Ruminations of idle rants and ramblings of a code monkey

“God Mode” in Windows 7

Idle Babbling

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I see “God Mode”, I think of running around in some shooter killing all the bad guys/monsters/aliens/whatever without any worry of damage or harm coming to me. Those of you that cut your teeth on some of the old school DOS-based games of yester-century (a la Doom) will know exactly what I’m talking about.

I don’t think of “God Mode” when it comes to an operating system. Unless, perhaps, running everything as admin. Really, though, that’s probably more akin to anti-God Mode if you think about it; you need to be a little more worried about potential damage and hazards since you are running as admin.

But then there’s Windows 7 and we have things like User Account Control to keep you from doing too much harm. So is “God Mode” some super-anti-UAC thingie that makes it like it was in the old days when you could call deltree from the root of your C: drive and it would happily go about doing it? (Note: Yes, I know someone that did this. No, it wasn’t me. And no, I don’t recommend trying it.)

Nope, not at all like the God Mode that I knew and loved from the days of Doom.

So when I saw an article called “Understanding Windows 7's 'GodMode'”, I was intrigued. It’s not the “God Mode” of Doom-yore, but it is interesting nonetheless and I’m kinda liking it. You create a folder and name it “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” (no quotes, of course). Then … behold! the icon changes and you have access to a ton of controls and settings for the operating system. It does work on Windows Server 2008 R2 x64, which is what I’m running right now.

It reminds me, in a way, of the Windows 95 Product Team Easter Egg. But simpler to create and a lot more useful.