How to Enable GodMode in Windows 10

Last Edited: October 16, 2017 | Published: October 16, 2017 by

How to Enable GodMode in Windows 10

Have you ever wanted to have all your essential settings and controls in one place? In normal installations, all your settings and controls are located across many different menus. But what if you could have them all in one place? While many normal users won’t find this guide all that useful, all you computer administrators should listen up. Believe it or not, there is a GodMode available in Windows that you can setup to access all your controls in one place.

Never heard of this mode before? I’m not surprised. It’s not a mode that is well known by many Windows users. Today, let’s look at what GodMode is, what it can do for you, and how you set it up on your Windows 10 machine.

What Is GodMode?

GodMode was first added to Windows with Windows 7, but it’s still around in Windows 10. Essentially, GodMode is a collection of all the administration tasks in Windows in one place. Normally, all your settings and essential administration tasks are divided up in many different windows and sections. This can take a bit to navigate to if you are working on a machine. But with GodMode, all your settings and controls are in one place, neatly organized into different categories.

Enabling GodMode

It’s easy to setup GodMode and only takes a few seconds, as long as you know what to do. Since GodMode isn’t something that Microsoft really broadcasts, you will need a post like this in order to turn it on.

First, you need to make sure that you are logged in as an administrator. Many of the GodMode commands require administrator access in order to use it, so there really is no point in setting it up on a standard account. Once you are logged in as an administrator, just follow these steps to enable GodMode.

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select New > Folder.
  2. Now, you need to name the folder: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  3. If everything worked, the icon for the folder will look much like the Control Panel icon. See below:
  4. When you open the folder, you will see many different sections with tons of different apps all designed to make your Windows administration easier.

Benefits of GodMode

Now you may be wondering if this little setting and Windows tweak will be really useful. The truth is, it depends. Truthfully this setting is probably more useful for admins or those of you that like to tweak their machines, but there are still many benefits to setting up GodMode.

Puts all admin tools in one place

Microsoft has spread all the settings across many different menus. This can be confusing even for seasoned Windows users to keep track of. By bringing these settings all into one folder, you don’t have to worry about finding settings every time you need something. All you need is access to this one folder and you have what you need.

No need to learn new menus

If you have used Windows for any amount of time, you know how much Microsoft loves change. For no reason at all it seems, Microsoft will move settings around and change how to get to these menus. This can make it even tougher to upgrade to a new version of Windows. But if you have your admin settings all in one place, you don’t have to worry about where things are stored and where Microsoft decides to move them with each new version of Windows.

Speed up administration

If you support many different users, you know how hard it can be when they are having issues. While many will be understanding, getting them fixed and back up and running is critical, especially in a business environment. But, if you have an admin account on each machine with the GodMode folder setup, you can quickly troubleshoot many of the problems your users may have. If you do remote support, users having this folder can make it easier for you to tell them what they need to do, as well.

Dangers of GodMode

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t warn you about this folder. Because this folder brings all your administration and settings into one place, it can be very easy for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing to mess things up. At least when the settings are buried in the Control Panel, it takes a little work to mess things up. But if they are all right there, who knows what could happen. Try and ensure that this mode is only enabled if you know what you are doing or on an admin account of other users’ computers.

Enabling GodMode could also put you at risk for viruses or other malware. Last year, new malware took advantage of this mode to avoid detection. At the time, it was a novel approach for malware. Users even had trouble tracking down and removing the malware even if it was discovered. Today, this vulnerability has been patched, but there is still a risk that other malware creators may figure out a way to exploit the GodMode feature. If you practice sound security policies, the overall risk should be minimal, but it is something to be aware of before you turn on this handy feature.

Final Thoughts

Windows GodMode is a handy tool that will bring all your settings and administration tools into one place. It’s very useful for admins or anyone that likes to regular tweak their settings or adjust things in Windows. If you turn it on, you will no longer have to wade through a ton of different menus just to change the settings you want. Instead, you will have them all in one handy folder. But remember, there are risks to using this mode, so only use them if you know what you are doing and only use them if you have up to date virus and malware software ready.

Have you ever used the Windows GodMode tool before? If so, do you like having all your settings in one place or do you prefer to go through the different menus to find what you need? Sound off on your experiences in the comments below.

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Matt

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.


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