What is God Mode and how to activate it on Windows [Guide]

God Mode is a little known hidden feature in Windows that lets a user access a huge list of Windows customization settings from within one folder. This makes it pretty convenient for those who like to tweak and tune their Windows PCs regularly, which generally entails searching for the necessary files or options on your computer. The God Mode trick allows all system management tools (usually located at different places like the Control Panel, Computer Management, Administration Tools, etc) to be conveniently accessed from a single place. Let’s take a look at it.

How To Activate God Mode on Windows

Before we tell you how to activate it, please note God Mode works on Windows 7 and 8. Do not attempt it on earlier versions of Windows or else you will be sorry.

That said, here is how to activate God Mode on Windows:

  1. Create a new folder on your desktop
  2. Rename the new folder to: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} .If you wish to call it something else, you can replace the GodMode part to whatever it is that you prefer.
    God Mode Folder
  3. You will see that the folder icon will change to resemble a control panel and the string of characters are no longer visible
    God Mode Folder Icon Change
  4. Now open this folder to find all your computer settings conveniently listed in one folder.
    God Mode
  5. That’s it. You now have God Mode on Windows activated.

Conclusion

God Mode is a neat little trick which works on Windows 7/8, and saves you the trouble of remembering where each setting or option is located. While this may not be a brand new trick, it certainly is a useful if you keep tweaking your computer a lot. Enjoy!

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  • johnbarleycorn

    Thank you very much for the tip. Regards.

  • harry12

    I followed the above instructions and the folder icon changed, the shortcuts appeared within (and do their job), but the folder name character string did not disappear. Looks a little sloppy.

    Any suggestions? My OS is WIN7-32bit.

  • coldwarkid

    Thanks, it’s new to me. I love it.

  • Jeanjean

    Very usefull. Thank you !

  • Guido

    Hey, I also used Unlocked which is the best I think, but when you have a dozen of folder to erase, and have to apply a dozen of time Unlocker, …., pfff!
    In fact, it seems to me that this problem is recent, and I wonder what change it occurred to have this “bug”.
    Guido

  • Spredo

    [@Guido]

    I prefer “unlocker” to “lockhunter”, but that is probably just personal preferences.
    http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/

    After they fixed the “you have to use the x64-version for x64-computers”, and made one installer for all…
    This little program has saved my… you know what… several times.

  • patara

    [@Guido]

    Guido I use LockHunter, a free utility that will unlock files and folders. Works great. It is added to the Context menu of files and folders.
    http://lockhunter.com/?

  • CJ Cotter

    For all of us poor saps who do not have Windows 7 or 8, all is not lost. 1) Create a folder on your desktop. 2) Use a folder icon changing program to change it’s appearance to whatever you want. 3) Put links to all your tweaker programs in it.

    In mine, I have a shortcut to msconfig, TweakUI, RegistryRobot, EndItAll, AutoRuns, Administrative Tools “Services”, and many others.

    No, it’s not the OoohLaLa fancy one described in this article, but it will do.

  • Guido

    [@BearPup]

    I never heard problem about creation of New Folders, and, in all case, never came up personally against this case. (windows 7 64bits).
    My constant problem would be instead when I want to to erase folder, because Explorer lock systematically the target. It’s a pain ! If there is some way to prevent or at least limit that, please, give me the solution !!

    I confirm that File Menu Tools is a great software !
    Guido

  • A&L

    Or you could just type a in the control panel search box for the list
    http://i.imgur.com/DB06h5N.png

  • BearPup

    The explanation of God Mode is, without doubt, the best I have ever heard it explained. Kudos Madrao, Kudos.

    For those who don’t know, I volunteer Tech Support @ Microsoft.com, and one of the problems we constantly run into is an inability to create New Folders on the desktop or inside Windows Explorer. There are several ways of dealing with this. My two favorites are:

    1. Download and install FileMenu Tools [http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/filemenu_tools.html]. Watch out for crapware and adware that it sometimes tries to download with the program.

    2. A method that involves a Registry hack from Linda Yan at Microsoft Tech Net Institute. [http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/97de8a2a-12f2-4381-a409-a78f4ae551cf/cannot-create-new-folder-in-windows-7].

    If you need further instructions on how to use these fixes, be in touch via this website.

    Regards,
    BearPup

  • Madrao

    [@Guido]

    thanks for the helpful tip

  • Donna Rae

    [@Guido]

    Thanks to Madrao for the Article. This is a new to me application that I truly like.

    And Thanks Guido for the additional info. That was going to be a question I was going to ask here and now I don’t have to. (-:

  • Guido

    You can also added the Godmode to your context menu.
    Copy the text below in notepad, save the file with a .reg extension, execute the reg to have the Godmode command under your right click !!

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\GodMode] @=”GodMode” “Icon”=”control.exe” [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\GodMode\command] @=”explorer shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”

    And you can find other command at this link :
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/the-ultimate-god-mode-list-39-secret-windows-7-shortcuts/1615

    Guido

  • Anonymail

    Nice tip! Thanks! I knew how to get to it all, just not such an easy way to do so!
    can the folder be moved?

  • JT

    It may not be new, but I haven’t seen it put so simply as creating, and naming a folder. Most places make you go through .cmd shell prompts. Thanks for the helpful tip!!

  • ejmfoley

    This is so cool!