Windows 7 "God Mode" explained

A Microsoft blogger has described the so-called  “God Mode” in Windows 7 and Vista as a “goofy trick” that should not be not be relied upon.

Users of these operating systems can access a list of all customisable features by creating a folder called GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and double clicking on it to open.

The list provides a handy way of accessing setting for things such as the Windows Firewall, Windows Update, user accounts, printers and power saving in a single window.

But according to Brandon Paddock, who is a Microsoft developer who blogs in his personal capacity, this is a developer feature that could be named anything such as “ILikePuppies.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” and will still work.

This makes use of a documented feature of the shell whereby filesystem folders can be easily made into namespace junctions, as described on Microsoft’s developer website, Paddock said in a blog post.

The code sequence merely opens the “All Tasks” folder, which is a special shell folder used as the source of the “Control Panel” search results seen in the Start menu, but this folder was not designed to be browsed to directly and has no custom view, so you just see the standard Explorer list view and little else, said Paddock.

This folder “should not be relied upon by anybody for any purpose. God Mode?  Hardly,” the blog post concludes.