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Windows 7 Has Lots of "God Modes"

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the i-am-god-here dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Those intrigued by the 'GodMode' in Windows 7 may be interested to know that there are many other similar shortcuts hidden within the operating system — some going back to Vista or before. 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." Update: 01/07 23:46 GMT by CT : Link updated to source.

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Unfortunately... (4, Funny)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683328)

...theologians have recently determined that God has a "MicrosoftMode". Watch out for the Blue Screen of Death.

Re:Unfortunately... (5, Funny)

slarrg (931336) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683662)

Noah's already experienced it but God gave us a new colorful interface element and promised it'll never happen again.

Re:Unfortunately... (0)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684118)

Noah's already experienced it but God gave us a new colorful interface element and promised it'll never happen again.

So that explains the Apple "Beachball of Death" :-)

Re:Unfortunately... (1)

nielsm (1616577) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683932)

So all that stuff about a "tunnel of light" is a lie? It's just infinite blue?

I want my money back.

Re:Unfortunately... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683992)

...theologians have recently determined that God has a "MicrosoftMode". Watch out for the Blue Screen of Death.

I'm atheist, you insensitive clod!

Though, I guess it also means I don't have to worry about BSoDs.

Those strings can't be right (1)

stillnotelf (1476907) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683370)

God mode is DNKROZ or DNCORNHOLIO, not {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Maybe the other codes are for infinite ammo, all weapons, etc?

Re:Those strings can't be right (1, Redundant)

Azureflare (645778) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683424)

To me, god mode will always be IDDQD.

Re:Those strings can't be right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683486)

IDDQD
IDKFA
IDCLIP

I feel bad that I remember those.

Re:Those strings can't be right (1)

stillnotelf (1476907) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683558)

Don't feel bad - I had Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on N64's god mode memorized for a while. NTHGTHDGDCRTDTRK (and no keyboard for inputting that monster)

Re:Those strings can't be right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683820)

wow, I used to work for the Turok developer, Acclaim. Bad memories indeed!

Re:Those strings can't be right (3, Interesting)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684162)

NTHGTHDGDCRTDTRK

On the eight day god created Turok. All the other cheats have meaning too. Some have evaded me for all these years...

All Weapons
CMGTSMMGGTS
Come get some, maggots.

Big Heads
GSHNTTBNCTPRDCRD
???

Dana Mode
DNCHN
Dana Chan.

Disco Mode
SNFFRR
Saturday Night Fever forever.

Fancy Colors
LLTHCLRSFTHRNB
All the colors of the rainbow.

Fly Mode
LKMBRD
Look, I'm a bird!

Greg Mode
GRGCHN
Greg Chan.

Infinite Lives
FRTHSTHTTRLSCK
For those that truly suck.

Pen and Ink Mode
DLKTDR
Do you like to draw?

Quack Mode
CLLTHTNMTN
You call that animation?

Robin Mode
RBNSMTH
Robin Smith.

Show Enemies on the Map
NSTHMNDNT
Now you see them now you don't.

Show the Credits
FDTHMGS
???

Spirit Mode
THSSLKSCL
This is like, so cool!

Unlimited Ammo
BLLTSRRFRND
Bullets are our friend.

Unlock the Gallery
THBST
The best/

Raptor mode (Enemies have Raptor heads):
MRPTR
I'm a raptor!

Dino Chizzle (Turok rides a jackhammer type of thing):
RSFGKFFH
(Don't know if this one is a real cheat - someone test it!)

Re:Those strings can't be right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683610)

IDSPISPOPD

Re:Those strings can't be right (1)

Radical Emu (1305047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683876)

The full list I remember is:

  • IDDQD - God Mode
  • IDDT - Full Maps
  • IDKFA was full weapons and armour, if I remember right
  • IDSPISPOPD - NoClip (walking through walls etc..,) (was simply NOCLIP in Doom II)

Right, that's my off-topic(ish) distraction over with.

Re:Those strings can't be right (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683744)

I just did "bind q impulse 255", never needed a god mode.

Re:Those strings can't be right (1)

Azureflare (645778) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684124)

Doom was my first shmup and I spent about 4 years playing that game (along with writing mods). I still remember a mod I wrote that added in Monty Python + Simpsons sounds to all the monster effects just for lulz.

