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How to enable the legendary 'God Mode' in Windows 10 for all the settings

If you are a long-time Windows user, you may remember a trick to enable 'God Mode'. It may sound epic depending on your expectations, but the easiest way to describe the feature is that it gives access to all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder.

In fact, its real name is the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut. God Mode was an inside joke, but one that stuck.

As it turns out, you can enable God Mode in Windows 10 as well. Why would you need it? The feature is useful for those in IT, those who manage a computer, and obviously for those advanced enthusiasts. Most consumers have little need for the feature, and in fact, it could lend itself to doing some damage to the OS.

Think of God Mode as a backdoor to the OS to access all the settings. Of course, just enabling it does nothing, but just don't tinker around too much without an OS backup. So let's get to it:

God Mode in Windows 10

Enable God Mode in Windows 10

  1. Make sure your system account has administrative privileges
  2. Right-click on the Windows 10 desktop and choose New > Folder
  3. Name the folder: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and hit enter/return to make it stick

God Mode in Windows 10

You can actually name the folder anything you want like NinjaCat mode. Simply replace 'GodMode' before the {....} characters to your liking.

That's it. Now when you open that folder, you can see around 40 different settings, including Devices and Printers, Credential Manager, Indexing, etc. Some variations exist depending if you have a Home or Pro version and different hardware.

God Mode in Windows 10

Truth be told, it is not that exciting. However, if you are a serious user having all of these shortcuts in one spot is super convenient.

Let us know how you use God Mode and why you like it in comments!

If you think this guide is helpful, we have many more posts like this in our Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks page. Or try our massive Windows 10 Forums at Windows Central for more help!

