Windows 7 GodMode? Not really

by Shijaz Abdulla on 05.01.2010 at 14:18

Of late, I saw the following making rounds on twitter, the blogosphere, on email and even on CNET:

Create folder, rename it to GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and double click on it. 

So I thought I’d make a few things clear here.

 

  • Firstly, it’s not called GodMode. Name your folder DevilMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and the new folder will be called DevilMode instead. So it really isn’t “God Mode” – you can call it whatever you like.

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  • Secondly, what you get is just the Windows 7 Control Panel in a different (expanded) layout – it doesn’t contain any “hidden” tweaks. Take a look:

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When I collapse the tree, GodMode becomes this:

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Now, let’s open Control Panel and switch to Large Icons:

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I get exactly the same thing. Why?

 

Explanation:

  • Open the Windows Registry (REGEDIT)
  • Search for “ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C”
  • You will find this key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID

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  • As you can see, this is nothing but Control Panel

What you’ve done is basically figuring out how to make a shortcut to Control Panel and give it your own name! You can do the same with any of the classes in the registry and achieve similar results!

For example: SuperGodMode.{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} will open the Personalization Control Panel and call it “Super God Mode” 🙂

This is a fully documented Windows Shell feature, not an Easter Egg.

Good bye “God Mode”!

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17 Responses to Windows 7 GodMode? Not really

  1. "God Mode" is a 32-bit only shell extension to reference a registry key in a folder name, or some shit: http://bit.ly/4AMIYZ

  2. Ramesh K says:

    It was discovered in Windows Vista called Master Control Panel… When I didn’t have blog….and posted on various Windows Forums.

    For any crashes in Windows Vista x64, here is solution – http://bit.ly/5Klxj4

    Windows 7 GodMode : Old wine in new bottle. – http://bit.ly/5r3iGM

  3. Anonymous says:

    party pooper!

  4. Shijaz says:

    LOL. @Anonymous

    @Ramesh – nice posts. The point I’m trying to drive is that there is no “hidden feature” unlocking – this is not a hack – it’s just Control Panel! 🙂

  5. Jinx says:

    Its not a hack, but it sure makes to be a much more enjoyable experience.

    Network connections are a pain in the butt to get to, so if you’d like a shortcut, try these. You can also drop these to your favorites sidebar.

    Network Connections.{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
    Wireless Networks.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}

    😀

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  9. Ahmad Maher says:

    Crazy people are there everywhere 😀 explanation of the very previous status 😀 http://t.co/zMdxuKoj

  10. Kitty says:

    hehehe..thank’s for clearing this up. Very enlightening indeed.

  11. djazenis says:

    hey man can you help me?
    my little cousin used this code on a folder in which I contain every thing, music, videos etc
    is there any way to undo it?
    unfortunately i didn’t have any windows restore points at the time or return folder to previous version.
    thanks

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