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Giveaway of the day — Launcher Pro

Launcher is an easy-to-use file and application shortcut manager that can launch all kinds of files and programs.
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Launcher Pro was available as a giveaway on September 20, 2011!

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Launcher is an easy-to-use file and application shortcut manager that can launch all kinds of files and programs.

Launcher allows you to easily create shortcuts and configure launch options:

  • Supply command line parameters in application shortcuts.
  • Batch files and other executables support same options as applications.
  • Pro: File or program window state, e.g. maxmized.
  • Pro: Application files starting directory.
  • Pro: Launch programs with Windows run as administrator elevation dialog.

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ Vista/ XP/ 2000/ NT/ ME/ 98/ 95





File Size:

2.29 MB



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I had not anticipated that the specifics in the GOTD build (which are registry dependent) would disable portable mode. If I had thought of it, the portable mode thing would never have been mentioned!

I am right now working on a fix for this. And those who email me in near future (or already have emailed) will get a fixed executable just like I promised in comment #28 :)


For those interested about using Launcher, please see:


For those complaining about the price of 29$ of the normal [Pro] build, please remember Launcher also exists in a freeware edition.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Schulz  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Quote: "Those of you with Win7 may need this program or something similar to get a grip on the bizare interface that Microsoft thinks is clever."

Windows 7 has a much better workflow than XP, to the point where there are so many front-ends to XP to make it look and feel like Vista or 7. Windows 7 users have a far better interface than has ever been available in the PC world to date. Anyone who thinks Windows 7's interface is bizarre has not given much effort to find out what it is all about, and/or to learn it.

This being said, having tried out this software on offer, I cannot fathom why it can make life any easier than what it is with any Windows version prior to XP. For this reason, I cannot say I would recommend it unless you are having serious problems learning to use Windows.... even then, I would firstly recommend taking a course in Windows.

Being able to audition software like this and other offerings is what Giveawayoftheday of the most valuable for. Many thanks to the staff and the participating developers !!

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

To effectively compete against freeware launchers, a paid program must offer features that users want & that freeware fail to include.
A partial list of the multitude of freeware launchers available includes:
Article comparing a number of well known freeware launchers
Best Free Program Launcher
Updated 19. September 2011

7APL – Windows 7 Application Launcher


8start Launcher

Alaunch other freeware at link also

Advanced Launcher



AutoRunnerX and AutoRunnerU

Circle Dock





Desktop Manager BBox



Fast Launcher

FCorp - File/Folder Launcher
many other freeware apps at fcorp link also
alternate dl link== http://www.freewarefiles.com/File-Folder-Launcher_program_58573.html

FSL Launcher



HotKeyz, Hotkeyz Portable
launcher plus other features

jetToolBar program launcher

Key Launch

Lacuna Launcher

LaunchBar Commander



Microsys Launcher

MouseExtender - launcher for Windows

Object Dock


Open Menu+

Personal HotKey

Portable Application Launcher V3.1.2

Portable Start Menu

Pretty run

Program Starter


Pxax Daemon-other freeware at link also


radial menus

Risingware Fast Start Genie

RK Launcher



Selector (other free hotkey apps here also)


Shortcuts Pool










ToolBox v2.85



Typhoeus Hotkeys


UpStarter - many other freeware here also
Publisher's Description at freewarefiles
Program to start your favorite applications. The right hand panel has some pre-set Windows stuff. The left hand panel has 16 buttons which can be set to run your favorite Applications.


Windows 7 Application Launcher gadget http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=7eb0c316-b3d1-416e-bff4-5b7ed53ebe11


Winstep Nexus

XWindows Dock
freeware launcher for MAC

Reply   |   Comment by Reality Check  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Some old DOS users like me may remember XTREE, from Symantec. It's replacement program, not from Symantec, called "ZTREE" is available for free (with popup reminders if you don't choose to pay $29.95 for registration). It is a terrific file management app that lets you do all kinds of things, including launching any program I've come across. Check out http://www.ztree.com As far as I know, Kim is still offering free lifetime updates, too.

