Windows 10 God mode

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#1

Windows 10 God mode.
Yes Windows 10 also has a God mode.

Create a folder on the Desktop, or some other handy place, then rename the folder exactly as below. It’s probably easier to copy and paste the name.

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


#2

Seems appropriate, given that this OS is reportedly omniscient - spying on your every move and reporting home to Redmond. :bigsmile::flower:


#3

Thanks for the info It struck my mind this morning that it probably was present. I upgraded 6 laptops from 7 and 8.1 to 10 this weekend, and all in one place would have helped a bit. :iagree:

@Ibex | That is soon becoming truth and yet another challenge to overcome. Nothing new, started with XP only to become worse for every OS released Vista->10. So far so good, it is enough to do firewall config apart from the initial config to remove [B]live whatever[/B] to make it more manageable.
It could have been far worse, we do not have to patch files in legal installations to get along as of yet.


#4

Replying to threads too early in the morning and I forget why I wanted to reply in the first place :doh:

As Windows evolve from version to version, it becomes increasingly difficult to find the more seldom used functions I know is there. To add to that there’s even hidden functionality to limit your access to files and folders. In short, you as the admin user do not have the full control of your system. :confused:
This limitation is rather annoying from time to time, but then I came to hear about the hidden “God Mode” feature found in Windows Vista, (also present in Windows 7 & 8.x) and as Dee correctly points out even in Windows 10.
Back in the days of Vista, I got curious how this mode was achieved and how much GOD there was in it. The following are my notes from back then.

GodMode is a feature first revealed by CNet’s Microsoft Correspondent, Ina Fried and is presented as a folder that brings together a long list of customization settings (Edit: 237 in Win 10 Ent 64) allowing you to change most, if not all your settings from one place. GodMode makes it easy to access all options in one window and is simply a shell folder.
It must be noted that the feature is not even called “God Mode” but “All Tasks”, so much for the GOD part.

The shell folder can be accessed three ways that I know of.

Method 1:
See original post by Dee

Method 2:
open Explorer and type: - "shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"
in the address bar and hit Enter.

Method 3 (2.5)
This method must be performed after method 2. Now drag the icon from the address-bar and drop it on the desktop.
This enables you to open the folder from the shortcut created. While not too much of a difference from a folder made with method 1, copy the shortcut to a USB storage medium and you have easy access to the folder on any machine.

Origin:
Press [Win key] + [R] and type regedit.exe in the “run-box” to start Registry Editor. Once it is running, navigate the folders and drill down to the following key:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Or press “Ctrl+F” in the registry editor and search for the {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} string.

Observe the default value: “All Tasks” and not "GODMODE. This is also the default name of the shortcut you can create in method three above

That was then, but today I found GODMODE at three locations in Windows 10 Ent x64. The reason is probably I had a x86 version of Vista and so it appeared only once.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}]

They all containg the same data so I repeat only the first to show the data.
Please note that the example can not be exported to a .reg file as I have snapped the true value of the expandable strings instead of the required hex encoding required when scripting. I did this to make them humanly readable, and they can be applied manually in regedit.exe, just not in a .reg script.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}]
@=“All Tasks”
“InfoTip”=REG_EXPAND_SZ:@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-32538
"LocalizedString"=REG_EXPAND_SZ:@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-32537
"System.AppUserModel.ID"=“Microsoft.Windows.ControlPanel”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}\DefaultIcon]
@=REG_EXPAND_SZ:%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-27

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}\InProcServer32]
@=REG_EXPAND_SZ:%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll
"ThreadingModel"=“Apartment”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}\ShellFolder]
“Attributes”=dword:20100004
"FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000001

That is all there is to explain about this mode which turned out not to be magical or godlike in any way. :slight_smile:

For the record, it is still annoying from time to time not having full control as admin, but now there are workarounds to actually have full control when you need it. :smiley:


#5

I’m still using Windows 8.1 with Classic Start Menu, so I don’t know how well this would work with Windows 10.

I placed a God Mode shortcut (created as Dee describes) on the Start menu. This gives me a convenient pull-out menu for all of the settings, rather like the option you had for Favourites, Control Panel etc. with the XP & 7 Start menus.



#6

Really interesting stuff folks and thanks to Dee for starting all this. :clap: :clap:

[B]Wombler[/B]


#7

Thanks Dee
This will come in handy when I start switching over some of my computers to Windows 10


#8

Had to use God mode to change that ugly Windows 10 desktop theme
They will not let you do it until you activate Windows 10 otherwise
Want to test the waters so to speak before I activate