Microsoft Windows 7 “God Mode”

Here’s a neat Windows 7 trick that’s been doing the rounds on the Internet. It enables “GodMode,” which provides a single place to access all Windows settings without needing to browse options and folders in the Control Panel.  It works on Vista too.

Some refer to it as an Easter Egg (See below for definition of Easter Egg). But in reality the so-called Windows 7 “God Mode” is a Windows Master Control Panel shortcut that is created by renaming a folder that references a specific GUID (global unique identifier). This renaming of the folder will allows for the creation of a shortcut to a location; in the case of “God Mode” it creates a different kind of control panel view with all Control Panel items, visible and functional, for each applet and tool. Each item appears in the category location of the tool or feature. Double click any item and watch it launch.

How to Enable Windows 7 GodMode

To use it:

1. Create a new folder.
2. Rename the folder exactly as:

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

Note: you can change the “GodMode” text, but the following period and code number are essential.

3. The folder icon will change — double click it to show the GodMode window

What is an Easter egg (media) you ask?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, web page or video game. The term was coined—according to Warren Robinett—by Atari after they were pointed to the secret message left by Robinett in the game Adventure.

I’ll let you decide if GodMode is an Easter Egg or not. No matter, enjoy the newly found feature.

Questions or Comments email me Mark Mizrahi, Global Knowledge Instructor at markmiz@comcast.net.

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4 comments

  1. Mark Mizrahi Reply

    And it runs on Windows Server 2008 and Vista too.

  2. Noah Reply

    THANKS MARK!

  3. The Dude Reply

    DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE 64 BIT ver of OS. This will hose the account you did it on.

    It is a pain in the arse to delete.

    I had to go into command prompt on another account. move the folder into another folder I created on my C: drive. Then delete that folder.

    Now something even funnier. The damn folder I created in the C: drive was now on thats accounts destop. I had to delete it there as well.

    The reason why I didn’t delete it via the command prompt is: it would not go a way. I would deltete the entry, it would ask me to confirm, I would of course enter: y, then when I did another dir it was still there.

    Big pain in the arse. On all the other sites I have seen (of course after this) had a nice warning. Please update your page to offer the warning it crashes most 64 bit versions of the OS.

    It did work on my 32 bit machine.

    Got to love technology! (When it works)

  4. Mark Mizrahi Reply

    To: The Dude; From: Mark Mizrahi
    I am specifically running Windows & 64 bit on my own laptop with a GodMode folder showing all 282 control panel items listed. I don’t know why your system crashed. 32 or 64 bit is not a factor. I will test the possibility of using the wrong GUI number for the folder id and let you know.