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    The ultimate 'God Mode' list: 39 secret Windows 7 shortcuts


    For some reason that only the gods of the blogosphere can explain, an old Windows trick took on new life this week. If you create a new folder using an arbitrary name, followed by a period and the GUID {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}, you end up with a categorized list of Control Panel tasks. As I explained last weekend, there’s nothing new or hidden in this list, but calling it “God mode” seems to have given this tip wings. Even Steven Sinofsky got into the act, sending a list of 15 additional GUID-based shortcuts to my colleague Ina Fried at CNET.
    So, that must be it, right? If Sinofsky has spoken then surely there can’t be any more.
    Ha. I had compiled a list of these shortcuts for use in Windows 7 Inside Out but cut this section for space reasons. (It is slated to appear in the Deluxe edition, due next year.) I found that list the other day and just finished testing all of these shortcuts on a pair of clean Windows 7 installations. Here, then, is my Ultimate List of ‘God Mode’ shortcuts for Windows 7.
    As with the other shortcuts, the process of turning one of these GUIDs into a shortcut that opens a shell folder or Control Panel item is straightforward. Start by right-clicking any empty space on the desktop or in a folder. Right-click and choose New, Folder. Type the name you want to appear under the shortcut, followed by a period and then the GUID shown in the list here, complete with curly braces on either end. Press enter and voila, you’re done.
    I’ve divided the list into two groups:
    • 14 GUID shortcuts that work only in Windows 7 (or later)
    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}

    • 25 GUID shortcuts that work in Windows Vista and Windows 7 (or later)


    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 (Ultimate edition only)
    7{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 (Warning, caused my system to slow down briefly)
    {E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
    Windows Update
    {36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}
    All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others; All the misery the world contains has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.

    You are what you think and with your thoughts you make the world.

    God save me ... from your followers

    Originally posted by SubCog
    I readily acknowledge that modern PS3 exclusives look spectacular.

    #2
    Thanks for the info.

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      #3
      Do you really expect us all to understand this ****?

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        #4
        Originally posted by False Christian View Post
        Do you really expect us all to understand this ****?
        Originally posted by Redeemed
        Granted, this is coming from the fella' who's had over 1,000lbs of bucking muscle under neath him.
        Originally posted by John Smith
        "Fail" = verb "Failure" = noun

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