Want to Activate GodMode in Windows 7? Here's How!
Want to Activate GodMode in Windows 7? Here's How!
  • Ryan Schuster
  • 승인 2011.03.18 09:04
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Figure 1: The created "GodMode" folder

For most people, when we imagine 'GodMode' we think of playing a video game. As the name suggests, the player's character becomes immortal or akin to a 'god' in the game world, who is invulnerable to most sources of damage. GodMode is typically accessed by way of a button sequence or a command on the game's console.

Unlike Windows XP, Windows 7 can be akin to a god too. Let's face it; we always want total control over our computing environment.  More importantly, what we really want is to have total control in an easy-to-use form that puts everything at our fingertips.

GodMode is able to do that for us. GodeMode is actually a hidden (well, it used to be hidden) developer shortcut in Windows 7 that provides more direct access to features and functions of the operating system (it does not add functionality). But in the long run, it helps administrators to work more efficiently and easier by putting these controls in one place.

GodMode is just a simple folder that brings all aspects of Windows 7 controls to one place. It collects all of the Control Panel functions, interface customization, accessibility options, and just about every aspect of controlling Windows 7.

Entering GodMode

Follow these three easy steps:

  • First, create a new folder wherever you want the GodMode folder to be. Right-click in Windows Explorer or on the Desktop, select New, then click Folder.
  • Second, is to rename the folder that was just created. You can name the folder anything you want, the key is to add a period  followed by this exact text string: {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} IE: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  • Once it is finished, the folder's icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options (see Figure 1).  When you open the folder you will see settings for Action Center, Administrative Tools, and much more. With GodMode you can quickly adjust settings for various Windows and Microsoft applications such as Internet Explorer.

Using GodMode

So now you have a folder filled with tools and tweaks that you already had access to and so the question you are asking yourself is whether or not if this GodMode folder serves any purpose or not. For example, let's say you want to Schedule a task. You could go through the normal process of clicking on Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and finally Scheduled task. However, that is a fair-bit of clicking, and assuming that you remember where the Scheduled task wizard is located. Or, you can open the GodMode folder, go to the Administrative Tools section, and click on Scheduled task.

Another example could be Show hidden files and folders. You can open Windows Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, View and scroll down until you find Show hidden files and folders. Or you can go into the GodeMode folder click on Show hidden files and folders under the Folder Option section.

If you have followed me this far, you can see that you don't have to enable the GodMode folder to accomplish these tasks. These controls already exist; therefore GodMode is nothing more than a regrouping of these tools.

What GodMode does and does very well is listing these tools in logical categories based on the types of tasks a system administrator might need to perform. And the tools are named for the way that system administrators think, when they want to perform those tasks. For instance, you can get to System Restore through Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore, but in the GodMode folder it is listed in the form of a task that makes sense: "Restore system files and settings from a restore point."

There it is in a nutshell. It might not be the "white elephant" that you may have been looking for or it certainly isn't the all-powerful, as the name implies. Nonetheless, GodMode, in all its forms and folders, is a valuable tool to make a person's life simpler.

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