How To Use God Mode In Windows 10

Long-term Windows users may remember a neat trick called God Mode.

Looking at user forums, they will often mention this “hidden” feature of the Windows operating system.

But what is God Mode and what does it allow your Windows to do?

Despite the epic name, GodMode isn’t really that powerful.

Its actual correct name is the “Windows Master Control Panel”.

God Mode was just a joke by insiders but got stuck with the name.

God Mode is simply a way of placing all the operating system’s control features in one folder.

How To Use GodMode In Windows 10

Traditionally, when using Windows 10, you will find your system’s settings or controls located in either a settings menu or the control panel.

Settings that include touchscreen specifics or Windows updates are only found in a settings panel.

Most of your other controls, including the “Device Manager,” need to be accessed in the control panel.

God Mode basically lets you become the “god” of your system and control everything from one place. No more switching between panels to search for lost settings.

Although your average Windows user will not need all these settings, Microsoft still offers this mode for those who like to tweak and customize their systems.

GodMode is something that was introduced in Windows 7, and the procedure for switching it on is exactly the same for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

It can also be used in Windows Vista, although only on the 32-bit version as it has been known to crash the 64-bit copies of Windows Vista.

If you have administrative rights over your computer (we don’t want just anybody tinkering about in there!), then this guide will show you how to enable God Mode for Windows 10.

WARNING! Although the process of enabling God Mode is very simple, some settings can cause your computer to crash if you are not careful.

Just switching God Mode on won’t change anything but—before tweaking too many settings—it’s advisable to backup your OS first.

How To Activate God Mode For Windows 10

Enabling God Mode on a Windows 10 PC is as simple as creating a new folder.

It’s always advised at this stage that you create a brand new folder rather than use an existing one.

If you use an old folder which is on your desktop, any files or data in it will become hidden when you create the GodMode folder.

Don’t panic if you should do this by accident; there is a way of fixing it, which we shall look at a bit later.

Start by right-clicking on any empty space on your desktop then select “New” > “Folder” from the drop-down menus.

It will then appear as an untitled folder.

You should change the name by right-clicking to rename it. Simply copy the following text and paste into the name area:

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

Ensure you include the full stop after GodMode and the curly brackets around the string of numbers and characters.

Folder God Mode

The actual name of the folder before the long string isn’t too important and you can rename it whatever you want, including “JediMaster” if that’s your chosen religion or even “NinjaMode.”

When you hit the Return button, it will change from a folder icon to a control panel icon – as seen below.

Once the folder is created, you can open it by double-clicking, to gain access to over 260 different administrative tools.

These include backup tools, internet options and other important system settings. Any of the commands can be pinned to your desktop for even quicker access if it’s a tool you use a lot.

Windows 10 God Mode

The different settings you can alter will be subcategorized into headings like “Action Center” all the way to “Windows Firewall.”

Many of the options may be irrelevant to your needs but it is always useful to see everything that you can change if you want to.

As with any system settings, however, make sure you know what you are clicking on before choosing to alter random settings.

Google can provide more details of any settings if in doubt.

If the worst should happen and you need to restore your system, Microsoft has a detailed guide of recovery options for Windows 10.

These can be found here.

Removing the GodMode folder to prevent anybody else making changes is as easy as selecting the folder on your desktop and deleting it.

You will lose any changes you have made by doing this though.

Be careful if you have made an existing folder into a God Mode folder.

Don’t delete it until you have recovered any files or data that were in the folder.

You won’t actually be able to access any of those files until you have renamed the folder, as they are “hidden” in the GodMode folder.

This could be a good way of hiding some of your more sensitive files but make sure you know how to get them back or they will be hidden from you too.

Unfortunately renaming the God Mode folder isn’t as simple as just using Windows Explorer to rename it.

You need to change it the following way:

Open the command prompt at the location of the GodMode folder and use the “ren command to rename the folder to another name, like “originalfolder”. Use the following text but replace the “originalfolder” with the name of your choice.

 “ren GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} originalfolder”

God Mode Folder Rename

Once you hit the Return key, the control panel icon on the folder will return to a traditional folder, with the name you have assigned to it.

All of your original files and data which were hidden will now appear in this folder.

What GodMode Does and What It Doesn’t Do

Think of GodMode as a back door to your most important system settings.

It doesn’t really give you any more settings, just quick access to them.

It’s not a new set of hacks to give you special features or functions.

God Mode is a bit different

GodMode is just a folder which gives quick access to the already existing shortcuts for administrative and system tools.

It also enables you to pin those settings to the desktop for convenience and quicker access.

A good example would be the environmental variables.

Using Windows 10, normally you would have to open the control panel and then go to the “System and Security setting before choosing “System and then “Advanced System Settings.

In God Mode, it’s as quick as opening the GodMode folder and choosing the “Edit the system environment variables command.

You could, if you wanted, move it to the desktop for even fewer steps.

There are also keyboard shortcuts built into Windows that can be just as quick as GodMode. Task manager can be opened by holding down “Ctrl+Shift+Esc just as quickly as in GodMode. if not even quicker.

Is GodMode a Revelation?

To be honest, GodMode is not really that exciting.

It may sound like a super high-pitched level of a video game, but it is just a quicker way of accessing system settings and tools that you already have within your reach.

If you are a serious IT user and like tweaking your system, having access to all these controls in one folder can be extremely convenient.

For the average user, control panel and system settings will offer enough room for customization of your system, and there’s less chance of others fiddling and causing your system to crash.

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