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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Microsoft is Coming to Louisville 12/02/2009

  • Microsoft TechNet logo Microsoft TechNet Event
    Primary Target Audience: Microsoft Partners
    Start: Wed 12/2/2009 8:30 Eastern
    End: Wed 12/2/2009 12:00 PM Eastern

    Venue: Kentucky Intl. Convention Center
    Address: 2210 Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Registration: Free

    Session 1: Introducing Windows 7
    Session 2: Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2
    Session 3: Introducing Exchange Server 2010

    Registration URL:

    Door prizes: 
    Register and attend for your chance to WIN*!
    – Netbook!  Dell Mini 10 – US $329.00 (ARV) Approximate Retail Value
    – Zune!  Zune HD 32gb – US $289.00 (ARV)
    – Games!  "Halo 3 ODST" for Xbox 360 – US $59.99 (ARV)
    – Books!  Windows 7 Inside Out – US $49.99 (ARV)

  • Microsoft MSDN logo Microsoft MSDN Event
    Primary Target Audience: Microsoft Developers
    Start: Wed 12/2/2009 1:00 PM Eastern
    End: Wed 12/2/2009 4:30 PM Eastern

    Venue: Kentucky Intl. Convention Center
    Address: 2210 Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Registration: Free

    Session 1: Taking Your Application to the Next Level with Windows 7
    Session 2: Light up Your Application with Graphics, Multi-touch and Ribbon on Windows 7
    Session 3: What’s New and Changed in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Registration URL:

    Door Prizes:
    Register and attend for your chance to WIN*!
    – Netbook!  Dell Mini 10 – US $329.00 (ARV) Approximate Retail Value
    – Zune!  Zune HD 32gb – US $289.00 (ARV)
    – Games!  "Halo 3 ODST" for Xbox 360 – US $59.99 (ARV)
    – Books!  Introducing Windows for Developers – US $39.99 (ARV)

*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to registered event attendees. Game ends day of event. Must be present to win. For full Official Rules, see event registration desk.

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Windows 7 Media Center Missing TV Signal Menu

Windows Media CenterI was customizing a new Windows 7 Media Center PC for a friend and I ran across an interesting problem that was driving me nuts. This brand new PC has an internal tuner card and is connected to a 10/100/1000 network with an HDHomeRun dual-tuner on the LAN as well. So with the one internal and two external tuners it should be able to record 3 shows at the same time. Pretty cool!

After the initial Windows 7 setup with a mouse & keyboard plugged in, I decided to use my fancy multi-monitor setup and Remote Desktop to finish configuring & patching the PC before taking it on-site. I remotely installed the AV software, updated all of the drivers, etc. However, when it came time to configure Windows Media Center I was in for a bit of a surprise.

When I opened Windows Media Center | Tasks | Settings | TV, the menu was missing some options.

The TV Setup menu looks like this…
RDP Windows 7 Media Center
Fig. 1 Windows 7 Media Center via RDP 

When it should really look like this…
 Hyper-V Windows 7 Media Center
Fig. 2 Windows 7 Media Center via Hyper-V

Or even this…
Console Windows 7 Media Center
Fig. 3 Windows 7 Media Center via Console

As you can see in Fig. 1, the TV missing the Set Up TV Signal option. I searched all over the Internet and couldn’t find an answer to this problem. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Windows Media Center feature:
Uninstall Windows Media Center featue in Windows 7

That didn’t fix it.

I even tried Media Center Recovery

Open a Command Prompt

Type CD \windows\ehome [Enter]

Type mcupdate.exe –MediaCenterRecoveryTask [Enter]

How to reset Media Center to factory defaults

That did reset Media Center, but it didn’t fix the ‘no tuner option’.

So I checked one of my Windows 7 virtual machines running on my Hyper-V test box, and it showed the Set Up TV Signal option as shown in Fig. 2. I decided to try one more thing and RDP into that exact same virtual Windows 7 box and bingo, the Set Up TV Signal option disappeared right before my eyes!

So, I physically logged in locally on the new Win7 PC with a mouse and keyboard, restarted Media Center and the menu choice was there! And the choice for “Configure Your TV or Monitor” was there too. Apparently, the Windows 7 Media Center is aware of how you’re logging into the PC.

Once you’ve properly configured your tuner(s) the Tasks | Settings | TV menu should look like this…
Windows 7 Media Center properly configured

I’m sure this is an ‘edge case scenario’ since most people aren’t configuring Windows Media Center on Windows 7 via RDP, but it’s good to know that there are differences in MCE depending on how you login.

My original plan was to install this server in a media closet as a headless unit with all of the other AV equipment. But now that I know some features will be missing with RDP, I’m going to plug a physical monitor into it (or maybe install LogMeIn instead).

