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Using God Mode

The God Mode folder is organized into 50 or so major sections, each containing quick links to relevant configuration options (see Figure 2). Double-click any icon or link to open the appropriate control panel or dialog box related to that action.

Table 1 shows what’s available on a typical system:

Figure 2 Browsing the configuration settings in the GodMode folder.

Table 1—God Mode Configuration Settings


Configuration Settings

Action Center

Change Customer Experience Improvement settings

Change User Account Control settings

Check security status

Choose how to check for solutions

Choose how to report problems

Fix problems with your computer

Restore your computer to an earlier time

Review your computer’s status and resolve issues

View all problem reports

View message archive

View recent messages about your computer

View recommended actions to keep Windows running smoothly

View reliability history

View solutions to problems

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Administrative Tools

Create and format hard disk partitions

Defragment your hard drive

Diagnose your computer’s memory problems

How to add new hardware

Schedule tasks

Set up data sources (ODBC)

Set up iSCSI initiator

View event logs

View local services


Change default settings for media or devices

Play CDs or other media automatically

Start or stop using autoplay for all media and devices

Backup and Restore

Back up your computer

Restore data, files, or computer from backup

Color Management

Change advanced color management settings for displays

Credential Manager

Manage Windows credentials

Date and Time

Add clocks for different time zones

Automatically adjust for daylight saving time

Change the time zone

Set the time and date

Default Programs

Make a file type always open in a specific program

Set your default programs

Desktop Gadgets

Add gadgets to the desktop

Add the Clock gadget to the desktop

Get more gadgets online

Restore desktop gadgets installed with Windows

Uninstall a gadget

View list of running gadgets

Device Manager

Update device drivers

Devices and Printers

Add a device

Add a printer

Change default printer

Change device installation settings

Device Manager

Set up USB game controllers

View devices and printers

View scanners and cameras


Adjust ClearType text

Adjust screen resolution

Calibrate display color

Change display settings

Change screen orientation

Connect to a projector

Connect to an external display

How to correct monitor flicker (refresh rate)

