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Jan 31 2010   10:56PM GMT

The Many “GodModes” of Windows 7

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

I wrote earlier about an Easter Egg in Windows 7 that grants access to a vast array of configuration settings by simply entering a secret string of text at the end of a folder name when creating a new folder in Windows Explorer.

It turns out that Windows 7 is polytheistic–it has many gods. According to an article from CNet’s Ina Fried:

“In an e-mail interview, Steven Sinofsky, Windows division president, said several similar undocumented features provide direct access to all kinds of settings, from choosing a location to managing power settings to identifying biometric sensors.”

I haven’t found many practical uses for most of the “godmode” text strings, but its still sort of fun to try them out and see what secret power each reveals.

Here is a list of the various “godmode” strings. Simply create a folder of any name, and add a period followed by one of these text strings to create a uniquely-endowed “godmode” folder:


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