The other day I wrote about a ” God Mode ” that had been uncovered in Windows 7. See here, Basically you could create a folder and give it a string of characters and it changes to a shortcut to access all the settings of your Windows 7 machine.
Well it turns out that there is more that one ” God Mode “. These God Modes were intended to be shortcuts for developers and have been around since Vista and before, according to the Head of Microsoft’s Windows Division.
In an email interview with Cnet, Steven Sinofsky, Windows division president, said several similar undocumented features provide direct access to all kinds of settings, from choosing a location to managing power settings to identifying biometric sensors. He noted that there are over 12 strings which give access to various different settings.
Sinofsky and others say the term GodMode was coined by bloggers; it was not something the company used internally to refer to the settings folders. Although Microsoft maintains many such undocumented developer commands to access such settings, all are replicated by the operating system’s Control Panel settings.
It seems that Sinofsky and Microsoft have gotten a little kick out of this ” God Mode” and gave out a list of other strings that create special folders.
Here’s the list of strings:
To make them work, create a new folder with any name ( it doesn’t have to be something specific ), then a period, then insert one of the text strings. See example below
This one happens to be a shortcut to the WEI ( Windows Experience Rating )
Play around with these different strings and see which ones do what, so far I’ve discovered one for location awareness, WEI and Biometrics.
When trying these out, it would probably be best to use a Windows 7 machine, since Microsoft say they work with Vista, there have been reports of Windows Vista 64bit crashing when users try these strings.
Let me know what you guys find in the comments