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God Mode – How to Access All Windows Settings in the Master Control Panel

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When you’re tired of going to different locations in Windows to configure its plethora of settings and system configurations, you might want to know about God Mode. No, this isn’t some cheat code to make your computer invincible, but it does offer the next best thing: placing all control settings of Windows in one convenient folder.

The Windows God Mode functionality, also known as the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut, was initially intended as a reference folder so that users can search for control panel options in the Start menu or screen. But if you want to access Windows God Mode, simply create a new folder, name it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and press Enter.  You can actually give it any other name than GodMode, as long as you leave the filename extension (starting with the period) intact. If you got the naming right, the folder should change its typical plain icon to one that resembles a control panel. Alternately, you can create the GodMode folder by creating a new Windows shortcut and using explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} as its target path.

When you open the God Mode folder, you’ll see all sorts of settings and configurations. You’re basically playing God with a control panel-y omnipotence; you have one single location to change your computer to your liking. Settings are group into categories, such as Internet Options, Power Options and User Accounts, to help you understand the purpose and relevance of each setting.

Windows God Mode works in several versions of Windows, starting with Vista. The folder is entirely harmless, but some reports are saying that it may cause the 64-bit version of Windows Vista to crash and restart. In case you notice your computer malfunctioning after creating the folder, delete it. Start Windows in Safe Mode to delete the folder if you can’t boot Windows normally.

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