How To: Setup ‘Super Mode’ in Windows 8

If you liked ‘God’ mode in Windows 7 then you can easily set up ‘Super’ mode in Windows 8. I say ‘Super’ Mode because that is how it’s referred to now.


I have written about CLSID and GUID commands before and there are a few extra commands in Windows 8 but mostly just the same as in Win 7, and are they are also sorted a little differently.

Creating a shortcut on your Win 8 desktop can be achieved by two methods, either of which can then also be pinned to your Start Screen should you want to.

The first method is to right click on your desktop and select ‘New‘ then ‘Folder‘…


… and give it the following name: SuperMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

You can change the ‘SuperMode’ to any thing you want but there must be a full stop before the CLSID, for example Alan.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} then press Enter.

Or… using the second method you could right click on your desktop, select ‘New‘ then ‘Shortcut‘…


… give it the location of %WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{F90C627B-7280-45db-BC26-CCE7BDD620A4} then click ‘Next’ and name it what you will.


With this method you can right click on the new shortcut, select ‘Properties‘ and change its icon to your preferred icon, whereas you cannot do that with the first method.


Again, it  can be pinned to the Start Screen by right clicking on the icon and selecting ‘Pin To Start‘.


Enjoy your *power* shortcuts!

About the Author

Alan Wade

Alan is a semi-retired geek from England, who has lived in Sweden with his wife and family since 2001. His interest in computers began in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the Commodore Vic 20 where he learned to hack game code so he could force his name to appear as the high scorer. Alan made his way through the horde of console computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s before settling on Windows with the release of Windows 3.1. He has worked in the broadband industry on both the technical and installation side. In his off time he enjoys building computers for family and friends as well as digging into the guts of the OS to customize and tweak the OS.


  1. @ Nevzat – Thanks for reading.
    @ Norbert – You can call it anything you like, mine is called Fred! 🙂

  2. Thank you again, Alan Wade!
    I changed my previous “Super” mode to your 2nd suggested method so that I can replace the icon.
    Is there a similar 2nd method for “Applications.{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}”, so that one can also change the default folder icon, as desired?
    I am still perplexed as to what the 3 colon characters (in a row) indicate in the command line for the “Super” mode (2nd method)…