posted by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jan 2010 23:22 UTC
IconGod 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.

I've been searching my bum off trying to find the origin of the story, and as far as I can tell, Carsten Knobloch is the first to make a mention of this way back on December 12, 2009. For some arbitrary reason, it only started exploding all over the web the past few days.

Basically, god mode creates a folder which contains all the various search results strings (if that makes any sense) that pop up when you search using the search field in the Control Panel. These strings are used to make it more "natural" to search for settings in Windows (try it).

Enabling god mode is quite easy:

  1. Create a new folder
  2. Name it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  3. That's it

This creates a folder which more or less gives you categorised access to each and every setting in Windows - at least, each and every setting that is accessible as a search string - 265 settings in 50 sections. This could be handy if you're setting up a machine for the first time and need to access many settings.

Gode mode in Windows 7.

An important note needs to be made about Windows Vista. While this trick is safe for all versions of Windows 7 (both 32bit and 64bit), the situation for Vista is different. Windows Vista 32bit users can use this trick, but Vista 64bit users can not. It will cause your system to enter an Explorer crash loop. If this happens to you, boot into a Safe mode command prompt, navigate to the god mode's parent folder, and execute rd /s God[Tab].

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