Windows 7 has lots of ‘GodModes’

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:09 am

Those who like the newly discovered “GodMode” in Windows 7 may be interested to know that there are many other similar shortcuts hidden within the operating system.

GodMode is mostly used by developers as a shortcut to vaious settings

For example, a folder named “godmode.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}”

Here’s the list of strings for various GodModes (Thanks Fred):

Microsoft.ActionCenter (Windows 7 and later only) {BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Microsoft.AdministrativeTools {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
Microsoft.AutoPlay {9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
Microsoft.BackupAndRestore (Windows 7 and later only) {B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
Microsoft.BiometricDevices (Windows 7 and later only) {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption {D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Microsoft.ColorManagement {B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}
Microsoft.CredentialManager (Windows 7 and later only) {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Microsoft.DateAndTime {E2E7934B-DCE5-43C4-9576-7FE4F75E7480}
Microsoft.DefaultLocation (Windows 7 and later only) {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Microsoft.DefaultPrograms {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Microsoft.DesktopGadgets (Windows 7 and later only) {37efd44d-ef8d-41b1-940d-96973a50e9e0}
Microsoft.DeviceManager {74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a}
Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters (Windows 7 and later only) {A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Microsoft.Display (Windows 7 and later only) {C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter {D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
Microsoft.FolderOptions {6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
Microsoft.Fonts {93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Microsoft.GameControllers {259EF4B1-E6C9-4176-B574-481532C9BCE8}
Microsoft.GetPrograms {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Microsoft.GettingStarted (Windows 7 and later only) {CB1B7F8C-C50A-4176-B604-9E24DEE8D4D1}
Microsoft.HomeGroup (Windows 7 and later only) {67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Microsoft.IndexingOptions {87D66A43-7B11-4A28-9811-C86EE395ACF7}
Microsoft.Infrared (Windows 7 and later only) {A0275511-0E86-4ECA-97C2-ECD8F1221D08}
Microsoft.InternetOptions {A3DD4F92-658A-410F-84FD-6FBBBEF2FFFE}
Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator {A304259D-52B8-4526-8B1A-A1D6CECC8243}
Microsoft.Keyboard {725BE8F7-668E-4C7B-8F90-46BDB0936430}
Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors (Windows 7 and later only) {E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
Microsoft.Mouse {6C8EEC18-8D75-41B2-A177-8831D59D2D50}
Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter {8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons (Windows 7 and later only) {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Microsoft.OfflineFiles {D24F75AA-4F2B-4D07-A3C4-469B3D9030C4}
Microsoft.ParentalControls {96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Microsoft.PenAndTouch (Windows 7 and later only) {F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}
Microsoft.PeopleNearMe {5224F545-A443-4859-BA23-7B5A95BDC8EF}
Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Microsoft.Personalization {ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Microsoft.PhoneAndModem (Windows 7 and later only) {40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}
Microsoft.PowerOptions {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures {7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Microsoft.Recovery (Windows 7 and later only) {9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage (Windows 7 and later only) {62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections (Windows 7 and later only) {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras {00f2886f-cd64-4fc9-8ec5-30ef6cdbe8c3}
Microsoft.Sound (Windows 7 and later only) {F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}
Microsoft.SpeechRecognition (Windows 7 and later only) {58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Microsoft.SyncCenter {9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
Microsoft.System {BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
Microsoft.TabletPCSettings {80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}
Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu {0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Microsoft.TextToSpeech {D17D1D6D-CC3F-4815-8FE3-607E7D5D10B3}
Microsoft.Troubleshooting (Windows 7 and later only) {C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
Microsoft.UserAccounts {60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade {BE122A0E-4503-11DA-8BDE-F66BAD1E3F3A}
Microsoft.CardSpace {78CB147A-98EA-4AA6-B0DF-C8681F69341C}
Microsoft.WindowsDefender {D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}
Windows Firewall Microsoft.WindowsFirewall {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Microsoft.MobilityCenter {5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Microsoft.WindowsSideShow {E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
Microsoft.WindowsUpdate {36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

