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Godmode on Windows 7

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Ever have trouble changing your IP address in Windows 7? Just having to adjust to a new operating system is a total shock for most people. All the places where settings used to be are all moved or rearranged. Microsoft really paid attention to making the systems easier to learn for beginners, so if you have never used a pc before that's great but for those of us who have, relearning actually puts us to a disadvantage.

Enter the "Godmode" Folder. Ok I know that this is not a new trick, and that it's been brought back to life by the colorful naming but I must admit, I like it easy, and "Godmode" makes it easy. I have found this to be quite useful so I decided I would share it with you here on EE.

Godmode is a reference to the old IDDQD cheat code in ID Software's Doom game series. IDDQD gave the player all the keys to all  the doors in the game. This is kinda similar as it gives you every control panel that is spread throughout the computer, on one screen. I remember how difficult it was to find the new Add Remove Programs, well not anymore! IP address settings? Not any more! This is pretty humorous as "Godmode" really has nothing to do with creating Control Panel Icons.

Gaining this super elite Godmode over your computer is actually pretty simple! Just create a folder, anywhere, and rename it to: GODMODE.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

You can copy / paste that into the rename field to make it easier. This will grant you access to ALL system settings in one location. Which in Win7 can be pretty handy. If you're like the average person, finding where Microsoft has moved everything to can be tiresome. Having it all in one place is really helpful.

Want to really impress your friends? Well Godmode has nothing to do with this Hack. Actually the GUI ID in the name is everything to do with it, that word in front of the period is just what the folder will end up being named. The word before the period/fullstop can be whatever you want to call the folder. So Green_CompleX.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Would work just as well, but the functionality is really the most interesting part of all. Enjoy exploring all those hard to find settings!

There are other Guid's that exist as well. Here is a list of a few more, but remember, these can all be found under the "Godmode" Guid code above. These are only for use on Win7. Use any of these codes instead of the "GodCode" to access to specific panels easier.

Action Center.{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Backup and Restore.{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
Biometric Devices.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
Credential Manager.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Default Location.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Devices and Printers.{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Display.{C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
HomeGroup.{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Location and Other Sensors.{E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
Notification Area Icons.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Recovery.{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Speech Recognition.{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Troubleshooting.{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
Administrative Tools.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
All .NET Frameworks and COM Libraries.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
All Tasks (Control Panel).{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
AutoPlay.{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
BitLocker Drive Encryption.{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Computer Folder.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Default Programs.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Ease of Access Center.{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
Font Settings.{93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Get Programs.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Manage Wireless Networks.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Network and Sharing Center.{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Network Connections.{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
Network Folder.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Parental Controls.{96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Performance Information and Tools.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Personalization.{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Power Options.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Programs and Features.{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Sync Center.{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
System.{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
User Accounts.{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
Windows Firewall.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Windows SideShow.{E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
Windows Update.{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

Short Version:
Right Click the Desktop, goto New, and then Click on Folder. Name it GODMODE.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Press Enter, and then open the folder and take a look at what is inside.

Screenshots:

Steps to Godmodehttp://green.cx/dark-tech/win7-godmode/

 Godmode Control Panelhttp://green.cx/dark-tech/win7-godmode/
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Author:LarcenIII
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by:evilrix
Amusing tip :)

Voted yes above.
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by:LarcenIII
Thank you! I know it's save me some time here and there...
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by:DanRollins
Very handy!  I used the "real" name:  Master Control.   But I rarely use that pseudo-folder directly... Instead, I have a folder named "My Tools" and I drag items from the "Master Control" folder into it.  It saves a lot of "drilling down" in Control Panel (and elsewhere).

Got my "Yes" vote!
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by:LarcenIII
True! I also use one I call My Tool box, with everything customized towards the Event Logs and Reliability Stuff. It's easier to have some "themed" toolboxes that help with specific administration tasks.

If I'm looking at a hardware issue, I use that one, software only issue, I mainly just stick to running eventvwr.msc straight from the run box. I'm so thankful MS didn't take the keyboard shortcut away. I thought people were crazy at first when they said the "Run" command was taken away cause I never missed the functionality, as I always used the keyboard shortcut.

And Thank you for the "Yes" Vote!
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by:Malli Boppe
great tip loved it
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by:Qlemo
I have Master Control working on my Vista SP1 - no endless loop.

Instead of using the somewhat clumsy and long names created by using  somename.{classid}, you can create a shortcut containing
    Explorer shell:::{classid}
, which is customizable (name, appearance aso.). You even can use commands like
    start shell:::{classid}
from the Cmd Prompt.
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by:LarcenIII
Qlemo,

Thanks for the great tip!
It makes sense that Shell:::{classid} would work, basically anything that gets explorer to execute it and explorer will recognize it as a panel instead of a folder right?

I thought about batch commands that you could use to execute these commands in a program, avoiding the whole shortcut mess altogether.

A person writing a program to tweak windows would really benefit from that comment. Thanks again Qlemo.
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by:abcserve
Awesome Tip.  Thanks.
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by:LarcenIII
No Problem!

I've been working on another article to post...
It's pretty good too...
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by:UncleCharlie
The article was very interesting to say the least.  It may be I have stepped into something and you fellows will rue the day you heard of UncleCharlie.  But with GOD in the plans and conversation things will work out great.  I'll learn  to be more specific in my questions and comments.
                                                    UncleCharlie
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by:UncleCharlie
i did and clicked submit.  My typing is not of the greatest, so please don' t make  me type it again.                
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by:LarcenIII
UncleCharlie

I'm not sure what you're trying to say, but thank you for reading my article!
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