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

30 responses to “Create a Master Control Panel shortcut and explore the all tasks aka God Mode”

  1. Simone Avatar

    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! ?

  2. Mike Avatar

    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.

    1. Author Avatar

      Vista x64 Users can try 2nd Method.

  3. david Avatar

    Screwed up my vista 64, how to fix it.

    1. Author Avatar

      Post Updated and explained a bit more – Check Above !

  4. pablo Avatar

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

  5. Author Avatar

    @ohyeah and @Will
    Type the absolute path of master control, like
    rd “C:UsersJohnDesktopMaster.{xxxxx.xxxxx.x..x.x..x.x.x.}

    1. david Avatar

      Screwed up my Vista 64 also…

  6. Will Avatar

    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

  7. ohyeah Avatar

    that command is not working for me please help!!

  8. kenpmason Avatar

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

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  10. Disk4mat Avatar

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

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