Windows 7 GodMode

Windows 7 GodMode

This GodMode tip was kindly sent by Chad Hooper and it works a treat for me.  However, I put GodMode in that pigeon-hole that says; ‘How can you have this much fun without storing up trouble?’.  The idea is that you create a folder called ‘GodMode’, and lo and behold, it displays all sorts of useful information, such as links that you normally see in the Control Panel or Device Manager.

As you get to know me, so you realize that I am old school in that I issue precious few disclaimers.  I invite you to take my tips and apply them to your situation with a large dose of common sense.

For those of a nervous disposition try this tip on the D:\ drive of a non-vital machine.  It worked for me on Windows 7 (best), also Windows Server 2008 R2, and Vista 32-bit.  Warning!  Vista 64-bit users Beware!  There are numerous reports that GodMode causes some 64-bit versions of Vista to crash, the only solution was to boot into safe mode and remove that GodMode folder.

How to Create Your GodMode Folder

One more thing, the new folder needs to be called not plain GodMode, but this string:  GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

  1. Launch Windows Explorer (Not Internet Explorer)
  2. right-click in a blank area.
  3. Click on ‘New’.
  4. Select ‘Folder’ (from the shortcut menu).
  5. Name it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

When your magic folder arrives, you could try re-sizing its columns to display the description and even the keywords. Actually, its label does not have to be GodMode, you could rename it, for example I call mine GuyMode.  If you have 32-bit Vista or Windows 7, then you can see over 30 sections with quick links to configuration settings.   If you have 64-bit Vista, then I would be cautious, and be prepared to boot into safe-mode or command-line only.

For those with XP computers, sorry no GodMode here, but you could try the free utility: ‘Windows in a Box’.

More GodMode Folders

Research of the registry shows that Microsoft has include more possibilities for special folders.

Please note the rhythm of the string you paste: Label.period{don’t-mess}  Thus you can change ‘GodMode’ or ‘Location’, but you really must have that full stop, and there is no point in changing what’s inside the {braces}.




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