Reply   |   Comment by DOS is BOSS  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If the developer for LaunchMate had pursued that launcher utility, then LM would be THE "category-killer" for such utilities. Its from the '90s, and still its flexible categories/file/utility shortcut buttons are efficient-to-use. Do a Search to find it, and just check it out. Why no other programmers have taken off on this abandonware, I'll never know (hint, hint!!).

Looking at this offering's screenshots, its but a window for various shortcuts, yes? Nope, I like LaunchMate's hidden-window setting, along with colored buttons/text. Making a visual selection is even faster than typing in, or reading a list of selection, imho. thanks, anyway!

Reply   |   Comment by antoniio  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#37 comment? You're not talking about "Rocket Dock" are you?

Reply   |   Comment by Ears14U  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Question: What's the best way to find & start your apps? Answer: There isn't One. You [hopefully] find what works best for you. Microsoft's Metro [win7 mobile & win8] is one choice, Windows' Start Menu is another, and then you have all the launchers, desktop apps, & start menu alternatives out there, including today's GOTD, the Micro-Sys Launcher. Today's Micro-Sys Launcher sits on the taskbar & via the right-click menu lists the apps you've added to it, organized in folders if you like. Like the regular shortcuts you place on the desktop you can add arguments [optional switches that control how an app behaves when started, e.g. Notepad.exe "MyText.txt" will start Notepad with MyText.txt opened], set an app to run as admin [win7], start minimized, in a window, or full screen, & run from a folder you set. Launcher additionally has the option to start an app Hidden, though you can't assign a Hot-Key the way you can with the shortcut on your desktop. Some launchers are easier than others to set up, & with Drag/Drop the Micro-Sys Launcher makes that process Very easy. But some launchers also work portably, giving you a menu for the apps &/or contents on the USB device where they're stored, & for that today's GOTD only works partly -- adding items on a USB stick could get a bit tricky [USB drive letters change so you may have to use special paths], & Micro-Sys Launcher stores it's license info in Windows registry, so using it portably on a PC/laptop where it's not been installed means it's unregistered. The help file, a set of html files, tells you how to modify "muc.ini" so Launcher stores all other data in it's program folder for greater portability.

Installation adds the "Micro-Sys Software" program folder with 94 files, 35 folders, ~3 MB -- set to work portably that folder holds 96 files, 42 folders, & still ~3 MB without any app shortcuts added. By default folders are also added to My Documents & User App/Application Data, with 2 app keys & an uninstall key added to Windows' registry. There are no different 32/64 bit versions, & apps started via the Launcher run under the Launcher's process, though that shouldn't cause any problems. Setup & Activate.exe seem to work fine in everything from XP to the win8 dev preview. I thought that maybe having more than one copy installed, & then setting them to work portably, I might make different collections, e.g. one for Graphics & one for Video, but that wouldn't work.

I try to keep Windows' own Start Menu well organized, so *to me* it's not a big deal & the only launcher I regularly use is the one from portableapps.com -- you have the PortableApps folder, folders with the .exe to run go in that PortableApps folder, & when you start the PortableApps launcher ["Start.exe"] those apps are automatically added to the menu. There are more options like categories [think of the folders in your Start Menu], but that's essentially it, making it nice for removable media from CDs to USB sticks. And while there's nothing wrong with the Micro-Sys Launcher context menu, IMHO the PortableApps launcher is nicer looking than most. But if you think starting your apps from a right click menu might work well for you, give Micro-Sys' Launcher a try.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I have been using Cylog ToolBox for as long as I can remember - they recently added some new features to the original which is a user friendly, easy to configure and one time 'click' for any and all programs,drives or folders...I have tried pretty much every quick launch tool that comes my way and just cannot match this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Skull Collector  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Another options is Quick Pop Menu by Micheal Uno. It is a simple version of the brilliant Quickcliq. Quickcliq is a power users delight.

