In Windows 10 ($144 at Amazon), settings and controls are divided between the and the traditional Control Panel. Some settings -- including touchscreen-specific settings and Windows Update -- are found only in the Settings menu, while others, such as the Device Manager, are still mostly accessed through the Control Panel.
It is, to be sure, a needlessly confusing arrangement. If you're sick of switching between Settings and the Control Panel, searching for your lost settings, there is a way to access all settings and controls in one place: GodMode.
GodMode has been around since Windows 7 ($28 at Amazon) but is still alive and well with Windows 10. It is a dedicated folder that puts all of your settings in one place, where you'll be able to do everything from adding clocks for different time zones to defragmenting your drives. And it's a snap to set up.
Set up GodMode
To enable GodMode,and then right-click on the desktop and click New > Folder.
Next, copy and paste the following into the folder name:
Note: Make sure to copy the whole line above, including GodMode, the period and the brackets.
The folder icon will change to a control panel icon. Double-click on the new icon to see your universal settings panel. The settings are organized under various headings, from Administrative Tools to Windows Firewall.
Editors' note: This story was originally published on August 18, 2015 and has since been updated.