Recently there have been floods of posts to the Internet on what everyone has titled a “cool new feature” or a “super admin” feature of Windows 7. Let’s have a look at some of the articles:
However, in all actuality, it isn’t a “God” or “Super Admin” mode at all. What it actually does is reference a GUID in the registry:
that shows a full listing of the control panel applet. Yep, that’s all it does – a shell folder view using a special GUID that produces a list mode of all of the available tasks in the control panel applet. No God mode, no special access rights to hidden things that weren’t already there, and here’s the best one – it has been around for a while now, it’s not new to Windows 7.
Let’s look at it in the registry:
As you can see on the left, the hive and the right, the default key shows “All Tasks” and the System.AppUserModel.ID that it calls – ControlPanel
….Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but nothing too fancy about this GUID and unfortunately it’s no “God Mode” or “SuperAdmin Mode”, just a listing of all of the control panel applets ram-jamed on one screen, rather than separated out by their tasks (and drill-down) to help ease congestion for the normal user, of which Windows 7 is targeted at…