Release History of Control Runner

Public releases of Control Runner, and it's antecessor MomShell, are shown below. Note that the versions missing are beta or short term versions not widely distributed.

The symbols used are:

  • New feature.
  • Change of design.
  • Bug solved.

Current Version: Control Runner 4.1.1

Release date: April 2011

  • Better compatibility with Windows 7 (Error code 87 no longer appears).
  • New key combination. Ctrl+Click on a program button to open the configuration dialog.
  • The initial browsing folder on the program configuration dialog is better determined.
  • Hot keys can be cleared.
  • Better management of web targets. Default Web icon is shown and prevents an error when using backslashes.
  • Run as administrator works on Windows 7.
  • Virtual target icons can be changed.
  • Reload icons now works correctly.

Version: 4.0

Release date: August 2009

  • Adds toolbar.
  • Adds tools window.
  • Enhanced import dialog, adds new items dialog.
  • Adds active zones.
  • Many new options to launch and control targets.
  • Most code has been rewritten from scratch.
  • New security and locking options.
  • User interface enhanced.
  • Solves many bugs reported.

Version: 3.4.4

Release date: September 2008

  • Removes the loading configuration file error on new installations.
  • Enhanced detection of running a second instance of Control Runner.
  • Hides the CPU Load monitor on first execution.
  • Program buttons are changed to improve repainting speed.

Version: 3.4.3

Release date: September 2008

  • Solves a problem when the Administrator and Privileged user passwords are the same.

Version: 3.4.1

Release date: May 2008

  • Solves a problem introduced on version 3.4. that prevented registering the software.

Version: 3.4

Release date: May 2008

  • Solves an issue that could cause a configuration loss when Control Runner is unable to read the configuration files at startup.
  • Enhances the processing of program item icons on the program configuration dialog (non file-system, folders and Internet items).

Version: 3.3.2

Release date: Oct 2007

  • Confirm execution of programs launched.
  • Add 'Always on Top' button.
  • Add 'Privileged User' password and selectively lock program buttons.
  • Add welcome screen.
  • Include What's New and Tutorial files.
  • Correctly show button on task bar.
  • Correctly handle virtual items.
  • Enhances the registration processing of the software.
  • Prevents the 'Value Not Available' description on new items which are not programs.
  • Store icons in a different file to correctly handle high-color icons.
  • 'Run Program', 'DOS Window' and 'Run Explorer' are locked.
  • Add a delay in page tabs change on drag and drop operations.

Version: 3.2.6

Release date: May 2007

  • Solves a problem with the 'Only one copy' option.
  • Enhances the registration procedure.

Version: 3.2.5

Release date: May 2007

  • Adds the Autominimize option.
  • Make the auto-start Control Runner work for all users.
  • Shows the tray icons when programs are minimized to tray.
  • Place the list of recently run pograms on top.
  • Hides the 'Skin Folders' button when not using skins.
  • Changes the way icons are stored improving the management of XP-style icons.
  • Adds the test to prevent a second instance of Control Runner.

Version: 3.2.4

Release date: March 2007

  • Enhances the user registration system.

Version: 3.2.3

Release date: March 2007

  • Does not restore the Monitor Panel if it has been disabled through the configuration dialog when showing again the utility panel.

Version: 3.2.1

Release date: March 2007
  • Changes the format of the resource file used by Control Runner.

Version: 3.2

Release date: February 2007

  • Adds Windows Vista compatibility.
  • Adds the Hide auxiliar Pane button.
  • Correctly handles MSI style shortcuts.
  • Solves various problems related to drag and drop from Explorer.
  • Solves the expiration of the program after 45 days.
  • Enables using Control Runner in a non-adminstrator account.
  • Import configuration wizard is removed.
  • Configuration files and skins are kept on the Application Data folder (for Vista compatibility).
  • Changes the way 32 bit icons (XP style) are processed.
  • Processing of the tray menu is done in a secondary thread to improve performance.
  • Changes the icon used by Control Runner.
  • New rights management system used (old registration keys are no longer valid).

Version: 3.1.1

Release date: May 2004

  • Adds List of Tasks dialog.
  • Solves autosave problems on Windows XP systems.
  • Solves calendar dialog resizing problems on Windows XP systems.
  • Solves a problem with the Change Resolution menu of the tray icon menu on Windows XP systems.
  • Solves a problem that caused the program to stop working when the evaluation period ended.
  • Solves a problem with processing shortcuts (links) on the Program Configuration Dialog.
  • Solves a problem with password dialogs (Cannot focus a disabled control).

Version: 3.0

Release date: July 2003

  • Name changed to Control Runner
  • Adds support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
  • Skins support.
  • Complete support for non-filesystem (virtual) items.
  • Adds minimize to (hidden list and tray icon).
  • Adds Clean Start Menu items.
  • Completely redesigned user interface.
  • Start Minimized bug corrected.
  • Save lock password bug corrected.

Version: 2.1.3

Release date: December 1997

  • Solves the incompatibility between MomShell and programs based on the OpenGL library.

Version: 2.1.2

Release Date: September 1997

  • Changes the way the main window is painted on start up to prevent timing problems on some machines.
  • Enhances the operation of the Apply button of the Configuration Dialog.
  • Solves the problem caused by missing programs on the start page.

Version: 2.1

Release Date: June 1997

  • Adds many configuration options.
  • Adds tray icon with the following options: Desktop icons, Control Panel, Select Printer, Change Resolution, Screen Saver, Auto-Connect, Launch Menu and Hidden Windows.
  • Adds caption buttons and alternate buttons with the following functions: Hide|Unhide Windows, Rearrange and Clear Program Buttons, Import Start Menu Items, Hide|Unhide Desktop icons and Refresh Menus.
  • Adds hot keys with the following functions: Activate MomShell, Popup Tray Menu, Hide current window, Set topmost current window.
  • Adds Clean Start Menu items.
  • The evaluation version is fully operative but it is locked after 45 days of use.
  • Two confirmations were needed to close the program.
  • Some documents were not properly handled.
  • Changing name of page to an existing name deletes program buttons.

Version: 2.0.3

Release Date: January 1997

  • Corrects a time limit problem (program expired on 1/1/1997).

Version: 2.0

Release Date: October 1996

  • Adds Launch Menu and multiple file import.
  • Includes proper online documentation and installation routine.
  • True 32 bit executable. Supporting new OS specifications.
  • Minor cosmetic changes.
  • The number of buttons can be selected by the user.
  • The program and the configuration file reside on their own directory and configuration settings are stored on the registry.

Version: 1.0

Release Date: June 1995

  • First public release of the program as a Windows 3 shell replacement.


  • Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista or Windows 7.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, XP, 2003 or 2007.