Geeky t-shirt alert: Windows 7’s so-called God Mode

Back in 2010, the so-called God Mode was the hit discovery of the Internet, at least until the next cute cat video made the rounds. If you had stopped by the Microsoft Visitor Center during that meme's brief moment in the sun, and wandered into the gift shop, you could have picked up a t-shirt that said {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} on the front.

Of course, if you actually wore that shirt, you would also get stuffed into a locker and have your lunch money stolen from you.

Comments (11)
  1. alegr1 says:

    When I don't feel like clicking Start Menu, I hit Win+R, and type "control".

  2. Dave says:

    Do you have a picture of said shirt?

  3. Les says:

    I got a two water jugs from the store at the time too with the god mode uid. Unfortunately my wife put them in the dishwasher and they aren't with us any longer.

  4. xpclient says:

    There was also a Windows 8 GodMode {F90C627B-7280-45DB-BC26-CCE7BDD620A4} with regular CPL Tasks+PC Settings Tasks that was removed in Windows 8.1 to be replaced by .settingcontent-ms files.

    FYI, the Windows 7 Start Menu not only searched the GodMode folder but also its keywords. Not all Start Menus on the market today search that. I know Classic Shell does search. Neither does the Start screen because it's supposed to be "improved". e.g if you type: hibernate, the Start screen doesn't find anything. The Start Menu smartly shows you Power Options.

  5. John says:

    Typing hibernate on the Start screen in Windows 8.1 shows an item called "Turn off your PC" but pressing enter doesn't actually do anything. I have disabled hibernation though, and don't care to try with it enabled.

  6. Alex says:

    I picked up one of those shirts, I still wear it from time to time. And no, I didn't get stuffed into a locker nor had my lunch money stolen :-)

  7. Miff says:

    I once asked somebody what the point of "God Mode" was, since there's way too many options to browse through casually. His reply was that "you can search it"!


  8. Entegy says:

    @John It hibernated my computer. So it's technically off. ;)

  9. Evan says:

    @John: "Typing hibernate on the Start screen in Windows 8.1"

    Also true in Win8 as well, if you search settings instead of just programs. (Win-W then start typing.) I didn't try to select it.

  10. xpclient says:

    @Evan, ah, indeed. Control Panel keyword search works only for WIn+W, not Win+S/Win+Q. Similarly Advanced Query Syntax now works only for Win+F. But didn't MS tout unified search in Windows 8.1? So it's natural to expect a unified search. :)

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