How To Activate God Mode on Windows

God Mode is a special folder in Windows that gives you quick access to over 200 tools and settings that are normally hidden away in the Control Panel and other windows and menus. God mode allows you to access advanced settings quickly. These settings may include like opening and working with disk defragmenter, view event logs, access Device Manager, format disk partitions, update drivers, adjust your mouse settings, show or hide file extensions, change font settings and more

The way God Mode works is actually very simple: just name an empty folder on your computer as outlined below, and then instantly, the folder will turn into a super-handy place to change all sorts of Windows settings.

In normal windows mode, settings are hidden deep inside other settings which will take longer steps to get there. God mode simple gives those setting a standalone capability so that they can be opened easily without digging through the computer. God Mode is a quick-access folder full of shortcuts to administrative tools and settings. It also makes it a breeze to place shortcuts to those settings anywhere else, like on your desktop.

In Windows 10, the tools available in God mode are

Administrative Tools, AutoPlay, Backup and Restore, BitLocker Drive Encryption, Color Management, Credential Manager, Date and Time, Default Programs, Devices and Printers, Ease of Access Center, File Explorer Options, File History, Fonts, HomeGroup, Indexing Options, Infrared, Internet Options, Keyboard, Language, Mouse, Network and Sharing Center, Phone and Modem, Power Options, Programs and Features, Region, RemoteApp and Desktop Connections, Security and Maintenance, Sound, Speech Recognition, Storage Spaces, Sync Center, System, Taskbar and Navigation, Troubleshooting, User Accounts, Windows Firewall, Work Folders.

How to Activate God Mode in Windows

The steps for activation GodMode exactly the same for Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7:

  1. Make a new folder, anywhere you like.Use the keyboard combination shortcut WIN+D to go to the desktopOn the desktop, right-click or tap-and-hold on any empty space in any folder in Windows, and choose New > Folder.it is important that you make a new folder for this. Using an existing folder with files in it will instantly make the files and folders become hidden, and while GodMode will work, your files will not be accessible.

  1. When asked to name the folder, copy and paste this into that text box:

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

Note: The beginning “God Mode” text is just a custom name that you can change to whatever you wish to help you identify the folder, but make sure the rest of the name is exactly the same as you see above.

The folder icon will change to a Control Panel icon and anything inside your custom folder name will disappear.

  1. Double-click or double-tap the new folder to open GodMode.

If you need to undo GodMode, you can just delete the folder to get rid of it. However, if you need to remove GodMode on a folder that already had data in it, don’t delete it.

We mentioned above that you should only make GodMode with a folder that is empty else you will not have access to those files once the folder has been renamed. While this might sound like a neat way to hide your sensitive files, it can be a bit scary if you’re not sure how to get your data back.

Unfortunately, you can’t use Windows Explorer to rename the GodMode folder back to its original name, but there is another way…

Open Command Prompt at the location of your GodMode folder and use the ren command to rename it to something else like “oldfolder”:

ren “God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” oldfolder

Once you do that, the folder will go back to normal and your files will show up as you’d expect.