Via: SuperSite for Windows

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

151 Comments
  • Cool name
  • Useful in updating stubborn drivers.
  • First thing I did. Sometimes links in search show settings that go no where so it's good to just drop in.
  • If CrApple had that Feature, it would be called "DEVIL-Mode", and iSHEEP would line-up blindly to activate or get it. 
  • You can put any name instead of godmode !
  • Yup, updated to reflect this feature. (Also, deleted all the off-topic, infighting comments below this)
  • Thank you so much :) (For deleting all the off-topic, infighting comments)
  • Now thats a 1st since that rules post
  • Thanks for that. I had read a couple days ago elsewhere that it MUST be named GodMode. This article also reminded me I had this WindowsSettings tool for my W8.1PRO. (I never used it much at all, preferring to do things the old, hard way. :-))
  • Great. Used this in my earlier Windows 7 install. Its a super convenient shortcut. Some of the settings are actually not very apparent via the normal settings page.
  • Does any1 know if background on login page can be changed from that default Windows 10 Hero image to something else?
  • Technically, yes. However, using some apps to make it happen can be dangerous. I borked my XPS 13 yesterday and cannot login any longer. We are looking to do something on it but only if it is safe. Damaging the login screen basically kills the OS and you have to either get in there and fix it, do a restore (if you have a point) or a reinstall of the OS. Not fun.
  • You can use sfc /scannow to find and replace the exe you borked. Will need a way to get to the recovery prompt, should be accessible via installation media or the recovery partition. The system doesn't give the same elevated privileges to modified system applications. Will need to fix permissions to the login app after modifying it
  • I just fixed my friends laptop who forgot their password. Just pop in a Windows install disc > next > repair my computer > ok > command prompt > run "xcopy C:\ D:\ /s /k /f /c" and hit enter, where "C:\" is the directory you want to copy and "D:\" is the directory you want to paste it in. Now you don't have to worry about anything and can reinstall Windows or whatever.
  • Yes, bing it. You have to replace the picture file with the one you want.
  • Isn't that just settings / personalization / lock screen?  Or is this something else you're referring to?
  • Login screen != Lock screen. Two different things.
  • LoL.... Just..... LoL ;)
  • Stardokcs used to have a fine little app to do this for the previous Windows and it worked great.
  • It's customizable, all it takes is a little registry value change and dropping an image of the correct resolution into a folder. Just do a bing search for it, it should work the same as in Windows 7/8/9.
  • Yep one of the major things AW owners ask on nbr
  • Yes, its well documents too, one of the first changes that I make.
  • oh awesome . 
  • Inb4 religious groups claim this is offensive. I can see the dramatic headline now from some flimsy "journalist" that's on the hunt to blast Microsoft for something.
  • Yeah, or the atheists get all uppity.
  • They will claim that god mode doesn't exist haha
  • :P
  • Oh cmon give us a break :D
  • I'm an atheist and have no problem with "God mode".  Don't like the uppity comment though.   Of course as an atheist and a vegan, I'm used to being called uppity (among other things).
  • You are a living stereotype... atheist veggie munching pretensious hipster.  Why aren't you using a Mac to complete the image?
  • I'm a diehard Windows guy who likes to dabble with Linux on the side.  Can't stand Mac.  At all.   What exactly is it about being atheist and vegan that makes someone a "pretensious hipster" in your mind?
  • There is a God and only one God !
  • Imhotep
  • Lol
  • HODOR
  • Bill Gates?
  • You haven't played Smite yet, have you? ( :
  • Nobody battles the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, or the tooth fairy. But Atheists who wish to force their beliefs (which is not all atheists, I know) fight God all the time. Why is this? Because you don't fight what is not real.
  • Is it Vishnu? or Baldur? or Jupiter?
  • Is it Ra? or maybe Zeus?
  • Because every single one I have ever met fits that perfectly.  Holier-than-thou attitude.  I will say it is admirable you steer clear of Apple crap tho, congrats.
  • It takes alot of faith to be an athiest...
  • I don't see what all the drama is here. As a normal person with mild dislexia, I have a god out in the backyard
  • Do you have Dog Mode folder?
  • My instant impression us that the lable of uppity FITS PERFECTLY. (I made it all caps for your benefit.). Just be a vegan and be quiet about it. Nobody cares even a small amount and nobody is going to pat you on the back. Admit it, you do think your better than other people dont you?
  • In my experience, most people who get upset about anyone's choices of religion and/or lifestyle are usually over-compensating for their own lack of self worth or a refusal to acknowledge that they are not the center of the universe, or struggle to understand why anyone could be possibly want to be different from them. I don't believe in the textbook definition of a god.  I don't fault others for doing so though. In fact, they've identified the genes that make people more or less inclined to believe in a god.  There are some good documentaries out there about the "god gene" that might shed some light on the subject for you. I also choose to be a vegan for a variety of reasons, but the driving force behind it is my ethical belief that we are no better/worse than the other inhabitants of earth.  If I'm not willing to kill my cat or dog for food, why should I be willing to kill a cow or a pig?  Not to mention the environmental impact that our obsession with beef consumption has.  We're tearing down the rainforests to support our meat obsession.  That simply isn't a sustainable strategy for the long run.  I'd like my kids and grandchildren to have the opportunity to inherit a healthy Earth. I believe everyone should be educated on the source of their food.  So many people know that beef comes from a cow and pork from a pig, but they are completely disconnected from how that happens.  I grew up in a rural aera and have seen these large factory farms and the horrid conditions the animals live in.  To me, that's not ok. Now, if you live somewhere where killing and eating animals is your way of surviving, by all means, do what is necessary to survive.   Shoveling that pound of grilled beef and cheese down your gullet because it "tastes good" is not survival. If everyone is educated on the typical cruelty to the animals and the impact on the Earth, and still wants to eat meat, so be it.  I don't view myself as better or worse than them; we simply have different values.   So again, I'm all for free choice, but I make my decisions based on my own personal beliefs and values.  Everyone should do the same. So again, who is acting uppity here?  
  • So you are atheist, vegan, and a humanitarian? MacBook?
  • See that's exactly the problem. We don't want to be 'educated', we just want to enjoy our food in peace. It's like telling a smoker what they're doing is unhealthy, like they don't already know a thousand times over. Everyone is fully aware that meat comes from an animal, and that it had to die. We can only hope it was treated well in it's life.
  • While I agree with this post (well, I'm pretty lax on the veggie part) I can't help but marvel at how we got here from a discussion of Windows 10.
  • Beats downitty.
  • Allah is God, Not an Angel, Not a Demon, Not a Human, The One and Only. Is it just me or this conversation become more to God than a GodMode :D 
  • I am not an atheist I am not a believer also and i didnt have any problem with the name "GodMode". Was just pointing out that any name can be given . However people get butthurt and offended and downvote ! And I dont give a fudge ! LOL Letting people know that there are other options is bad ?  
  • Agnostic then... The only honest non theistic philosophy, btw Daniel is there any reports coming in about predictive text errors?? Me and my friends Lumia 1020s do not show those predictive words at the top of the keyboard any more even though the setting is on... Sorry, know this is completely unrelated but....
  • You chose your words poorly and people downvoted those words. It's better to learn from that mistake.
  • God is the name for any omnipotent/higher being, it's non-specific and cannot be sacrilegious
  • and still whether in real god exist . it's all depend on thinking . who controls etc. but in reality it's nature - changes take place according to time etc . may be our older's made the god - so that people in earth should have faith in somebody and people don't harm others . anything can happen - it's my thinking 
  • Sort of, 'god' is genaric where as 'God' referse to the god of abrahamic traditions. At least that's the traditional convention. All of which can be annoying at beginning of sentances.
  • Christians, Jews, and Muslims refer to the "one" true God as Allah.
  • No, that's Muslims only. Jews use YHWH (often said Yahweh). Christians use Jehovah. Elohim, El, Elah etc have also been used. You won't find any Christians or Jews commonly using the name "Allah".
  • Illah/Allah/Elah still used by Arab Jews and Christians. God is an English word. Abraham was not english, nor was Jesus lol
  • You should've said "in arab countries" because non-arab countries (i.e. the rest of the world) don't commonly use those names. They would say things like god, gutt, gud, dio, dios, deus, theus, etc. But I'm sure iSnrub is referring to it's usage on Western/English sites as that's the language we're all using here.
  • Christians do not use Jehovah. Christians just use God
  • Four comments up is an atheist acting offended. People need to take a joke for what it is. GodMode has existed since the days of the orginal Doom. It's a joke. Relax, people.
  • Are you directing that to me? I'm not an Athiest, but anyhow. I'm just saying the highly politically correct (US, anyway) knee-jerks at the most trivial thing. We will see, but the press is just hunting for something to fault Microsoft for in this OSX/iOS world. The media doesn't have a sense of humor. That's all.
  • This isn't new, it has been around.  If they have been hunting for something like this then they suck at there job cause it's been their all this time........just sayin.
  • Well, they didn't mind acting like ads in Microsoft Solitaire were "a terribly bad omen for the future of Windows as a service" when those had been around since Windows 8's release three years ago.
  • I thought the term was coined @ id software.
  • funny thing is "god" can be many things. it does not only mean the bible one. you know: Sun, Zeus, Odin, Ra, Elohim, Aegir, Poseidon, Amida, Hachiman, Gama, Mars, Cupid, Vulcan, Camalus, Dagda, Allah, Shiva... etc etc, many many many many more. now tell me which god this "god mode" refers to? none... it's just a "powerful" menu that cointains many nice settings you can't easily find everywhere as a simple user. so being a powerful meny ended up having a "god" name on it because gods are supposed to be powerful. no? ID software used it since 1990 and it was about immortality, so it made sense back in the day. So people talking or focusing on the name "god" part of the menu or the article, are just ignorant.
  • And I thought Daniel deleted the off-topic in-fighting...
  • I came for Windows tips and got a lesson in religion. LULZ.
  • Nice
  • I was just going to tip you all that the god mode folder still works in Windows 10. It's handy to have all the settings in one folder.
  • X2.. I was just about to create a thread in the forums about this. Guess I'm a day late and a dollar short as usual...
  • Misunderstood directions, enabled Lucifer mode, system 32 is on fire :|
  • hah
  • Hahah :D
  • Lol
  • I made a mistake on my first try. I enabled Mac Mode, I couldn't right click on a dang thing.
  • Mine died. I'll wait three days and try again :P
  • system 32 is on fire
    I see you found my mixtape.
  • More like unanchored mode. It also appears like you're avoiding some huge news this morning regarding how pirated games and unapproved hardware will be handled.
  • News comes and goes and is ephemeral.
  • Glad they kept it :)  I don't use it personally, but had some IT Admin who were telling me about in before in a previous version.
  • Maybe IDDQD also works
  • I get this reference. Doom4Lyfe
  • I prefer IDSPISPOPD
  • Considering the folder gives you all "keys" to options, you are fully stocked on "ammo" to make changes and properly armed with all the "weapons" you'll need to tackle just about anything... I'll take it back further and go with ILM. ;)
  • What about UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A? Whoa! My PC just gave me 30 lives, unlimited missiles and shields!
  • NinjaCat mode!
     
