Windows 7

MVP Special for You : Windows 7/Vista GodMode Creator

January 11, 2010 All, General No comments

If you have been following my previous blogs and other tech blogs and tech news websites then you might have heard about so called God Mode trick of Windows 7 which is nothing more than old trick with new wrapper. Anyways in this God Mode trick you can gain access to all the features at one place meant for developers. As per microsoft anouncements / spoke persons, this is not a trick. Microsoft provides Caninical names for each Control Panel items, people has used this a tips and tricks. Microsoft has already published a list of Canonical names and identifier for each control panel items.

The MVPs at TheWindowsClub has released GodMode Creator a freeware utility which lets you create 38 “GodModes” in Windows 7 & Vista with a click.

GodMode Creator

GodMode Creator

GodMode Creator Shortcuts

Download GodMode Creator

Edit AutoPlay Features in Windows 7

January 11, 2010 All, General No comments

Both the AutoPlay and AutoRun features, available since Windows XP, are vulnerable areas commonly exploited as a spreading mechanism by some malware to target unprotected computers. The AutoRun function allows some programs to start automatically when a device such as a USB storage tool, CD, memory card, etc is inserted into a computer while AutoPlay is a Windows feature which will examine newly discovered removable media and devices and, based on content such as pictures, music or video files, allow users to select which program to run.

To address users’ concern about this weakness and increase users’ confidence, the Redmond company has introduced substantial changes to the AutoPlay and AutoRun functions in Windows 7. Users in Windows 7 would probably have realized that the AutoPlay feature no longer supports the AutoRun function for non-optical removable media. The AutoRun feature only works for CD/DVDs when these are inserted into a computer. However, when users insert a USB drive into a machine, the AutoRun task will not be initiated. With these changes, Microsoft hopes to reduce the chances for malicious program to leverage on the AutoRun weakness to initiate spreading.

Despite the new security approach applied in Windows 7, many users, especially commercial users and enterprises are more confident if the AutoPlay feature is completely disabled or shut down. This is essential especially in an office/workplace environment where users share common computers amongst themselves and the risk of spreading malware is relatively high. Hence, if you like to play save and rather play the mobile device manually instead of allowing Windows 7 to automatic play for you, you can go to the Control Panel and change the default setting accordingly.

To edit the default setting, users can go to Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> AutoPlay. In the AutoPlay item, users can click on to the Change default settings for media or devices.

Uncheck the box Use AutoPlay for all media and devices if you don’t like the AutoPlay feature to function automatically.

Users are also allowed to customize their preferred setting manually.

Windows Updates Offline with WSUS Offline Update

January 11, 2010 All, General No comments

Microsoft Windows Update is intelligent service integrated with every Windows Operating System . Windows Update based on your Windows 7 activation status lets you to download updates, patches and automatically updates your Windows 7.

If for some reason your Windows Update stops working or you are working on computer not connected to internet, then you may miss some important critical updates & patches. To help to update Windows 7 offline here is WSUS Offline Update utility.

WSUS Offline Update lets you to easily download patches and updates for your Windows and Office without going through the whole procedure on Microsoft’s Windows Update website.

You can also download Windows 7 updates on USB drive and carry with you to install on computers not connected to internet.

Features of WSUS Offline Update:

1. Supports Windows 7, Vista, XP (32-64bit)

2. Supports Office XP, Office 2003 & 2007

3. Create ISO option

4. Clean download directories

5. Copy Updates to USB

Download: WSUS Offline Update


Interesting Windows 7 Commercials

January 10, 2010 All, General No comments

Interesting Windows 7 Commercials

It’s been more than a year i am using Windows 7, from pre-beta to RTM, still rocks my heart. I am happy that microsoft has leveraged such a nice OS, friendly. I was even been able to use Visual Studio 2003, which is my primary development IDE. I am happy to develop web applications with it..

I have seen few interesting commercials on windows 7, i thought it’s the time to share with you all.

Few Recent news and offers from microsoft before going to commercials.

  • Windows XP/Vista and office 2003/2007 users will get 50% discount in current rates, In an effort to get customers to move away from Windows XP/Windows Vista and Office 2003/Office 2007 to Windows 7 and Office 2010. Microsoft announced 50% Up-to-date discounts via Open Value Subscription license agreements.
  • Windows 7 Supports 800,000 Unique Apps and 240,000 Unique Devices.
  • At the CES 2010 keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Windows 7 has become the fastest selling operating system in history.
  • Microsoft prepares Windows 7 for external SP1 testing: – Similar to previous external beta service pack rollouts, Microsoft has enabled – via updates you already installed – a beta ‘candidacy check’ within its Windows Update software. (Source a google search)

