Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jan 2010 23:22 UTC
Windows God mode. A term usually reserved for games of all shapes and sizes, with the coolest being Rise Of The Triad's god mode, it has now found its way to the world of operating systems. Someone has discovered that Windows 7 has a god mode - but it's not what you think it is.
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"GodMode"?
by cefarix on Mon 4th Jan 2010 23:38 UTC
cefarix
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2006-03-18

You can change the "GodMode" part of the folder name to anything else, and it still works, except the title of the special folder is changed.

Reply Score: 9

Rise of the Triad
by Phloptical on Mon 4th Jan 2010 23:54 UTC
Phloptical
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2006-10-10

....kicked ass!!! I loved that game.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Rise of the Triad
by Doc Pain on Tue 5th Jan 2010 00:28 UTC in reply to "Rise of the Triad"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

dipstick
chojin
\ekg

Reply Score: 2

RE: Rise of the Triad
by righard on Tue 5th Jan 2010 11:46 UTC in reply to "Rise of the Triad"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

When I read that title my brain tried to access some restricted memory, but the memory sat much too deep. (Probably as a safety precaution.)
Searching Google for the screenshots the memories came back,... that game was incredibly bizarre and fun.
Good times, thanks Thom.

Reply Score: 2

Not exactly news
by Fool on Tue 5th Jan 2010 00:01 UTC
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2009-10-17

Some quick googling and I found a reference from october 2008: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=681126

Reply Score: 3

GodMode?
by f0dder on Tue 5th Jan 2010 00:03 UTC
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2009-08-05

Who came up with this term?

I can't see anything "GodMode" about it - it's just a special Virtual Shell Folder... read up on the windows shell namespace ;)

Reply Score: 8

RE: GodMode?
by Laurence on Tue 5th Jan 2010 12:58 UTC in reply to "GodMode?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Who came up with this term?

I can't see anything "GodMode" about it - it's just a special Virtual Shell Folder... read up on the windows shell namespace ;)


It's a fairly common term (or at least was) in gaming.
I remember it being used frequently in FPSs like Doom where by entering a cheat code would render you invincible to enemy attack (hence the "God" bit).

I agree with you that it's a highly inappropriate term for this usage and that there's nothing new, unusual nor "god" like about virtual shell folders (I remember using them on Windows 95 at college as a way of hiding naughty files from network admins that feared the command line)

Reply Score: 2

Not new
by malxau on Tue 5th Jan 2010 01:25 UTC
malxau
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2005-12-04

This has been a feature since Win95. Random name.{guid of shell namespace provider} will give you a folder with that namespace. There are many such providers in the system. For example, you could create "Bin.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}", which is a new recycle bin.

Reply Score: 8

RE: Not new
by eksasol on Tue 5th Jan 2010 02:48 UTC in reply to "Not new"
eksasol Member since:
2009-04-05

Thanks for the info, very useful to know.

For others, the NameSpace folder is located in Registry at HLKM\Softwares\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NameSpa ce.

Edited 2010-01-05 02:50 UTC

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"GodMode"?
by panzi on Tue 5th Jan 2010 02:29 UTC
panzi
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2006-01-22

More like about:config.

Reply Score: 6

Godmode? Swweeet!
by v_bobok on Tue 5th Jan 2010 04:18 UTC
v_bobok
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2008-08-01

It's a game! Windows is just a game!! (c) Merovingian ;-)

Reply Score: 1

RE: Godmode? Swweeet!
by Lennie on Tue 5th Jan 2010 08:40 UTC in reply to "Godmode? Swweeet!"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I knew it, Windows is just for games, it's not for serious business

Reply Score: 4

v RE[2]: Godmode? Swweeet!
by turrini on Tue 5th Jan 2010 11:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Godmode? Swweeet!"
RE[3]: Godmode? Swweeet!
by rockwell on Thu 7th Jan 2010 15:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Godmode? Swweeet!"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

Yup, because 99% of computing is done in top 500 and labs!

Oh wait ... you're an idiot.

Reply Score: 2

RE[4]: Godmode? Swweeet!
by turrini on Sat 9th Jan 2010 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Godmode? Swweeet!"
turrini Member since:
2006-10-31

I'm not an idiot, and you should shut your mouth if you're a real man.

We're talking about stability in computing... And sorry, windows is a no go here.

Reply Score: 1

Not god mode on RotT
by Rehdon on Tue 5th Jan 2010 09:24 UTC
Rehdon
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2005-07-06

Hehe, I'll have to correct you here, Doom had a god mode, but Rise of the Triad had a dog mode... ;)

Rehdon

Reply Score: 2

Powertools
by bluedodo on Tue 5th Jan 2010 09:36 UTC
bluedodo
Member since:
2006-03-26

It's more like the powertools MS made available for older versions of windows.

Reply Score: 2

Fatality
by vermaden on Tue 5th Jan 2010 11:11 UTC
vermaden
Member since:
2006-11-18

How to make a Fatality ...

