Activate Windows GodMode!

September 22, 2011, By Christian Cawley

If you’re using Windows 7 then you probably access the Control Panel to find various tools that can be used to configure your computer, from Internet connectivity to adjusting how your mouse works.

Sometimes accessing the Control Panel can be a little bit of a chore, with some items grouped in a slightly illogical way; while you might use the search bar in the Start menu to find the item you are looking for, there is another way: GodMode!

GodMode is a secret “Easter egg” in Windows 7, basically a way of viewing all Control Panel items in one single folder on your desktop. In the GodMode view, everything is sorted alphabetically, so for instance to alter mouse settings you would scroll down the list to Mouse.

Activate Windows GodMode!

Implementing GodMode is very easy, but most interestingly this is only one of several useful Easter eggs provided in Windows 7…

How to Activate GodMode

Thanks to the addition of a text string in the name of a new folder, GodMode can be activated very simply in Windows 7. It apparently also works in Windows Vista 32 bit, but Vista 64 bit users may experience problems with this.

To create the GodMode folder, right-click on your Windows desktop and select New > Folder; the resulting folder will be waiting for a name, so use the following:

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

Tap Enter when you’re done, and you will see the folder icon change and the folder renamed to GodMode. All you need to do now is double-click the icon to open and view the GodMode options!

(Note that the folder doesn’t have to be called “GodMode” – you might call the folder “Eric is Supreme” – but the title of the folder must be stated before the full stop in the text string above.)

More Easter Eggs

This isn’t the only special tool in Windows 7 that can be activated with a secret text string, however. In fact, they’re not really Easter eggs at all; in fact, these text strings are provided for developers to give themselves a shortcut to various internal or hidden settings. However, it’s good to find a new way of doing things in Windows!

The following list of text strings can be used as described above to begin using Windows 7 in a whole new way. Simply create the folder, give it a name followed by a full-stop (.) and then paste in a text string of choice. Each of the following strings does something a little different…

{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33} – GPS localization

{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428} – configure biometric devices

{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D} – select a power plan

{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} – taskbar/action centre settings

{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70} – Windows Vault logon settings

{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4} – network install

{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966} – Windows defaults

{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43} – Windows system policies

{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87} – Wireless network status

{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} – displays the current network

{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} – displays contents of Computer

{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} – displays printers and faxes

{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B} – RemoteApp and Desktop Connections console

{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423} – Windows Firewall

{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC} – Windows Experience Index

Have fun playing with these!

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