For the rest of us Quick Pop Menu is a neat app to get your apps.


It is Portable, Freeware, for Windows 2000 or later.

Question ??

Do anybody remember a menu launcher that is activated by holding
down the mouse wheel and making a downward gesture? It is very similar to Quick Pop Menu and Quickcliq.

Reply   |   Comment by Donavan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Those of you with Win7 may need this program or something similar to get a grip on the bizare interface that Microsoft thinks is clever. But those of you lucky enough to have Win XP wont need any of this as everything is immediately to hand and nicely organised. There are freewares available to convert the Win7 front end to XP. That is a much better option.

Reply   |   Comment by simon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)


(I did not read through the help.)

Missing the ability to sort a listing.
If I drag a directory of 36 .exe's into a "Folder", appears they show up in the the order dragged. Ability to sort, after the fact would be nice.

Mouse scroll does not work on a long listing.
You must use the up/down arrows (at the top, bottom, of the list). Less convenient when you have a long list.

Though the list does maintain its relative position when re-opened (instead of jumping to the top). Makes it easier to re-invoke a last used program. (Perhaps there should be some key, shortcut to re-invoke a last used program.)

A manner to interactively enter command-line parameters would be nice. So I could start my brower, SeaMonkey, but do it in Safe Mode, with the command-line parameter, so: SeaMonkey.exe -safe-mode.

Settings are stored (hard-coded) at \user\current\My Documents\Micro-Sys\Launcher\*.

I suppose the portable version (much preferred) would alleviate that.

The ability to hide & or move the 'Launcher menu' itself. Would think it better at the top of the list (as you're more likely to access most used items towards the bottom?)

There is an Elevate, Run as admin, but perhaps a method to do that interactively - like holding down the Shift key?

If you make a change & go to close without saving, it does prompt you. Good. (Save button should be grayed out if there is no reason to save.)

Would be nice to have the ability to open a folder in an application (like a file manager) rather then just Windows Explorer.

Stores a files at; \user\current\Application Data\Micro-Sys\Launcher\lcs\user.msd. Not sure what that is for/does?

Does what it says. Don't see anything particularly wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I've used Control Runner as a program launcher for years now. Honestly, I couldn't live without it. It's the only launcher I've ever seen that uses icons on tabbed pages so that you don't have to run the mouse through complicated menus just to find the program you want to launch. It costs $30 and is worth every penny, in my opinion: http://www.momsoftco.com/controlrunner.htm

Reply   |   Comment by Sr. Sabelotodo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Hi., I have installed as a portable, and working well....

Reply   |   Comment by Jozsef  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

XP 32Bit Machine here. ( I don't bother with win 7 64 bit customization anymore, It's a mess and I will always hate win 7. )

I see a someone has already mentioned TLB (True Launch Bar) but I have since the DOS days used an asm 32 source code called tools.zip
(it moves around on the web, but I found it currently here)

For several years, I used gkrellm and just the launcher.dll plug-in (AS A SHELL REPLACEMENT)

Then one day, I met FLB (Free Launch Bar)

I thought wow this is nice, then I tried True Launch Bar (TLB), and found while it does everything FLB does, it was too cluttered for my taste, So I went back to FLB.

So I try this program out, it installs, works, but however you want to slice it, the reality is, I am already back to my blessed FLB.

To the Author/Coder - Sorry, I give it good points for trying, but maybe un-clutter it somehow. Have a look at the above examples I showed you to better understanding of why I keep going back to FLB.

To the USERS - Use what works.


Reply   |   Comment by fredward  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well after downloading and playing with the program for a bit I am wondering why I would fork out the money for this program over the many free launch managers out there. There doesn't seem to be anything to set this one apart from its competition. That and the fact that this is basically a crippled version (no portable support unless you contact the creator) makes me wonder why I should cough up the money to this company.

Sorry Mr. Schulz but in today's economy you really have to stand out from the competition in order to pry the money out of our wallets/purses.

