed location \program files\adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or \program files\adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

The minor version number does not and should not matter.

Currently, every time I update Lightroom because of camera update and minor version update, Lightroom installer leaves some of the old versions files and folders around and also requires me to delete my old shortcuts and create a new one.

Since Adobe chooses to release and entirely new program for each minor software update it should not create folders or registry keys that contain the program minor version number. If the user wants to know exactly which version they have they can always go to the "About Lightroom" program option and see exactly which version they have.

For the same reason, Adobe should not also append the processor type to the application name as well. Since Adobe Lightroom does not support in-process add-ins there is no reason for them to add the processor version (x64) to the application name. If I want to find out what version I'm running I can always go to about lightroom and see that is it is for "foo" processor and "bar" major and minor version.

The only time I can see having different folders is to allow side-by-side installation of two versions. Like if I'm running Lightroom 3.6 and I want to try Lightroom 4.0 beta. Then I can see appending the major version to the folders so that both can co-exist. But definitely don't do these for minor version updates.

In the same vein, Adobe really should find a way to ship patches for Lightroom the way they do for Photoshop CS5. They should unify all their varied update checking programs (one for flash, one for acrobat, one for CS5 etc..) into one unified updater and then they can use patches to update Lightroom minor version updates without requiring the download of 200+ MB of files and a full installation each time when all they are doing is just updating a few executables/files. My guess is that if Lightroom supported patching, the updates would be only a few MB at most when new cameras are added. After all, ACR has similar changes to support new cameras/lenses and processing engine changes and yet the amount of data to download is very small compared to Lightroom.

Thanks!