Some great tricks to play with Windows Games. Give them a try!
NOTE: These have been tested with Windows XP. Only some of these work with Vista.
- Instant Win: Hold down Ctrl + Shift + F10 during game play. Then you will be asked if you want to Abort, Retry or Ignore. Choose Abort, then move any card to instantly win.
- Hidden Game Modes: In the “Game” menu choose “Select Game“. Enter -1 or -2 to activate the hidden game modes.
- Reveal Mines: Minimize or close all running applications. Launch Minesweeper, then type xyzzy. Next hold down the shift key for one second. Now when you move the mouse cursor over a Minesweeper square you will see a tiny white pixel in the top left corner of your desktop screen. This pixel will change to black when your mouse moves over a mine.
- Stop Timer: Launch Minesweeper and start a game so the timer starts counting, then press the Windows Key + D to show the desktop. Now when you select minesweeper from the taskbar you can continue playing with the timer stopped.
- Extra Balls: Type 1max at the start of a new ball to get extra balls.
- Gravity Well: Type gmax at the start of a new game to activate the Gravity Well.
- Instant Promotion: Type rmax at the start of a new game to go up in ranks.
- Skill Shot: Launch the ball partially up the chute past the third yellow light bar so it falls back down to get 75,000 points. There are six yellow light
bars that are worth a varying amount of points:
- First: 15,000 points
- Second: 30,000 points
- Third: 75,000 points
- Fourth: 30,000 points
- Fifth: 15,000 points
- Sixth: 7,500 points
- Test Mode: Type hidden test at the start of a new ball to activate Test Mode. No notification will be given that this is activated but you can now left-click the mouse button and drag the ballaround. While in test mode press the following keys for more secrets:
- H – Get a 1,000,000,000 High Score
- M – Shows the amount of system memory
- R – Increases your rank in game
- Y – Shows the Frames/sec rate
- Unlimited Balls: Type bmax at the start of a new ball. No notification will be given that this is activated but when a ball is lost a new ball will appear from the yellow wormhole indefinitely. Once this is activated you will be unable to activate other secrets without restarting the game.
- Instant Win: Press Alt + Shift + 2 during game play to instantly win.
- Draw single cards in a Draw Three game: Hold down CTRL + ALT + SHIFT while drawing a new card. Instead of drawing three
cards you will only draw one.
- Show All Cards: Edit this registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Hearts and
create a new String value named ZB with a Data value of 42. Start Hearts and Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F12 to show all the cards.
(Background – This is a reference to Douglas Adams’ book the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. ‘ZB’ is the initials of the character Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Galactic President. ’42’ is the answer to The Ultimate Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything.)
Rich is the owner and creator of Windows Guides; he spends his time breaking things on his PC so he can write how-to guides to fix them.
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