Windows 10, what is it and what is the God Mode for

The God Mode is a feature of Windows 10 that allows you to access the most hidden functions of your computer. Here's what it is and how it works

In the latest versions of the Windows operating system, from Windows 7 onwards, Microsoft has tried to make the management of hardware, peripherals and the various system drivers less complex by modifying the interface of the old Control Panel.

The current Settings app is the latest act in this simplification process that, to tell the truth, instead of making life easier for those who need to get their hands under the hood of their computer has made quite a bit of confusion. The result is that today there is not, on Windows 10, a single place where those who know how to get their hands on the most delicate drivers and settings can find everything they need. The search box in the Start menu can lend a small hand in finding what you're looking for, but there's no place where everything is at once. In fact, there is, and it's called God Mode. But no one knows about it because it's well hidden.

What is Windows 10's God Mode

The "God Mode", a stage name for the "Windows Master Control Panel", is not a feature exclusive to Windows 10: it was first implemented by Microsoft on the Windows Vista operating system, but it's still there. It's a sort of "super control panel," encompassing all the apps and options for managing hardware that normally sit both inside and outside the already familiar Control Panel and Settings apps. The problem is that God Mode is well hidden in Windows operating systems, and the reason is simple: if it were within everyone's reach, we'd have plenty of Windows PCs in need of assistance.

When you open God Mode, in fact, there should be the words "Handle with care", since inside we can also find settings that, if changed without knowledge, could make the operating system unbootable. If we know where to put our hands, however, God Mode is a great convenience.

How to activate God Mode

God Mode is nowhere to be found on Windows 10, not even looking for it from the Start menu search. To access it we need to have an account with system administrator privileges and we need to create a folder (we can put it anywhere, but it's more convenient on the desktop) to which we will then give the name "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}". Immediately the icon of the folder will be changed and the Control Panel icon will appear (if it doesn't, it means we renamed the folder wrong).

When we double-click on the God Mode folder a screen will open containing dozens of settings, many of which we didn't know existed. There's really everything, sorted by Control Panel applet, and the depth we can go to in choosing settings is maximum: above God Mode, in fact, there's only direct editing of the Windows registry.