If your New Year’s resolution is to whip your home theater PC into shape, you’re going to love this tip. We first saw this for Windows 7 in Maximum PC magazine a while back, and as HTPC enthusiasts, we fell in love with it immediately! A while back, some clever Windows users found an easter egg-ish feature in Windows lets you create a virtual folder of Windows settings, aggregating all of those plain-language shortcuts that often appear when you’re typing in the Start menu search field. Codename: GodMode. Those shortcuts are a little harder to find in Window 8 since by default, typing on the Start screen only searches for applications.
We’re happy to find in our own testing that GodMode still works in Windows 8. An enumerated list of Windows settings can be very helpful when setting up and maintaining your HTPC, so we thought this was a good one to republish and remind people about.
To set up GodMode on your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, all you have to do is create a folder somewhere and rename it with a specific name and GUID extension. To make this a little easier on you, just copy this name, below and paste it as the new folder name:
One you’ve renamed the folder, the icon will change, and you’ll find it launches a window with hundreds of settings. If you use Windows 7 or any Start menu substitute in Windows 8, we’d recommend against creating the folder in your Start menu since Windows will treat it as a folder and create an unwieldy submenu for it containing hundreds of items. Instead, maybe put it in C:\Windows\Program Files. From there, you can always pin it to your Start screen or task bar.