Author: Lawrence Albert Pardo-Ilao - Naga City, Philippines

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[Windows 7] Keyboard Shortcut to Turn Off - On Aero


If your a keyboard shortcut junkie, hotkeys fanatic and like hidden quick keys in Windows. You might encounter a problem in creating a toggle switch to turn off and on Windows Aero.

Here you are!

Probably, you read already the master list of Useful built-in keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7. However, creating your own keyboard shortcut is difficult for those functions that needs elevation.

Using the new version of WinBubble, you can get any functionality that you want because it has the capability to launch any application with UAC enabled.

Here’s a sample guide in creating a keyboard shortcut for enabling and disabling Windows Aero.

Create a new shortcut using the Usual procedure


Browse to the location of WinBubble AdminTools

“C:\Program Files\WinBubble\WinBubble 2\Tools\AdminTools.exe”

Note: C:\Program Files\WinBubble\WinBubble 2\ is the location where you installed the application.

and Edit the Location item by adding “-aerooff” or “-aeroon” without quotes

Use this as your location item:

Aero Off

“C:\Program Files\WinBubble\WinBubble 2\Tools\AdminTools.exe” –aerooff

Aero On

“C:\Program Files\WinBubble\WinBubble 2\Tools\AdminTools.exe” –aeroon

Use Any name that you want


Open the Properties to Add or assign your preferred Hotkey and Icon



That’s it! Hope this helps!


How to Add Start Menu Recent Item List in Windows 7


Once you installed and use the new version of Windows for several days, you’ll noticed that the Recent Items Menu is gone.

Enabling the feature is not so difficult and familiarization is a must because most of the user experienced was enhanced in Windows 7.

Right-Click any part of the Windows 7 TaskBar and choose Properties.


At the Start Menu Tab, Choose the Customize option


Scroll Down and at the Middle Part Click the option Recent Items


Press OK to Apply the Settings.

That’s it!

Simple things are really important, the procedure works almost the same in Windows Vista…

Enjoy using Windows 7!


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How to Create System Repair Disk for Windows 7

The new Maintenance features like System recovery functionality can help you repair system files in Windows if a serious error occurs (no more Windows XP headache).

Type “system” in the Start Menu Search and click to open the application


Select a CD/DVD drive and insert a blank disc into the drive.


A system repair disc can be used to boot your computer. It also contains system recovery tools that can help you recover Windows from a serious error or restore your computer from a system image.


That’s it! hope this helps!

To learn more Hidden Windows 7 System Utilities


Download WinBubbles, There are lots of built-in tools that you can used for maintenance purposes.



Add Turn Off/On Aero to Computers Right-Click Menu in Windows 7 (and Vista)


This functionality is difficult to registry tweakers to enable due to elevation of User Account Control is needed.

Here you are! WinBubble will do it in just two clicks!

Everybody loves Windows Aero, the default graphical user interface that gave a glass like functionality to window borders.

Turn it off while on mobile and surfing the net. It can give you a minimal boost in performance and a good battery usage.


Open the application, at the general tab Click to Check the Explorers context menu feature:

  • “Turn OFF Aero” to Computer Icon
  • “Turn On Aero” to Computer Icon

Right-Click any part of the program and choose “Apply Settings”.

If your having some problem with the transparency, you can reset the functionality using the tool. Read here.

That’s it! hope this helps!


Window Transparency Turned Off Automatically in Windows 7

I received some reports that the transparency feature called Aero automatically turned off on some users. This problem maybe due to incompatibility of some softwares that uses their own technology e.g. WinAmp (according to users) and other freewares.

To fix the problem, It is recommended to update your software to the newest version.

Workaround using the newest version of WinBubble


You can reset the Desktop Window Manager using WinBubble to be able to restore the feature. Simply click ON at the Optimize Tab and it will automatically restore the aero functionality.

Tested after a Windows 7 64-bit user asked about the problem and WinBubble easily restores the Aero function in just one click!

Quick Tip: Add Turn Off/On Aero to you Computer Context Menu in Windows 7 and Vista


Hope this Helps!


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Using WinBubbles as TweakUI for Windows 7 (and Vista)

In just two clicks, the freeware application will help you to maintain, customize and tweak your Windows 7 easily. Its features cover Maintenance, Customization, Security and Optimization.

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WinBubble is an easy-to-use FREE tweaking and customization utility that focuses on enhancing your Windows 7 and Vista Experience. Even If your not a dedicated or just starting to learn to customize your computer, WinBubble will make every tweaking much easier.

Not Just For the Geeks But For All!

New Features of WinBubble Version 2!