Oh yeah, and I think I may be the only student to use Doom for my Geometry project in high school. That was fun. I built a castle that used geometric shapes we were covering in class... Not that hard to do but my teacher thought it was cool, haha. Oh, early nineties how I miss thee, it was a simpler time. Maybe just because I was a kid but still.

It's probably the game I have spent the most time playing in my life, so I have the most vivid memories of it I suppose.

Never really got into Quake...

Re:Those strings can't be right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683792)

Yeah, but everybody knows that running in god mode in Windows is a security risk. You're better off running as a limited user, such as IDKFA.

Re:Those strings can't be right (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683798)

Personally I prefer RDELVIS. Of course, I always appreciated having to hit Bubba over the head with a crow bar to end most of the levels.

Re:Those strings can't be right - DNSTUFF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683502)

God mode is DNKROZ or DNCORNHOLIO, not {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Maybe the other codes are for infinite ammo, all weapons, etc?

Nope. DNSTUFF gives you unlimited everything. Just remember to press U after typing that to turn mouse aiming back on.

BTW, I played Duke Nukem 3D a couple of days ago using eduke on Linux. Free of Microsoft and enjoying it! Yeah baby, gonna rip 'em a new one!

Re:Those strings can't be right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683550)

Awesome! I loved Duke Nukem!

Undocumented features! (0, Flamebait)

RotateLeftByte (797477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683372)

Come on Microsoft. Remember the problems you had with the EU over Documentation.

Why don't you ever learn? Why don't you document everything and release it at the same time as the software?

Other companies seem to do this quite well (release of docs, not its quality).

Fail again.

Re:Undocumented features! (5, Informative)

Ziekheid (1427027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683468)

The "God Mode" is just a different view for the many things available in the control panel.
There is such a thing as overdocumenting your software, this is rather an easter egg that happens to be very handy.

Re:Undocumented features! (5, Informative)

halfloaded (932071) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683492)

Ummm... What do you mean by "undocumented"? http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee330741(VS.85).aspx [microsoft.com] All these stupid articles are simply fanboys trying to get clicks on their sites. This is old news. Move along.

Nice Job, "1/2 Loaded"... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683788)

See subject-line above...

APK

Re:Undocumented features! (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683824)

All these stupid articles are simply fanboys trying to get clicks on their sites

Well, this one may be; it's firewalled off at work. But Google shows me a lot of FAs on the subject so I RTF C|NET A. Computerworld and a host of other larger sites also covered it.

Re:Undocumented features! (-1, Redundant)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683826)

And all the stupid posts like the GP are simply anti-M$ zealots that are just trying to get karma points. (Seeing how it is at +4 insightful right now shows how successful they are at gaming the moderator system). This is old news too.

I don't know if he is about THAT, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683968)

Per my subject-line above? "Forums Security" is a misnomer, & it always HAS been...

E.G. #1-> I have CAUGHT people here ADMITTING to multiple registered account names here before, ala "EndofDays" admitting to it here:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1147437&threshold=-1&commentsort=0&mode=thread&pid=27056589 [slashdot.org]

That "all said & aside" by "EndOfDays"? Well... what's stopping him from logging in as 1 account (or even doing AC), & then moderating himself up with another??

(And, IF you guys think that doesn't go on here? Well... dishonest "human nature", abounds. The "NeoCon"/"NeoCheaters" out there use this like MAD, to create the 'illusion' of others supporting them like crazy!)

E.G. #2 -> Now, I'm going to "give away" (no, not really, but it doesn't take a "big brain" to figure out HOW I do it) a 'little trick' I use myself, as an "A/C" here, to beat the 10 posts per 24 hour limit AC's have here... it's "doable", because the tracking system here has a fairly LARGE 'fault' in it.

(And, I don't LIKE being "chained down" to where the 'almighty & easily tracked "registered users"' can get the 'last word' on me in debates here... especially w/ the trolls amongst us all here (and yes, elsewhere too)).

