Windows 7 Godmode Unlocked

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Windows 7 users are enjoying an increased amount of access to settings this week after the revelation that users can create a “Godmode” folder.

The whole “Godmode” part comes from the fact that once you set up the new preference pane, it names itself “GodMode.” Essentially, it seems that, using a fairly simple folder rename, users can get access to some of the more out-of-reach settings in Windows 7 (and, according to some reports, in Windows Vista). The altogether very simple operation just requires users to create a folder with the name, “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” and you’re away.

Once you’ve created the folder itself, its icon should automatically change to look something like the control panel icon, and clicking through to it will give you access to all kinds of handy bits and pieces. Moreover, because the trick is basically just a renamed folder, it means you can drop it somewhere convenient, a folder you spend a lot of time already. It might seem like a small enough thing, but we’re all about convenience really.

The biggest reason for giving yourself a GodMode folder under Windows 7 isn’t so that you can access things that aren’t normally available or customisable, as some have been intimating, but because it gives quick and easy access to a myriad of different options without necessitating the user spending precious time hunting through various different options.

If nothing else, it’s worth a bash to see what you can play with in Windows 7 all lined up and in one place… still, don’t blame us when you go and break something 😉

Update: Thanks to Wirzitar in the comments for telling us… don’t try to use Godmode on Vista 64, it’s more hassle than it’s worth.

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5 Responses to “Windows 7 Godmode Unlocked”

  1. Paddy Walsh Says:

    As it happens, I don’t think the actual name (what goes before the dot) actually matters, so much as the extension. I was able to create the same thing with “randomPhrase.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”

    Just as an FYI is all

    • komplettie Says:

      I tried the same, but it was after I’d made one named “GodMode” and it hadn’t worked… may have been because I’m not a reliable typist though 😉

  2. Wizartar Says:

    Doing this under Vista causes Explorer to crash / reload / crash / reload / ad infinitum. Had to fire up a MS-DOS!! WOOHOO go DOS, to remove the folder and stop the crashing.

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