Desktop Application Launcher

XIA Links is an easy to use desktop application launcher which helps organisations manage their desktop shortcuts.
Shortcuts are managed centrally and presented within a single application so they can easily be found and opened by users.

How can our desktop application launcher help you?

System administrators save time by managing which applications are displayed to users across every computer on the network, all at once, from a single location.
Shortcuts can be grouped into sections such as Utilities, Video, Websites and Network Drives making them easy to find in organisations with lots of applications.
XIA Links is the ideal solution for an organisation looking to save time by centrally managing their desktop shortcuts.

Demonstration Video

This video demonstrates the setup of XIA Links including creating sections, applications, directories and web sites:

A demonstration video of our desktop application launcher XIA Links
XIA Links has been successfully used by our customers to replace Novell Application Launcher.

Our firm has used Novell Delivered Applications since 1999 and our users rely on it heavily for fast access to their most commonly used applications.

We were concerned about them losing that convenience when we eliminated Novell, but learned about XIA Links from an ILTA posting and it was the perfect replacement. We can structure their folders and view almost exactly as they appeared in Novell Delivered Applications and we know that will save us hundreds of helpdesk calls about trying to locate shortcuts!

Leanne Bains
IT Manager

Unlike Group Policy Desktop redirection, which cannot account for applications being installed in different locations on different machines, XIA Links allows you to configure multiple possible locations to an application. This feature can also be used to account for multiple versions of an application on the same machine.

In addition to this, applications not found on a machine can be hidden from users.

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Specify exactly which Active Directory users, groups or computers you wish to receive certain shortcuts.

Use allow or deny rules to configure precisely which audience to target a particular application to.

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XIA Links is used by educational establishments such as schools, colleges, or universities, as well as other sectors.

Leaving Novell, we had to have a centralized management tool for shortcuts, links and URLs. XIA Links meets this need perfectly.

Adaptable, customizable and with responsive support this is precisely what we needed to optimize the management of our desktops.

Franck Juillard
Systems Administrator

Supported Versions

XIA Links is supported on the following versions of Windows:


  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2003


  • Windows 10*
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP

*XIA Links is supported by CENTREL Solutions on the following editions of Windows 10 – Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, and Windows 10 Enterprise. XIA Links is supported on the in-market supported servicing branches of Windows 10 including - Current Branch, Current Branch for Business and the following Long-Term Servicing branch - Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB.


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