Let’s go back to the commercials

I’M a PC

Windows 7 Was My Idea TV Commercial

Windows 7: Your PC, Your life

Windows 7 – My Idea: Crystal’s Taskbar

Windows 7 – My Idea: Mimi’s Parental Controls

Windows 7 Steven’s HomeGroup TV Commercial

Windows 7 Snap TV Commercial

Windows 7 Commercial #2

Tyrone :30 – My IDEA

Windows 7 and Windows 8 GodModes More info…

January 9, 2010 All, General No comments

Windows 7 GodMode has gotten its fair share of time in the limelight, albeit the actual trick is in the GodMode label, rather than the action performed on the latest iteration of the Windows 7 client. The actual trick is rather simple, users need only create a New Folder on the Windows 7 desktop and name it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The GodMode moniker can be replaced by any piece of text users desire, but the {Extension CLSID} is essential to the function that the resulting desktop item will get to perform. The GodMode in Windows 7 is nothing more than the All Tasks folder which centralizes a list with all Control Panel items. Another interesting point is that not only will the GodMode trick work in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, but also in the next iteration of the OS, Windows 8.

“Please be assured that there are no security implications with this so called “trick”. It’s simply a documented feature of the Windows shell whereby file system folders can be easily made into namespace junctions or Control Panel items. The item in question is actually the All Tasks folder which simply provides a comprehensive list of possible Windows settings,” revealed Patrick Rogers, Microsoft account technology specialist. “Beginning in Windows Vista, each Control Panel item was given a canonical name for use in programmatically launching that item to make it easier for developers to access core functionality in Windows. When you create a folder and give it the canonical name, the icon is transformed into the Control Panel item for the named task.”

Following initial reports of Windows 7 GodMode, Steven Sinofsky, president, Windows and Windows Live Division, made public additional Windows 7 Control Panel Canonical Names. Users will be able to find the list provided by Sinofsky via this link. Just as it was the case for GodMode, the additional Control Panel Canonical Names point to various settings in the operating system. Rogers even managed to point to the complete list of Control Panel Canonical Names. What is interesting is that some of the Control Panel Canonical Names items will only work in “Windows 7 and later,” indicating that the same settings will be preserved in Windows 8.

“These canonical names are well documented on MSDN for Windows Vista and Windows 7 so feel free to have fun creating control panels all over your file system. There is no real magic here, but rather, a way for Developers to access the settings in Windows in an easy, centralized way,” Rogers added. “For the rest of us… it’s just kind of cool to have an icon that gives you searchable access to every possible setting and have people ask about that nefarious “God Mode” icon on your desktop!”

Here are a few selections from the Canonical Names of Control Panel Items list:

– Action Center Microsoft.ActionCenter
(Windows 7 and later only) {BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
– Backup and Restore Microsoft.BackupAndRestore (Windows 7 and later only) {B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
– Biometric Devices Microsoft.BiometricDevices (Windows 7 and later only) {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
– Credential Manager Microsoft.CredentialManager (Windows 7 and later only) {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
– Default Location Microsoft.DefaultLocation (Windows 7 and later only) {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
– Desktop Gadgets Microsoft.DesktopGadgets (Windows 7 and later only) {37efd44d-ef8d-41b1-940d-96973a50e9e0}
– Devices and Printers Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters (Windows 7 and later only) {A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
– Display Microsoft.Display (Windows 7 and later only) {C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
– Getting Started Microsoft.GettingStarted (Windows 7 and later only) {CB1B7F8C-C50A-4176-B604-9E24DEE8D4D1}
– HomeGroup Microsoft.HomeGroup (Windows 7 and later only) {67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
– Infrared Microsoft.Infrared (Windows 7 and later only) {A0275511-0E86-4ECA-97C2-ECD8F1221D08}
– Location and Other Sensors Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors (Windows 7 and later only) {E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
– Notification Area Icons Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons (Windows 7 and later only) {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
– Pen and Touch Microsoft.PenAndTouch (Windows 7 and later only) {F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}
– Phone and Modem Microsoft.PhoneAndModem (Windows 7 and later only) {40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}
– Recovery Microsoft.Recovery (Windows 7 and later only) {9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
– Region and Language Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage (Windows 7 and later only) {62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
– RemoteApp and Desktop Connections Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections (Windows 7 and later only) {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
– Sound Microsoft.Sound (Windows 7 and later only) {F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}
– Speech Recognition Microsoft.SpeechRecognition (Windows 7 and later only) {58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
– Troubleshooting Microsoft.Troubleshooting (Windows 7 and later only) {C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}


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Windows 7 – God Mode

January 8, 2010 All, General No comments

Microsoft have included what amounts to an extended control panel. This allows the user to control various aspects of the OS that are not typically surfaced via a GUI or are hidden away under a number of options.

To access this control panel we must setup ‘God Mode’. 

Here’s how you enable it:

  1. Create a new folder (right-click and click on “New Folder”).
  2. Right-click on the folder and click on rename, copy and paste this: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

What will be displayed is a Control Panel like window with sections for Action Centre, Admin Tools and Auto Play.