7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.4

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.4 is out.

  • New option: Hide the Start button.
    The option works for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
    To open the Start menu in Windows 7, you can click on the corner where the Start button was located.
    To open the Start screen in Windows 8.1, you can click the lower-left corner of the screen.

    Before
    w81_startbtn_before

    After
    w81_startbtn_after

  • New option: Show Start menu/Start screen by double/middle clicking on the empty space.
    7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows you to assign an action to double middle clicking on the empty space of the taskbar.
    Now there’s one more option to choose from.

  • Advanced Options Editor.
    Read More…

Posted in Software, Updates at November 12th, 2013. 61 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.3, now with Windows 8.1 support

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.3 is out, which finally introduces support for Windows 8.1.
In addition, the new version contains some bug fixes and small improvements, so it’s a recommended update even for non-Windows 8.1 users.

Posted in Software, Updates at October 4th, 2013. 19 Comments.

MinHook – The Minimalistic x86/x64 API Hooking Library (fork)

MinHook is a Windows API hooking library originally written by Tsuda Kageyu.
It’s probably the best free WinAPI library out there which supports both x86 and x64.
But it’s not perfect, and didn’t completely fit my needs, so I created a fork on GitHub which addresses some of its limitations.

Below you’ll see how the fork improves upon the original MinHook library.
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Posted in Programming at September 30th, 2013. 6 Comments.

Multiline Ultimate Assembler Library

This article was written by Mr. eXoDia about the usefulness of the Multiline Ultimate Assembler Library, which is a (dis)assembler library with similar functionality to the Multiline Ultimate Assembler OllyDbg plugin.
Kudos to him!

The Multiline Ultimate Assembler Library
rar Multiline Ultimate Assembler library.rar (181.34 kB)

Article files (with the library included)
rar multi_asm_lib_test.rar (198.37 kB)

Alright, so what’s the use of the Multiline Ultimate Assembler Library? In my case it was useful as backend for a ‘generic’ API hooking tool. The tool was used to hook various APIs to prevent CRC checks and then the idea was to hook an API (VirtualProtect for example) that was accessed just before the OEP of the protected file was reached.
In our case we will not deal with a real protector, but just with a simple file that mimics a protector. Our protected file must have VirtualProtect in the import table.
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Posted in Reverse Engineering at September 26th, 2013. 2 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker: experimental version with partial Windows 8.1 Preview support

Here is an experimental version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker which mostly works on Windows 8.1 Preview:

Removed. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker now officially supports Windows 8.1.

Options that currently do not work:

  • Thumbnails: Left click on the active thumbnail minimizes the window.
  • Combining: Combine grouped buttons.
  • Other: Don’t show jump list when dragging a taskbar item towards the desktop.

Technical information

So, why did the options above stop working? Not much was changed about the taskbar in Windows 8.1, after all.

Short answer
Because Microsoft uses better code optimization, it became more difficult to control the code functionality.

Long answer
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Posted in Software, Updates at July 10th, 2013. 24 Comments.

Hung windows and taskbar buttons rearrangement

Did the above ever happen to you?

I sometimes encounter the issue, which is not critical, but may be very annoying at times.
I’ve also received a couple of bug reports about it, so I decided to take a closer look.
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Posted in Software, Updates at April 26th, 2013. 20 Comments.

Quick Folder Menu

Quick Folder Menu

Quick Folder Menu is a tiny application that opens a menu of the folder you specify as a command line parameter.

It’s mostly based on an AutoIt script by LarsJ.

It has a couple of bugs I don’t know how to fix, e.g. it doesn’t always close when you click away (Update: fixed in v1.1).
I hardly know how it works at all. But it works, and I find it handy, so in case you might make use of it, grab it below.

zip qfmenu.zip (3.73 kB)

The source code is available on GitHub.

Posted in Releases, Software at April 23rd, 2013. 9 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.2

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.2 is out.

  • New option: Display seconds on the tray clock.

  • New option: Don’t show jump list when dragging a taskbar item towards the desktop.

    By default, when you drag a taskbar item towards the desktop, the jump list appears. This option disables it.

  • Simplified Chinese translation of the help file.

    Translated by horan. Thanks!

  • Better injection method.

    I’ve got several reports about an issue where the tweaker showed the following message: 7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library.
    I don’t know what might cause this, and it seems to be quite random, e.g. a user told me he could solve it by installing the tweaker to a different path.

    In this version, I improved the injection method, so this issue may be solved.

    Another thing I did is adding an identifier to the error message, which will give me a clue about the cause of the error.
    If you encounter an error similar to the screenshot below, please contact me, providing the exact message. Thanks.

    7tt_42_inject_error

  • Other small fixes.

Posted in Software, Updates at April 13th, 2013. 50 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Numberer, now with Windows 8 support

7+ Taskbar Numberer (formerly known as 7 Taskbar Numberer), the program that numbers your taskbar items, now supports Windows 8.

In addition, it has the option to display the numbering only when the Windows key is down.

Posted in Software, Updates at April 6th, 2013. 12 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.1

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.1 is out.

The most important change is the new help file, which explains the available tweaks. It should make it easier to get started with the tweaker.

Also, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker has a new bug/feature tracker.

Among other changes:

  • Update notification: A checkbox for not notifying about a particular version.
  • Latvian translation, thanks Aigars Jacmenkins!
  • Windows volume control (SndVol.exe) runs in higher priority for better performance.
  • Fixed right drag detach on vertical taskbar (“Drag within/between groups using right mouse button” option).
  • Rebuilt the portable launcher to support older processors (versions 4.0.4 to 4.0.10 supported only processors with SSE2 instruction set).

Note
There is a bug in versions 4.0.10 and lower, which may lead to a crash when trying to update.
If you encounter such an issue, please download and update manually.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted in Software, Updates at December 14th, 2012. 22 Comments.