Friday, 12 August 2011

Windows 7 GOD mode…

Windows 7 has a little known Easter egg called “GOD”. This is a useful (for administrators we hope) way to get access to tools in one place.

Start by creating a folder on the desktop...






Next, rename the folder as:



"GodMe.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"





Once you have renamed this file, it automajically populates and fills with a all in one selection of useful administrative Windows tools...
Then, your new administrative tools folder is ready to use.

The thing is to also make sure that users cannot create this, or if they do... remove it.

Yes, if users have access to this, they still do not have admin rights and need a password to run the tools (local admin is bad for most people). That said, it is still a good idea to limit what users are exposed to.

3 comments:

Fred K. said...

This is an eye opener. I just tried it and it worked as you described. I clicked on a few that I'd be concerned about a typical user invoking and was prompted to enter the password for an administrator account. Is it really a problem if the average user creates the folder and still has to provide appropriate credentials to take action reserved for administrators?

Keydet89 said...

Dr. Craig...

Very cool...is it "GodMode" or "GodMe"???

Craig S Wright said...

You can actually call the name of the folder anything you like, the string is all that matters.

For the average user, it is not an issue. It really comes to what is allowed or not. Some organisations - such as Kiosks try to remove access to tools. This allows access to at least try and get them.