Windows 8 – a.k.a. God Mode

Ok, the title may be a bit of a stretch. But who, at times, hasn’t been frustrated working in the newer Windows Operating Systems, (Windows 7 and 8) due to how some of the file permissions are restricted, such as gaining access to “Program Files”. It’s pretty common to see users and administrators dialing back User Account Control (UAC) permissions, unlocking and assigning a local administrative account, copying and pasting folders back and forth from the desktop to the windows and other system folders, and a myriad of other actions to help deal with some of these restrictions. Sometimes the frustration is compounded when you’re already designated as a Local Admin with full access rights but keep getting access permission pop-ups. Or when changes never get applied with the added annoyance of no real Administrative Control Center to work out of, hence, forcing you to go back and forth making changes. 

But it’s not all doom and gloom. I’ve discovered a trick allowing you to bypass the standard Control Panel and start working from the Windows Master Control Panel; a.k.a. – God Mode. That’s right, a single panel containing almost all of your administrative needs for Windows 7 and 8.

Locating the Master Control Panel is fairly simple once you know the trick. Just create a new folder anywhere on the system, (desktop works fine) and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. When the folder name is updated, you’ll see your once lowly folder icon has been magically transformed into a Control Panel icon.

godmodeOnce inside the God Mode interface, you’ll find a full listing of administrative functions, snap in’s, System Settings, etc., giving you a real one-stop shop Administrative Center to work out of with easy access to the Action Center, Admin Tools and Devise Manager, just to name a few.

Random McParks
Support Engineer
ImageSource, Inc.