“God Mode” in Windows 7

If you haven’t heard about “GodMode” in Windows 7, then read on. Windows 7 has a “GodMode” feature, which isn’t as grandiose as it sounds. Actually GodMode is not even the name that Microsoft has given it. In fact Microsoft doesn’t have an official name for it, as the feature itself is undocumented. GodMode is the name given by bloggers who found it accidentally. I cannot imagine how they could have found it aside from getting some inside information from Microsoft developers themselves. I will attempt to give it a definition.

GodMode: A feature that transforms a folder to a shortcut pointing to some windows tasks, just by appending a folder name with a period (‘.’), followed by a special string (‘{GUID}’).

It includes direct access to all kinds of settings, from choosing a location to managing power settings to identifying biometric sensors, to name a few.

To keep them all grouped together and ‘know’ what they do with a glance, I followed this pattern-
[folder name].{GUID}
In my case, I chose ‘GodMode’ as the folder name. Once the shortcut is made, I change the name to the following format before moving on to the next God Mode- [folder name].[feature name] For e.g. with the Control Panel God Mode, I would call it something like ‘GodMode.ControlPanel’.

This is how it looks on my computer:

God Mode Folders

God Mode Folders

Here is a list of God Modes that I have found so far with a short description:

Control Panel : {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Description: A shortcut to all Control Panel functions

Location Info : {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Description: A shortcut to set up default location for programs to use when a location sensor, such as GPS receiver, is unavailable. On can also enter Geographic location (latitude and longitude) too.

Biometric Info : {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
Description: A shortcut showing the information of any biometric device like fingerprint reader etc, if installed.

Power Plan : {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Description: A shortcut to select the power consumption settings for your computer.

System Tray : {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Description: A shortcut which opens the icon and notifications settings, where you can set whether you want to show/hide icons in system tray and whether to show only notifications etc.

Windows Vault : {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Description: A shortcut which points to Windows Vault. We can store credentials for automatic logon here.

Program Install: {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Description: A shortcut to install a program from the network.

Default Programs: {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Description: A shortcut to choose programs that Windows uses by default.

Manage Wireless: {1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Description: A shortcut to manage wireless networks.

Manage Network: {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Description: A shortcut to network computers, websites, FTP sites etc.
Remarks: This God Mode doesn’t allow us to rename the folder to anything else. It keeps changing back to ‘Network (MS)’

Manage Network: {1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
Description: A shortcut to GAC (Global Assembly Cache).
Remarks: This God Mode doesn’t change its folder icon or hide its GUID string like others. But it correctly points to the GAC on the computer.

Computer Drives: {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Description: A shortcut which shows the current drives on the computer.

Printers: {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Description: A shortcut to the printers added to the computer.

Remote Connections: {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Description: A shortcut to manage your RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.

Windows Firewall: {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Description: A shortcut to setup Windows Firewall settings to prevent malicious hackers from getting access to your computer.

Computer Performance: {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Description: A shortcut to get your computer’s speed and performance information.

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