Windows 7 GodMode

by Roger G. Best

Windows 7 has won me over as an advocate!  I’ve got to tell you that I believe it to be the best Operating System that Microsoft has ever delivered.  And I just love it when something I like keeps giving me more reasons to like it.  There is this neat little (o.k., maybe it’s not so little) Windows 7 trick that’s been making it’s rounds on the Internet lately. The trick basically enables something called “GodMode.”  GodMode is a term devised by the Microsoft development team that provides a single place to access all Windows settings without needing to browse options and folders in the Control Panel.

To install and use it, just follow the simple instructions below:

  1. Create a new folder.
  2. Rename the folder to


(note that you can change the “GodMode” text, but the following period and code number are not so flexible).

  1. Once you’re renamed the folder the folder icon will change — double click it to show the GodMode window:


The window shows nearly 50 sections with quick links to configuration options. If we were to be more literal, I would be less likely to call it GodMode and describe it as an “all tasks” list since everything offered here can be found somewhere else.  But, I definitely find it easier than stumbling through the dozens of Windows screens and panels.

As a Caution!

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.

Posted in: Tips and Tricks, Windows 7

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