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Software/Tech: RocketDock does not work in Windows 64 bit editions. Oh wait yes it does and here is how.

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I have been a big fan of RocketDock ( http://rocketdock.com/ (http://rocketdock NULL.com/) ) for a couple of years now.  I like the easy access shortcuts on my desktop (Organized). Its especially nice since its a Freeware product meaning, its free and it doesn’t have any ads or spyware on the install (and I hope they can keep it that way).

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RocketDock from there own website explain their software as

“RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.”

Yes I know that in Windows 7 you can pin programs to your task bar (Like what the quick launch bar did in XP), but I use that task bar for all my open windows (which during normal pc use can be as many as 20 windows open at the same time), so I want to save as much of that task bar space for the open windows.

I was a little concerned once I installed Windows 7 – 64 bit edition because RocketDock shows that “X64 editions are not yet supported”.

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I downloaded Rocketdock and installed it, and yep as the warning said it did not work.  However, since I don’t like to give up easy I tried something and discovered that yes you can make RocketDock work on a 64bit system. Here is what I did…..

1 – Downloaded and installed the latest version of RocketDock (v 1.3.5 in this case)

2 – I still have RocketDock loaded on a 32 bit Windows XP system.  So from that system I copied the entire RocketDock folder located in C:\Program Files\RocketDock

3 – I copied the files to the 64 bit location (on my Windows 7 PC) that RocketDock installed which is c:\Program Files (x86)\RocketDock

  • You will be prompted to replace files, say yes to replace all.

That was it…..started RocketDock and it works just as it did when installed on a 32bit Windows PC.

Desktop with Rocketdock

***Note RocketDock website has some ads (provided by Google Ads), I am not recommending / endorsing using any of the Ads to “Clean XP” or Fix Windows” or anything else you will see on the RocketDock website.