Angels When the first article with the title "Windows 7 GodMode" appeared in my RSS reader, I didn't even click it because I already suspected that this was just another blog post that tries to attract attention at any costs. But now, as almost all major news sites reported about this super secret and super powerful Windows 7 feature, I also have to say a word or two about it. Of course, there is no such mode in Windows 7 that would justify the involvement of the term "God" by any means. This "God Mode" is nothing else than an undocumented folder that allows you to access certain Windows configuration applets directly. This just saves you some time because you don't have to navigate through the Control Panel to reach the corresponding function.

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I wasn't able to figure out who first used the term GodMode. It is interesting to note that most articles I found try to make it appear as if they discovered this super secret Windows 7 feature. Some attribute it to C'net author Ina Fried, probably because she received more than 2700 diggs for her short article. I think this is also a good example of how silly some of these new social media sites are. Most of the articles that make it to the Digg front page are of comparable profundity. (I suppose this remark means that I will get zero diggs for my own article.)

GodModeNow Ina Fried posted a follow up article with "exclusive" information from Microsoft about the GodMode incident. You won't believe it, there are even more undocumented GodMode folders. Let's see how many diggs this exclusive article gets. I bothered to try them all. The funny thing is that this exclusive information is rather useless because I will tell you now a real exclusive secret. There are many more GodModes which were not mentioned in this exclusive article. If you right click on one of the icons in the original GodMode folder, and then on "create shortcut", you will find a shortcut on your desktop which will open one of these subGodMode folders. Shall we call them AngelModes?

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Some of these could be helpful, if you have to change the corresponding Windows functions frequently. The majority of these folders is quite unspectacular though. I leave it up to you to decide how god-like they are. To play God yourself, you have to create a folder and name it according to this scheme: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Depending on your religious denomination, you can replace "GodMode" with any term that creates enough awe. 😉

  1. Ron 14 years ago

    The “godmode” goes way back in the origins of computing. Someone who was logged in with “godmode” authority, ie Nix SuperUser, could do absolutely anything to anyone on the system. A student logged in with “godmode” authority on a school system could pull all sorts of fun pranks on other students. They may have been a trusted student working in the data center or a hacker.

    These “new”, well newly discussed, “godmode” folders don’t really fit the ‘traditional’ definition “godmode”. But maybe the person who applied the label felt that way, doing things “no one” else could.

  2. I am sure the one who started this discussion used this term to make people believe he has something to say about a superuser. I can’t really blame him for that. What is fascinating is that so many IT journalists and bloggers took the bait.

  3. Fred 14 years ago

    I trace god-mode back to doom the cheat code: idqqd

    You didn’t die and you didn’t have to search around for all the goodies.

    Seems about right

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