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Windows 7 Has Lots of "God Modes" 422

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-am-god-here dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Those intrigued by the 'GodMode' in Windows 7 may be interested to know that there are many other similar shortcuts hidden within the operating system — some going back to Vista or before. Steven Sinofsky, Windows division president, said several similar undocumented features provide direct access to all kinds of settings, from choosing a location to managing power settings to identifying biometric sensors." Update: 01/07 23:46 GMT by CT : Link updated to source.
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Windows 7 Has Lots of "God Modes"

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:08PM (#30683430)

    What to find all these God Modes? Just go to your registry and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID and search for "System.ApplicationName". Every GUID listed under CLSID with a System.ApplicationName entry can be used to do this same thing.

    While you are at it, delete the key.

    There. That should help.

  • by Maestro485 (1166937) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:08PM (#30683438) []

    Identical to the summary link, except from the actual source.
  • by Ziekheid (1427027) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:10PM (#30683468)

    The "God Mode" is just a different view for the many things available in the control panel.
    There is such a thing as overdocumenting your software, this is rather an easter egg that happens to be very handy.

  • by halfloaded (932071) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:12PM (#30683492) Homepage
    Ummm... What do you mean by "undocumented"? [] All these stupid articles are simply fanboys trying to get clicks on their sites. This is old news. Move along.
  • by macraig (621737) <mark.a.craig@g[ ] ['mai' in gap]> on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:15PM (#30683542)

    I guess Slashdot is now advocating outright plagiarism by giving it the eyeballs instead of what it rips-off? Do I get three guesses who the "anonymous reader" was that submitted the summary text?

  • by ninkendo84 (577928) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:18PM (#30683596) Homepage

    "On the eighth day god created turok" without vowels. Not that hard to remember.

  • Some thoughts (Score:5, Informative)

    by Mr_Silver (213637) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:20PM (#30683638)

    Firstly, it's just a trick involving the GUID that points to a shell folder - all of which is documented on MSDN. Ed Bott also concurs in his blog post [].

    Secondly, Vista had this too although it was then called "Master Control". Same thing so it's not exactly new.

    Thirdly, it's doesn't offer you anything more than you would normally find in the Control Panel. Yes, it is all in one place but I can't be the only one that just types a couple of letters into the Start Menu to find the option I want.

    Fourthly, the list of them are as follows:

    • Administrative Tools.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
    • All Tasks.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
    • Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002b30309d}
    • Connections.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
    • Fonts.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152}
    • Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
    • Documents.{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
    • History.{ff393560-c2a7-11cf-bff4-444553540000}
    • Network Places.{208d2c60-3aea-1069-a2d7-08002b30309d}
    • Printers and Faxes.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
    • Programs Folder.{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
    • Recycle Bin.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
    • Start Menu.{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}
    • Scheduled Tasks.{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
    • WEI.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}


  • by Ziekheid (1427027) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:24PM (#30683690)

    Oh man do you need to learn about shortcut keys for Windows, next time you want to lock your system without a dialog hit your windowskey + L.
    About the pin to taskbar, never use it, I find it a useless feature and I'd rather find a way to remove the taskbar preview functionality in Windows 7 (they removed the option to remove it after R1, makes no sense).
    What library are you talking about? there are several.
    My documents is exactly like it always was?
    That last remark of you was totally useless and unrelated.

  • by GeckoAddict (1154537) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:36PM (#30683864)
    If you'd take half a second to stop complaining, you'd realize almost everything you said is ridiculously easy and obvious.

    How about a mode where I can hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and hit Enter, and have it lock my screen, without having to wait in the middle for Windows to mode-switch to a different video screen, complete with fancy graphics, to ask me the same thing a simple dialog box asks me?


    How about being able to edit the parameters of something you've "pinned to the taskbar"?

    Right click the icon. The top item in the popup list is a shortcut, so you can right click and select 'properties' (like any shortcut) and modify the parameters.

    Whats up with this whole "Library" thing? What is wrong with "My Documents"

    Library may refer to multiple folder locations. Got music in two separate locations (like a portable drive a local one)? Now it's all accessible from one place.

