Create a Master Control Panel shortcut and explore the all tasks aka God Mode

After doing lots of R & D on Windows Vista, I have found a registry hack that enables all tasks control panel and system settings at one place…!

It’s much similar to Windows 7’s Control Panel (Classic View) or you can say, it’ll explorer more controls and tasks than Windows 7 Control Panel.

How To: Method 1:

1. Create a new folder and name it Master Control.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

2. The icon will be changed automatically to Control Panel’s icon. Now open the folder and see the magic of Windows Registry!

All Tasks

Method 2: (Thanks to my friend Marc F.)

Create a shortcut with following path and set desired icon:

explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note: Sometimes…it kills explorer.exe using Method 1! probably Windows Vista x64 editions. Therefore I suggest to use Method 2.
To get rid of this issue, Boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt and delete that folder. For eg. You created a folder Master Control.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} on desktop, So either navigate to Desktop folder execute the following command:

RmDir “Master Control.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”

Or type the absolute path of folder, like-

RmDir “C:\Users\<User-Name>\Desktop\Master Control.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”

Want to know the story behind the God Mode, It may interest to you Windows 7 God Mode – Behind the Scenes.

Applies To:

  • Windows Vista x86 editions
  • Windows Vista x64 editions
  • Windows 7 x86 editions
  • Windows 7 x64 editions
  • sandip shaw

    Yes, this is working. I tried on my Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. Anybody who wants to try, don’t it won’t crash explorer….


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  • R-man

    Another Solution is to open a program like microsoft word, and click ‘Open file’
    From there, just select the box that says view all files…
    Then just right click and press delete
    V.handy if you do not have permissions for task manager etc, and I think it is a lot simpler

  • Coin Magic Tricks

    I just found your site and viewing it on my mobile phone. Thanks for the article. (Apple Mobile Device)

  • tookmeforever

    That’s what helped me. The other ways didn’t work or maybe I did something wrong.. idk. I’m just glad it’s gone :)

    Open Task manager (using Cltrl+Alt+Delete)
    – Click on menu File ->Open task
    – Type regedit and Enter to open Registry Editor
    – Search for the key word ED7BA470
    – Delete this key and close Registry Editor
    – Restart Windows Explorer and everything is back to normal

  • najib

    I found this and worked well for me( i was so scared coz of this issue fearing that i may lose all my data… Oh God)
    1- open task manager by alt+cntrl+del
    2- open File…> new task
    3- run (write) winrar.exe and navigate as you are in windows. rename the file and get rid of this m.f issue.

    • wabmorgan

      Thanks…. that fixed the problem.

  • Lorena Rothmann

    Nice idea. This is a great blog.

  • Dwight Stegall

    Here are a few more. :)

    GodModes are shortcuts used by developers to services and settings on your Windows Vista and Windows 7 (and later) hard drives. Do not use these on 64-bit computers or they will crash. You may use these on your Desktop or in Windows Explorer. There are 41 GodModes in this list. If there are more, I couldn’t find them by searching with Google.

    How To Use Them: Right-click your Desktop and make a New Folder. Paste one of the long lines of text below into the folder name and press enter. If it works on your system the folder will become an icon. If not, then it will be an empty folder. Just delete it and try another one.

    I created a New Folder on my desktop called “GodModes” and dragged all of the icons into it to keep them out of the way until I need them.


    Administrative Tools.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}

    All .NET Frameworks and COM Libraries.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}

    All Tasks (Control Panel).{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}


    BitLocker Drive Encryption (Ultimate edition only).{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}

    Computer Folder.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

    Default Programs.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}

    Ease of Access Center.{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}

    Font Settings.{93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}

    Microsoft Games.{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83b1-96b02CFE0D52}

    Get Programs.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}

    Control Panel.(Lots Of Settings).{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    Manage Wireless Networks.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}

    Network and Sharing Center.{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}

    Network Connections.{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

    Network Folder.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

    Parental Controls.{96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}

    Performance Information and Tools.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}


    Power Options.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}

    Programs and Features.{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}

    Sync Center.{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}


    User Accounts.{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}

    Windows Firewall.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}

    Windows SlideShow.{E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}

    Windows Update.{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}


    Action Center.{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}

    Backup and Restore.{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}

    Biometric Devices.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}

    Credential Manager.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}

    Default Location.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}

    Devices and Printers.{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}



    Location and Other Sensors.{E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}

    Notification Area Icons.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}


    RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}

    Speech Recognition.{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}


    • sanjaya behera

      VERY VERY USEFUL Dude…………..GOOD WORK……………

  • francisco

    this isn’t working

    i tried both methods its saying cannot find the file…..

    im willing to pay $20 to whoever helps me

  • http://* thijs

    hey… i did this and now it keeps saying “windows searcher doesn’t work (or windows verkenner) and it restarts and then it keeps saying that can u plz help me i cant do anything now plz help me

    • Author

      Why don’t you try 2nd Method.

  • Glar

    Ouch! I think I’m hosed. I don’t have a second user and no restore point. The master control folder can’t be found. Anyone else in the same boat?

    • francisco

      Same here Glar, windows explorer is not responding, it is even crashing windows in SAFE Mode….

      this isn’t working

    • foobar

      If explorer keeps crashing do the following:
      Ctrl – Shift – Escape opens the Task Manager
      Run Command -> cmd
      Navigate to folder and delete it as described above.
      Restart Explorer.
      No Reboot or Safe Mode required.

    • Author

      Thanks for the tip !!! post has been updated.

  • Simone

    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! ?

  • Mike

    WARNING! Make sure you have an second user set up that you can switch to on Vista 64 because WHEN (not if) it screws up your installation, you’re going to have to switch over to the other user and find that folder and delete it PERMANENTLY (not to the recycle bin). Get that folder OFF your machine. The warning comes for those who create the said folder on the Desktop. I would not create that folder on the Desktop or you’re Desktop will go into a loop that it wont recover from unless you CTRL-ALT-DEL and switch users and then delete that folder.

    Better yet – Vista 64 users do NOT attempt this.

    • Author

      Vista x64 Users can try 2nd Method.

  • david

    Screwed up my vista 64, how to fix it.

    • Author

      Post Updated and explained a bit more – Check Above !

  • pablo

    please help me i do all that yu said but nothing happens, error still appears, my OS was vista 64

  • Author

    @ohyeah and @Will
    Type the absolute path of master control, like
    rd “C:\Users\John\Desktop\Master.{xxxxx.xxxxx.x..x.x..x.x.x.}

    • david

      Screwed up my Vista 64 also…

  • Will

    the fix did not work for me after explorer.exe crashes on startup and the folder can not be found to be deleted. please help

  • ohyeah

    that command is not working for me please help!!

  • kenpmason

    Method 1 didn’t work for me, but Method 2 worked like a charm. Thanks for a great tip!

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  • Disk4mat

    Method 1 works perfectly for me on Vista. Also thanks for the credit on method 2 ;) Much appreciated!