Windows 7 Tweaks

18/02/2009

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Hi,


Since the Windows 7 Beta was publicly released, I decided to take a risk and install it on my work laptop and start to know this new OS from Microsoft.


Lets say for short, I’m Amazed that this is a Beta version! It work’s really good for a beta version! This is probably what Vista should have been. Windows 7 works faster on the same hardware configuration, has a lot of desktop enhancements like AeroShake, AeroSnap, the new Taskbar, Windows Explorer Libraries, HomeGroup and many More…


More info can be found in the Windows 7 What’s New page from Microsoft.


This post will discuss some tweaks I found on the web, that should make the experience even better.




Windows Explorer Default Libraries:


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The new Taskbar includes the new Windows Explorer icon. If you click that icon, the default folder that opens is the Libraries folder. For those of you who would like to change that default folder, you’ll need to change the Target under the Windows Explorer Properties.


DefLib WinExplorerPropertis


As you can see, the default target is ‘%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe’. If you’d like to open the Computer folder by default, you’ll need to write the following command in the Target field:


explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}


For the Documents folder, write the following command in the target field:


explorer.exe ::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}





Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar, Show Desktop and Flip 3D icons


The new Taskbar gives new functionality and enhancements. It is actually a Quick Launch that stores your open windows… or something like that…


For those who would like to use the old Quick Launch, follow these instructions:


1. Right Click the Taskbar, click Toolbars and then click New Toolbar


2. Go to the following path and click select folder:


%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch


The Quick Launch toolbar should appear.


3. Right click the Taskbar and uncheck Lock the Taskbar


4. Right click the Quick Launch toolbar and uncheck Show Text and Show Title.


You should now have the Quick Launch toolbar along with the new taskbar icons.


QuickLaunch




Windows Gadgets with UAC Off


Some of you probably don’t like the UAC as it was in Vista and maybe as it is in Windows 7 as well, despite the option to configure how and when the UAC alerts you. If that is the case, you probably would like to disable it by setting it to Never Notify.


UAC


The problem is that after doing so, if you’ll try to enable Gadgets by right clicking the desktop and selecting Gadgets, you’ll see that the gadgets window is not opening. Looks like a bug, but it appears that Microsoft made the assumption that the sidebar process would never run in an elevated state, so when you try to start it with UAC disabled it detects that it would have to run elevated and it just won’t load.


So, to enable Gadgets when UAC is set to ‘Never Notify’, follow these instructions:


  • Open Regedit.exe

  • Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings

  • Create a new DWORD Value called AllowElevatedProcess

  • Set the DWORD value to 1 .

    Close the registry editor.


    Registry


    The Gadgets should work now.


  • Enjoy this fine Beta!


    Thanks for Reading!

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