Cannot locate DaVinci Resolve Application After Download

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Cannot locate DaVinci Resolve Application After Download

PostThu Dec 02, 2021 8:32 pm

I've downloaded, installed, not been able to locate the application on my computer then uninstalled and reinstalled at least half a dozen times already.

I can see the Control Panels app but a search in my apps doesn't show the DaVinci Resolve app to edit videos.

What do I need to do to find and use the application?
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Re: Cannot locate DaVinci Resolve Application After Download

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 5:04 am

Which OS and where did you download from?
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Re: Cannot locate DaVinci Resolve Application After Download

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 7:09 am

Ever since I first started using Resolve with the last version of 16.x, none of the versions have ever installed a Start Menu entry for the actual application. I get entries for the RAW Player, the Speed Test, Control Panels and the Fairlight Studio Utility, but never for Resolve itself.

I've always downloaded the install kits from the BlackMagic Support Page. I always use an unprivileged account and enter the admin password when the UAC prompt appears upon running the installation program.

So what I did was, after installing, go into the Resolve program folder at:

C:\Program Files\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve

...find the "Resolve.exe" file, right-drag it to the desktop and click on "Create Shortcuts Here". Then I right-click the shortcut and select "Pin to Start". Once the start menu shortcut is in place I delete the shortcut from the desktop to keep the desktop uncluttered.
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Re: Cannot locate DaVinci Resolve Application After Download

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 10:15 am

This happens if the Windows account you are using to install DaVinci Resolve doesn't have administrator rights.

Everything gets installed but you're missing the icons on your account profile. To fix it, run Windows PowerShell as Administrator, paste this in the console and press enter:

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Copy-Item -Path "$env:APPDATA\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\*.*" -Destination "$env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\"
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Re: Cannot locate DaVinci Resolve Application After Download

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 10:04 pm

roger.magnusson wrote:This happens if the Windows account you are using to install DaVinci Resolve doesn't have administrator rights.

Then it's clearly a bug that should be fixed. The install program itself runs with administrative rights anyway, courtesy of the UAC prompt that authenticates the admin password, and it's is perfectly capable of adding the other shortcuts to the Start Menu - so there's clearly no technical reason why it couldn't add the shortcut for the actual application as well.
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Re: Cannot locate DaVinci Resolve Application After Download

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 11:26 pm

I agree, it should be fixed. At the very least the installer should detect the permissions of the current user and provide guidance.

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