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Is there a way to launch My Computer from the keyboard when the keyboard does not have a Windows key?

Remapping keys etc. or registry tweaks will not be useful in my scenario as I have to do this on lots of computers. I'm renaming computers after imaging, using an image that has had the My Computer icon removed.

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Doesn't your image ask for a computer name after it boots for the first time? If not, how was the image made? (usually that is with a clean install, windows updates, some programs and then sysprep with a flag to regenerate that computers unique key and network name). – Hennes Oct 18 '12 at 22:32
No, it doesn't ask. This isn't a normal network deployment scenario, they are embedded devices that will not be used on a domain. – Stephen Hewlett Oct 18 '12 at 22:37
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Short answer: There isn't one.

Possible workarounds:

  • Get a keyboard with a Windows key to use for the task.
  • Use a mouse for the task.
  • Recreate the master image with a desktop shortcut to a batch file that runs explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} (more info here and here) and then deletes the shortcut, and then deletes itself (the batch file). You can then assign a preferred shortcut key to the shortcut to launch it. One that doesn't depend on the Win key.
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