Modifying Owner Information and Branding your Windows 7 Machine


The new version automatically loads and scans your PC with available bitmap files and lets you change user information easily.

Welcome Screen Wallpaper Customization and other Logon Features


Using WinBubbles, you can easily customise the Welcome Screen wallpaper before login using the ease of access center icon located at the lower left side of the screen. The program automatically convert all your existing wallpapers and put them into one location in which each file size less than 250kb. The automatic image converter was tested to more than 4,300 images ranging from different sizes.

Hidden Windows Utilities in Windows 7 and Vista


Want to learn about these hidden tools in Windows 7 and Vista? WinBubble was designed to access this tools in one location for educational and maintenance purposes.

WinBubble Built-in Tools



WinBubble is loaded with small tools that makes your life easier.

My Computer, Desktop, Control Panel and Icon Customizations


The great thing about the new version of WinBubbles is that you can customise many simple things in Windows 7 for free. For example changing the drive icons easily using the existing Windows high resolution Icons, Useful Right-Click Menu Customizations and many more. WinBubble will do it for you in just few clicks.

Adding Icons to Right-Click Menu in Windows 7

Useful Right-Click Menu and Desktop Customizations using WinBubble




There are so many things that you can do with the new version of WinBubble especially in Windows 7. The possibility are endless especially when I acquired the necessary skills in the next few months.

Add Disk Defrag, Check Disk and Disk Cleanup to Disk Context menu

Optimisations and Restrictions using WinBubble


Speed things up and Add Security to your Windows Machine using WinBubble.




[C# and VB.Net] Program Compatibility Assistant Message in Windows 7 (and Vista)


While creating a setup program and testing for the new version of WinBubbles for both Windows 7 32 and x64 bit version, I encountered this message.

This program might not have installed correctly

If this program didn’t install correctly, try reinstalling using settings that are compatible with this version of Windows.

Program Compatibility Assistant detects known compatibility issues in older programs and new applications in which the manifest file is not updated.

How to edit the manifest file of your programs written in and C# along with UAC

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<asmv1:assembly manifestVersion="1.0" xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" xmlns:asmv1="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" xmlns:asmv2="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2" xmlns:xsi="">
  <assemblyIdentity version="" name=""/>
  <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2">
      <requestedPrivileges xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
<requestedExecutionLevel  level="requireAdministrator" uiAccess="false" />

<!—ADD THIS -->
  <compatibility xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:compatibility.v1">
      <!--application support for Windows Vista -->
      <supportedOS Id="{e2011457-1546-43c5-a5fe-008deee3d3f0}"/>
      <!--application support for Windows 7 -->
      <supportedOS Id="{35138b9a-5d96-4fbd-8e2d-a2440225f93a}"/>

<!—The ID indicates the support for the OS>


There’s another simplest way to ignore or prevent the message. Change your Product name without using any word related to installation of softwares.

  • Setup
  • Install
  • Installer
  • Installation
  • uninstall

Hope this helps!


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Adding Icons to Right-Click Menus in Windows 7

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Enhanced: The new version of WinBubbles extends the possibility and aims to give “suggestions” using Tweaks on several features that Windows 7 and the future version of Windows should have.

Using the new advance context menu customisation tool, you can now edit and modify the context menus and add icons in any file-type.

You don’t need to memorize or be a geek to do the tweaks.

WinBubbles will help you add and edit several settings instantly. Works and tested in 32/64-bit version of Windows 7!

How to Put an Icon to Right-Click Menu for Specific File-Type in Windows 7

Open WinBubbles and go to Tools Tab


In the File-Type box, find the specific file and select which Right-Click Menu option you want to tweak.


Click the small secret option as indicated in the picture above to activate the “search mode”.

Choose any icon that you want to add.

You can also hack some applications (.exe) to search for high-resolution icons.

Click Save and check the results. Simple isn’t it?

Here’s a tweak version that uses IE for the file type icon but the default program to open is Apples Safari and “open in same window” uses Firefox icon and program to open.


Your Ultimate TweakUI for Right-Click Menus in Windows 7. Nice!


Improving Windows Experience Index Score for free

This is the simplest way to enhance and improve your benchmarks using WinSAT.

Not really. Sort of. :)

Using the newest version of WinBubbles, you can easily change and artificially increase any score such as  System (Overall) rating, Memory, Cpu, Graphics, Gaming and Disk Benchmarks.


Note: Stores may trick their customers by modifying the wei score so before you buy a laptop or a new PC machine. Don’t forget to re-run or update the scores.

Read here for more information. This is for educational purpose only and don’t use the option in any illegal purposes.

Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) is a free benchmarking feature of Windows 7 and Vista that computes for various performance characteristics of your computer.

