Simple registry hack reveals early Windows 8 features

While Microsoft is hard at work creating Windows 8, hackers are hard at work unlocking all of Windows 8's secrets.

The first build of Windows 8 leaked across the web just last week, and a number of new features have been popping up all over the web. The new advanced task manager has been unveiled, along with the ribbon UI, similar to that of the Office 2010 ribbon. There has also been a number of other small tweaks and features popping up.

As hackers dig deeper into the registry of Windows 8, some interesting applications have started to appear. First up, a native webcam.exe application has been discovered. Although the application is unfinished, it does give us clues that Microsoft is working to tightly integrate webcams into Windows 8, (Kinect + Windows 8 anyone?)

As Neowin previously revealed, Windows 8 will also come with a native PDF reader, also mentioned as "Modern Reader".

The interesting thing about all of the above features, is that they are found in Windows 8 M1 build 7850, the same build that previously leaked. Through a simple registry hack, these features can be unlocked.

To 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)

Obviously the development is still in the very early stages in Windows 8 M1.

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 such 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 simply restart explorer and you should have the ribbon UI unlocked.

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Kushan said,
I wonder if the "Modern Task Manager" and "Modern Reader" are actually a hint that Windows 8 will be called "Windows Modern" or something like that.

Yeah, IMHO Microsoft's marketing folks bring an entirely new meaning to bleeding edge. ;?P

Windows 9 might turn out to be kinda interesting if trying to dissect 7's success so they can repeat it, Microsoft loses track of the fact that more people were willing to move on from XP than will be willing to give up the still somewhat shiny Windows 7.

I really like the idea of the ribbon being in Explorer. It'll be great to have all of those options one usually has to open the Folder Options window close by and when you're not using it, just hide the ribbon. Clean, streamlined and easy to use.

I've always found it amazing, these are like the most obscure things to add, yet people discover what they are. I've always wondered how they find out this kind of stuff.

firey said,
I've always found it amazing, these are like the most obscure things to add, yet people discover what they are. I've always wondered how they find out this kind of stuff.

Well, the apps have to check for the existence of those keys. And ProcMon can detect when apps access the Registry, and filter out successful operations, leaving only "Key not found" ones.

I'm curious how I guess I'd say the "Marketing Focus" is going to work out... With 7 I got the impression that Libraries & Search took center stage, kind of like don't worry about where anything actually is, we'll find it for you. Adding the ribbon to Explorer could just be design consistency etc., or it could mean more casual users still stuck with Explorer regardless Libraries & stuff, so they're making it easier by using an interface many are more familiar with? The way so much is hidden in Explorer on a fresh 7 install, I'm assuming those casual users are the one's Windows' visual design teams target, though could be wrong.

Sionic Ion said,
Really nice having an updated Windows 7! Features like portable workspace are life savers, I was using a VHD before on an external HDD and it wasn't the same...the copy of Windows only booted on my other Dell that's a laptop, not the HP at school.

This portable workspace doesn't hold everything in a VHD and it also boots on the HP at school. It truly is portable and because the build 7850 still uses Windows 7 stable kernel, its basically Windows 7 with some fancy extra features. Pretty sure M3 is less stable because of the buggy Windows 8 kernel.

Sure...but don't forget that W8 kernel will be same W7 kernel.
The only big difference will be on UI.

Maux76 said,

Sure...but don't forget that W8 kernel will be same W7 kernel.
The only big difference will be on UI.


you also believe the Win7 is the same as the Vista kernel? Allot is going on in the background of the OS, not just looks and features. Especially considering their goals for Win8, they need to change quite a bit to the Kernel to work properly.
And personally for some reason, i think they're going to use some of the Singularity OS's features in Win8, to achieve those boot times, stability and mainly its modular design, which is by far better then the modular kernel of Windows.

And if Apple copies any of this. Microsoft can sue Apple and we can all laugh. Will be nice to see the tables turned on Apple for once.

Mac OS X already has PDF and webcam support. Not entirely sure Apple is dying to copy that Ribbon interface which takes up half the screen.

.Neo said,
Mac OS X already has PDF and webcam support. Not entirely sure Apple is dying to copy that Ribbon interface which takes up half the screen.

Yes, Windows has webcam support as well. The webcam application (judging from the screenshot) seems like a phone application or tablet application.

TechDudeGeorge said,
And if Apple copies any of this. Microsoft can sue Apple and we can all laugh. Will be nice to see the tables turned on Apple for once.

MS and Apple are buttbuddies. If it wasnt for Apple, MS wouldnt've conquered the world with windows 3.x. And if it wasnt for MS, Apple would've gone bankrupt. They're keeping eachother alive in different (and some of the same) markets.

I love the new ribbon UI and stuff, but geez, laptop screens are going to have to take a significant jump up in resolution to make up for the added bulk in the toolbars... Otherwise I don't see these cool features catching on so much...

a.mcdear said,
I love the new ribbon UI and stuff, but geez, laptop screens are going to have to take a significant jump up in resolution to make up for the added bulk in the toolbars... Otherwise I don't see these cool features catching on so much...

You can always collapse the ribbon if you don't want it taking up so much space - makes for a much nicer looking, streamlined window.

lol Stop saying that Windows and Apple copy each other. Blame the customers! They are the ones who demand these features. I'm still waiting for Windows to put in multiple desktops that when you leave one desktop you have an option to put a password to access the other (we have our reasons). If that ever happens, folks will say Windows copied Solaris. Nooo you goon balloons!!! I am the one to blame for that, because I demanded it be put into Windows!

Izlude said,
lol Stop saying that Windows and Apple copy each other. Blame the customers! They are the ones who demand these features. I'm still waiting for Windows to put in multiple desktops that when you leave one desktop you have an option to put a password to access the other (we have our reasons). If that ever happens, folks will say Windows copied Solaris. Nooo you goon balloons!!! I am the one to blame for that, because I demanded it be put into Windows!

But Solaris was from Sun, and Sun used to be a very comunity caring company

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