How to activate Special folders or Secret GOD mode in Windows

If you have already used Windows previous versions like Windows 7 or Windows 8, you may know the “GOD Mode” or enabling special folders. It seems, GOD mode is available in Windows 10 too. GOD mode in Windows is basically a Windows control panel shortcut folder to give easy access to all windows settings. God mode is specially beneficial for techie persons. Same like GOD mode, you can create more system folders  for easy access. In this blog, I will explaining how to enable Special folders or  system folder and God mode control folder as well as how it works.

What is GOD Mode

GOD mode is actually a special folder that gives access to Windows settings and control panel from just one single place. Actually, God mode is a “Master control panel” giving the access to all control panel tasks.  Administrative tools, Auto-play, credential manger, date and time, color, management, device manager, file explorer settings, file history, internet and network, power options, programs and features, security, system settings and much more, almost every setting you can easily find from just one single GOD mode folder.

Scene Behind GOD Mode or How it Works

GOD mode in Windows is a System folder termed as “All tasks”. Windows system folder are identified by CSIDs(global unique string) that you can find in System Registry under  “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID”. So when we name any folder with these unique string(CSIDs),  it represents associated system folder. For “All Tasks” that means ” Master control panel” or God mode CSID is “{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”. On extending this unique string to folder name turns the folder into system folder containing all control panel tasks.GOD mode in Windows 10

Exactly the same way as God mode, there are many more system folders or special folders that you can enable for easy and quick access by appending associated CSID to Folder name.

When to Enable GOD mode

As GOD mode in Windows gives an easy access to all type of settings in properly organized way from just one folder, so its very useful for persons who are already acquainted with Windows settings and know what happens on altering them. So if you are not good at managing operating system, interfering with settings can damage your OS. So be cautious while using GOD mode.

How to Enable GOD mode in Windows

For enabling special folder or GOD mode, your account must have administrative privileges. So be sure you are logged in from your administrative account. To use GOD mode in Windows, you would need to enable it, here is how to do it.

  • Login to Windows 10 from Administrative account.
  • Open Windows Desktop and Right click on it. From menu select New> Folder to create new folder.create new folder
  • Right click on created folder and select Rename.
  • We would rename the created folder . So enter the name of your choice followed by “.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}  “. Entered name should be in following format.

                              GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

In above name you can replace GodMode with any name but rest of the string must be exactly same.  While coping and pasting above string be sure not to leave any space in name.Rename folder

On renaming folder , it turns into system folder for all control panel tasks.

How to enable Special Folder or System Folder In Windows

Same as we created God mode control panel folder, we can enable other system folders too. You would have to create new folder and rename it to any name of your choice followed by Dot(.) and then append unique identifier(CSID) in parenthesis in same format as we discussed in GOD mode. Here is the Format.

Name.{CSID}

Here are few System folders list that you can enable. Create new folder and rename to text as in second column. You can replace the name as per your desire before Dot in each string.

Default Programs settings DefaultPrograms.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Power Options or settings PowerOptions.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Program and Features ProgramsandFeatures.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
My Computer MyComputer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Printers Printers.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Manage Credentials ManageCredentials.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Firewall Settings FirewallSettings.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Taskbar Icons and Notifications TaskbarIcons.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}R
Recovery and Restore RecoveryTools.{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
Speech Recognition SpeechRecognition.{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Troubleshooting Troubleshooting.{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
Devices and Printers DevicesAndPrinters.{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}

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