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Windows 7: Authoring MMC Panels

14 Dec 2010   #11

Windows 7

This may not be the tidiest, but it's how I've been customizing the windows for the .msc plugins since I discovered Win7 wouldn't save changes like XP and it works for me. For example, using services.msc:

Run > MMC
File > Open
Type or copy in: %windir%\system32\services.msc Then services window opens.
File > Options
Uncheck "Do not save changes to this console" , then Apply, then OK.
Customize the window as desired, close it, answer "Yes"
Give the file a new name, such as services2.msc, because it will not replace the original file with the changed one. Save.
Then make your own shortcuts with the new name. Or use Run and after typing it once, it will afterwards pop into view with one letter, with autocomplete on.

I'm sure there's a more elegant solution out there.

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16 Dec 2010   #12


I tried going the the route debugged recommended, but then I get the UAC prompt every time I run it. I don't really want to disable the UAC, but that prompt can be annoying. Any way of making a custom .msc file that is trusted?
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16 Dec 2010   #13

Windows 7

Disabling UAC is not for everyone. I have always got rid of it one way or another since Vista, and no probs yet.

However, I think I have a solution for you so you don't have to disable it for everything, only for your chosen files - I tried it and it works:UAC Trust Shortcut

As part of the installation it will install Microsoft .NET framework 4 Client Profile. (40MB)
After it's installed, run it (it gets pinned to your Start menu) you can add shortcuts to your .msc files that you made. These will run bypassing UAC. The shortcuts are placed on your desktop with the blandest icon ever, but you can change that.

Cool software.
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03 Jan 2011   #14

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stixbit View Post
Try taking ownership of, and then authoring the .msc's in : C:\Windows\System32\en-US
@Stixbit: You just saved me hours of frustration. +1 Rep!

@Everyone: Win7 uses many obscure virtual folders. Editing and saving the *.msc file in \en-US caused the same file in \System32 to instantly show my changes.
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03 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 7

Totally works - thanks patrjck for making Stixbit's solution clear.

So the .msc files in system32 are just hardlinks to the files in system32\en-US
You take ownership and control of the .msc files in system32\en-US, author them and save changes, and presto - all your shortcuts to the files in system32 open with all your customizations. So simple now!
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