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


P.S: For all you commented that I copied the article from CNet: I do not deny it and do not try to hide the fact that this article was originated from CNet, It has a clear link to the source. So just to be clear about it, Thanks CNet


19 Responses to “Windows 7 has lots of ‘GodModes’”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Windows 95 allready had similar special folder meanings.
    For example to get the (now standard) unfolding controlpanel, in stead of a new window when selecting it, you made one of these special folders: Name.CLSID

    All those special texts mentioned here can be found in the registry

  2. Ryuy Says:

    And what exactly do these commands do?

  3. Jon Says:

    All of these appear to work for except these two:

    I’m using 64 bit Windows 7

  4. Brad Says:

    Default Location.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
    Power Settings.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
    Notification Area.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
    Manage Credentials.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
    Get New Programs.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
    Default Programs.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
    NET Framework Assemblies.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
    Wireless Networks.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
    Network Neighborhood.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
    My Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
    RemoteApp and Desktop.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
    Windows Firewall.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}

  5. Jeff Says:

    Thanks Brad for adding the folder functions!

  6. Fred Says:

    This isn’t new news. None of this is hidden, it’s all documented. For the full list try here


    Oh, and nice job copying cnet’s article.

  7. Nostrilsoup Says:

    Funnily enough, slashdot linked here instead of to cnet! Ed MUST BE cool.

  8. mrjub. Says:

    Fuck. I just added the last string on Vista, and now my computer is stuck in like an infinate loop consititing of explorer.exe (taskbar, folders) flashing repeatedly. I can’t open anything, and I cant close explorer. Also, the moment I added the godmode folder it disappeared. -_-. any ideas anyone?

  9. tsalaroth Says:

    Check out some of his earlier posts, like the one about the robot floor cleaner. He actually links to the CNET article he copy-and-pasted from. At least this time he didn’t copy and paste every paragraph - he skipped a couple.

    Aviran, I used to respect your site, now I’m not so sure. Maybe if you came clean instead of denying and getting angry, that may change.

  10. Helper Says:

    To get rid of the infinate crash loop in Vista pres ctrl-shift-esc to bring up the task manager. File->Run->cmd. cd\users\[name]\desktop Then rmdir “text.[press tab][press enter]

  11. Brian Says:

    If you look at Aviran’s website, all of his articles are like this. It is a site like slashdot except he copies and pasts the articles instead of paraphrasing them. Also, they all do contain a link to their source somewhere in the article.

  12. Brian Says:

    Those intrigued by the “GodMode” in Windows 7 may be interested to know that there are many other similar shortcuts hidden within the operating system.

    The words “many other similar shortcuts” Link to the source, in the source document the words “”GodMode” in Windows 7″ link to another document on CNet. If you are going to retort get your facts strait.

  13. Brian Says:

    Straight* Sorry

  14. Thumbs Up! Says:

    How is this different than many sites that regurgitate news stories? If you look the link to the original is clearly in the posting.

  15. Brisbane Says:

    Know what would be a handy addition to this article? A brief description of each string. Call me weird, but I’m not sure I want to make a bunch of folders just to find out what they actually do…

  16. Kitsune Says:

    mrjub, I made the same foolish mistake, and I did it right on my desktop. I tried restarting normally, restarting safe mode, logging in as another user and deleting it through command prompt, nothing would work. I gave up and just deleted the entire “Desktop” folder under the username.

  17. A daredevil Says:

    Just for your information, I did try it on Vista and promptly crashed the machine. Yup.

  18. Chris Says:

    Here are instructions to remove GodMode from Vista 64bit.


  19. Ron Kendly Says:

    Window 7 is much better than windows other version.its futures and its quality of work is amazing.i use it and i am happy to use it in my PC.


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