Context (sort of)
Recently I've been trying to improve my personnal project Windmenu, and one of the problems I found, was that while crawling through the Start Menu to retreive all applications, ModernUI applications were not found.
I soon realised that, the usual directory
did in fact not contain those shortcuts.
So where to find them?
A few websites point to
that is true, but you sadly cannot acess that from C#.
The truth is: I don't know "where" to find them, but I know "how". This is how
How I did it
Listing the applications
To be honest I am not proud of this method, as it relies on the registry, which is most of the time not a good idea.
If you go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes in regedit, you will see all
the file/url extensions, but also what we are looking for.
Here, are a few keys, named using the following pattern:
are the applications. Keep them.
These are the keys we are looking for, as they contain in the Application subkey
the value of
AppUserModelID is what is needed to later, start a modernUI application.
Getting the name of the application
Once again, not proud of this. I am sure there is a better way to do it.
What I did was retrieve the "name" from the AppUserModelID with this regex
(.+\.)+([a-zA-Z]*)_.*!.* and then "prettyfied" it, adding spaces where needed.
The registry key contains a value named
ApplicationName, but I could not find
a way to use this to retreive the localized name.
Starting the application
Here I didn't do much, as user sankar over at StackOverflow already
explained the whole process
of starting a modernUI application using it's
This involves some com interfacing, and I am not going to go any more deeper than this about the subject, since you can just check out my code here to see how I did it.
There must be a better way. I don't know why Microsoft made it so hard to start a modernUI application from a regular application, but they did it.
Should you do it the way I did it? No. It's bad, and I realy hope I will find a way to do it better.
Does it work? Yes, as long as Microsft does not decide to change the registry keys this is based on.
Anyway, I hope I will be able to find a new way to do this, which I will post here.