APK

P.S.=> Once more: "Forums Security"? A gigantic illusion really... apk

Re:Undocumented features! (3, Interesting)

Digital_Quartz (75366) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683958)

The original "God Mode" one isn't in that list. And, this doesn't say anything about creating folders with the canonical name as the extension. It's an interesting hack.

Re:Undocumented features! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683594)

The documentation you are talking about is for their APIs that would be used by third party developers. They now release the API documentation well before the product ever ships. There is no reason to fully document GUI features that aren't actually intended for users or developers to actually use.

Re:Undocumented features! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683660)

If 'features' weren't intended to be used why the heck are they included in the software in the first place?

This is the same tale we had in the 70's with the hidden games in TI caculators. TI said that they never expected them to be used. Pah. Simpletons.

Please Microsoft, remove every undocumented feature with Windows 7 sp1.

Re:Undocumented features! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683668)

The reason they're undocumented is that these features make it that much easier for a novice user to screw up a system. Remember that Windows is used by hundreds of millions of people with most people not being computer savvy. Power users like Slashdotters and people who read CNET can easily enable this functionality if they want. On top of that these features might be changed without notice in a hotfix or service pack, hence they don't want to commit themselves to supporting it in the future by documenting it now.

You wouldn't want a shortcut for a command similar to "Format C: without warning" to be placed on your Grandma's Desktop would you? But power users can do it if that's what they really want.(Yes, I know even Format /Y C: doesn't work because C is the boot partition, but you get my drift).

Re:Undocumented features! (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683880)

Why don't you document everything and release it at the same time as the software?

It's odd that as their OSes became more complex, they also had less and less documentation. The IBM XT came with fat books that completely explained line commands, interrupts, and all sorts of other goodies. Now you get a skinny booklet geared to a 5th grade reader.

It is true (0, Troll)

boef (452862) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683378)

I mutter "Oh god..." all the time when it spins its wheels while trying to make things shiny instead of making things happen...

Direct Copy article (5, Insightful)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683398)

1) The article is a copy/paste of the cnet article (kind of a fail for aviran's place).
2) More importantly, from the article, I inferred these god mode settings were just (basically) command lines to initiate control panel activities? Not a big deal if that is the case. It is shortcuts of a way I guess. Or is there something more to this?

Re:Direct Copy article... i.e. PLAGIARISM (5, Informative)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683542)

I guess Slashdot is now advocating outright plagiarism by giving it the eyeballs instead of what it rips-off? Do I get three guesses who the "anonymous reader" was that submitted the summary text?

Re:Direct Copy article... i.e. PLAGIARISM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683640)

You do indeed. Go ahead and post them and then I'll copy what you wrote and post it too - it makes it better, apparently.

Re:Direct Copy article... i.e. PLAGIARISM (4, Funny)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684074)

I guess Slashdot is now advocating outright plagiarism by giving it the eyeballs instead of what it rips-off? Do I get three guesses who the "anonymous reader" was that submitted the summary text?

You do indeed. Go ahead and post them and then I'll copy what you wrote and post it too - it makes it better, apparently.

You do indeed. Go ahead and post them and then I'll copy what you wrote and post it too - it makes it better, apparently.

Whooo!!! Its God on my Windows Computer w00t l33t (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683430)

What to find all these God Modes? Just go to your registry and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID and search for "System.ApplicationName". Every GUID listed under CLSID with a System.ApplicationName entry can be used to do this same thing.

While you are at it, delete the key.

There. That should help.

Why not link to the real article? (5, Informative)

Maestro485 (1166937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683438)

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10426627-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 [cnet.com]

Identical to the summary link, except from the actual source.

Re:Why not link to the real article? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683708)

Identical to the summary link, except from the actual source.

Not quite ... the summary calls him "teven Sinofsky" ...

It's not like anyone proofreads here. Not when the average reader doesn't know the difference between rain/rein/reign, or break/brake, or lose/loose.

Re:Why not link to the real article? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683950)

Yes, and written by some creepy dude who thinks he’s a woman.

Mansions.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683454)

It is like those large castlesque mansions in horror movies that have all of the secret entrances and false walls for baddies to spring from at the most inopportun times.

I don't get it.... (5, Insightful)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683466)

If all of the features are in the Control Panel, why do the developers need shortcuts?

