Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2008, and flavors of Windows Vista provide an unpublished ability to create a control panel called HackerMode that allows you to have easy access to almost all administrative tasks that you would like to use in Windows. This new window is called HackerMode because it puts all aspects of the management of Windows at your fingertips in one location. This allows you to quickly configure Windows settings or hardware from one screen. In order to access HackerMode you must first create a special folder on your desktop as described below.
It is important to note that HackerMode only works for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2008, and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista. It is know, though, to crash Windows Vista 64-bit, so please do not create this folder on those versions of Windows Vista. If you decide to test it on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, you may need to reboot into safe mode to remove this folder.
To enable the HackerMode folder on your desktop, please follow the steps below.
- Close all open windows so you are at your desktop.
- Right-click on an empty portion of your desktop and select New and then select Folder
A new folder will appear on your desktop with the title of the folder in edit mode
- Edit the title of the new folder so that it is named the following and then press enter.
- When done, you should have an icon on your desktop that has the above title and looks like the icon
- Double-click on this icon to open HackerMode. When HackerMode opens, you will be presented with a screen similar
You can now scroll through the list of available configuration options and tasks that are available for your version of Windows and tweak Windows from one location.