Make text and other items larger or smaller

Set up computer to use multiple monitors

View the name of the video card

Ease of Access Center

Accommodate learning abilities

Accommodate low vision

Change how your keyboard works

Change how your mouse works

Change the Narrator voice

Control the computer without the mouse or keyboard

Hear a tone when keys are pressed

Hear text read aloud with Narrator

Ignore repeated keystrokes using FilterKeys

Let Windows suggest Ease of Use settings

Magnify portions of the screen using Magnifier

Move the pointer with the keypad using MouseKeys

Optimize for blindness

Optimize visual display

Press key combinations one at a time

Replace sounds with visual cues

Turn High Contrast on or off

Turn Magnifier on or off

Turn off automatic window arrangement

Turn off background images

Turn off unnecessary animations

Turn on easy access keys

Turn On-Screen keyboard on or off

Use audio description for video

Use screen reader

View current accessibility settings

Folder Options

Change search options for files and folders

Change the file type associated with a file extension

Show hidden files and folders

Show or hide file extensions

Specify single- or double-click to open


Change Font Settings

Preview, delete, or show and hide fonts

View installed fonts

Getting Started

Find out what’s new in Windows 7

Go online to find out what’s new in Windows 7

Go online to get Windows Live Essentials

Transfer files from another computer


Choose homegroup and sharing options

Share printers

Indexing Options

Change how Windows searches

Internet Options

Block or allow pop-ups

Block or allow third-party cookies

Change how web pages are displayed in tabs

Change security settings

Change temporary Internet file settings

Change the search provider in Internet Explorer

Change your homepage

Configure proxy server

Delete browsing history

Delete cookies or temporary files

Enable or disable session cookies

Manage browser add-ons

Tell if an RSS feed is available on a website

Turn autocomplete in Internet Explorer on or off


Change cursor blink rate

Check keyboard status

Location and Other Sensors

Enable location and other sensors

Enter a default location

View location activity


Change how the mouse pointer looks

Change how the mouse pointer looks when it’s moving

Change mouse click settings

Change mouse wheel settings

Change the mouse pointer display or speed

Customize the mouse buttons

Make it easier to see the mouse pointer

Network and Sharing Center

Add a wireless device to the network

Change People Near Me settings

Connect to a network

Identify and repair network problems

Manage advanced sharing settings

Manage saved networks

Manage wireless networks

Media streaming options

Set up a connection or network

Set up a dial-up connection

Set up a virtual private network (VPN) conection

Set up an ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network

Sign in or out of People Near Me

View network computers and devices

View network connections

View network status and tasks

Notification Area Icons

Customize icons on the taskbar

Remove icons from notification area (system tray) on the desktop

Show or hide battery icon on the taskbar

Show or hide clock icon on the taskbar

Show or hide inactive icons on the taskbar

Show or hide the notification area on the taskbar

Show or hide volume (speaker) icon on the taskbar

Parental Controls

Set up parental controls for any user

Performance Information and Tools

Check the Windows Experience Index

Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files

Learn how to use your storage device to speed up your computer

Use tools to improve performance


Change desktop background

Change screen saver

Change the theme

Change window colors and metrics

Change window glass colors

Enable or disable transparent glass on Windows

Get more themes online

Lock the computer when I leave it alone for a period of time

Personalize your computer

Set screen saver password

Show or hide common icons on the desktop

Turn screen saver on or off

Phone and Modem

Set up dialing rules

Power Options (portable PCs only)

Adjust screen brightness

Change battery settings

Change what closing the lid does

Change what the power buttons do

Change when the computer sleeps

Choose a power plan

Choose when to turn off display

Edit power plan

Require a password when the computer wakes

Programs and Features

Add or remove programs

Change or remove a program

How to install a program

Run programs made for previous versions of Windows

Show which programs are installed on your computer

Turn Windows features on or off

Uninstall a program

View installed updates


Restore your computer or reinstall Windows

Region and Language

Change keyboards or other input methods

Change location

Change the date, time, or number format

Change the way currency is displayed

Change the way dates and lists are displayed

Change the way measurements are displayed

Change the way time is displayed

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

Set up a new connection with RemoteApp and Desktop Connections


Adjust system volume

Change sound card settings

Change system sounds

Manage audio devices

Speech Recognition

Change text to speech settings

Set up a microphone

Start speech recognition

Sync Center

Manage offline files

Resolve sync conflicts

Sync with other computers, mobile devices, or network folders

View sync results


Activate Windows

Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows

Allow remote access to your computer

Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer

Change workgroup name

Check processor speed

Configure advanced user profile properties

Create a restore point

Device Manager

Edit environment variables for your account

Edit the system environment variables

How to change the size of virtual memory

Rename this computer

Restore system files and settings from a restore point

See the name of this computer

Show how much RAM is one this computer

Show which operating system your computer is running

Show which workgroup this computer is on

View advanced system settings

View running processes with Task Manager

Taskbar and Start Menu

Auto-hide the taskbar

Customize the Start menu

Customize the taskbar

Find missing Start menu

Group similar windows on the taskbar

Lock or unlock the taskbar

Organize Start menu

Restore Start menu defaults

Turn toolbars on the taskbar on or off

What happened to the Quick Launch toolbar?


Find and fix audio playback problems

Find and fix audio recording problems

Find and fix networking and connection problems

Find and fix printing problems

Find and fix problems

Find and fix problems with devices

Find and fix problems with homegroup

Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects

Find and fix problems with Windows Search

Perform recommended maintenance tasks automatically

Record steps to reproduce a problem

Troubleshooting history

User Accounts

Add or remove user accounts

Change your account picture

Change your Windows passwords

Create a password reset disk

Create administrator account

Create an account

Create or remove your account password

Link online IDs

Make changes to accounts

Manage network passwords

Turn guest account on or off

Windows Anytime Upgrade

Get more features with a new edition of Windows 7

Windows CardSpace

Manage Information Cards that are used to log on to online services

Windows Defender

Scan for spyware and other potentially unwanted software

Windows Firewall

Allow a program through Windows Firewall

Check firewall status

Windows Mobility Center (portable PCs only)

Adjust commonly used mobility settings

Windows Update

Check for updates

Turn automatic updating on or off

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