If you have some gaming problems in Windows 7 and Vista. Try to change the scores and see the results… Sweet! (not yet tested).

Over-clocking? or over-joking?

Have fun!


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Easily Change File-Type Icons in Windows 7 (and Vista)


This is one of my favorite new features of WinBubbles.

The ability to changed the icons for any file type and easily restore them back to default in just few clicks! How?

I’m going to demonstrate how it is done by the new version of WinBubbles.

First, Go to the Icon Customization Tab and type the file extension e.g. “.html”


browseicon Click the Browse option

The Icon Explorer will show up and you can choose from those Icons shown or Browse Icons from the Applications itself e.g. Google Chrome

In this example, let’s try to Browse.


Go to this path 

C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application

browseoptions You have three options, let’s choose the third one to filter all executable files.

After clicking chrome.exe you’ll see the options below


Wow! You’ve hack Google Chrome and it has 4 available icons for Free!

You can Choose from any of the Four Hidden Google Chrome Secret Icons by double-clicking your selected one.


Try Hacking other icons too e.g. Internet Explorer

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe



C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe



C:\Program Files\Opera\opera.exe



C:\Program Files\Safari\Safari.exe

Cool Right? That’s the new version WinBubbles!

Stay tuned for the release of WinBubbles!


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Error-Checking of Logical Drives in Windows 7 (and Vista)


Remember the famous Norton Disk Doctor during the good DOS days? Bad sectors occurred frequently that you need these tools for error-checking: scan for file system structure and recovery of bad sectors.

CHKDSK is a command line disk utility that verifies the integrity of your file system structure and the hard disk drive.

c:\windows\system32>chkdsk /?

Checks a disk and displays a status report.

CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]] [/B]

  volume      Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
                  mount point, or volume name.
  filename     FAT/FAT32 only: Specifies the files to check for fragmentation
  /F             Fixes errors on the disk.
  /V             On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file
                  on the disk.
                  On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any.
  /R              Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information
                  (implies /F).
  /L:size       NTFS only:  Changes the log file size to the specified number
                  of kilobytes.  If size is not specified, displays current
  /X              Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. 
               All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid 
               (implies /F).
  /I           Performs a less vigorous check of NTFS index entries.
  /C       Skips checking of cycles within the NTFS folder structure 
  /B       NTFS only: Re-evaluates bad clusters on the volume 
            (implies /R)

Adding /I or /C switch reduces the amount of time required to run Chkdsk by skipping certain checks of the volume.

By default, it scans and checks the file system for logical errors but it will not fix any of the problems it finds.

You can use this command line parameters to check and repair disk errors: chkdsk /r /f c:

To save time: chkdsk /r /f /i /c c: 

If the disk is being used by another process, the tool will execute after the system reboots.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process.  Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N) y

To access the graphical version of the tool: In Windows Explorer, select and right-click on the drive > select Properties > tools tab and click Check Now.


Same with command line version tool, if you are checking your boot disk and it is being used by another process, check disk will execute after the system reboots.

Read more:

System File Checker Tool: Scans, Checks and Restore Corruptions in Windows System Files

Hope this helps!


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Inserting Special Characters with Windows Character Map

charactermap Character Map is a small utility used for entering special characters, view the characters using any installed font, check the keyboard input (Alt code + numeric key) for entering those characters.


This application in Windows makes it possible to use characters that are not displayed on the keyboard. Making it very useful for inserting special characters into your documents.

Special characters are characters that cannot be found on your keyboard. These characters include scientific notation, advanced mathematical operators, currency symbols, and characters from other languages such as Japanese Hiragana, Katakana, Korean Hanji and many more.


The Advanced view check box can be use to check the character sets in a font according to different encodings or code pages, including Unicode code ranges, to locate particular characters by their Unicode code point and to search for characters by their Unicode name.

To launch the application:

The Character Map application can be started by:
Start → Run → charmap.exe

or by typing “character map” to Start Menu Search.

How do I search for a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean character by the way it sounds?

Source: Microsoft

You can search for a character by the way it sounds in the following character sets: Korean Hanja by Hangul, Japanese Kanji by Hiragana, Simplified and Traditional Chinese by PinYin and Bopomofo.

Note: character sets must be installed on your computer.

In Character Map, select the Advanced view check box.

Click the Group by list, and then click one of the following character groupings:

Ideographs  by Radicals

Japanese Kanji by Hiragana

Korean Hanja by Hangul

Simplified Chinese by PinYin

Traditional Chinese by Bopomofo

Unicode Subrange


Click the character that corresponds to the sound you want to search and Character Map will display the characters that start with the sound you selected.

Hope this helps!



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