Reply Score: 3

Sounds familiar
by dvzt on Tue 5th Jan 2010 11:55 UTC
dvzt
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2008-10-23

So you can finally have on Windows something like /etc on Unix? Cool. ;)

Reply Score: 3

RE: Sounds familiar
by Laurence on Tue 5th Jan 2010 13:09 UTC in reply to "Sounds familiar"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

So you can finally have on Windows something like /etc on Unix? Cool. ;)


Ignoring, for one moment, the fact that you're trolling: this behaves *nothing* like /etc

1/ you can't add / remove items from the shell folder like you would with normal windows/*nix folders
2/ it is useless in the command line beyond hiding files from users who can't use the command line
3/ because of #2, you can't write scripts to change the settings via the virtual shell folders (though many/most of the settings should be scriptable directly).

If you want to draw comparisons between this and *nix, then this is more like an application short cut to a GTK+/QT GUI with system settings than a symlink to a folder.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Sounds familiar
by Bending Unit on Tue 5th Jan 2010 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Sounds familiar"
Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

Ummm... i think he was joking

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Sounds familiar
by dvzt on Tue 5th Jan 2010 16:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Sounds familiar"
dvzt Member since:
2008-10-23

Ignoring, for one moment, the fact that you're trolling...


Okay, next time I'll try to be funny I'll remeber to include a bold disclaimer, so that nobody feels offended. Anyway, thanks for the explanation.

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: Sounds familiar
by Laurence on Tue 5th Jan 2010 17:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Sounds familiar"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Okay, next time I'll try to be funny I'll remeber to include a bold disclaimer, so that nobody feels offended. Anyway, thanks for the explanation.


I wasn't offended (I don't even like Windows).

The problem with trolls are they use "humour" to convey their point. So it's sometimes hard to tell those that are genuinely being humorous and friendly from those that are trying to provoke a reaction.

On this instance, I misjudged the post ;)

Reply Score: 1

v RE[4]: Sounds familiar
by josephsmith on Wed 6th Jan 2010 04:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Sounds familiar"
RE[5]: Sounds familiar
by Laurence on Wed 6th Jan 2010 10:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Sounds familiar"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Laurence: you are the one who needs to stop TROLLING, you p.o.s troll. Worthless ignorant annoying morons like you are the reason that I stopped posting on any internet forums for several years. Discussions on the internet always end with someone calling someone else a nazi, troll or anti-semite. Anyone who says or does something someone else does not like, is accused of trolling. This ugly habit is getting extremely annoying and is making internet forums unbearable. There is no freedom of speech or opinion on the interwebz. If someone does not like the color of your shirt, you are instantly labeled a troll.

Laurence = troll


Excuse me?

I've already appolagised for misjudging the post and even when I incorrectly assumed the original comment to be trolling I still replied in an informative, unbiased and mature fasion.

Thus so far the ONLY person here that's been arsy is yourself.

The irony is, if you've ever followed my posts, then you'd realise that I've tried to remain as unbiased as possible (defending any one or product that I felt was unfairly / inaccurately criticized even if I can't stand said corporation / product myself).
So you're now doing exactly what you've kicked off about hating about Internet discussions.

....in fact, I don't know why I even bothering with you in this stupid off topic arguement

Reply Score: 2

RE[5]: Sounds familiar
by Manik on Sat 9th Jan 2010 13:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Sounds familiar"
Manik Member since:
2005-07-06

Discussions on the internet always end with someone calling someone else a nazi, troll or anti-semite.

Or p.o.s. troll.

Reply Score: 1

Is this exploitable as a back-door?
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 6th Jan 2010 00:39 UTC
BlueofRainbow
Member since:
2009-01-06

Oh no, another back-door into Windows?

Whereas I usually enjoyed the hidden pearls such as credits and/or photos of the developers and other cuties, these were usually entered via specific key strokes on a keyboard.

I don't desire to sound paranoid yet I wonder how much this one is exploitable as a back-door into the core of Windows 7?

Any access to system settings - especially just via the creation of a folder with a specific name such as in this case - could potentially be exploited for not-so-nice purposes by any application (local or remote) which can create this folder.

I'm not a deep explorer of operating system features or security weaknesses, yet there are two questions lingering in my mind:

-Are there other similarly defined folders giving even more access to the system settings?

-Is this something which is part of "MinWin" and will remain forever in all derivatives of Windows 7?

Any other I miss?

Reply Score: 1

malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

Oh no, another back-door into Windows?


This UI allows you to change settings that your logged on user credentials give you access to change. No elevation of privilege here. Anything you can do here you can do directly (eg. regedit et al.)

-Are there other similarly defined folders giving even more access to the system settings?


Possibly, but you'd still need to have permission to do anything with them. OS security is not defined by explorer-level dialogs. It's defined by permissions on files and registry entries.

-Is this something which is part of "MinWin" and will remain forever in all derivatives of Windows 7?


MinWin doesn't include a GUI, or explorer, or any shell namespace functionality. So no, MinWin does not contain anything close to this.

Reply Score: 1

Feature available since Win 95
by kvarbanov on Wed 6th Jan 2010 08:34 UTC
kvarbanov
Member since:
2008-06-16

AFAIR, this is access to a shell namespace, handy if you're about to configure a brand new machine - you get all the weapons in one click. Happy new year.

Reply Score: 1