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Does anyone know (because on Microsoft forums nobody answered me), how I can find what application has which automaticDestinations-ms file in %appdata%\microsoft\windows\recent\automaticdestinations?

That's the folder where Windows 7 stores its jump lists, and I want to know how to automatically/programmatically find the relation between each file and an application.

At least, even manually, I didn't find any pattern, just by looking at the extensions of the files, because some programs open files with the same extension (like images), so this method it's not OK for all programs.

Do you have any other idea? Maybe knowing the format of those files?

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Here's a huge list of Jump List IDs: forensicswiki.org/wiki/List_of_Jump_List_IDs –  Sadeq Dousti May 27 '13 at 17:34
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Clear and Manage Win7 Jump Lists

Windows 7 Jump Lists are stored in these paths. I found this short list of filenames that are associated with specific applications:


PATH: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

28c8b86deab549a1.automaticDestinations-ms = IE8 Pinned and Recent adecfb853d77462a.automaticDestinations-ms = Word 2007 Pinned and Recent a8c43ef36da523b1.automaticDestinations-ms = Word 2003 Pinned and Recent 1b4dd67f29cb1962.automaticDestinations-ms = Windows Explorer Pinned and Recent 918e0ecb43d17e23.automaticDestinations-ms = Notepad Pinned and Recent d7528034b5bd6f28.automaticDestinations-ms = Windows Live Mail Pinned and Recent c7a4093872176c74.automaticDestinations-ms = Paint Shop Pro Pinned and Recent b91050d8b077a4e8.automaticDestinations-ms = Media Center f5ac5390b9115fdb.automaticDestinations-ms = PowerPoint 2007 23646679aaccfae0.automaticDestinations-ms = Adobe Reader 9 aff2ffdd0862ff5c.automaticDestinations-ms = Visual Studio 2012

PATH: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations

28c8b86deab549a1.customDestinations-ms = IE8 Frequent & Tasks


To find other application associations, simply open the *.automaticdestinations-ms files in notepad. You can find file paths to items in the application jump list and figure out which app/jump list the *.automaticdestinations-ms file is associated with.

The post were I found this list was here

(Most of that discussion is not very helpful. It was started in June 2009. I pulled this list out from Microsoft MVP, Ronnie Vernon's replies later in the thread - Scroll down to March 10, 2010)

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You can read more info about it at http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/Jump_Lists and the Full List at http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/List_of_Jump_List_IDs

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