  • nice rename!
  • Nice to have such advance tips
  • Nice tip Dan, thanks...
  • I call it the MonkeyBox. And have it hidden on all my users machines for quick easy access when working on them.
  • great idea!
  • SageMode   shout out to the Naruto fans!!!  
  • There are still fans left? :P
  • Why be a king when you can be a god;)
  • Why be either when you can be a monkey! You get to throw your own scat at anyone you want, everyone laughs, smiles, and still thinks you're cute. Lol
  • I desperately need some twitch emojis for your comment, lol!
  • And with a little ALZ113, you can conquer the world..
  • This has worked for me since the very first insider build, add the folder to One Drive, and it'll work seamlessly on what ever device you log into!  
  • Oooo, fun
  • nice!
  • I thought you just typed in iddqd
  • I'm going to call it, O.M.G. Mode.
  • calling mine Ctrl+Alt+Wtf Mode.
  • god is dog spelt backwards, master control panel don't work backwards.
  • Does that means i can change the appearance of some interfaces using .dll files? Of make themes with this folder?
  • Old been doing this for years now but, still cool anyway for people who didn't know about it...
  • The way it's worded in the article is a little confusing, as it took a few tries for me to set it up.. In case anyone is wondering, it's altogether, with the GodMode.{..} all as "one word".
  • The way it's worded in the article is a little confusing, as it took a few tries for me to set it up.. In case anyone is wondering, it's altogether, with the GodMode.{..} all as "one word".
  • I have a folder since Windows 7 in my OneDrive and when I installed 10, it carried over :) I was happy to see that!
  • Worked for me on Windows 7 :D
     
