This is short and sweet but real useful and interesting as well. I didn't write this either.

GodMode is the name given to cheats in video games that provided you with all weapons and access to all areas. As it turns out, Windows 7 has a GodMode cheat as well. It is basically a control panel of sorts which provides you access to all the features in one explorer window. In the Windows 7 control panel, features are grouped together either in categories or control panel item names. Nothing is grouped under anything in GodMode.
How to access GodMode?

Method 1:
1. Create a new folder and name it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
2. The icon will be changed automatically to Control Panel’s icon.

like this

3. Now open the folder and see the magic of Windows Registry!

like this

Method 2

1. Create a shortcut with following path and set desired icon:
explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Note: Sometimes it kills explorer.exe using Method 1! probably Windows Vista x64 editions. Therefore I suggest to use Method 2.

Solution for the Crash:

To get rid of this issue, Boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt and delete that folder. For eg. You created a folder GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} on desktop, So either navigate to Desktop Folder execute the following command:
RmDir “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”
Or type the absolute path of folder, like-
RmDir “C:\Users\<User-Name>\Desktop\GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”
Applies To:

  • Windows Vista x86 editions
  • Windows Vista x64 editions
  • Windows 7 x86 editions
  • Windows 7 x64 editions

Windows has lot of GodModes

It is found that there are lot of GodModes and they differ based on the Strings used in Name the Folder.

In an e-mail interview, 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.

As with the all-encompassing GodMode uncovered by bloggers, these other settings can be accessed directly by creating a new folder with any name (GodMode or otherwise) and then including a certain text string. Sinofsky noted more than a dozen strings create particular settings folders, in addition to the overarching GodMode folder option.
For example, the first one could be a folder named “Hungry Hacker.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}” (use everything inside quotes–but not the quotes themselves).
Here’s the list of strings: