Tag: Windows 7

Getting the New Windows 8 Remote Desktop client on your Windows 7 system

The Remote Desktop Client Connection Software that comes with Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 features a new menu called the Remote Commands menu. This menu allows you to send special commands, such as a start menu, accessing the Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Charms, switching apps, snapping apps and application specific app commands.

If you are in a windowed remote desktop session you can access the remote commands by selecting the remote desktop icon and then choosing remote commands.

If you are running remote desktop full screen click the down arrow on the connection bar to display the remote commands.

If you can’t wait for Microsoft to publish a version of the new Remote Desktop client for windows 7, then all is not lost. There is a way for Admins still running windows 7 desktops to get the new version on their systems. You have to copy four files from a Windows 8 x64 or Server 2012 system to your windows 7 x64 system.  If using windows 7 x86 then copy the files from a windows 8 x86 system

  • mstsc.exe  (in c:windowssystem32)
  • mstscax.dll  (in c:windowssystem32)
  • mstsc.exe.mui  (in c:windowssystem32en-US)
  • mstscax.dll.mui  (in c:windowssystem32en-US)

Instead of overwriting the existing files on your windows 7 system (in case you ever want to revert back to the old version) create a new folder called Remote Desktop 8 anywhere on your system.  I put my folder on my desktop. Now copy mstsc.exe and mstscax.dll to that folder. Inside that folder create another folder called en-US and put the other two files into that. If you’re running a version that is not English then you will need to put the two mui files in the folder that corresponds to your language version.

Running mstsc.exe will now launch the new RDP client with the new remote commands on your Windows 7 system.

Or if you prefer you can download my installers that will automate the process for you.  Available for Windows 7 or Server 2008  in x86 and x64 versions.  English Only

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The official Microsoft version has now been released. Check here for links and info or instead of downloading each file from the above link and running them individually get my MS Windows 8 RDP all-in-one combo updater package that automates the process into one installer.

2012/08/12 | By | 11 Replies More

Create Custom Libraries in Windows 7 and Deploy Them Through Group Policy

Create Custom Libraries in Windows 7 and Deploy Them Through Group Policy
The library functionality was introduced within Windows 7 and provides users a single point of entry for specific data. For example, a company can have their data stored on several servers and for users it is not always clear what data can be found at which location. In such cases, the library can offer the users a great way to easily access the locations where the data is stored, with a single point of entry.Since it is not desired that the users will have to configure this themselves, I have written this post so that you can easily create your own company wide custom libraries.

Creating the custom library

  • Log on the Windows 7 VM with credentials which has access to the locations you wish to add to the libraries.
  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • In the right pane, right-click on a white part of the screen.
  • Select New -> Library.


Fill in the name for the Library.


  • Right click on the library and select Properties.
  • Add the locations you desire to add to this library.
  • Select the location you desire to set as the default location to save data to and click on “Set save location” to configure this.
  • Select what you want to optimize this library for.
  • Click OK.

  • Goto %appdata%RoamingMicrosoftWindowsLibraries
  • Edit the file of your library with Notepad.

Under the line “<isLibraryPinned>true</isLibraryPinned>”, add the following line:
Here you can specify a file with the icon you desire to represent this library.

Prepare the custom library for deployment

  • Goto %appdata%RoamingMicrosoftWindowsLibraries
  • Copy the file from the library you have just created to a location accessible from the network.

Deploy the custom library

  • Edit a user Group Policy.
  • Goto User Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Scripts (Logon/Logoff) -> Logon.
  • Add a logon script which copies the library file from the network share to %appdata%RoamingMicrosoftWindowsLibraries

Script example:
copy \domainnetlogonLibrary name*.* %appdata%RoamingMicrosoftWindowsLibraries


2011/10/20 | By | Reply More

Complete List of Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

As of Windows Vista, each Control Panel item is given a canonical name for use in programmatically launching that item. This topic lists each Control Panel item, its canonical name, and its GUID.

