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Unlock the new Taskbar in Windows 7

Windows 7, which was recently unveiled at PDC 2008 comes with some excellent new features and Aero effects.

You can download the Windows 7 Pre-Beta build to test out the new interface, features and functions. The only feature you might miss in the pre-beta build is the new superbar, known as Aero Shake, which initially comes as disabled by default. However using a trick demonstrated by WithinWindow, the new taskbar can be enabled.

The reason Microsoft left this feature disabled by default in Windows 7 Pre-Beta even in the first place was because of the fact that it is still not complete and fully stable, you might still face bugs and problems when using Aero Peek and Jumplists.

If you still want to give this a try, Here is how the trick goes.

Download a copy of the Taskbar Unlock Tool for 32Bit or 64Bit and drop it in your Windows directory. Now execute the following commands as an Administrator in Command Prompt.

  • takeown /f %windir%explorer.exe
  • cacls %windir%explorer.exe /E /G MyUserName:F (replacing MyUserName with your username)
  • taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
  • cd %windir%
  • start unlockProtectedFeatures.exe

After changing the protected feature lock state, you can re-launch the shell by clicking the Launch button.

Thats it! Enjoy Aero Shake.



{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Pallab November 16, 2008, 12:12 am

    Rafael has released a better tool now called blue badge. BBage unlocks all known protected features in win 7.

  • Alex November 29, 2008, 7:22 am

    unfortunately, windows 7 may function on my tablet PC, but theres no vista drivers for my chipset and graphics so I can use the new taskbar, but everything that makes the taskbar better is not in working order

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