ElevatedShortcut for Windows 7 and Windows 8

ElevatedShortcut has been superseded by Winaero Tweaker and is no longer being maintained. Unlike this app, Winaero Tweaker supports all recent Windows versions, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and above. It constantly receives updates to improve the end user experience and make all its options more friendly for the end user.

Instead of the standalone ElevatedShortcut app, use the following options from Winaero Tweaker:

You can download Winaero Tweaker here: Download Winaero Tweaker.


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How to remove Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos and Downloads folders from the Computer folder in Windows 8.1

Update: This manual method is no longer needed if you are not comfortable fiddling with the Registry. Use our easy to use tool, This PC Tweaker to hide and show the folders you want.

In Windows 8.1, there are some additional folders that show in the Computer folder. In case you don't like them showing in Computer or don't need them, follow this simple tutorial to learn how to remove them.

  1. Open regedit.exe (See our Windows Registry Editor fundamentals)
  2. Navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\
  3. Delete the following sub-keys:
    {1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE} (Music)
    {3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA} (Pictures)
    {A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C} (Videos)
    {A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0} (Documents)
    {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} (Downloads)

Before:

After:

 

How to enable the new Bing Search panel in Windows 8.1 (aka ‘Blue’)

Update: This trick is no longer needed for Windows 8.1 RTM where the Bing-powered search pane is already on by default.

Windows Blue comes with a new Bing-powered search pane for the Start screen. Although it is disabled by default, it is easy to enable  it.

  • Open registry editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SearchPane

    Tip:  See our Windows Registry Editor fundamentals

  • Create here a new DWORD value, name it NewSearchPane and set it to 1.
  • Sign out and sign in back, and you will get the following search pane:

Via h0x0d's twitter

Thanks to my friend Nick for pointing me to this.

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