In other words, what's wrong with the Control Panel interface that hinders developers to the point where they have to hack in these types of kludges?

And, yes, I consider a directory with a "special string" a horrible kludge. Think of all the behind-the-scenes complications that this brings on. Every directory creation/access has to be checked for these modes. How does a godmode directory interact with a random app?

The mind reels.

Re:I don't get it.... (4, Insightful)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683516)

"In other words, what's wrong with the Control Panel interface that hinders developers to the point where they have to hack in these types of kludges?"

You don't use Windows, hey?

My thought when I read the article was similar. If your developers are making themselves obscure shortcuts, you might want to have your UI team rethink their design.

Re:I don't get it.... (4, Insightful)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683908)

well that's why they're developers, not users. Your developers need to see stuff in the OS on a more regular basis than the average user. Finding connected hardware ID strings, even as a guy getting a PhD in computer science isn't exactly top of my priority list. If you look at the godmode everyone was playing with it's not exactly insightful. It's just a list, sorted alphabetically by type of task, of menus. Useful if you're changing stuff for the sake of changing stuff (say the first time you set up your computer or if you're testing), but there's no obvious logical connection between my folder display settings, my windows defender settings and my 'location and other sensors' options. It's handy to have if you want to see a list of a lot of stuff you can do, but not really very functional.

If anything they don't really belong together unless you're doing stuff with the operating system that is very different than your average user, like say, trying to test the functionality of all this stuff, in order.

Admittedly control panel isn't a great implementation, I think MS is still grappling with which direction to take your system settings, either the sort of godmode exhaustive list, which IMO is far too confusing for the average user (albeit alphabetical at least), and the task dependent options where you only see your folders settings options if you're messing with folders, mouse settings with mouse software etc. In the end they've settled on an ugly hybrid of the two, but I think that covers all bases better than the alternatives.

Re:I don't get it.... (4, Interesting)

Ziekheid (1427027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683538)

This has always been the case and is nothing new. This was already possible on 2k/XP and was actually abused by hackers like this:
1) Create directory and add a string that makes it look like the recycle bin (the folder will actually link to the recycle bin when clicked on by the user that tries to view the map and take on the same icon).
2) In that dir put whatever you want to be hidden from the operators of said computer
3) ???
4) Profit

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683584)

having more than one way to do something can have a variety of benefits:

1) power users can take a faster path to the action and avoid confirmation dialogues when they know what they're doing. Terminal/console windows are great examples.

2) there's often two or more "intuitive" places for something to be. instead of picking one, put it in both places and it becomes a tad easier for 50% of the population to use. Is sleep after so long in screensaver a screensaver feature or an energysaver feature? Give access from both panels and make things easier for the users.

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683608)

In other words, what's wrong with the Control Panel interface that hinders developers to the point where they have to hack in these types of kludges?

Is the Control Panel accessible via the CLI? That would be a reason. Still an awful way to provide CLI access to these functions.

Re:I don't get it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683652)

"what's wrong with the Control Panel interface that hinders developers to the point where they have to hack in these types of kludges?"

Are you kidding? Have you tried to use the Windows 7 control panel?

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

EndlessNameless (673105) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683778)

This isn't a special way to access the Control Panel for developers because there is some sort of problem with the new layout.

Rather, this is part of a more general feature for developers to create and display namespaces within Windows. Microsoft simply used the same method for managing the Control Panels applets that it suggests its developers use for their own applications.

Now, the article points out there is a way users can exploit this feature to get the Control Panel applets listed discretely without any flair, bells, or whistles (like classic Windows) rather than navigating through a hand-holding GUI.

I prefer the tweak in the article because I'm used to the applets and know what they all do. At the same time, I can still see where the new Control Panel GUI is probably more intuitive to novice users and will get them to the options they need more easily (albeit with a few more clicks as they're guided through).

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683782)

If all of the features are in the Control Panel, why do the developers need shortcuts?

In other words, what's wrong with the Control Panel interface that hinders developers to the point where they have to hack in these types of kludges?

And, yes, I consider a directory with a "special string" a horrible kludge. Think of all the behind-the-scenes complications that this brings on. Every directory creation/access has to be checked for these modes. How does a godmode directory interact with a random app?

