Thursday, October 28, 2010

Creating the “God Mode” in windows 7 for tune up

This is nothing more than a special folder or an alternative to the classic Windows Control Panel. Here’s a step-by-step guide on setting it up:

  1. Right-click on your desktop, and select “New/Folder”.
  2. Enter the folder name “God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”. Tip: You can give it any name you want, but the important part is the latter string of letters and numbers. For example, you could call it “Special Control Panel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”.

    Once you hit enter, the icon changes, and you will have the direct shortcut to your “God Mode” (or whatever you previously called it).
  3. Double-click on the icon to see all of the Windows features and settings in one single place.
  4. One suggestion: go through the list to find out how many features and settings you can actually change, activate, or deactivate with this special mode. You will be amazed at the number of hidden secrets that are suddenly revealed.
  5. If you try to find a specific setting, use the quick search bar in the upper right corner.
  6. Here’s a neat trick—drag your “God Mode” to the taskbar. This will let you access the function right from it. To do so, right-click on the icon, and select “God Mode”.

    You can also drag it to your “Favorites” in Windows Explorer and complete the same action as with the taskbar.

The top ten hidden secrets

It is very easy to access hidden settings with “God Mode”. Below is a list of our favorite features discovered using this function under Windows 7.

  1. Diagnose your computer’s memory problems (“Administrative Tools”). This launches the built-in memory check tool, and is very useful if you encounter random blue screens or other memory-related error messages.
  2. View reliability history (“Action Center”). Use this feature to see a track record of how stable your computer has been and how many problems have occurred.
  3. Make a file type always open in a specific program (“Default programs”). If you have many programs, such as several photo-editing or video-editing tools, this can be helpful.
  4. Calibrate display color (“Display”). As the name implies, you can find a pretty useful monitor calibration utility here.
  5. Show hidden files or folders (“Folder options”). This is something that consumers need on a daily basis.
  6. Manage Wireless Networks (“Network and Sharing Center”). If you’re having trouble connecting to a Wi-Fi network that you have connected to before, use this setting to delete the Wi-Fi network and reconnect to it.
  7. Use tools to improve performance (“Performance Information and Tools”). In this window, you will find information about your PC’s performance. On the left hand side, you’ll find a couple of recommended tools for boosting your machine’s speed a bit.
  8. Lock the computer when I leave it alone for a period of time (“Personalization”). Set up a screensaver, and check “On resume, display logon screen”.
  9. Change what closing the lid does (“Power Options”). If you don’t want your laptop to go to sleep once you close the lid, use this setting to change this behavior.
  10. View installed updates (“Programs and features”). Have you installed a Windows or software update and experienced problems with your machine? Use this entry to uninstall the update and restore your system.

Hopefully, over time, this post will have helped you save hundreds of unnecessary clicks through the Windows Control Panel. Any additional hidden secrets you’d like to share? leave your comments here...

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