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Windows 7 GodMode showing 45 categories and 278 shortcuts

9-January-2010 Leave a comment

Windows 7 has an undocumented feature to create a shortcut which is named as “GodMode” by many Internet Blogs.  This feature is intended to give developers quick access to areas of the operating system.  Below are the steps to create this special shorcut:

1. On your desktop, create a new folder.
2. Name the folder as MyTools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Shortcut Icon created on Desktop

In my above example, the word “MyTools” can be replaced with any other text.  The result, you get the following shortcut icon on your desktop.

When clicked, it opens Windows Explorer with long list of shortcuts to almost all areas of operating system operations.   The shortcuts in this folder links to various tools, utilities and interfaces which are already available and can be found in Control Panel.  It just puts them all into one big list and categorises them. You will notice a count of 45 categories and 278 shortcuts.

Windows Explorer

Category # of Shortcuts
Action Center 15
Administrative Tools 10
AutoPlay 3
Backup and Restore 2
BitLocker Drive Encryption 2
Color Management 1
Credential Manager 1
Date and Time 4
Default Programs 2
Desktop Gadgets 6
Device Manager 1
Devices and Printers 9
Display 11
Ease of Access Center 26
Folder Options 5
Fonts 3
Getting Started 4
HomeGroup 2
Indexing Options 1
Internet Options 14
Keyboard 2
Location and Other Sensors 3
Mouse 8
Network and Sharing Center 16
Notification Area Icons 6
Parental Controls 1
Performance Information and Tools 4
Personalization 12
Phone and Modem 1
Power Options 7
Programs and Features 8
Recovery 1
Region and Language 10
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections 1
Sound 4
Speech Recognition 3
Sync Center 6
System 22
Taskbar and Start Menu 10
Troubleshooting 12
User Accounts 13
Windows CardSpace 1
Windows Defender 1
Windows Firewall 2
Windows Update 2

One can create below listed shorcut folders using the same steps described above. The below folder names are named accordingly to give you a clue as to what each one does:


On the same Windows Explorer screen, it also shows the Keyword column which contains the keywords for various programs for instant search from Start button.

View of Keyword Column

Reference: The Deployment Guys on TechNet

Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows7

Excel 2010 Beta – File Save Bug

25-December-2009 Leave a comment

Today, while saving a New Excel Worksheet in Microsoft Excel 2010 Beta, I received the following message:

Unable to save file under a directory with special characters

I was trying to save this file under folder “C:\MyWebsite[Dev]”, which contained special characters “[]“.

To further confirm the bug, I tried to create a New Excel Worksheet from Windows Explorer (using Right Click -> New -> Microsoft Excel Worksheet). Using this method, the file got created successfully. I could even open it (double click), modify it and save it in Excel 2010.

This problem is only appearing while creating a New file in Excel. I have not seen the same behavior in Word 2010.

Does anyone know if this is a real bug or a default behavior of Excel 2010?

Update on 28-Dec-2009:
Further analysis revealed that this issue persists in Excel 2003 too.  Below is the screen shot from Excel 2003 (SP3).

Same issue exists in Excel 2003

Anyone know the reason behind this design?

Categories: Microsoft, Technology

Win7 Shutdown Button disappeared!

21-November-2009 Leave a comment

I faced two weird minor issues on my Win7 (x64) Trial Copy temporarily. Here is the first one.  When clicked on Start, the Shutdown button was missing.  At this point of time, I could see Shutdown option when I pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del.  After trying the Log Off and relogin, I could get my Shutdown button back.

Shutdown Button is Available

Shutdown Button is Missing

Whats the mystery behind this!

Categories: Microsoft, Windows7

Windows 7 RC is available for download!

Today the Windows 7 RC is now available for anyone interested in giving it a spin! Typically, a release candidate is the last development milestone before release to manufacturing (RTM), signifying that engineering and development have made significant advancements and that the code is entering the final phases of testing. Essentially, the Windows 7 RC is the result of a lot of the great feedback we received during the Windows 7 Beta. That’s why I’m so excited to use it and excited for YOU to use it!
I have registered for this RC and yet to start the Download. Will keep this post updated as I progress…
Categories: Microsoft, Windows

Office 2007 SP2 and IE8

29-April-2009 Leave a comment
Today, I noticed that Microsoft is pushing the Office 2007 Service Pack 2 and Internet Explore 8 through its Window Updates. Overall, today my Updates size is 420 MB.

Office 2007 Service Pack2 can be downloaded for Offline installation from this link.
Categories: Browsers, Microsoft

Microsoft launches Internet Explore 8.0 Final Release

22-March-2009 Leave a comment
The final build of Internet Explorer 8 has been announced by Microsoft, and is now available for various platforms including Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Users who want to grab it straight away can do so from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 Home Page. Alternatively, Microsoft will push IE8 out via Windows Update first as an optional download, and then via Automatic Updates at a later date. Administrators who want to prevent users from getting IE8 from Microsoft’s update channels will want to check out the IE8 blocker toolkit.
Categories: Microsoft

Microsoft Product Lifecycle

7-October-2008 Leave a comment

When is the support for Visual Basic 6.0 ending? Till when Windows XP Service Pack 2 will be supported by Microsoft? When is Internet Explorer 6.0 era ending? Do you have such questions on any Microsoft Product. Then, the below URL is the answer for all your questions.

Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search

You can search for any Microsoft Product support end date here. A very usefull link when arriving at the Product Versions for your customer. Just bookmark this for future reference.

Categories: Microsoft