How To Enable Windows 7 Secret God Mode

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As nice as Windows 7 is to use let’s face it — we always want total control over the computing environment. What we really want is to have total control in an easy-to-use form that puts everything at our fingertips. Enter the super secret Windows 7 God Mode.

God Mode is a simple folder that brings all aspects of Windows 7 control in a single place. It collects all of the Control Panel functions, interface customization, accessibility options, just about every aspect of controlling Windows 7 into a single place.

God Mode is easy to set up too, just do this:

  • Create a new folder anywhere.
  • Rename the folder by pasting this name exactly as it appears (copy it first):
  • GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

That’s it, you now have a folder with the Control Panel icon (pictured above) that has all the controls in one place:

(Windows 7 Themes via Dwight Silverman on Twitter)

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Web Talk

Nice trick…the funny thing about it is that I WAS THE GUY who originally wrote about Windows 7 God mode! Everybody else just copied my article and didnt even think to give me credit! That’s the case of Windows 7 themes for example…this really makes me understand how the web works…sad!

hagi

I have used xp, macs and Linux… but my god the settings in vista/7 are so annoying

markus

Vista x64 users DO NOT USE THIS TWEAK!!!

Those that did and are stuck with AppCrash can boot with a Live Linux x64 disk (such as Ububtu Desktop x64) and delete the file from the Desktop.

All is not lost though, for Vista x64 users, make a shortcut and set it to point to: explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

This is 100% functional.

Allan Jones

I’m relieved that the text doesn’t have to be ‘Godmode’. I think I’ll go for ‘Big bang with no supernatural intervention mode’, if it fits!

Unkown

I work for microsoft and I found this email in my Inbox today for tips on Windows 7. Intresting. BTW I work on the Networking engineering side of things

Whatever

Fake.
This is just the “expanded” control panel. And you can give whatever name you want to it. Instead of Godmode put your name or whatever you want.

maZZoo

“Use any name”.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} will work ;)
HackThePlanet.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Prankstar

WHAT THE ….???

This is crashing my explore repeatly :S Keep crashing Explore, even in safe mode. How to fix this?

Marauderz

I don’t understand why people wished to use GodMode as the foldername. Cause it made like a great post doesn’t it? The magic key that tells explorer to display all the setttings is the EXTENSION not the name GodMode.

You can just go ahead and called it “Super Boring Settings Folder.{Eb….}” and it’ll work.

Can’t wait for the first person to start screaming about how GodMode is a back door hack for the insecure platform that is Windows.

Dan

More importantly, how do I then disable a user from accessing “God Mode?” What GPO or registry settings do I need to keep my students from finding new things they can mess up on workstations.

Gavin Miller

This doesn’t add any functionality to limited users, it’s more a grouping of disparate Windows 7 options. If the functionality isn’t available normally, through group policies to a user, it will remain so.

Joe

Personally, I find it easier to just type what I want to do into the start menu anyway instead of having to sift through all of these choices, but that’s just me.

Gavin Miller

Yep, virtually the only way I interact with Windows since Vista. Type first couple of letters of what you want and up it pops!

tom

it crashed (repeatedly) my explorer, just as a comparable trick in win Vista did years ago….

Tom

Chris Smith

This is awesome. The question is, why doesn’t MS enable this to begin with? I guess I don’t understand why certain aspects of operating systems and software are hidden until “unlocked”, especially the ones that have the greatest utility. Sort of annoying.

Thanks for this tip though, I will be hooking this up tonight.

turn.self.off

simple, they need to have a ace up their sleeve that they can “teach” during their certifications…

Luci

they don’t “teach” this in their certifications, it’s a developers feature. used while developing the os so they can have access to all control panel applets in one place.

chad

Seconded, on my x200 tablet with an 8 cell battery I get 5-6 hrs of wifi and bluetooth on with the brightness turned up.

Dan

Lenovo has known issues with their batteries. At our Company the T60 and T61 series laptops have averaged about 14 months of lifetime in which case Lenovo will not replace them under warrantee. These bad batteries may also lock up the laptop from time to time becasue of the microchip that planted in them.

Rob

I must not have good luck with batteries then. The notebook is about 14 months old, it came with the 6-cell which suffered the dreaded battery issue on recall, but Lenovo never replaced it so I bought a 9-cell in August. When I first got it I mustered about 3 hours, but that soon dropped to 2:30. I have even used the ‘battery maintenance’ app as recommended by Lenovo support.

Thanks for the insight. Looks like I should have taken them up on the 25% off accessories during the holiday. D’oh! What luck.

Rob

Great info.

On a completely unrelated note. I have a Lenovo T61p with a 9-cell battery and I have never seen it go above 2:30 in the battery icon. All the more I am looking at a MBP. How in the world are you getting such great power?

Brett

you have a bad battery? I have a Lenovo x61t with an 8-cell battery that lands an easy 6-7 hours of battery life doing everyday things. This summer though (I had had the laptop for 2 years) the battery started getting 2-3 hours a charge then finally died. Bought a new battery and I am back to the 6-7 hours I am used to.

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