Windows 7 Book Announcement and "God Mode"

Monday, January 4, 2010

I have been slacking on the blog posts recently due to a few projects I am/was working on.

First I would like to announce that I am finishing a Windows 7 book titled: Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator's Reference. My publisher is Syngress and the book is expected to be available March 2010.

Second, I have completed the Master's of Science in Management Information Systems program at Florida International University. This program is aimed at working professionals and people with experience in both management and information systems. I recommend this program to anyone in the South Florida area. It is Saturday's only for a full year and worth every penny.

Lastly, as I have been working on the Windows 7 book I was waiting to release the how-to for Windows 7 GodMode. Since news and blogs are releasing it already, I decided what the heck, here it is:

Microsoft developers included a so called “God Mode” in Windows 7. In reality this is not a mode but a simple and single container with multiple shortcuts to Windows 7 options that are available through other methods. This may be helpful for administrators and power users alike to configure and manage single Windows 7 desktops.

To create a God Mode shortcut:
1. Right click on the Desktop or anywhere in Windows Explorer where you would like this shortcut.
2. Select New – Folder
3. Name the folder: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
4. The folder icon will change to a Control Panel icon

To use God Mode, simply double click the Control Panel icon just created called “GodMode”. A Windows Explorer window will open with shortcuts for many different configuration options in Windows 7. All of these options are available through other methods, mostly though the standard Control Panel shortcuts.

The “GodMode” hack appears to work on Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It also seems to work on 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Many users have reported problems with “GodMode” in 64-bit editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. If “GodMode” crashes the system, rebooting to safe mode and removing the shortcut should solve the issues.

Till next time,
Jorge Orchilles


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