Windows 7 God Modes

Posted: January 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

If you haven’t heard of Windows 7’s “GodMode” yet, let me give you the scoop: Basically, there are developer “shortcuts” built into Windows 7, and even Vista, that enable easy access to certain settings and information about the operating system. For example, one “GodMode” view displays every setting in Windows in one very organized Window.

In order to access these views, you simply create a folder with a name and a special string after it. So, you don’t have to call the folder “GodMode,” although that does fit the mood the first time you try it out.

NOTE: If you’re not a developer, these may not be that useful to you, but I think the GodMode list of control panels and wizards is really something that should be included with Service Pack 1. It really does make accessing settings easier.

Here’s how you do it:

1. On your desktop – or anywhere, but the desktop is easiest for playing around – create a New Folder.

2. Give the folder a name, then a period, and then one of the following strings:

{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

And, as a reminder, to create the Godmode folder itself, use this string:

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

So, to create a “GodMode” folder, you would create a new folder and rename it:

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

You’ll end up getting a folder like this:

image

Based on some experimenting with a script I wrote to create them all for me, here’s what I found each does:

God Mode

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

Location Settings

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

Biometric Settings

{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}

Power Settings

{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}

Icons And Notifications

{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

Credentials and Logins

{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}

Programs and Features

{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}

Default Programs

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

All NET Frameworks and COM Libraries

{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}

All Networks For Current Connection

{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}

Network

{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

My Computer

{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Printers

{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}

Application Connections

{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}

Firewall and Security

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

Performance

{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

 

To run my script, simply copy it wherever you want to create these, and it will make a folder called Special Folders and put the new folders in it, as shown below:

image

After the script runs, this is what’s in the Special Folders folder:

image

In case you don’t want to download my batch file, here is the script for creating all these folders. Feel free to distribute:

mkdir "Special Folders
cd ".\Special Folders
mkdir "God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
mkdir "Location Settings.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
mkdir "Biometric Settings.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
mkdir "Power Settings.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
mkdir "Icons And Notifications.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
mkdir "Credentials and Logins.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
mkdir "Programs and Features.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
mkdir "Default Programs.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
mkdir "All NET Frameworks and COM Libraries.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
mkdir "All Networks For Current Connection.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
mkdir "Network.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
mkdir "My Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
mkdir "Printers.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
mkdir "Application Connections.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
mkdir "Firewall and Security.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
mkdir "Performance.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

NOTE & WARNING: Deleting these folders does NOT affect Windows. It will NOT delete your control panels or settings. Now, what you do with the contents of the folders is done entirely at your own risk!

Easy!

Enjoy!

Thanks to CNET for the list of strings!!!

Comments
  1. Auri says:

    Another note: To open each of the folders above without creating the icons, simply go to the Start menu, then select Run, then type shell:::code where code is the {} string above.

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