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God Mode Doesn’t Work on My Windows 2008

I’d been reading about “God Mode” on Twitter and decided to give it a whirl. 

I created a folder on my “C” drive and renamed it to “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”.  The icon changed from the normal folder to the Control Panel icon.

Clicking the GodMode folder opens up access to just about every setting that you can set in Windows. 

I’d also read that God Mode can cause issues with various installations of Windows (particularly 64 bit version) but on my Windows 7 64 bit installation it works like a champ.

Anyway, onto an RDP session, I started up Windows Explorer and browsed back to my local drive C, a few files and folders are displayed then “Crap!” Windows Explorer is restarting.  Restarted Windows Explorer, browsed back to my local C drive, a few files and folders are displayed then – “Crap!” again  Windows Explorer is restarting

The wheels of my head were moving slowly and it eventually came to me that this was “God Mode” related so I renamed the God Mode folder to be “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C.old}”.

I restarted Windows Explorer, browsed back to my local C drive and all was well.

I wondered whether this was cos Windows Explorers was trying to display God Mode for a remote machine so I created a God Mode folder on the RDP machines local drive which resulted in the same issue for Explorer.  Deleting the folder using the DOS command RMDIR GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}, fixed Windows Explorer.  The RDP machine is running Windows 2008 (64 bit).

For those who are interested in such things, the application event log showed this error:

Faulting application Explorer.exe, version 6.0.6002.18005, time stamp 0x49e02a1e, faulting module ntdll.dll, version 6.0.6002.18005, time stamp 0x49e0421d, exception code 0xc0000374, fault offset 0x00000000000aef37, process id 0x21c4, application start time 0x01ca92a8b68a04e0. 

So it appears that there are certain versions of Windows that don’t work very well with “God Mode”, however, if you try it and it doesn’t work it’s a simple matter to put it right (if you don’t mind command lines"!).

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