On my last two posts, I discussed enabling the Windows 7 Administrator account and the problems associated with installing and using Client Access on Windows 7.  This post will show you the steps to take to configure Client Access for every user on a Windows 7 PC.

While changing these files, we’ll use the snap-to-edge feature of the Windows 7 Aero Desktop.  This will allow you to see two windows at the same time much like an FTP screen.  First Go to the Control Panel and click on Folder Options.  Go to the View tab and under the Advanced Settings area click the radio button next to the “Show Hidden Files” entry and then Click the OK button.

Assuming you’re logged on as the Administrator:

  1. Click on the Start Menu and click the Computer link (on the right side of the menu).
  2. Double click on the C: drive and go to Program Files/IBM/Client Access/Emulator/Private.
  3. Click the title bar and drag the window right until the cursor touches the right edge of the screen. (It should resize and fill half the screen)
  4. Click on the Start Menu and click the Computer link.
  5. Double click on the C: drive and go to Users/Administrator/AppData/Roaming/IBM/Client Access/Emulator/Private.
  6. Click the title bar and drag the window left until the cursor touches the left edge of the screen.
  7. In the left window, with the Ctrl key pressed, click the AS400 file and the newly created workstation file. This should highlight both files.
  8. Right click on one of the files and choose Copy.  In the right window, right click and choose Paste. Replace any file that requires it.
  9. In the right window, right click the workstation icon and choose Open With, then choose Notepad.  (Remember to uncheck the “always use the selected program to open this kind of file” check box)
  10. Find the “defaultkeyboard” entry and enter this line: “DefaultKeyboard=C:Program FilesIBMClient AccessEmulatorprivateAS400.KMP” without the quotes.

On the left side, click the back button until you’re at the C: drive.  Double click the Users folder and then the Public folder.  Double click the Desktop folder.  In the right screen, right click the workstation icon you created and drag and drop it into into the left screen and into the UsersPublicDesktop folder.  When asked, choose to make it a shortcut icon.  This will put the workstation on everyone’s desktop.

Using these steps, you’ll be able to install Client Access, move and configure the workstation file to the IBM folder that everyone has access to, and then create a shortcut on everyone’s desktop.  All your coworkers will look at you with envy!  They’ll want to be you!  If you get too lost while trying to accomplish these instructions, call me and I’ll get you straightened out.

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