    Thank God at least they put your whole user profile in the c:\users\ directory - wait, do they, or is user crap still sprinkled around in c:\program files\blah

    All of the microsoft stuff is there, but I suppose there's nothing stopping a program from not using it (UAC perhaps would complain about an app trying to create files in Program Files).

  • by isomer1 (749303) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:44PM (#30683986)
    ::SPOILER ALERT:: If you want the nerdjoy of trying these all yourself stop reading now

    -enter a default location for gps and other location aware programs

    -biometric devices control

    -power plan management

    -taskbar icons and notifications

    -windows credential manager

    -install a new program

    -default programs and file associations

    -public key tokens NOTE: does not change folder icon

    -manage wireless networks

    -network neighborhood

    -my computer

    -printer installation and queue (Note: slightly different than printers & devices)

    -remote apps and desktop connection

    -windows firewall settings

    -unknown, this did nothing on my machine

    -windows experience index

    -original 'GodMode' folder
  • by jeremywc (865836) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:47PM (#30684034) Homepage
    The author stole his text from a CNET article by Ina Fried. Update the link to point to the original article: []
  • by Brian Gordon (987471) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:48PM (#30684060)

    Covered it exactly. TFA is just plagiarized from cnet [].

  • by N0Man74 (1620447) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:51PM (#30684100)

    These have existed since Win95. I remember in Win95 using these tricks to put a Control Panel and Dial-Up Networking shortcuts on my Start Bar that expanded out just like later became in option in I think 98 or XP. I haven't done this in years, but I do recall that in '95, you could find all the correct values to use for these "tricks" by searching RegEdit.

  • by GeckoAddict (1154537) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @12:56PM (#30684186)
    Oh yeah, and as an extra bonus: Control-Shift-Esc opens the task manager without going to the annoying middle screen as well.
  • by Tacvek (948259) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:11PM (#30684448) Journal

    These folders are a bit more than mere shortcuts. They expose the contents of the corresponding folder to anything using the proper APIs to examine it. One of the canonical uses is to create a folder named "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" in the path used for start menu entries, which results in a start menu folder that contains all the control panel icons, allowing you to directly select one of them. This feature is not really as useful in Vista or Windows 7 (with the nice program finding box), but was quite useful before then.

  • Re:sigh. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Legion303 (97901) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:18PM (#30684530) Homepage

    Why would it be intuitive? I don't think MS intended for people to be using it, which is why it doesn't come with an install icon.

    Unless you meant you don't understand how to enable it, in which case I suggest you read the article more carefully.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:27PM (#30684658)
    "For example, the first one could be a folder named &ldquo;thankscnet.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}&rdquo; (use everything inside quotes&ndash;but not the quotes themselves)."

    Note the "thankscnet." part. I don't think CNet went and copied the article from him.
  • by clone53421 (1310749) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:28PM (#30684676) Journal

    Hmm. I just went for a stumble through the Win XP registry...

    Some other types that hide their contents, and what opens when you double-click them (not sure if they’ll work on other versions of Windows):

    {E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31} - Compressed folder access denied error message
    {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} - Control Panel
    {2559a1f5-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} - Default e-mail client
    {2559a1f4-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} - Default web browser
    {0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262} - Folder, but seems empty
    {63da6ec0-2e98-11cf-8d82-444553540000} - FTP folder
    {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} - IE with extensions disabled
    {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} - My Computer
    {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} - My Network Places
    {7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} - Network connections
    {992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48} - Network connections
    {9DB7A13C-F208-4981-8353-73CC61AE2783} - Nothing
    {C4EE31F3-4768-11D2-BE5C-00A0C9A83DA1} - Nothing
    {AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E} - Offline files folder
    {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} - Printers and Faxes
    {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} - Recycle bin
    {E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD} - Scanners and cameras
    {FB0C9C8A-6C50-11D1-9F1D-0000F8757FCD} - Scanners and cameras
    {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} - Scheduled tasks
    {1f4de370-d627-11d1-ba4f-00a0c91eedba} - Search results folder
    {e17d4fc0-5564-11d1-83f2-00a0c90dc849} - Search results folder
    {F5175861-2688-11d0-9C5E-00AA00A45957} - Subscription folder
    {BDEADF00-C265-11d0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F} - Web folders