Reply   |   Comment by Silver Dragon Sys  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

One of the best features of Linux is a very flexible UI that includes multiple task bars to stash launchers & other useful goodies.

The True Launch Bar offering from here a while back brings all that to Windows and everything else just sorta pales in comparison, including this, the Mac dock clones, keyboard launchers, etc. If you own it, you probably know what I'm talking about. If you still have it through the offering here but haven't used it because it is confusing, try again. If you weren't lucky enough to get/save it the last time it was offered here, perhaps GAOTD will offer it again.

Personally, I've used TLB for at least 10 years and it is the first thing I put on a new system. Everything else is a waste of time.

Reply   |   Comment by Herr Black  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I will try take note.

#3 I have not heard of this problem from anyone else. Sure you downloaded the GOTD build?

#7 Launcher GOTD is installed in already regged mode which indeed locks the "Name ID" field.

For those having problems getting portable mode to work. Please email me. The GOTD build does not work in portable mode, and I will do my best to rectify this problem to those who contact me (!) I am truly sorry about this oversight :(

For those who do not need a program Launcher and/or using an alternative. Thanks for your feedback. I will see if there are any features I need and can implement :) Otherwise it is true this program was originally created back in ~1999 where the need was much greater :) All that said, there are still many people who like to use various Launcher utilities for a variety of reasons.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Schulz  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)

Downloaded and installed but it's way to complicated for me!

I LOVE my launcher! FSL by Freesoftland (http://freesoftland.sytes.net)
I divide it into tabs - apps, games, media, photo, design, system, utilities, GOTD, etc.... I can always find the shortcut immediately.

Reply   |   Comment by Dianne  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I mostly use FARR for this sort of thing. Simple, fast, powerful if you want to mess around with aliases and such.

@Ben - Not being able to figure out why a launcher might be more useful than the Start menu's search function...FAIL.

Reply   |   Comment by Trent  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

#20 Raive, thanks for the tip - while I often use shortcuts, I did not know about this!

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As far as I'm concerned, the only key reason to use any launch utility is if you are autostarting a CD or USB stick that you are moving from computer to computer - the built-in Windows Start Menu does not know of these temporary programs, so you set up a program launcher that only knows of these temporary programs. If you set Vista & 7 to search out these USB drives, you do not reserve drive letters for each individual drive, and you use a multitude of drives, you can end up confusing windows (system & repeated temporary applications) over time, so using an autostarted launcher is safer in these cases.

That said, many people use the PortableApps platform as the base for USB flash drives, and the default launcher they supply is usually quite sufficient (yes, you can add your own entries to non-PortableApps apps you add).

Otherwise, if you are happy with Windows' Start Button, All Applications & Search, there is no need to use this type of utility.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I was unable to edit muc.ini (http://www.microsystools.com/products/launcher/help/program-launcher-portable-usb/)...I have uninstalled the program.

Reply   |   Comment by S!ick  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

@ben, yes I really do put shortcuts on the desktop. How many times do u launch a program that u use frequently. I launch it once, and it can stay open all day. So 1 click to minimize, click to launch. Big deal

Reply   |   Comment by arthur lee  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Easier alternative :
Pin Program to Taskbar. to start it, press Windows key + number according to arrangement of pinned items.

Reply   |   Comment by Raive  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Nice offering but I'm left wondering why you would spend money on this if it wasn't a freebie just for one day.
Much prefer to use FARR (find and run robot) which has been around for years and doesn't cost a cent.

Reply   |   Comment by terrawarra  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Free and really helpful: Fast Launcher (http://www.dvasoft.com/fast_launcher/). And it deserves its name!

Reply   |   Comment by Juhasz Istvan Geza  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

#13 "You use a utility to launch your applications through a menu"

....not only applications (which can be categorized) but also Drives/Files/Folders and URL's ... all immediately accessible by holding down the RH mouse button and dragging it down the screen. Drag it up the screen accesses 9 individual clipboards and drag it left accesses a memo pad.
Quicker to use the search function in the start menu ? I think not.

