By Craig Buckler

How to Enable Windows 7 GodMode

By Craig Buckler

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GodMode on Windows 7

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


To use it:

  • Create a new folder.
  • GodMode windowRename the folder to


    (note that you can change the “GodMode” text, but the following period and code number are essential).

  • The folder icon will change — double click it to show the GodMode window:

GodMode window

The window shows nearly 50 sections with quick links to configuration options. Strictly speaking, it’s not a God Mode since all the options are available elsewhere. It’s more akin to an “all tasks” list — but you may find it easier than stumbling through Windows numerous screens and panels.

Big Red Warning!

The trick appears to work on both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. Vista 32-bit and Windows Server 2008 32-bit should also work. However, it is known to crash 64-bit versions of Vista — and you may need to boot in safe mode or to the command line to delete the folder.

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  • redlab

    this also works in vista

  • this also works in vista

    …but see the warning above!

  • redlab

    I guess I wanted to try it that hard that I forgot to read the big red warning

  • Asinox

    nice :)

  • All of those options are in fact for Windows Search which allows a user to get more “human” like options. For example, when I type “auto” in the Start Menu search I get three options: AutoPlay, Auto-hide the taskbar, Automatically adjust for daylight saving time. And that is only looking for it in the start. A good portion also works directly in the Control Panel search box.

  • @logic_earth
    Good point about the Windows Search — it’s also possible to search through the GodMode folder only.

  • Nobody

    it doesn’t have be named “GodMode.{…” it can be any text as long as the GUID is the same…try it you’ll see

  • Brandon

    The term “GodMode” was NOT devised by the Windows development team. The name you give the folder is completely arbitrary, and was chosen by whoever decided to post this “trick” somewhere.

    I explained the background of this here:

  • YB

    Tried it in Vista 64 and it crashes explorer.exe as noted above. However, attempting to delete from command prompt (even as adminisitrator) as suggested above does not work. Had to boot to a linux distro to actually delete the folder.

  • Jasper Meerman

    Very neat trick! Thanks!

  • Jonny

    Tried to open it win 7 32bit so fare no crash :)

  • Verycheeky

    I am drunk with power! THANKS! M@ in Surfers Paradise

  • CA

    The Godmode part is the foldername. You can name it what you want. I renamed it “Super Control Panel”, but for sh*ts’n’giggles I tried this instead:


    Yes, Windows now has BoobsMode and GodMode!

  • Graham B

    Hmm. So basically you’re saying that still, after numerous incarnations of Windows, they still haven’t got basic UI down right and you must resort to hacks like this achieve simple things like a usable Control Panel…?

  • Ramesh K

    It was discovered in Windows Vista called Master Control Panel… When I didn’t have blog….and posted on various Windows Forums.

    For any crashes in Windows Vista x64, here is solution –

    Windows 7 GodMode : Old wine in new bottle. –

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  • ak1w1

    I tried it in 64bitVista and yes it did kill explorer, I used the command line to rename the folder and then I could delete it

    “c:>rename GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} godfolder”
    “c:> del godfolder”

    All done, no safemode linux distros et el.

  • Anonymous

    just rename the folder at the command line prompt, then you can delete

  • Anon424

    Works on Vista 32-bit SP2.

  • Anonymous

    Here are the instructions for removing the GodMode folder on 64bit Vista (or 64bit Windows Server 2008).…om-vista-64bit/

  • Just Me

    It’s simply like selecting View-Details in the Control Panel – No more – No less

  • Chris

    Here are the instructions for removing the GodMode folder if setup on 64bit Vista.…om-vista-64bit/

  • electrofun

    Try these other Windows 7 GodModes …


    Some will also work in Vista.

  • john

    hi, i have deleted the god mode file/folder from my desktop through the cmd function. i have also searched the registry for any leftovers but explorer still keeps crashing. anybody know what to do?

    by the way, i’m on 32 bit vista

  • Anonymous

    i got it off by deleting the registry keys with a third party registry editor; they didn’t show up when i searched for them (ED7BA470-8E54-465E ….) with regedit.

    for people who may not be familiar with using the command prompt: i was still able to use explorer like this:
    bring up task manager (ctrl alt del) and then select file, new task, run, and then type c:/ and push return (don’t type explorer) you can also navigate to the desktop folder this way (c:users”username”desktop).

  • jfc2017


    I did this on a vista x64 in my “Documents and Settings” folder and now explorer crashes whenever I open that folder. None of the above remedies have worked for me. Using the command prompt, I can cd into Documents and Settings but then if I try to either rename or delete the godmode directory it says “The system cannot find the file specified.” Moreover, when I type “dir” while in the Documents and Settings directory it says “File Not Found.” Safe mode doesn’t help either. Is there any other way to delete this folder without installing Linux on my other partition?


  • @jfc2017
    That sounds a little strange.

    Ubuntu and several other Linux distros are available as boot disk images. You can boot to that OS, rummage around your disk, delete files, then shut down Linux without installing anything.

    You could also try Windows boot disks such as Bart PE.

  • Barnacle

    Nice, thanks for this.

  • Bob

    Tried this in Vista 64. Crashed. Booted in Safe Mode to command prompt.
    Type CD [enter] to get to root directory
    Type CD users [enter]
    Type dir. [enter]
    Look for the directory with your “username”
    Type CD username [enter]
    Type CD desktop [enter]
    Type RD GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} [enter]
    Reboot and your good to go.

  • Gogo

    if you really need to have some real control of your os just go back to a real os for users…this is only classic XP release!…

  • Cygnus

    Neat trick, but it at the end of the day it does nothing new in terms of functionality, when hearing such a big name as Godmode, I would have assumed that Godmode would have given lesser versions of Win 7, Win Ultimate or even greater functionality

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