The problem is that you have to constantly change your computer network settings to match the place and Internet connection that you are using. Ideally, you would want to be able to switch these settings instantly, perhaps that is why we define different network connections with different settings. Keep in mind that these still need to be enabled and disabled explicitly.
Then there is another situation where you need certain services only for some time, but they startup every time; slowing down the computer. Developers would be able to relate to this. Often one needs to install resource-hogging Database Management System or Servers to write and test code. Ideally, you don’t need them to be running or bothering you when you are using your computer just for browsing the web. Many people even install another copy of the operating system to take care of such situations.
Quick Config can be downloaded as a portable version or an installer package to quickly change computer settings. Fire up Quick Config and you will be greeted by a welcome screen. Click “Create new” under Profile and you will be able to create a new profile. You can specify a name, description, hot key and a custom icon that will be used to represent the profile. Within the profile, you can specify your preferences for a number of items. These are broadly classified into Application, Network, System, Browsers and Desktop. Each one lets you choose your preferences for a different set of settings.
Under Applications you can specify the default browser and email client as well create your own set of startup applications.
Network connections rids you of the problem that I mentioned above. It detects all the network connections that are configured on your computer automatically. You can then specify which one you want to use for the profile and then specify its network settings as well. Not only this, you can also change the domain, computer name, add entries to the hosts file, configure routes, shared folders and network drives all specific to this very profile.
The System entry lets you change computer settings like sound levels, sound themes and default printers but the real strength lies in the ability to specify which services to enable for which profile. This single feature has been a God send for me personally. In addition, you can also change registry values for different profiles. This can come in handy if you want to change environment variables.
The Browsers section detects all the browsers on my computer and lets you change subtle settings like the home page, profile location etc.
Last but not the least, the Desktop section can be used to change computer display settings like the resolution and color depth for different profiles.
Keep in mind that all the plug-ins are disabled by default. Changing the preferences for a plug-in doesn’t automatically enable it and you would have to do that explicitly. So if things don’t look the way they should, double check that you have enabled the desired plug-in
Apart from the dozen or so settings that Quick Config lets you change for your computer, you can also customize Quick Config via the Settings. You can for example, enable or disable plug-ins (I didn’t find any additional plug-ins), change default language, autostart Quick Config with Windows and do other similar thing.
Quick Config is really an awesome application that takes the pain and repetition out of changing settings ever so often. If you can relate to the situations I described in the beginning then you must check out Quick Config. On the flip side, if you have your own clever ways or applications to switch settings easily, we would love to hear about them.