The mind reels.

I think 'developers' in that context meant Microsoft Developers who develop Windows and possibly testers of the OS. They would need it to quickly test something instead of going through an additional step. And no, it's not a kludge, atleast it wasn't created for the GodMode features. Control Panel items have been 'special' folders internally with those 'special strings' internally ever since atleast Windows 95.. All it does is call a COM component with that Class ID as a GUID which populates the folder with the special functionality. Asking how a GodMode directory interacts with a random app is like asking how does a app interact with Control Panel. I am guess Microsoft just left it internally because there would no point stripping out a working feature that's is not easily user accessible unless they take special action to do so.

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683832)

It takes a lot less time to type a dozen characters into a box/console than it does to click through a half dozen menus and panel interfaces to get where you're going.

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683942)

I'm not totally certain what this is, but I already make shortcuts to commonly used Control Panel items and put them where ever I like. I've done it on Windows 2000. Display properties, network configuration mouse settings are the three that I use most, it saves me a couple clicks.

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684164)

This is obviously how the control panel and other special folders are implemented in the first place. Not a short cut. Put in the right code & you'll get the regular control panel directory.

Re:I don't get it.... (1)

bschorr (1316501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684192)

Same reason I add shortcuts to get into the program settings to the toolbars of all the apps I have to support. The average user might go in there once or twice a year (if ever). I have to go in there several times a week to test or demonstrate something.

We create shortcuts to the places we need to go often. The average user doesn't go the same places the devs or support guys do, most likely.

The real question is... (4, Funny)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683494)

Does Windows 7 have Quad Damage?

Re:The real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683726)

Just to your data.

Re:The real question is... (3, Funny)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683906)

Only if you dual wield dual core processors...

Re:The real question is... (2, Funny)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684168)

Only if you dual wield dual core processors...

I prefer to equip my quad core offhand and lay about me like a madman with a USB cable... but to each his own.

How is this a new thing? (1)

filedil (1113401) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683508)

IIRC it was possible in Windows 95 or so to create a Menu Start folder with all of Control Panel's elements using a folder with a special "extension".

does not compute (1, Insightful)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683564)

it's intended to be used by developers as a shortcut, but it's undocumented. How does hiding a feature from a developer make things easy on the developer?

Re:does not compute (1)

Kolie (1012967) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683716)

Developers are not end users and Microsoft's probable line of thinking is that the current implementation is appropriate for the masses as being easier to use.

Re:does not compute (1)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683874)

I think they're referring to Microsoft developers developing the OS, not other developers developing for the OS.

"Oh God, this is ****ed up mode" (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683602)

Seriously, what in the name of the flying spaghetti monster is going on here? There must be all kinds of sauce in the code to support this kind of stuff... and if the control panel UI is so bad they are hacking this stuff in... what does it say about the control panel UI? Thank god they haven't forced me onto Win7 at work yet!

Re:"Oh God, this is ****ed up mode" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30684006)

You're a complete idiot. You will love 7.

How about a not-suck mode? (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683614)

How about a mode where I can hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and hit Enter, and have it lock my screen, without having to wait in the middle for Windows to mode-switch to a different video screen, complete with fancy graphics, to ask me the same thing a simple dialog box asks me?

How about being able to edit the parameters of something you've "pinned to the taskbar"?

Whats up with this whole "Library" thing? What is wrong with "My Documents"

Thank God at least they put your whole user profile in the c:\users\ directory - wait, do they, or is user crap still sprinkled around in c:\program files\blah ?

Unix existed when MS wrote and sold DOS. Inexcusable.

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (1, Informative)

Ziekheid (1427027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683690)

Oh man do you need to learn about shortcut keys for Windows, next time you want to lock your system without a dialog hit your windowskey + L.
About the pin to taskbar, never use it, I find it a useless feature and I'd rather find a way to remove the taskbar preview functionality in Windows 7 (they removed the option to remove it after R1, makes no sense).
What library are you talking about? there are several.
My documents is exactly like it always was?
That last remark of you was totally useless and unrelated.

