CONNECT Advisor starts automatically when MicroStation is opened

 Area:CONNECT Advisor


CONNECT Advisor opens each time when MicroStation is started even though the automatic start is turned off in the settings.


CONNECT Advisor is initiated by the statement


in configuration file

C:\Program Files\Bentley\MicroStation CONNECT Edition\MicroStation\config\system\applicationload.cfg

This variable also initiates several other modules. While it is possible to comment out the statement in that file, a) we strongly recommend that system configurations are not edited, b) the edit would need to be made to the same file on every machine and c) the file will be overwritten by subsequent updates or reinstallations.

We recommend that the change should be made in the WorkSpaceSetup.cfg contained in a Custom Configuration as follows:

  1. In a text editor (Notepad, Notepad++ or similar) open the copy of WorkSpaceSetup.cfg contained in the root folder of your custom configuration.
  2. Also open C:\Program Files\Bentley\MicroStation CONNECT Edition\MicroStation\config\system\applicationload.cfg
  3. In WorkSpaceSetup.cfg insert a  new statement:
    This %undef operator at the start of this statement clears the previous values of _USTN_FIRSTDGNFILE, this is necessary as it is not possible to individually clear the value of one statement in a block of this type.
  4. From applicationload.cfg copy the set of configuration statements that start with _USTN_FIRSTDGNFILE

  5. Paste these into WorkSpaceSetup.cfg immediately following the %undef statement
  6. Comment out the line that initiates CONNECT Advisor by inserting a hash symbol:

    i.e.: #_USTN_FIRSTDGNFILE > ConnectAdvisor
  7. Save WorkSpaceSetup.cfg

Notes: we suggest commenting out the line rather than deleting it as this makes the purpose of these statements evident.

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 Original Author:Grzegorz Cwiek