  • Re:Liars (Score:4, Informative)

    by jonbryce (703250) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @01:35PM (#30684794) Homepage

    I did the following to recover from my crash:

    Press Ctrl-Alt-Del
    Load the task manager
    Run cmd
    Rename "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" to "folder"
    Then I can delete "folder" in Explorer as it no longer crashes

  • by Bigjeff5 (1143585) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @02:08PM (#30685256)

    It is meant for developers, and was documented in the Microsoft Developer Network documentation, of which you must be a subscriber to get.

    In other words, Microsoft told the people who they cared to tell about it via their well known documentation system, and dumbass bloggers found it and said "Oh oh! Undocumented features!"

    Tell me, how the hell can it be "undocumented" if Microsoft was the one who revealed it in their standard documentation system in the first place?


  • by Bigjeff5 (1143585) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @02:18PM (#30685398)

    It's odd that as their OSes became more complex, they also had less and less documentation.

    This is not even remotely true.

    I have in my drawer a large DVD case filled with MSDN documentation on primarily Microsoft OS and Server products. I get a new disk every couple of months. This is the Microsoft documentation, and it is vast.

    In fact, if it were on paper, I'd probably need an entire library dedicated to it.

    In other words, you don't know what you are talking about. There is, in fact, so much documentation that it can be difficult to find exactly what you need in the MSDN library.

    The documentation isn't meant for end users, Microsoft designs their OS to be as easy as they can manage to make it for the user at the expense of making things more difficult for the developer. As such, all of the documentation is for developers, not users, because it is the developers who need it.

    Getting the full documentation requires a subscription, but there is a lot online at []

  • Re:...and yet... (Score:3, Informative)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <> on Thursday January 07, 2010 @02:52PM (#30685860) Journal
    Actually Windows keeps that around to prevent your hibernation file from becoming fragmented. It's not good from a security standpoint, but neither is your swap file.
  • by suman28 (558822) <suman28@hotma i l . com> on Thursday January 07, 2010 @03:20PM (#30686198)
    This isn’t new news. None of this is hidden, it’s all documented. For the full list try here []
  • by clone53421 (1310749) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @03:46PM (#30686480) Journal

    “Basically, this” is synonymous for “what he said”. My use of it had nothing to do with the “this” reference in programming. Calm down.

    Yes, I repeated what he said, but I also said it in such a way that most people aren’t going to say “huh?” when they read it.

  • by webmistressrachel (903577) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @03:55PM (#30686618) Journal

    They're in the same place in XP and 2000, under Control Panel > Network Connections > Choose an Adaptor > Right Click > Properties > Select TCP/IP > Choose Properties > Thank you. Rachel x

    This is as trolly as I get today and it's Informative too...

  • by Foredecker (161844) * on Thursday January 07, 2010 @06:34PM (#30688622) Homepage Journal

    All the MSDN library stuff is free and on-line. See this []. Has been for years.

    There is nothing like this for Apple, Linux, or any other OS - not even close.

  • Re:Unfortunately... (Score:3, Informative)

    by node 3 (115640) on Thursday January 07, 2010 @08:57PM (#30689790)

    Noah's already experienced it but God gave us a new colorful interface element and promised it'll never happen again.

    So that explains the Apple "Beachball of Death" :-)

    The beachball (pinwheel, etc.) is the equivalent of the Windows hourglass, *not* the equivalent of the BSoD. Apple's BSoD is the kernel panic, just like any other self-respecting Unix.

  • by tomhudson (43916) <`moc.nosduh-arab ... `nosduh.arabrab'> on Thursday January 07, 2010 @11:28PM (#30690598) Journal
    So apparently is the guy who cut-n-pasted the original article from CNET to his own site, then claimed in the comments that CNET stole it from him. Crapfloods and page-widening posts, He's a loser losing to the loose trolls. Or something like that.

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