Windows 7 God Mode – Behind the Scenes

A new feature called “God Mode” has been making the rounds on blogs, news websites, tweets, Windows based Forums etc over the last couple of days. Apparently you decide to call it “God Mode” Just a look behind the scenes.

Windows system folders are identified by global unique strings referred as CLSIDs (Class Identifiers) and technically Namespace Extensions. Here is the list of few CLSIDs -

My Computer {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Control Panel {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002b30309d}
Recycle Bin {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Network Places {208d2c60-3aea-1069-a2d7-08002b30309d}
Fonts {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152}

You can find such CLSIDs in Registry, just go at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID and find few more. In same manner, there is CLSID for system folder “All Tasks” which lists all tasks, available in Control Panel as per your edition of Windows and its CLISD is {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

If you know the CLSID of any particular system folder, you can access and launch it easily. Basically there are three methods to access them.

Impaired Facts of God Mode

It was discovered and posted long time back 11/27/2007 during Vista days in  MeraWindows Forum referred as Master Control Panel and it is much relevant to its functionality than God Mode. I have few observations, that I want to share with you. It may help you to know either its a goofy trick or hidden feature of Windows 7.

Q1. What is the “God Mode” and Why and How?
A. It is a special shell folder called “All Tasks” that holds a list of all available Control Panel Tasks, which is used as the source of the “Control Panel” search results seen in the Start menu and Control Panel itself.

Try yourself ! Enable God Mode on Windows 7/Windows Vista

God Mode on Windows 7

Q2. Is “God Mode” a hidden feature of Windows 7/Windows Vista?
A. No.

Q3. Does “God Mode” work on Windows XP or earlier?
A. No.

Q4. Is it really “God Mode”?
A. Does it matter? I refer it as Master Control Panel or All Tasks and it is much meaningful than God Mode. Define yourself, like TaskZone.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

  • Gangster00700

    hiiii by mistake changed my movies folder to godmode folder now i am unable to access my data also i cant change the godmode to normal folder.plzz help me out

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      Rename the folder using Command Prompt
      Rename GodMode.{Guid} Folder-Name

  • http://www.inferse.com/ Ganesh

    Yeah…..Absolutely great work!

  • Gopal Adhikari

    I found the Games folder Class ID. You must rename you folder Games.{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83b1-96b02CFE0D52}.

  • http://vipultaneja.com Vipul

    Great work RK….. you should be getting every credit for that….

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ AnandK

    The name God Mode caught the fancy of bloggers and it whipped up a frenzy on the net, as it made good blogging material. :)

  • http://windowsvj.com vasu

    Gr8 work RK :)