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  • Windows 7 God Mode

    My brother just sent me this link:

    Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden "GodMode" feature that lets users access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder.

    By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string at the end, users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.

    The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.
    Oh, great. I'm using 64-bit Vista.

    Edit: A link posted in the comments to the article above:

    So first off, why is this completely silly? Well, the text ”GodMode” has nothing to do with making the trick work. You can call the folder “ILikePuppies.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” and now you’ve discovered the magical “ILikePuppies” feature hidden in Windows.

    Well, not really. What you’ve actually discovered are two things:

    First, you’ve discovered a documented feature of the shell whereby filesystem folders can be easily made into namespace junctions, as described here on MSDN. Basically, any folder named <DisplayName>.<CLSID> will show up with just the <DisplayName> portion visible in Explorer, and navigating into the folder will take you to the namespace root defined by the <CLSID> portion of the name. This isn’t a user feature, it’s a developer feature.
    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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    Re: Windows 7 God Mode

    I posted this the other day in the Win7 Sticky, and it looks like it may be a good idea for some people that get confused in the normal Control Panel. Just make sure you read around about it, because some people seem to be having problems with it, and then a hard time going back to normal.


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