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683776)

Unix existed when MS wrote and sold DOS. Inexcusable.

MS didn't write DOS - they bought it.

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683802)

Unix existed when MS wrote and sold DOS. Inexcusable.

Wrong. MS didn't write DOS - they bought it. [patersontech.com]. $10k for the right to sell it, + $15k for the sale of an OEM license to ... IBM. Total: $25k.

Lawsuits eventually drove the final price to $1M.

Considering that Microsoft made tens of billions in profit (not revenue - profit) off dos, ...

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683810)

Programs that don't have administrative rights are incapable of saving data to Program Files. Applications that try face virtual directory redirection into c:\users\yourname, so yes, it is stored per-user anyway.

Stupid apps lose, OS wins.

With a few exceptions (such as the ability to tinker), Windows "problems" are PEBCAK and failure to comprehend how things work as you've just amply demonstrated.

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (5, Informative)

GeckoAddict (1154537) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683864)

If you'd take half a second to stop complaining, you'd realize almost everything you said is ridiculously easy and obvious.

How about a mode where I can hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and hit Enter, and have it lock my screen, without having to wait in the middle for Windows to mode-switch to a different video screen, complete with fancy graphics, to ask me the same thing a simple dialog box asks me?

Windows-L.

How about being able to edit the parameters of something you've "pinned to the taskbar"?

Right click the icon. The top item in the popup list is a shortcut, so you can right click and select 'properties' (like any shortcut) and modify the parameters.

Whats up with this whole "Library" thing? What is wrong with "My Documents"

Library may refer to multiple folder locations. Got music in two separate locations (like a portable drive a local one)? Now it's all accessible from one place.

Thank God at least they put your whole user profile in the c:\users\ directory - wait, do they, or is user crap still sprinkled around in c:\program files\blah

All of the microsoft stuff is there, but I suppose there's nothing stopping a program from not using it (UAC perhaps would complain about an app trying to create files in Program Files).

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (4, Informative)

GeckoAddict (1154537) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684186)

Oh yeah, and as an extra bonus: Control-Shift-Esc opens the task manager without going to the annoying middle screen as well.

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683890)

How about a mode where I can hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and hit Enter, and have it lock my screen, without having to wait in the middle for Windows to mode-switch to a different video screen, complete with fancy graphics, to ask me the same thing a simple dialog box asks me?

Winkey-L locks your screen, no waiting, no confirmations.

Whats up with this whole "Library" thing? What is wrong with "My Documents"

Libraries allow you to add other folders (e.g. public photo or music folders) and have their contents appear alongside that of any others (e.g. your "My Pictures" or "My Music" folder)

is user crap still sprinkled around in c:\program files\blah ?

You'll be wanting to talk to your software vendors about that - that's been against recommended practice since at least Windows 2000 (or Win XP if you want to take it from when the DOS-based home OS line finally died; but even that's now 9 years ago)

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30684012)

Windows Key + L will lock windows

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (1)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684040)

To lock the system, try Meta(windows key)+L. Been that way since Windows 2000.

To edit the parameters of "pinned" items, try shift+rightclick.

The library is actually pretty cool if you take the time to learn how to use it. My Documents is still there, too. The Documents library includes it by default.

Any app properly written for Windows 2000 or later will store all of its settings in c:\users\profilename. Programs that want to write to Program Files actually write to C:\Users\profilename\AppData\Local\VirtualStore instead.

I'm with you on the last point, though.

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684096)

Whats up with this whole "Library" thing? What is wrong with "My Documents"

The problem with "My Documents" is that it (and the rest of one's home folder, i.e. C:\Users\Foo) only open for read to the user who owns it. Which is as it should be, of course, but when you have multiple user accounts, you do sometimes (quite often, in fact) want certain documents shared between users.

Now, there was a folder for "All Users", which did just that, since... er... NT I believe? 2K and above had it for sure. The problem is that few people actually knew it was there and used it.

The idea of libraries in 7 is to expose that folder in a useful but unobtrusive way without making things unsecure. Thus, if you just save something to "Libraries\Documents", it goes to your own "Documents" folder, and isn't accessible by other users. On the other hand, when you browse the contents of "Libraries\Documents", you see the merged listing of your "Documents", and the shared "Documents" folder, and have immediate access to both. So if another user saved something as shared, it just appears in the listing right there.

