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Enable Windows 10's Hidden "God Mode"

By Julio Franco ยท 41 replies
Feb 23, 2017
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  1. Urhixidur

    Urhixidur TS Rookie

    Here's an equivalent (but a little more roundabout) way to create a God Mode control panel on your desktop.

    Open a console. Set your current directory to your desktop folder. (You can, of course, choose to put the God Mode control panel elsewhere)

    cd %USERPROFILE%\Desktop

    Create a directory there, using any name of your choosing:

    mkdir godmode

    Using notepad (or some such) create a file with the following contents and save to the directory you just created using the name desktop.ini:

    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=God Mode
    CLSID={ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    The LocalizedResourceName is the name that Explorer will display for your 'godmode' folder, and can be anything you choose. Back to the console, enter the directory:

    cd godmode

    Change the attributes of desktop.ini to system hidden:

    attrib desktop.ini +s +h

    You're done! Once Explorer refreshes, you should have a God Mode control panel on your desktop (or elsewhere).

    A similar trick, omitting the CLSID line, can be used to change the display name of any folder.
     
  2. miluthui

    miluthui TS Member Posts: 16

    This may come handy thank you
     
  3. Works good with Windows 8 too. This is a a real time saver. It's all in 2 or 3 mouse clicks instead of searching through menus to finds it. When you click best performance option in windows 7 it uses the classic settings from the versions previous to Vista.
     
  4. Jefffosterusa

    Jefffosterusa TS Rookie

    Ha, I doubt there's Windows in Heaven, God hates disorder. ;)
     
  5. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 380   +241

    I first heard of this early last year and I've had it sitting on my desktop ever since... A very useful feature. A recent update removed the icons label text for some reason and I cant rename it but it still works ok.
     
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,372   +794

    We've updated this article from the Windows 7 days, also added other godmode-style folder shortcuts you can create and a downloadable zip file containing all of them as well.
     
    Eilert99 and mcborge like this.
  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +298

    Always good to rerun articles from around the web that have been available for years
     
  8. koblongata

    koblongata TS Enthusiast Posts: 42   +10

    Nifty! Thanks.
     
  9. infinity306

    infinity306 TS Rookie

    LMAO.. same on windows... these are just shortcuts.. anybody with knowledge can get to each of these in other ways as well..
     
  10. avioza

    avioza TS Booster Posts: 101   +43

    Agreed, start learning Powershell.
     
  11. lazer

    lazer TS Enthusiast Posts: 90   +23

    I thought I remembered God mode from many years ago. Now I see that there are comments from SEVEN years ago.

    So I guess I am not the laziest person on earth, there are others like me who work at Techspot....

    But still it is good to remember.
     
  12. Dustyn

    Dustyn TS Enthusiast Posts: 50   +11

    What about Jeebus mode?
     
  13. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +59

    Wish they would stop calling it "god mod" its nothing new, its existed on many versions of windows and all the settings can be accessed via other methods, it doesn't give you are more access to secret areas.
     
  14. Wizwill

    Wizwill TS Enthusiast Posts: 48   +12

    I think it was Isaac Azamov or Robert Heinlein who said "any sufficiently advanced technology is mnagic"
     
  15. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 613   +333

    Godmode on a MSI Godlike Carbon is like ... um ...

    Godlike.
     
  16. alansmith

    alansmith TS Member Posts: 17

    The 'trick' has been around for many versions of Windows, but it's the first time I've seen it called God mode. What's God got to do with it?
     
  17. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 311   +182

    Why is there a devil in kimono in the title picture?
     

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