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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:

{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

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