Reply   |   Comment by bettersafethansorry  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#4 : many thanks bettersafethansorry, it is even betten than PStart !
Great app !

Reply   |   Comment by NYB  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

One more freeware - PortableStartMenu (http://www.aignes.com/psmenu.htm). It eats about 1mb of RAM! Launcher Pro memory consumption is about 10mb.

Reply   |   Comment by dimon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

@arthur lee Are you kidding? Do you really put shortcuts to programs you use often in the desktop and minimize all windows every time you want to launch them? Wow. Ever heard of Quick Launch? Or about pinning elements to the taskbar? Or pinning items to the Start Menu? Or the Start Menu'"most often used programs" list? Or the Start Menu's Search function?

@bettersafethansorry You use a utility to launch your applications through a menu when you could just use the Search function in the Start Menu and launch them faster? FAIL.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-47)

I also prefer Launchy (over this). It's free and it's a must-have for "keyboardians".

Reply   |   Comment by Sepp  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I cannot fathom why u would need any launcher. If it is a program u launch often, put a shortcut on yr desktop. Very rarely, use file explorer and open the .exe.

Reply   |   Comment by arthur lee  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

I will give it a try. Just downloaded it. But I have some questions. You mensioned that we can run it from a memory stick: "...from portable media such as USB sticks." - But how? I´m not a specialist and I don´t know how to put this program to my USB-Stick. Do I just copy the exe - file and activation file on it and it runs? Or is it the "Micro-Sys" folder which was created on my document - folder? Please give me some help, because I´m lost. Thanks in advanced.

Reply   |   Comment by Hans  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

On the surface, this seems like a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist and is perhaps one of those utilities that would lie dormant on most machines as people are likely already comfortable with how to launch the features that they use.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

No, it's an app launcher. Think of app launchers as "advanced Start menus that you can configure and launch via hotkey or mouse click"... As far as launchers go, however, there are MUCH better freeware alternatives available, like QuickCliq, Mouse Extender, True Launch Bar and Launchy (which is more search-keyboard-oriented than using icons).

Check out one of those apps. I remember trying out this program a few years ago after I stumbled upon it, and I wasn't very impressed at all, even for an app launcher back then.

Reply   |   Comment by Wax  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

I have Win7 64-bit. I was not able to validate because the Name ID was frozen (ie, At the blinking cursor in first line, my keystrokes didn't fill in the Registration Form). Hence, I can't try it.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve S  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I don't understand why one would use this kind of program. When I want a program to run I launch it. Sometimes one program can launch another, for example, when a browser launches Adobe reader to see a file the user clicked on.

But aside from that, I can only think of one other need to have one program launch others, and that would be to have programs run automatically at certain preset times. In this case, we would use a scheduler. We wouldn't call it a program launcher.

Is this just another scheduler program?

Reply   |   Comment by Hamachisn't  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Free excellent alternative: PStart

Reply   |   Comment by r0lZ  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

OK so this is free today which makes my following comment somewhat irrelevant but do the advantages of the Pro version over the free version really justify the asking price?

So far as launchers go I have tried a great many,including the free version of Launcher, and this one,I'm sorry to say,does not get out of the starting gate.

For sheer ease of use I now run a combination of two launchers.
For lesser used programs - I use TrueLaunchBar - as given away on this site. Really just a glorified version of MS's quick launch bar

For my main launcher I now use the brilliant Quickcliq
Lightweight and portable (the programs database is contained within its own portable folder) and accessible from anywhere on the screen via a mouse gesture. IMHO truly indispensable.

Reply   |   Comment by bettersafethansorry  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+55)

Be nice if it worked, clicking launch from within app gives you a 31 day trial

Reply   |   Comment by Rocco  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

A better and free solution!

Reply   |   Comment by Svend Ö  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+58)

Win7x64 works fine but seems useless to me. Probably better for Vista / Xp users (if there are any still out there..)Uninstalled - thanks anyway..

Reply   |   Comment by Edmund D.  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-52)
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