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Apr192011

Registry Hacks ‘Unlocks’ Windows 8 Features

Microsoft is hard at work creating Windows 8, and hackers are digging deeper into the registry of Windows 8 to unlock Windows 8’s secrets.

The latest dig into the Windows 8 M1 build 7850 registry revealed some interesting applications. First up, a native webcam.exe app has been discovered. Although the app is unfinished, it give us a clue that Microsoft’s working to tightly integrate webcams into Windows 8, (Kinect + Windows 8 anyone?)

The following registry hack, unlocks these features:

Unlock webcam.exe:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\GRE_Initialize\
create a DWORD value called “RemoteFontBootCacheFlags”, set its value to 0x100f (4111)

Unlock “Modern Reader”:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Applets\Paint\Capabilities create a string value named “CLSID”, set its value to “{D3E34B21-9D75-101A-8C3D-00AA001A1652}” , then run glcnd.exe.

Unlock TaskUI:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\TaskUI, and create a 32bit value “TaskUIEnabled”, set its value to “1”.

Unlock Ribbon UI:

create a key in registry: HKEY_CLASS_ROOT\CLSID\{4F12FF5D-D319-4A79-8380-9CC80384DC08}

create a string value in this key called “AppID”, set its value to “{9198DA45-C7D5-4EFF-A726-78FC547DFF53}”

Now restart explorer and you have the ribbon UI unlocked.

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