  • Thanks for sharing
  • FYI - Same command works in Win8 too.  (Too busy to update my SP3 dev box...wait, would it be dev tablet???)
  • Awesome I was waiting for re-enabling GodMode in Windows 10.
  • Fus-Ro-Da mode... "Understanders" will understand
  • This is slicker than whale snot! 
  • Ah the good old 'God Mode' folder, i used to use it a few times back in the days of Windows 7, i would think a name like 'Master Folder', 'Debug Mode' or a personal favorite 'Keys To The City' KTTC for short :D
  • Sweet
  • NICE! Been doing tech work for 20 years and never new this was there....or I have just forgot about it...Thanks  
  • Learn something new everyday! :P
  • Nifty little feature. Not sure how much I'll use it, but it's good to know.
  • I prefer to just use cortana to access any setting. Just type it in. I find even if I don't know the official name of the setting, I am still able to find things easily.
  • I'm very offended by the people who get offended about stupid things like this.... Change folder name to what ever you want. And get on with the tech talk! That's what this site is for, tech talk! You want to wine? Go to Facebook!
  • They have wine on facebook?!
  • Wine == Whine ?
  • F@c3book is for 13 year old girls and their vicarious maybe moms.
  • Daniel, sorry for being off-topic, but windowscentral.com is slow as molassis in Edge. Why? I even tried to run it in Chrome emulation and was still slow. Is there any setting I need to change?
  • Ads. Edge is fast to render many elements, but I noticed it deals with ads poorly.
  • Thanks, Daniel!  I loved having it for Win 7. I don't know about anyone else, but God Mode makes me soooo happy.  I love having all those options in one neat and tidy location.  Very satisfying.  Now what I REALLY would love, is the same thing for Windows Phone....
  • Welcome! Thanks for reading!
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