Windows 7 - All Admin Tools in One Place

If you want to have access to all Windows 7 administrative tools in one place, create a short cut on your desktop that points to : 


Once created, double click, and enjoy.

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by Anonymous on 15. February 2010 - 22:18  (43704)

The post is incorrect it is not a Shortcut that you must creat, but a new folder and paste the name admin.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}, and it works

by Anonymous on 14. February 2010 - 22:06  (43634)

I'm sure someone wrote this already, but I don't have time to read them all! A better blogging system needs to be developed so you don't have to read tons of unrelated stuff.

This just doesn't work. I tried to create a shortcut and got "The name ... is not valid" error on my Windows 7 Ultimate system

by Anonymous on 12. January 2010 - 22:42  (40914)

Folks as impressive as this is you can access this "magic" menu by simply typing "All Control Panel Items" in the address bar of the control panel.

Hope this makes things a bit simpler


by Anonymous on 14. January 2010 - 22:23  (41046)
by rikmayell (not verified) on 13. January 2010 - 3:07  (40924)

Under 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate, "All Control Panel Items", the default if you choose to have Control Panel on the Desktop, only gives a small fraction of the icons available via the "magic" menu.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software

by Anonymous on 10. January 2010 - 20:37  (40797)

Just go to control panel and type anything in search box,will get same thing...

by Jojo Yee on 8. January 2010 - 4:03  (40554)

In Windows XP, Vista and 7, press "Windows Key"+R, type shell:Common Administrative Tools into the box and click OK. This will get you a list of common administrative tools.

In Vista and 7, press "Windows Key"+R, copy shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and paste it into the box, click OK. This will get you a list of all tasks (as described in the article by Rik). Works on 32-bit. (64-bit needs some tweaks in some cases).

The above code is one of the Class IDs in the Registry at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID

by Anonymous on 14. March 2010 - 14:28  (45551)

where is the windows key ? please

by Jojo Yee on 14. March 2010 - 15:01  (45554)

Click here.

by Anonymous on 8. January 2010 - 0:49  (40529)
by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 23:36  (40525)

This post is a little confusing. I tried doing this as a shortcut, but it failed. After reading another blog I created a new folder with this name and it worked.

by Anonymous on 8. January 2010 - 0:47  (40528)

Yes, a new folder must be created and named as above ie 'admin....' before a shortcut can be made to it!

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 20:40  (40513)

Is there such a God-Code for XP machines too....or am I already way too old fashioned using this version ? :)

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 22:07  (40519)

Not quite what you asked, but here are the shell commands for various system special folders;

and here is where the trick originated;

There are a number of associated tricks.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 21:20  (40516)

Given the way these things have to hang together, I'm sure there is. Unfortunately I don't have the information regarding that.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 21:18  (40515)

There are some "hidden features" which can be called but they are mostly covered by various "tweak tips" and utilities, XP has been on the market for quite a while now.

Everything is pretty well documented.

My own main personal machine is an XP machine, and I still see no real reason for me to change. I use many machines at customers in the firm etc, and I also get to talk to a lot of technicians, so I get lots of tips on various things. This stuff is bread and butter to a good technician. Installing free software that makes things easier or better is a real plus for a customer, not because it is free ( although that too is important for many!), but because it makes their lives easier and more productive. Many things are a great deal harder for "average" users, they have no real training, they don't spend day after day researching and solving problems, and they are often very poorly informed.

There aren't really any "Magic" tricks. This for 7 one just happens to be very impressive because 7 is new, and this trick utilises a programmers back door to give better access. Microsoft refuse to comment on it! :)

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 21:30  (40517)

Discovering things that can be done with Windows, or any OS for that matter, is a difficult and time consuming matter. Had Microsoft known everything about post NT Windows I doubt they would have bought SysInternals.

As to 'magic', that's in the science. This will, in due course, turn around and shake things up :)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 21:44  (40518)

Yes of course that's true, and some of the software being produced nowadays is absolutely fantastic compared to even a couple of years ago.

I just set up quite a few SSD machines, and the results are incredible! Machine response times and performance are brilliant with the right set up.

I like 7, it's a massive improvement on Vista for instance, ( which I think was actually a big step backwards for Microsoft), but to be honest there are actually not that many users who really need the kind of computing power that a good 64 bit system can bring on the right machine setup, and there is not enough suitable software for them anyway.

That too will inevitably change. Be interesting to see what the first "service packs" for 7 bring, and also how the software develops. We live in interesting times for a technician! :)

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 19:51  (40504)

This has been rumored to work in Vista on a 32 bit (x86) operating system, but in a 64 bit Vista operating system it will crash.

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 20:08  (40508)

It will work on some systems, as will some other "GodCodes", but it will crash others. It may even cause system damage.

The code given has worked on every 7 system I have tried, and quite a few people now use it routinely, simply because it is extremely convenient.

If you don't know what it does on any given system, then I would advise you not to use it! The title of this article also specifies Windows 7. If you use it somewhere else and it doesn't work, or causes problems, then that is not only not surprising, but also rather silly!

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 20:19  (40511)

This 'GodCode' should work on all Windows 7 systems and shouldn't be used with any other version of Windows. Use of a CLSID entry point from one version of Windows, in this case 7, is likely to 'undo' you if used in another.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit software

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 20:09  (40509)

Also, if you want to delete the folder, rename it from the command line, and then delete it. Otherwise you will have problems.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 20:02  (40507)

As the title points out this is for Windows 7 and works for both 32 and 64 bit versions.

Directing a call to a Windows 7 specific CLSID under Vista is at best risky.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software

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