Removing the 'God mode' folder

How to remove the ‘God mode’ folder.

After our ‘Winks’ article on ‘God mode in Windows 7 and Vista‘, some readers had trouble removing the ‘God’ folder.  Here’s more details on how to remove the special folder.

For most people it’s simple – just right-click on the folder and choose ‘Delete’ just like any other folder.

However in some cases, especially Windows Vista 64-bit edition you can’t do that because any attempt to access the ‘God’ folder causes Explorer to crash.

The solution is to use the Command Prompt, aka ‘DOS box’.   This might be the first time you’ve gone to the c:> prompt for years and we’re obliged to David L. from Kingston, Ontario for taking the trouble to write up the solution in considerable detail.

It’s best to do this with Administrator privileges. This might not be necessary, depending on your current access level, but in cases like this using ‘Administrator’ access removes one possible hurdle. 

 

First, you may not have a Run command on your Start menu. To get it, right click on the Windows thingy (what used to be the Start button) click Properties, and beside Start Menu click on Customize. Scroll down to Run command and turn on the button beside it. Click OK. Now when you open the Start menu there will be a Run… item.

 

Click Run… enter cmd in the box and click OK. This gets you a command window.  (Office Watch suggest choosing ‘Run as Administrator’ if available).

 

Now we set up the command window to work to our best advantage. Right click on the window icon (tiny picture of C:_ in the top left corner). Select Properties. In the Options tab turn on QuickEdit; this allows you to do cut and paste within the command window.

In the Layout tab increase the screen buffer size to 100 so that the long folder name can be displayed. Drag the right edge of the window out so that this works.

 

The prompt you get is probably C:UsersYourname>

 

If you had put the new folder in your Documents this is a good place to start; type cd documents to get to that directory (folder in Windows

parlance) then dir, which will give you a directory listing. Somewhere in there you should see a line like

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} or whatever you called the “god” folder.

 

If instead you put the new folder in the root of the C drive, type cd ; this will get you the prompt C:> and if you now type dir you will get the directory of the C drive root, where you should see the same line.

 

Drag the mouse cursor over the name of the directory that you wish to delete (just the name, not the

part) so that it is highlighted, and right click. This is the equivalent of a CTRL-C because you have turned on QuickEdit. The actual CTRL-C and CTRL-V do not work on the command line.

 

Now at the prompt type rmdir and a space, then right click again, which will paste in the name of the directory to be deleted.

 

Hit Enter.

 

Problem gone.

 

David

 

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