Over at CNET, Ina Fried has posted a very interesting piece on how to enable ‘GodMode’ for users of Windows 7. The article also states that this trick should work with Vista, but Vista users are being warned that those running the 64 bit version should be very cautious. So what does this mean to all of us?

The basics are that by employing this trick you can have complete control over Windows 7. The trick adds another separate control panel icon with additional features that I am sure Microsoft didn’t want folks to play with.

Here is how the trick works:

To enter “GodMode,” one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Once that is done, the folder’s icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options. I’m not sure it’s my idea of playing God, but it is a handy way to get to all kinds of controls.

I’ve asked Microsoft for more details on the feature and how it came to be. But so far, Redmond is silent on the topic.

Does it work? Yes it does. I have tried it on my personal system and it worked perfectly. But please use caution when trying this trick. You could make changes that you could regret later. I might add that a good practice would be to write down the changes you make in order to reverse them if something happens later on.

I’ll be playing with this feature and will report back later and what I find. If you decide to try this as well, please let us know your results.

Enjoy – comments welcome.