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How to enable Windows 7 God Mode

Posted on 8th Jan 2010 at 10:09 by Alex Watson with 21 comments

Alex Watson
Did you know Windows 7 has a God mode?

It sounds cooler than it is in reality - you're not invulnerable to BSODs, and the system doesn't play One of Us when it starts up.

That said, it's not completely useless either - it gives you a shortcut to all the options in Control Panel and allows you to easily get to usually buried controls.

To enable God Mode, you must first grow a big white beard. Then:

Create a new folder, and call it:

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

The folder will then change into a shortcut with the Control Panel icon. Double click it, and you'll get a huge list of easily accessible tweakable options.

How to enable Windows 7 God Mode
This is what God mode looks like

On my work PC - running 64-bit Windows 7 - God mode reveals 270 options. God Mode also works on Vista, but apparently only the 32-bit version - it will crash the 64-bit one.

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wuyanxu 8th January 2010, 11:20 Quote
lol, saw that on OCn, i think it's just a hidden folder in windows search index for start menu quick searches.

therefore i don't see the point in creating such a folder, much easier to just do: Win key --> type the stuff you want.
oMonarca 8th January 2010, 11:30 Quote
Unless you don't know what stuff you want, then knowing all the options available might be helpful.
Krikkit 8th January 2010, 11:59 Quote
Or if you're just setting up someone's computer for the first time - instead of having to monkey up and down the masses of control panel categories.
cybergenics 8th January 2010, 12:27 Quote
In case anyone is stupid enought to try it on Vista 64, don't, as when I staggered in drunk the other night, saw this on CNet and thought I would try it, whilst not reading the bit about it crashing Vista 64.

What basically happened (or happened) is as soon as you rename the folder, all the icons on your desktop start flashing and basically the computer becomes inoperable. You can still shut it down though. It also exhibits the same behaviour in safe mode, and you can't access system restore through startup (recovery) to fix it !

But it works fine on my Win 7 64bit lappy !
Omnituens 8th January 2010, 13:04 Quote
So giving this a try when I get home.
Er-El 8th January 2010, 14:35 Quote
Still on the first step to grow a big white beard.
mjm25 8th January 2010, 15:06 Quote
i've got a mess of needing-to-be-trimmed beardage... therefore i declare myself Godly, WOOF! i shall give this a go.

P.S. I'm loving your blog section, especially when you guys revealed Ninite to me a few weeks back <3
Blackie Chan 8th January 2010, 19:51 Quote
OMG this is so cool. Thank you.
thehippoz 8th January 2010, 20:18 Quote
yeah folders in vista can use junction points.. you can name it whatever you want, doesn't have to be godmode- can be plonker.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc144096%28VS.85%29.aspx
thehippoz 8th January 2010, 20:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cybergenics
In case anyone is stupid enought to try it on Vista 64, don't, as when I staggered in drunk the other night, saw this on CNet and thought I would try it, whilst not reading the bit about it crashing Vista 64.

What basically happened (or happened) is as soon as you rename the folder, all the icons on your desktop start flashing and basically the computer becomes inoperable. You can still shut it down though. It also exhibits the same behaviour in safe mode, and you can't access system restore through startup (recovery) to fix it !

But it works fine on my Win 7 64bit lappy !

lol just rd it in cmd prompt :D
leslie 8th January 2010, 23:26 Quote
Godmode?
It's just a different way of viewing control panel (with fewer options).
Omnituens 8th January 2010, 23:59 Quote
yeah, it doesn't actually give you more options. Just different way of accessing them.
Blackie Chan 9th January 2010, 20:30 Quote
The different way of accessing them is by not going through context menus hidden throughout the OS. I think this should be a standard!
hurgh 11th January 2010, 05:49 Quote
Just a note, there is also a few more of these:
Code:
Test1.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Test2.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
Test3.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Test4.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Test5.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Test6.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Test7.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Test8.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
Test9.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Test10.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Test11.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Test12.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Test13.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Test14.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Test15.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

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

The folder name can be changed by changing the text before the "."

-Hurgh-
Pookeyhead 11th January 2010, 08:38 Quote
Working fine here in 64bit :)
cdb 31st January 2010, 19:43 Quote
Can't use that folder name in my win7 64bit. It doesn't like the symbols.
knuck 31st January 2010, 19:52 Quote
what I would like is a way to sort the icons in the control panel vertically instead of horizontally. This pisses me off because every time I search for something it takes me 10times longer than usual because things aren't at the same place depending on the size of the window
argggggg
knuck 6th February 2010, 22:58 Quote
I am bumping this thread in hope someone has an answer to my question from the post above. I will only bump it once though :)
M7ck 6th February 2010, 23:44 Quote
Cant you just change the view mode to small or large icons? It wont change it to a vertical layout but it will keep them all listed in alphabetical order enableing you to find things quicker.
Smilodon 7th February 2010, 14:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
what I would like is a way to sort the icons in the control panel vertically instead of horizontally. This pisses me off because every time I search for something it takes me 10times longer than usual because things aren't at the same place depending on the size of the window
argggggg

Why not just make the control panel to appear as a menu, and not a folder when opening it from the start menu?


Right click on taskbar-> Properties->Start menu tab->customize->Control panel->"Display as a menu"
knuck 7th February 2010, 19:35 Quote
haha

Very clever solution ! I wonder why I never thought of it... Thanks and have some rep !
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