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List everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows 7 and Windows Vista in one folder

In this article, I show how to list everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows 7 in one folder. I had read couple of articles concerning the Windows 7 'God Mode' and I thought I would take look into. The way it works is you create a new folder and give it a specific name. Then, when you open that folder, it displays the contains of the control panel. Let's give it a try.

First, create a new folder and cut & paste the following in the name:

Control Panel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note:
For this article I am going to use the name Control Panel. You can use whatever you like, just keep the GUID extension (.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}) at the end
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First thing you will notice is that the folder now has a Control Panel icon. Double clicking it reveals the complete contains of the Control Panel. I thought to myself 'Pretty sweet, but how does it work?'. I quickly found the answer. The folder extension references the GUID (Global Unique Identifier) for the Control Panel in the registry and lists everything contained in the Control Panel.

Till then,
Scott

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