Liked Windows 7 God Mode? Here Are 39 More Delicious Shortcuts for Windows 7 and Vista

Windows-7-God-ModeEarlier this week, we had shared with you an intriguing Windows 7 tip called God Mode. Of course, its not as phenomenal as it sounds. In fact it isn’t even new. What it does is create a folder (rather a shortcut) containing an exhaustive list of Windows 7 options. The trick itself is extremely simple and all the user needs to do is create a folder named “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}“.

The shortcut is basically a globally unique identifier (GUID) which points to the Control Panel. The first potion of the key (i.e. portion before the period) is totally inconsequential. In fact “Test.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” would work just as well (but obviously Windows 7 Test Mode doesn’t sound as juicy as Windows 7 God Mode).

Windows Vista (32 bit only) users can achieve something similar by creating a folder named “Master Control.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}“. This trick was discovered by Ramesh Kumar and is popularly called the Master Control Panel.

Windows Guru Ed Bott has now come up with a fairly large list of useful GUID shortcuts for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Some of them are:

Windows 7 and Vista (GUIDs)

AutoPlay: {9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}

Computer Folder: {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Default Programs: {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}

Get Programs: {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}

Performance Information and Tools: {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

Personalization: {ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}

System: {BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}

Windows Update: {36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

Wndows 7 only (GUIDs)

Action Center: {BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}

Backup and Restore: {B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}

Biometric Devices: {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}

Display: {C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}

Recovery: {9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}

Speech Recognition: {58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}

Troubleshooting: {C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}

Remember that you need to create a new folder and name it according to the format “FolderName.GUID“. While, these shortcuts won’t provide any new functionality, using them you can create your own version of Control Panel containing the most frequently used options. You can find the full list provided by Ed Bott over here.

Windows 7 is the Fastest Selling OS in the History

Windows-7-Fastest-Selling-OSIt’s no secret that Windows 7 has been doing well, really well. It has been appreciated by the pundits as well as common users. Craig Beilinson – the Director of Marketing for Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, has now revealed that Windows 7 is in fact the fastest selling operating system in the history.

Craig didn’t provide any concrete facts to back his claims. However, this is not at all surprising. Dropping prices have made the PC more ubiquitous than ever and Windows 7 sales have been high ever since it was launched. PC sales increased by nearly 50% in the week Windows 7 was launched. First week of sales had also revealed that, Windows 7 had outperformed Vista by 234%. PC sales during the Black Friday were 63% higher than last year, while PC sales during the holiday season saw a 50% year-to-year increase. Windows 7 has also been climbing steadily in the Net Application OS market share report.

Windows 7 launch provided Microsoft a much needed shot in the arm and helped them recover from the Vista debacle. According to Beilinson, Windows 7 is being used in 14,000 devices besides being available in 1,400 PCs. In spite of renewed competition a number of Windows 7 notebooks, netbooks and tablet PCs will be launched in the coming months.

HP Slate will Run on Windows 7, Includes Kindle for PC

Over the course of the Steve Ballmer keynote, Steve took a minute or two to focus on the "Slate" tablet from HP and others. However, as it was earlier expected, this tablet is not going to run on Microsoft’s Courier. It will instead be powered by .




Some interesting facts about the HP Slate:

  • It will run on Windows 7
  • It will include Amazon Kindle for PC.
  • Users can download and read books from Amazon.
  • It will have a similar experience to Windows 7.
  • No Microsoft Courier on it.

There is not much information available about the specifications and cost, but according to Ballmer it will cost as much as a mobile phone. I assume he meant "unlocked" mobile phone, so rough guestimates say that it will be between the $500-$700 range.

We will keep you updated with more information about this device from future shows on .

How to Take Ownership of Files and Folders in Windows Vista and 7

File permissions are a much needed addition to Windows, but occasionally it can get on your nerves. There may be times when you will need to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows. Sure, you can modify permissions through the file properties dialogue box. However, there are a couple of much simpler alternatives.

The first alternative is to use the registry files provided by Vishal Gupta from AskVG. Just double click on the Add Take Ownership Option.reg to apply the required changes to your registry. This modifies the discretionary access control lists and grants you permission to do whatever you wish with the file/folder. After this you should be able to take ownership of any file/folder through the right click context menu. Undoing the changes is as simple as running the Remove Take Ownership Option.reg file.


The second option is to use the Rizone Take Ownership Shell Extension. This is a portable utility which essentially does the same thing. You can create and delete the context menu entry with a single click. The utility doesn’t itself require any installation and is a tiny download.
Both of these are good options. Chose the one you feel comfortable with.

Unlock Secret God Mode in Windows 7 [How To]

God Mode is not a special mode in Windows 7. God Mode in simple words, is a folder packed with shortcuts to just about every settings change and administrative function in Windows 7. Everything you will find in the Action Center, Backup and Restore, Autorun, Desktop Gadgets, Devices and Printers, is all stored at one central location, in God Mode folder. God Mode folder is one central location for easy access of all the features in Windows 7.

We will show you here, how to unlock and create a God Mode folder in 2 easy steps, in WIndows 7. Follow these steps:

  • Create a new folder anywhere (in any partition and inside any folder)
  • Rename the folder and paste in the following text: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

That’s it ! Now you will have a new folder named “GodMode”, with control panel icon on it. This folder is very handy for easy access. You can access shortcut to every feature in that folder by typing a few letters into the search box on your start menu.

[via JKOnTheRun] [Tip via Windows 7 Themes]

Enable Aero Effect in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Basic

Aero was one of the most celebrated additions to Windows Vista. The snazzy new Aero effects brought Windows on par with modern GUIs. Windows 7 further refined Aero and succeeded in delivering an attractive yet intuitive interface. Unfortunately, Aero is disabled in cheaper editions of Windows Vista and 7 (Home Basic and Starter editions). Aero is also locked on lower end systems.

