Windows 7 – Tips and Tricks

Accessing Administrative Shares (\HOSTNAMEc$)

From To enable administrative shares you gotta make a registry change. Click on the orb and in the search box type ‘regedit’ and hit enter. Browse to


Add a new DWORD called “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and give it a value of 1. Reboot and yer done! (Applies to Vista too!)

Allow ICMP (ping) Requests Through Firewall

Right click ‘cmd’ from the start menu and select ‘Run as Administrator’, then

netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 enable

and to enable again

netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 disable

(Applies to Vista too!)

Get back your Quick Launch toolbar

1. Right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars / New Toolbar
2. In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and hit OK:
%userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
3. Turn off the “lock the taskbar” setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that “Show text” and “Show title” are disabled and the view is set to “small icons”.
4. Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.

Starting Windows Explorer from “My Computer”

From Tim Sneath’s Blog:
If you spend more time manipulating files outside of the documents folders than inside, you might want to change the default starting directory for Windows Explorer so that it opens at the Computer node:

To do this, navigate to Windows Explorer in the Start Menu (it’s in the Accessories folder). Then edit the properties and change the target to read:

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

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