KYSBSUG Meeting #71 – Passwords

Invitation – January 2010 KYSBSUG Meeting #71
Meeting Date: Wednesday January 20, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM Eastern
Location: Money Concepts
Address: 323 Townpark Circle, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40243
Topic: “Password Security and Password Cracking

Dana Epp - Microsoft MVP Guest Presenter: Dana Epp, MVP (Enterprise Security)
Founder & President of Scorpion Software (makers of AuthAnvil)


Description: Dana Epp is an industry-recognized expert in security and Microsoft MVP (2006-2010). Dana will talk about local and remote password security in SBS and SMB networks. He’ll also talk about topics such as two-factor authentication and tell you how you can implement this technology for your employees and customers.

Following Dana’s presentation, we’ll have a hands-on lab to demonstrate some of the tools on the market and methods to test (and break) passwords.

6:30 – 6:45 – Local events & introductions
6:45 – 7:30 – Dana Epp presentation (via GoToMeeting)
7:30 – 7:45 – Dana Q&A
7:45 – 8:20 – Hands-on Lab
8:20 – 8:30 – Door prize drawing and wrap-up

Door Prize: This month our door prize is an NFR copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.

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More Windows 7 God Mode Hacks

Inspired by the cool findings on CNET regarding the Windows 7 ‘God Mode’ (as bloggers are calling it), and yet another post about additional features, I did some more digging to see what other options I could find.

First, the actual name for ‘God Mode’ is (anticlimactically) “All Tasks”:

Control Panel entry for All Tasks

I then did a search in the registry and found 39 more items I could use to create folders / shortcuts.

39 custom-created Control Panel shortcuts

They’re located under Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CSLID\
Most, but not all, of them have a REG_SZ key for “System.Software.TasksFileURL” which is set to “Internal”.
Registry key for System.Software.TasksFileURL

Here’s the list of registry keys / shortcuts that worked for me. Just create a new blank folder in Windows Explorer and give it one of the names below:

Action Center CPL.{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Administrative Tools.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
Backup and Restore.{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
Credential Manager.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Default Location.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Device Center.{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Ease of Access.{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
HomeGroup Control Panel.{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Install New Programs.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Manage Wireless Networks.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Microsoft Windows Font Folder.{BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}
Network and Sharing Center.{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Network Map.{E7DE9B1A-7533-4556-9484-B26FB486475E}
Parental Controls.{96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Performance Information and Tools.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Personalization Control Panel.{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Power Options.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Programs and Features.{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Public Keys.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
Secure Startup.{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Set User Defaults.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Speech Recognition.{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Sync Center Folder.{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
System Recovery.{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
Taskbar Icons.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
User Accounts.{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
Windows Firewall.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Windows Update.{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}
Workspaces Center.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}

I also found a bunch of registry keys for control panel items that I didn’t work for creating functional folder shortcuts (22 of them). Here’s that list, in case somebody knows how to make them work:

Color Management.{B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}
Date and Time Control Panel.{E2E7934B-DCE5-43C4-9576-7FE4F75E7480}
Device Manager.{74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a}
Folder Options.{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
Getting Started.{CB1B7F8C-C50A-4176-B604-9E24DEE8D4D1}
Indexing Options Control Panel.{87D66A43-7B11-4A28-9811-C86EE395ACF7}
Internet Options.{A3DD4F92-658A-410F-84FD-6FBBBEF2FFFE}
Keyboard Control Panel
Mobility Center Control Panel.{5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Mouse Control Panel.{6C8EEC18-8D75-41B2-A177-8831D59D2D50}
Pen and Touch Control Panel.{F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}
Phone and Modem Control Panel.{40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}
Region and Language.{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
Sound Control Panel.{F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}
Tablet PC Settings Control Panel.{80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}
Taskbar and Start Menu.{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Text to Speech Control Panel.{D17D1D6D-CC3F-4815-8FE3-607E7D5D10B3}
Windows Defender.{D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}
Windows Sidebar Properties.{37efd44d-ef8d-41b1-940d-96973a50e9e0}
Windows SideShow.{E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}

As a workaround for the items in the second list, you can just navigate to the item, right-click it and choose “Create Shortcut”.

Creating a shortcut for Control Panel items

This will place a shortcut on your desktop that you can then move where ever you like. It’s a shortcut…


…but it works.

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Windows 7 ‘God Mode’ Hack

If you hate looking all over the control panel in Windows 7 for where Microsoft moved your favorite icon, you’ll love the “God Mode” hack. I found this on CNET.

Basically, you open Windows Explorer, navigate to the C: drive, create a new blank folder in Windows 7 and give it the following name:


The folder icon changes automatically and you’ve got the ‘God Mode’ menu.

God Mode in Windows 7

Double-click that icon and you have one menu with about 275-295 menu choices (depending on the hardware and windows features installed) broken into the following categories:

  • Action Center (15 items)
     Action Center
  • Administrative Tools (10 items)
     Administrative Tools
  • AutoPlay (3 items)
  • Backup and Restore (2 items)
     Backup and Restore
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption (2 items – if you have BitLocker installed)
     BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Color Management (1 item)
     Color Management
  • Credential Manager (1 item) 
    Credential Manager
  • Date and Time (4 items)
    Data and Time
  • Default Programs (2 items)
    Default Programs
  • Desktop Gadgets (6 items)
    Desktop Gadgets
  • Device Manager (1 item)
    Device Manager
  • Devices and Printers (9-11 items)
    Devices and Printers
    Note: I’ve also seen options for “Add a Bluetooth Device” and “Change Bluetooth Settings” on laptops.
  • Display (11 items)
  • Ease of Access Center (26 items)
    Ease of Access Center
  • Folder Options (5 items)
    Folder Options
  • Fonts (3 items)
  • Getting Started (4 items)
    Getting Started
  • HomeGroup (2 items)
  • Indexing Options (1 item)
    Indexing Options
  • Internet Options (14 items)
    Internet Options
  • Keyboard (2 items)
  • Location and Other Sensors (3 items)
    Location and Other Sensors
  • Mouse (8 items)
  • Network and Sharing Center (16 items)
    Network and Sharing Center
  • Notification Area Icons (6-7 items)
    Notification Area Icons
    Note: Laptops have a “Show or hide battery on the taskbar”
  • Parental Controls (1 item)
    Parental Controls
  • Performance Information and Tools (4 items)
    Performance Information and Tools
  • Personalization (12 items)
  • Phone and Modem (1 item)
    Phone and Modem
  • Power Options (7-8 items)
    Power Options
    Note: Laptops also show “Change battery settings”
  • Programs and Features (8 items)
    Programs and Features
  • Recovery (1 item)
  • Region and Language (10 items)
    Region and Language
  • Remote App and Desktop Connections (1 item)
    Remote App and Desktop Connections
  • Sound (4 items)
  • Speech Recognition (3 items)
    Speech Recognition
  • Sync Center (6 items)
    Sync Center
  • System (22 items)
  • Taskbar and Start Menu (10 items)
    Taskbar and Start Menu
  • Troubleshooting (12 items)
  • User Accounts (13 items)
    User Accounts
  • Windows CardSpace (1 item)
    Windows CardSpace
  • Windows Defender (1 item)
    Windows Defender
  • Windows Firewall (2 items)
    Windows Firewall
  • Windows Mobile Device Center (1 item – if you have it installed)
    Windows Mobile Device Center
  • Windows Update ( 2 items)
    Windows Update

Now you know why they call it ‘god mode’. 😉

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