"Network and sharing center" is totally useless for me, all I need is to be able to disable/enable particular network interfaces and change TCP/IP settings whenever I want (which is quite frequently). It was made perfect in Windows XP - the window was named "Network connections" and was easy to reach. But In Windows 7 I have to open "Network and sharing center" first and then click "Change adapter settings" there. Isn't there a faster way to go there?
I've just figured out the answer myself. It actually hit me while I was typing the question, but I still think it is worth posting for further reference.
The solution I've found is to create an empty folder and name it
I've found the list of CLSIDs available for this trick here.
But let's go further. I hate having icons on my desktop and I've found the way to put this to the start menu top level:
I've found out that you don't even need to create an Explorer shortcut. Just put the avatar folder wherever you want (as I've said, it is needed to remain there) and drag it into the Start menu.