News Windows 7 God Mode

To enter "GodMode," one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}​
Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden "GodMode" feature that lets users access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder.
By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string at the end, users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.
I tired this at home. It is fantastic! A much more streamlined way to tweak Windows 7.


Source CNET
 
This is actually the All Tasks Control Panel from the beta which it appears was never removed.

I use this as I would rather have the folder say All Tasks (which is what it displays) instead of Godmode.

All Tasks.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
 
Yeah I figured as much. However I just copied and pasted the text string. No point in changing anything until you know whether or not it'll work.
 
Leave it up to MS to remove something helpful like this and instead make you jump through hoops to change any settings. I've never seen such a mess to adjust simple settings as 7 has. Even easier on Linux these days (w/ Gnome/KDE really). :p
 
Vista has the same thing, a different string, but it gives the 64bit version of vista fits.
 
Here are some more special folders.
Just put any name and period before the string.

{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
 
Here are some more special folders.
Just put any name and period before the string.

{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

Cool but for me the second to last does not work ??
 
Canonical Names of Control Panel Items: Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

Specifying a Namespace Extension's Location: Specifying a Namespace Extension's Location

This is getting a tad over-hyped on the internet to the point of some overly paranoid conspiracy theorists believing this proves that there are hidden backdoors in Windows 7. The fact that someone decided to name the discovery of being able to access these features via a so-called "God Mode" stoked the hype. The use of "GodMode" in the folder names is completely unnecessary to access these items. I think the "first person" to discover this and begin reporting about it was likely partaking in a nostalgic late night marathon session of Wolfenstein 3D while hyped up on Red Bull.

Btw, no offense is intended, BouncingSoul. You are simply reporting the info. This just... isn't as big a deal as most of the online reports make it out to be. MSDN is our friend. :)
 
Did you read the thread?

Like posts #2 and 8?

Just wondering as you posted info already in the thread.

Yes and sure. I read all the posts in the thread before posting. Neither post contains anything pointing to where info concerning access to settings and such is publicly posted by Microsoft. In fact, none of the posts did. I also had a few comments concerning the origin of the apparent "secret" mode of operation. Posts 2 and 8 were irrelevant to my overall comments and how this has been "reported" on the internet. Posts 1 and 9 merely listed GUIDs but not the matching item name or Canonical name and those GUIDs came from CNET's articles and other online reports that posted them similarly.

I don't know about you but I tend to prefer info from the horse's mouth and/or supporting information from the developer of a program/OS which in this case is Microsoft. For this reason I posted the links to MSDN. Even CNET's article didn't link to MSDN which surprised me. Furthermore the related article "Windows 7 has lots of 'GodModes' (exclusive)" (Windows 7 has lots of 'GodModes' (exclusive) | Beyond Binary - CNET News) on CNET's site also neglected to provide a link to MSDN. Frankly, considering the titles of the CNET articles I would have expected there to be links to MSDN. Maybe I expected too much from them?

Anyway, I posted what I did for informative purpose and because I had an opinion on the matter.
 
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