Playing God in Windows 7

There has been some buzz in the last few days about a feature in Windows 7 called “God mode”. Well, it doesn’t empower you as a God but allows you to access all the nested features available in Control Panel from a single entry point. All you have to do is creating a folder (or renaming an existing one) with the name GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Create a folder with the name GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

After the folder was created/renamed its icon changes to the icon used for Control Panel.
Same icon as Control Panel

When you enter the folder you find all the commands that are available in Control Panel, but in a single list with no nesting. So this could be a good place to access quick commands.
Commands available in GodMode folder

On the other hand you can get the same from the Start menu by searching for the name. Here is an example of the commands made available when searching for “defrag”.

Start menu results for "defrag"

Of course, in this later case, one needs to know what to search for, but in general that should not be a problem.

This feature also works in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, but it is reported that is crashes with Vista 64 bit.

This feature only works from Windows Explorer. It is not available from tools like Total Commander or FreeCommander.

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