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 +====== The "God Mode" Easter Egg ======
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 +A few days into the new year, word arrived about an interesting and newly-discovered Easter Egg in Windows 7 and 32-bit Vista that folks have named the "God Mode console"​ or "​GMC."​ God mode? It's touted as a windows app that many bloggers have described as a single, does-it-all window to let you control everything about your computer and, with a bit of a stretch, one _could//​call it that -- although you'd probably have to do Pilates every day before you could safely execute _that//​stretch. ​
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 +More accurately, however, GMC is simply an Explorer window containing a single all-in-one-place listing of all control panel pages. Even that, however, can be quite useful, as you can see from this screen shot.
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 +   <​img src''"​%ATTACHURLPATH%/​gmc.jpg"​ alt''"​gmc.jpg"​ width'''​719'​ height'''​798'​ />
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 +In this picture, you can see a couple of things about the GMC. First of all, is just a folder (albeit a special one, as we'll see), viewed with Explorer. Here, I've arranged the window so that the portion you can see -- there are zillions of Control Panel settings, so there'​s no way I could show you the whole thing -- displays the items in the Network and Sharing Center. Now, one of the places that I use the most in the Network and Sharing Center is the "View network connections"​ page. It's the place where you get a list of all of your NICs, where you can bring up their network properties, re-order network bindings (a once-again valuable tool in a world where we'll soon all be doing both IPv4 and IPv6), and the like. Normally it takes a few clicks to get to the "View network connections"​ page, but from the GMC, it's just one click so hey, that ain't bad. What the GMC does _not//do, however, is show any "​hidden"​ or "​secret"​ features, as some Web pages have claimed. (Of course, the fastest way to get there is to just click Start and then type "​ncpa.cpl"​ in the "​Search programs and files" field, then press Enter.)
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 +So how to get a GMC of your own? Simple.
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 +First, create a new folder. You can do it anywhere on your computer -- any drive, second-level folders, you name it.
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 +Second, name it _anything_.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} where _anything//​can be, well, anything, any text. Every Web page I've seen so far says that the _anything//​text must be the phrase "​godmode"​ but a look at my screen shot above shows that I named mine Hi.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and it works just fine.
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 +Now open up the folder, and _voila_, you've got a GMC. But that's not all that you can do with it; I was sort of surprised to find that
 +  ***Deleting it can be a problem**. In some experiments,​ I've been unable to delete the folder, and get an error that the folder'​s in use elsewhere, no matter how careful I am to shut down other Explorer and Control Panel windows. In those cases, just rebooting let me delete the GMC folder.
 +  ***You can do it on either an NTFS or FAT32 drive**.
 +  ***You can put it on a removable drive and carry it around**. Whether on a CF card, a USB stick, or an SDHC card, a GMC folder works like a charm when plugged into a compatible computer.
 +  ***It responds to different views**. It comes up in Details view by default, but others work as well. Try out List view, it's more concise.
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 +Finally, which operating systems support a GMC? I've made it work on
 +  * Windows 7 x64
 +  * Windows 7 x86
 +  * Vista x86
 +  * Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
 +  * Windows Server 2008 x86
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 +It has _not_, however, worked on 64-bit Vista; trying to open an Explorer that contains one of the GMC folders causes Explorer to crash. If that happens to you, just open up an elevated command prompt and type
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 +rd /s /q
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 +And then press "​Tab"​ until the folder name like "​Hi.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"​ or whatever you named it to appears, then press the Enter key. Also, you might do your experiments not with a folder at the root level, but instead a second-level folder -- create Hi.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} inside a folder named "​c:​\test"​ rather in c:\ so if you _do//end up with a system that doesn'​t like GMCs, you can still open up Explorer on C: without crashing Explorer.
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 +I hope I've offered a bit of insight and a few ideas on using what might better be called the "​flat-mode Control Panel View." I'd love to hear of your experiences with it!
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 +-- Main.FredPettis - 2010-10-22
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 +{{replaceme:​gmc.jpg"​ attachment''"​gmc.jpg|GMC Screen Shot}}
  
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