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Webcast – Windows 7: Crystal Meth for Geeks

Join Susan Bradley and I this week as we combine super-forces to to give the following presentation:

Yes, this is my office, and I'm running Windows 7. -Tim Title: “Windows 7: It’s Like Crystal Meth for Geeks
Presenters: Susan Bradley [SBS-MVP] & Tim Barrett
Date: 10/22/2009
Time: 12:00 PM Noon Eastern (GMT –5)
Host: Third Tier
Link to attend: Click here

This presentation will help you understand the features of Windows 7. This version of Windows has many, many cool new features that end users are going to love and geeks will become addicted to. Susan and I share our favorite parts of Windows 7, and I’ll try not to act like a goober and embarrass her. Join us for all the fun!

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Rename a VPN Connection in Windows 7

This question comes up a lot, so it’s worth documenting:

Question: How do I rename a VPN connection in Windows 7? There’s no option to rename it in the Network and Sharing Center or on the taskbar.

It’s true that there’s no way to rename a VPN connection on the Network and Sharing center main screen:

Network and Sharing Center

…and if you click the icon in the System Tray and then try to right-click the VPN connection, there’s no rename option under properties either:

Network Connections in System Tray

But the rename VPN option is nearby, tucked away under “Changer Adapter Settings” on the Network and Sharing Center:

Click Change Adapter Settings

Here you will see the familiar wired and wireless NICs and VPN connections listed, since there are different types of VPN services you can get online using a torguard coupon to get the best deals for this. Just right-click the VPN connection here and then click Rename.

Right-click the VPN connection, then click Rename

It’s just one of those easily overlooked or forgotten things.

Disclaimer: Matt isn’t really a poo-poo-head, he actually rocks.

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Download – Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 7

Windows 7 logoRemote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles & features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2008, 2008  R2, or 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.

Title: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
Date Published: 08/11/2009
Download size:
– x64 version 222.1 MB
– x84 version 215.1 MB
File type: MSU
System Requirements: Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise),
Windows Server 2003, 2008 or 2008 R2 
Download URL: Click here


Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003) from a remote computer that is running Windows 7. It includes support for remote management of computers that are running either the Server Core or full installation options of Windows Server 2008 R2, and for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008. Some roles and features on Windows Server 2003 can be managed remotely by using Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, although the Server Core installation option is not available with the Windows Server 2003 operating system.

This feature is comparable in functionality to the Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Source: Scott Hanselman (@shanselman on Twitter)

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Windows 7 RTM and Other Dates

image The much-anticipated operating systems Windows 7 hit RTM (Release To Manufacturing) status today (Wed July 22, 2009) which means, in layman’s terms, the program is officially done. The build number is 7600.

Windows Server 2008 R2 hit RTM today as well. Read about it on the Windows Server Blog:
When to expect Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM

Now comes the hard part – more waiting…

Here are the Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 dates you need to be aware of:

Want to download and try out the Release Candidates?
Here are the download links (until Aug 20, 2009):

Here’s a short video of the Windows 7 RTM Sign-Off celebration:

Congratulations to Microsoft and the Windows 7 Team on delivering an awesome product that will finally lay XP to rest (though it may still live on virtually in XP Mode).

Source: Eric Ligman’s blog

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Windows 7 Pricing Announced – Pre-Orders Go Live

Retail pricing for Windows 7 has officially been announced. Here’s the skinny on the Upgrades and the Full Packaged Products. All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail and in US Dollars

Windows 7 Home Premium WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99

    Update: Special Upgrade Discount until July 11, 2009
    $119.99 $49.99 each (limit 3 per customer) 

Windows 7 Professional WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL

  • Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99

    Update: Special Upgrade Discount until July 11, 2009
    $199.99 $99.99 each (limit 3 per customer) 

Windows 7 Ultimate WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE

  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99 

There is also a video with the details, including international availability: Click here

Source: Windows 7 Blog

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Windows 7 RC Goes Live, and Other News

Quite a bit of news in the last week – just to make sure you didn’t miss these events in the pre-Derby festivities:

  1. Office 2007 SP2 has launched
  2. Vista SP2 has reached RTM
  3. WSS v3 w/ SP2 is out
  4. Windows 7 RC hit MSDN and TechNet today (for subscribers)
  5. Windows 7 RC will be available to the general public on May 5
  6. Window 7 Beta expires July 1
  7. If you got a THRIVE card at the last KYSBSUG meeting, those expire TODAY, so make sure you active it today.
  8. Chris Rue is coming to Cincinnati on Tuesday May 5 on the Microsoft Tour
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