Quick Instructions for Desktop Lifejacket

This section is divided into the following sections

·         Introduction

·         Download using MS Internet Explorer

·         Download using Google’s Chrome

·         Placing Executable into ‘All Programs’ -> ‘Startup’ Folder

·         Best way to install for multiple user accounts or networked machines


Desktop Lifejacket does not need to be installed and affect the MS-Windows system registry. This is because it is not an application that the user needs to have in their ‘Start -> All Programs’ folder; most of the time the user will be unaware that Desktop Lifejacket is actually running.

Because of the type of file that is about to be downloaded (an executable) and because I am not a recognised publisher of software and do not have a digital certificate there will be a number of warning messages that accompany this installation procedure.

To install desktopLifejacket.exe (by clicking this link) please first follow the instructions below.

Firstly the program itself needs to be downloaded to your machine. It is only natural that the browser will warn the user that they are downloading an executable file, which if the user was unaware of could actually be malicious software.

Download the Desktop Lifejacket Program using MS-Internet Explorer

If using MS-Internet Explorer, the following dialogs are presented. After the above link is clicked it is necessary to select the ‘Save as’ option and to save temporarily to the Desktop.

Download using MS-Internet Explorer


Note that the browser warns the user that they are actually downloading an executable file.

MS-Internet Explorer will also warn you that the publisher is unverified. Now that the program has been downloaded to the user’s desktop the browser can be closed.

MS-Internet Explorer will warn the user that the software publisher is not recognised.



Download the Desktop Lifejacket Program using Google Chrome

After clicking the desktopLifejacket.exe link in Google’s Chrome it is necessary to ‘Keep’ the downloaded file.

Download using Chrome


Again, the browser will warn the user that an executable file is being downloaded. It is then possible to open the folder where the file has been downloaded into.

Open the folder where Chrome has placed the file


Now that the Desktop Lifejacket program (exe file) is downloaded to the users machine it is necessary to drag the file from the Downloads folder to the user’s desktop.

Placing Executable into ‘All Programs’ -> ‘Startup’ Folder

The executable is very small (about 35KB) and it can simply be dragged from the users desktop and placed in their ‘Startup’ folder.

To do this it is necessary to click on the file and drag it to the ‘Start’ icon in the bottom left of your screen. Keeping your finger on the mouse button, wait until the menu is presented and then drag the file over ‘All Programs’ until that menu is visible. It then may be necessary to drag the shortcut over the slider bar until the ‘Startup’ folder is visible and drag the file over that until the folder opens. The last step is to drop (release mouse button) the file in this folder.

Drag Shortcut to ‘Start’

Save Shortcut in ‘Startup’ folder




Note to uninstall Desktop Lifejacket it is necessary to delete the file placed in the ‘Startup’ folder…


Best way to install for multiple user accounts or networked machines

Where multiple users have access to the same drive it makes sense for all users to access the one version of Desktop Lifejacket. Although the Desktop Lifejacket application is very small (about 35KB) it is not as small as a shortcut (about 1KB) so is more efficient to store the executable in a shared area and create a shortcut to it. Copies of this shortcut can then be placed in the users ‘Startup’ folder.

This approach also makes sense because all users will be using the same version of the code. When an upgrade is made available simply replacing the one shared executable file will upgrade all users.

On a MS-Windows 7 machine this setup can be arranged as follows.

1.    Create a folder in a shared area such as Libraries -> Documents -> Public Documents -> Desktop Lifejacket. Or C:\Program Files -> Desktop Lifejacket (you will need administrator privileges to write to this area).

2.    Place the executable in this folder.

3.    Create a shortcut to the executable by right-clicking the file desktopLifejacket.exe and selecting ‘Create shortcut’. (This shortcut may need to be placed on the desktop background if you are working in the Program Files area)

4.    Navigate to ‘Start’ -> ‘All Programs’ -> ‘Startup’ and right mouse click on this folder. Select ‘Open’ for the current user to have Desktop Lifejacket installed or ‘Open all users’ if this is required for all users of the machine (administrator privileges is required to write to this folder)

5.    Copy the shortcut created into this folder and now the application should start whenever the user logs on.


Last revised:26-11-12

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