From tech perspective, it's pretty much like unionfs done on shell level (file APIs don't see it as a single folder, but shell APIs do).

Re:How about a not-suck mode? (1)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684128)

How about hitting your Windows Key along with the L key to instantly lock your workstation without question?

How about holding shift and right clicking the pinned item to get access to the properties link?

What's up with having My Music, My Photos, and My Videos INSIDE My Documents? I'd rather have a Libraries folder with Documents/Music/Photos separated properly...

The Users folder does contain your full profile, but really, what are you going to do with it even if it wasn't?

All of these answers existed when you wrote and submitted your post. Inexcusable.

Sorry, just having fun. :)

Using this for evil (3, Interesting)

Tei (520358) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683636)

Reading the article, seems that this crash 64 bits versions of Windows 7/Vista.

It could be a good idea to create folders like that, inside zip files, and send that zip file to people with these OS versions. Or maybe create folders in USB pendrives with that name, to protect these drives from be view in a 64 bits Windows 7. etc.

Re:Using this for evil (1)

jbigboote (1544809) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683676)

I definitely experienced the crashing of the Explorer shell over and over again on 64-bit Vista, until I removed the folder. But it worked fine on 64-bit Windows 7. Both were the Ultimate versions.

Re:Using this for evil (1)

Ziekheid (1427027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683710)

Actually I'm using several of these folders on Windows 7 x64, the problem is only on Vista x64 and does not apply to all the shortcuts.

Some thoughts (5, Informative)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683638)

Firstly, it's just a trick involving the GUID that points to a shell folder - all of which is documented on MSDN. Ed Bott also concurs in his blog post [edbott.com].

Secondly, Vista had this too although it was then called "Master Control". Same thing so it's not exactly new.

Thirdly, it's doesn't offer you anything more than you would normally find in the Control Panel. Yes, it is all in one place but I can't be the only one that just types a couple of letters into the Start Menu to find the option I want.

Fourthly, the list of them are as follows:

  • Administrative Tools.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
  • All Tasks.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  • Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002b30309d}
  • Connections.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
  • Fonts.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152}
  • Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • Documents.{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
  • History.{ff393560-c2a7-11cf-bff4-444553540000}
  • Network Places.{208d2c60-3aea-1069-a2d7-08002b30309d}
  • Printers and Faxes.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
  • Programs Folder.{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
  • Recycle Bin.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
  • Start Menu.{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}
  • Scheduled Tasks.{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
  • WEI.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

Enjoy.

Hmmm. Let's see. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30683672)

GOD mode, WINdows 7, GODWIN.

Does that mean everyone else are Nazis?

'GodMode' strings do the following: (2, Informative)

isomer1 (749303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30683986)

::SPOILER ALERT:: If you want the nerdjoy of trying these all yourself stop reading now

woog.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
-enter a default location for gps and other location aware programs

woog.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
-biometric devices control

woog.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
-power plan management

woog.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
-taskbar icons and notifications

woog.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
-windows credential manager

woog.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
-install a new program

woog.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
-default programs and file associations

woog.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
-public key tokens NOTE: does not change folder icon

woog.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
-manage wireless networks

woog.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
-network neighborhood

woog.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
-my computer

woog.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
-printer installation and queue (Note: slightly different than printers & devices)

woog.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
-remote apps and desktop connection

woog.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
-windows firewall settings

woog.{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
-unknown, this did nothing on my machine

woog.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
-windows experience index

woog.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
-original 'GodMode' folder

And in other versions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30684082)

The Arabic version has Allah Mode

Is there a version with Depeche Mode ?

We've had these since Win95 (2, Informative)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 4 years ago | (#30684100)

These have existed since Win95. I remember in Win95 using these tricks to put a Control Panel and Dial-Up Networking shortcuts on my Start Bar that expanded out just like later became in option in I think 98 or XP. I haven't done this in years, but I do recall that in '95, you could find all the correct values to use for these "tricks" by searching RegEdit.

Athiest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30684120)

If you don't believe in God, do you still get these short cuts?

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