Tracking Application Launch

Applies to TestExecute 15.40, last modified on March 25, 2022

The Report Generator can track errors in applications that are started externally, for example, from another application. To do this, specify the target application on the Track Application Launch page. The Report Generator will track all the started applications and attach to the matching one.

To open the page:

  1. Launch the Report Generator.

  2. On the first page of the wizard, click Advanced options.

  3. On the resulting page, click Track application launch.

To specify the target application:

  • In the Application name text box, enter the application’s file name without the extension. For example, notepad for Notepad or msword for Microsoft Word.

  • If several instances of your application will be started, and you want to track errors in all of them, select the Track multiple launches of the application check box. This is useful, for example, when working with multi-process browsers like Google Chrome. This will start a separate instance of the Report Generator for each application process.

Click Next to continue, or Back to return to the Choose Option page. Cancel will exit the Report Generator wizard without saving any changes.


  • The parent process should start the application by using its fully-qualified path. For example, C:\Windows\notepad.exe instead of notepad. This helps you avoid issues when there are several running applications with the same name, or when a short path cannot be resolved.

  • The tracked application will report incorrect Handle and ID values. The parent process should not use them.

  • If the tracked application runs under another user account (for example, if it is a service), the current user must have administrator privileges and the following user rights:

    • Adjust memory quotas for a process (SE_INCREASE_QUOTA_NAME)

    • Replace a process level token (SE_ASSIGNPRIMARYTOKEN_NAME)

    To grant these rights:

    • Open Control Panel, select Administrative Tools, and then select Local Security Policy.

    • In the tree on the left, select Local Policies | User Rights Assignment.

    • In the right-side list, double-click Adjust memory quotas for a process.

    • In the dialog that opens, click Add User or Group.

    • Enter your current user name or group name and click OK.

    • Click OK to close the dialog.

    • In the right-side list, double-click Replace a process level token.

    • In the dialog that opens, click Add User or Group.

    • Enter your current user name or group name, and click OK.

    • Click OK to close the dialog.

See Also

Choosing the Type of the Application to Be Monitored
Generating Reports
Working With the Report Generator

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