AeroEnabler is a simple utility which unlocks Aero in Home Basic and Starter Editions. It can also be used to disable Windows hardware check. This makes it possible for everyone to get a taste of Aero, without upgrading the hardware or software.


Techie Buzz Verdict

AeroEnabler does what it promises. However, one must be careful while forcefully enabling Aero effects on lower end configurations. The hardware check was included in the first place because, running Aero on systems which aren’t powerful enough, may lead to major performance issues. If your hardware doesn’t satisfy the Windows Display Driver Model specifications, then you would probably be better off without Aero.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

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via NirmalTV

Windows 7 2010 Theme and 2010 Desktop Wallpapers [Downloads]

has definitely been the biggest release of last year, however, if you are already using Windows 7, you might as well download a new for 2010.


The 2010 theme for Windows 7 is created by Tim Heuer, and was created using 2010 desktop wallpapers released by Smashing Magazine. The theme consists of 35 "2010" desktop wallpapers which are of really high quality.

Installing the 2010 theme for Windows 7 is easy, just download the .theme file and double click on it to use it in Windows 7.

Download Windows 7 2010 theme

Download 2010 Wallpapers for your Desktop

Thanks tsuvik

Create Your Own Wifi Hotspot – Connectify Updated to 1.0

connectify-program-icon A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new free application, called Connectify. It makes use of an unfinished feature in Windows 7 which allows you to create a personal wifi hotspot that can be shared with others.

* Please note that this application only works in Windows 7. You will also have to register at the Connectify website with a name and email address.

New and improved!

Recently, Connectify has been updated with a few minor features to bring it up to Version 1.0. The new and improved features include improved notification tray icons, support for more wireless cards, improved memory management, recovery from sleep/hibernate, support for multiple Windows accounts and more.

Why do I need Connectify?

I can think of at least two cases where Connectify would be nice.

If you don’t have a wireless router in your home, you won’t need one with Connectify. Any PC with a wireless card, that’s hooked up to the internet, can become a local wifi hotspot. Now you can broadcast the internet to your Xbox or wifi enabled phone or other devices.

If you happen to be at an airport or an internet cafe, you can share your connection and possibly help someone avoid being charged with a connection fee. Just don’t tell anyone that I said you can do this. I don’t know if it’s legal in all cases.

How to use Connectify

● Download the Connectify client
● Install it
● Look for the Connectify icon in the system tray

● Click on the icon once to open it


● Set the wifi name
● Set a password of 8 characters or more
● Select either Local or Wireless in the pull down (your current internet connection)
● Select either Access Point or Ad Hoc in the pull down (the new hotspot)
● Click the “Start Hotspot” button

As you can see, I’ve created a wifi hotspot named “skynet“.

Once it’s live, anyone with your password can connect to your hotspot. Connectify even identifies PCs and devices that are connected to it. You can see them in the window labeled “Connected Clients”. If you double click on a connected client, you can change the little icon next to it to make it easier to identify at a glance.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

If you would like to share your internet connection wirelessly in your home or on the road, you could not ask for an easier way to do it. I have no problems giving this app a good recommendation.

Recommened Softwrae

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Find Files Fast with UltraSearch

UltraSearch_MAINICON Last week, I told you how to Replace Windows XP Search with a faster file search utility. In the article I mentioned three very good and fast replacements.

This week, I’ve found a fourth search utility that I can recommend as well.

A company, named Jam Software, has just released a beta version of UltraSearch. It’s a relatively small and very fast file search utility for NTFS local drives. It should run well in any Windows OS that uses NTFS file systems (WinNT, Win2K, WinXP, Vista, Win7).

Features I like:

  • It’s very fast, almost as fast as indexed search tools
  • It’s small, less than 2mb download
  • It’s simple, no options other than selecting drives
  • It accepts wildcard characters ( * ? )
  • It allows the Windows context menus to show (right click on file)
  • It’s available as a zip download and installed download
  • It includes a help file (English and German)
  • It can be used from a portable drive (flash drive, floppy disk, CD)
  • It’s freeware, no strings attached



First, I want to clarify why I like search tools that don’t create indexes. Usually, an indexed search tool must run in the background, continuously watching your hard drive for changes. Often the index databases can be large, sometimes very large (gigabytes). Indexed search tools, can not be used from a portable drive, at least not easily.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

UltraSearch isn’t a new idea. There are a few other tools that take advantage of the NTFS file tables to search quickly. It also does not search inside of files for text or other data. It cannot be considered completely portable since it appears to write data to the Application Data folders and likely other areas. However, if all you need is a very fast and easy file search, it’s a big winner.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very good)

Microsoft Releases New Windows 7 Themes

Everyone loves goodies and Microsoft seems to have finally realized this. They have been regularly adding new stuff to the Windows 7 Personalization Gallery. Earlier this month, we had covered the special Christmas Theme – Twinkle Wish. Now, Microsoft has released some more themes to get you in the holiday spirit. Do check them out. Cat and dog lovers will be pleasantly surprised.


The theme that caught my attention was Summit on the Summit. Summit on the Summit (or SOTS) is an expedition to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro organized by the Grammy-nominated musician Kenna.


Starting January 7th, Kenna and friends will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about the global clean-water crisis. During their climb, they will be posting notes, pictures and tweets on the website Microsoft and HP are the technical sponsors for the event and the climbers will be using Windows 7 and Windows Live Messenger for staying connected. A SOTS themed Windows Live add-on pack is also available here.

Microsoft will obviously benefit from the partnership due to the associated attention. Nevertheless, it is nice to see Microsoft doing their bit to raise awareness about the campaign.