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  1. Ahh, ok thanks I got it. It sets the value Visibility to 1 It also creates a new DWORD value named DefVis and set the value to 2 And deletes the subkey Owners After one has taken ownership of the key, removal with dism is possible.
  2. Hi! The tool install_wim_tweak.exe has an unhide option that shows packages that normally dism wouldn't see. I wonder, how does it do this, and can I do it without using this tool?
  3. I found a way to pin "non-pinnable" apps. That is, on systems that allow pinning, but the option is missing from the context menu on particular items, exe files etc. Here's how. 1.Pin an object that has the verb "Pin to Start Menu" in it's context menu (Calculator for example) This can be done thru a simple vbs script: Pin Items to the Start Menu or Windows 7 Taskbar via Script Const CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS = &H17 Const CSIDL_PROGRAMS = &H2 Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set sh = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set oEnv = sh.Environment("Process") sProfile = oEnv.Item("UserProfile") If fso.FileExists(sProfile &"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\Mozilla Firefox.lnk") Then wscript.quit End If Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application") Set objAllUsersProgramsFolder = objShell.NameSpace(CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS) strAllUsersProgramsPath = objAllUsersProgramsFolder.Self.Path Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strAllUsersProgramsPath & "\Accessories") Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Calculator.lnk") Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs For Each objVerb in colVerbs If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Pin to Start Menu" Then objVerb.DoIt Next 2.Then manipulate the pinned Calculator shortcut that gets created here: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\Calculator.LNK to point to your desired target: (In this example i'm pointing to Mozilla Firefox.exe that's located in the root of F:) Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set sh = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set oEnv = sh.Environment("Process") sProfile = oEnv.Item("UserProfile") If fso.FileExists(sProfile &"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\Mozilla Firefox.lnk") Then wscript.quit End If Set shortcut = sh.CreateShortcut(sProfile &"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\Calculator.LNK") shortcut.TargetPath = "H:\Mozilla Firefox.exe" shortcut.Arguments = "" shortcut.Description = "" shortcut.IconLocation = "H:\Mozilla Firefox.exe, 0" shortcut.WorkingDirectory = "H:" Wscript.Sleep(1000) shortcut.Save Set oFile = fso.GetFile(sProfile &"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\Calculator.LNK") oFile.Name = "Mozilla Firefox.lnk" Voi'la your un-pinnable application is now pinned!
  4. Hi I got a situation where the rightclick option "Pin to Startmenu" has been disabled for non native windows apps. (Corporate environment) Next best thing? Make your application stick just underneath the pinned apps and not "trickle down" the start list, but always be on top. The position in this list is governed by several counters in the [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{F4E57C4B-2036-45F0-A9AB-443BCFE33D9F}\Count] & [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{CEBFF5CD-ACE2-4F4F-9178-9926F41749EA}\Count] keys The rule is ONLY SHORTCUTS initiated from the desktop or the programdata folder will show up in this list, and they are located under the [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{F4E57C4B-2036-45F0-A9AB-443BCFE33D9F}\Count] key The actual executable file these shortcuts are pointing to is in the other key CEBFF5CD-ACE2-4F4F-9178-9926F41749EA The counters are in the binary data, and by manipulating these values to high numbers one effectively pushes the shortcuts to the top of the list. You can use the Userassistview app to decode these entries as they are encoded in Rot13, and get a view of the counters Userassistview Since desktop is a "current user" destination folder, i made a batchscript that collects the %USERNAME% and converts it to Rot13 and writes it to a regfile that gets applied with the manipulated binary values. I then execute a pinvoke to refresh the startmenu.(Clearcache.exe) Pinvoke (So you don't need to logout or kill explorer for the changes to take place) In this example i'm pushing Mozilla Firefox.Ink on the desktop, that's pointing to Mozilla Firefox.exe installed in the root of F: to the top of the startmenu (Rot13.bat) Red color = variable with Rot13 encoded username Green color = 66818 times executed Blue color = 65280 times executed Orange color = 16712962 Focus counter