Windows 7 Control Panel Canonical Names

The following canonical names are defined for Control Panel items in Windows 7. All names are also valid on Windows Vista unless specified otherwise. Not all Control Panel items are available on all varieties of Windows and some Control Panel items might appear only when appropriate hardware is detected. These canonical names do not change for different languages. They are always in English, even if the system’s language is non-English.

Control Panel Item Canonical name GUID
Action Center Microsoft.ActionCenter (Windows 7 and later only) {BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Administrative Tools Microsoft.AdministrativeTools {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
AutoPlay Microsoft.AutoPlay {9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
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}
BitLocker Drive Encryption Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption {D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Color Management Microsoft.ColorManagement {B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}
Credential Manager Microsoft.CredentialManager (Windows 7 and later only) {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Date and Time Microsoft.DateAndTime {E2E7934B-DCE5-43C4-9576-7FE4F75E7480}
Default Location Microsoft.DefaultLocation (Windows 7 and later only) {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Default Programs Microsoft.DefaultPrograms {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Desktop Gadgets Microsoft.DesktopGadgets (Windows 7 and later only) {37efd44d-ef8d-41b1-940d-96973a50e9e0}
Device Manager Microsoft.DeviceManager {74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a}
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}
Ease of Access Center Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter {D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
Folder Options Microsoft.FolderOptions {6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
Fonts Microsoft.Fonts {93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Game Controllers Microsoft.GameControllers {259EF4B1-E6C9-4176-B574-481532C9BCE8}
Get Programs Microsoft.GetPrograms {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
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}
Indexing Options Microsoft.IndexingOptions {87D66A43-7B11-4A28-9811-C86EE395ACF7}
Infrared Microsoft.Infrared (Windows 7 and later only) {A0275511-0E86-4ECA-97C2-ECD8F1221D08}
Internet Options Microsoft.InternetOptions {A3DD4F92-658A-410F-84FD-6FBBBEF2FFFE}
iSCSI Initiator Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator {A304259D-52B8-4526-8B1A-A1D6CECC8243}
Keyboard Microsoft.Keyboard {725BE8F7-668E-4C7B-8F90-46BDB0936430}
Location and Other Sensors Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors (Windows 7 and later only) {E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
Mouse Microsoft.Mouse {6C8EEC18-8D75-41B2-A177-8831D59D2D50}
Network and Sharing Center Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter {8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Notification Area Icons Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons (Windows 7 and later only) {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Offline Files Microsoft.OfflineFiles {D24F75AA-4F2B-4D07-A3C4-469B3D9030C4}
Parental Controls Microsoft.ParentalControls {96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Pen and Touch Microsoft.PenAndTouch (Windows 7 and later only) {F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}
People Near Me Microsoft.PeopleNearMe {5224F545-A443-4859-BA23-7B5A95BDC8EF}
Performance Information and Tools Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Personalization Microsoft.Personalization {ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Phone and Modem Microsoft.PhoneAndModem (Windows 7 and later only) {40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}
Power Options Microsoft.PowerOptions {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Programs and Features Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures {7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
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}
Scanners and Cameras Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras {00f2886f-cd64-4fc9-8ec5-30ef6cdbe8c3}
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}
Sync Center Microsoft.SyncCenter {9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
System Microsoft.System {BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
Tablet PC Settings Microsoft.TabletPCSettings {80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}
Taskbar and Start Menu Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu {0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Text to Speech Microsoft.TextToSpeech {D17D1D6D-CC3F-4815-8FE3-607E7D5D10B3}
Troubleshooting Microsoft.Troubleshooting (Windows 7 and later only) {C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
User Accounts Microsoft.UserAccounts {60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
Windows Anytime Upgrade Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade {BE122A0E-4503-11DA-8BDE-F66BAD1E3F3A}
Windows CardSpace Microsoft.CardSpace {78CB147A-98EA-4AA6-B0DF-C8681F69341C}
Windows Defender Microsoft.WindowsDefender {D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}
Windows Firewall Microsoft.WindowsFirewall {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Windows Mobility Center Microsoft.MobilityCenter {5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Windows SideShow Microsoft.WindowsSideShow {E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
Windows Update Microsoft.WindowsUpdate {36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}
2011/09/17 | By | 2 Replies More