Windows 7 Tweaks

Quick Launch Toolbar

One of the things I missed most in Windows 7 that XP was nearly built upon was the Quick Launch toolbar. That line of icons to the right of the Start menu that enabled me to launch applications with a single click instead of rooting around in the Start menu looking for them can be had again...

Right click on an empty place on the taskbar
In the context menu, click New Toolbar under the Toolbars menu
Paste the following path into the location box:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Turn on NumLock at login screen

This requires a registry hack.

Find the path:

HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard

Change the value:


from 2147483648 to 2147483650

Delete a file that Windows says "no longer exists"

Open cmd.exe in administrator mode, then delete the file. You will probably have to use the first characters and the "*" wild card due to this issue often being caused by invalid file names.

Bring back advanced "Window Color and Appearance" window

Right click the desktop and create a new shortcut.
Copy and paste this into the target field:
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,5