Uncovering Windows 7's 'GodMode'

Uncovering Windows 7's 'GodMode'

Summary: 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.

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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.

To enter "GodMode," one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

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.

The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

For more, read "Understanding Windows 7's 'GodMode'" from CNET News.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • "can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash. "

    No surprise there.
    CapitalismAteItself
    • Read much?

      First, this is not an advertised feature of Windows 7; this is called a "hack", which you might know if you actually work with computers. Second, it says "may cause 64 bit versions of that operating system (Vista) to crash". Gee, we have here a hack and the warning that it may not work properly on certain versions of an earlier OS. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence would understand the caveats mentioned; you are either being intentionally obtuse or have no business being on a computer, much less commenting on an OS.
      justanitguy
      • Not a "hack", but a "backdoor"

        It's built into the OS, thus it's not a hack it's a backdoor provided by the vendor.

        "which you might know if you actually work with computers" :-)
        magcomment
        • Hack? Backdoor? Easter Egg!

          It's an Easter Egg.
          ggibson1
          • Actually.. it's a documented feature.

            Ed Bott said so on his own site..
            http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=2724
            Wolfie2K3
          • It's NONE of the ABOVE!

            It is, in reality, SANTA CLAUS!
            tombutler
    • Caution: Hilighting that fact can cause a windoze fanboi to overreact

      No surprise there too.
      The Mentalist
      • And no surprise with your post, either

        But then again [i]those that can, do. Those that can't, troll" [/i]

        I guess you're one who "can't" ;)
        John Zern
        • Just as I said... almost

          Not one, we already have two fanbois overreacting.

          And we just started.

          <b>Update</b>: Now there's 3 of them, two very annoyed overreacting windoze fanbois posted above and another one posted just below.

          <del>Check back often for updates.</del> <b><span style="text-decoration:blink;color:#900;"><u>Updates now interrupted</u></span></b>. Due to excessive fanboi demand this service needs to be restructured and scaled up. Please recheck in 4 hours.
          The Mentalist
          • They are

            just trying to keep up with you.
            Viva la crank dodo
          • Actually, we have to slow down a bit

            and let him catch up with us. But we try not to tease people like him [i]too much[/i], it's bad for their developement! ;)
            John Zern
          • We started off w/ an article telling us what Windows [i]can[/i] do...

            and ended up with a mental idiot telling us what linux can't handle:

            "updates now interrupted"..."due to excessive demand this service needs to be restructured and scaled up"..."please recheck in 4 hours"

            Hmmm, sounds alot like linux, and their propeller head fanbois.


            go figure
            IAmLegion20ll
        • Ignore him

          the mental institute where he is at somehow let him on the internet.
          bobiroc
          • It IS!

            The MENTAL institution IS the Internet!
            tombutler
      • Such thing doesnt exist

        Its Linux users who usually overreact, let me prove my point.

        Linux sucks, nobody cares about a stupid penguin system for geeks without a social life.

        Thats what I think, said on all purpose, find your way.
        hectormacias
      • Baby want some attention?

        Here, have some attention. Feel better?
        Lester Young
    • CAUTION. This command

      <pre><code>:(){ :|:& };:</code></pre>

      May cause certain variants of Unix/Bash to freeze
      your system.
      honeymonster
      • That command looked like so much fun, I just tried it!

        Such an exciting little command; so memorable, so much like the commands I type every single day...

        So I ran it, and (surprise!) it was a fork bomb. But it didn't even come [b]close[/b] to freezing my system. Can it be that Fedora has set the user resource limits correctly so that fork bombs just fizzle out, like that one did? [i]Could be![/i]

        Honey, that anti-Linux script you're reading from is seriously out-of-date.
        Zogg
        • Fedora?

          The OP said "certain variants", your reply doesn't even come close to covering all of them.
          rtk
          • Honey was spreading vague FUD

            I countered that FUD with a concrete fact. And a fact that I could test [i]personally[/i], no less.

            Or maybe Honey would like to specify which "certain variants" he actually [i]was[/i] talking about? Or perhaps [b]you[/b] would, rtk? Can you name a [i]single[/i] modern Linux distribution whose out-of-the-box reaction to Honey's fork-bomb is a system freeze?
            Zogg