How to remove GodMode from Vista (64bit)

So my friend Dennis blogged about GodMode so I thought I would give it a try.

Yeah, don’t do it on 64bit Vista.

If you made the mistake of trying to create a GodMode folder on 64Bit Vista (or Windows Server 2008), then explorer.exe will restart over and over.

So how do you get of the folder?  You have 2 choices.
1) You can go to another computer and browse to the desktop on your computer (\\computername\users\USERNAME\desktop\) and delete the GodMode folder.

2) If you have trouble with this (or don’t have another computer) then you can reboot into safe mode command prompt.  Then you can change directories to the desktop (cd c:\users\USERNAME\desktop).  Then run the following command: rd /s “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”   Click Y, when asked.

(You can also rename the directory and delete it after you reboot).

Then reboot and everything should be back to normal

55 thoughts on “How to remove GodMode from Vista (64bit)

  1. hi, i removed the godmode file from the cmd function but explorer still keeps crashing. anybody know what to do?

    by the way, i use vista 32 bit

    • Did you remove it while in safe mode (with command prompt)?
      Are you sure it’s removed? Can you do go to a command prompt and do a dir of the c:\users\USERNAME\desktop.
      Does the file still show up?

      Have you rebooted since then?

    • My way:
      1) run RegEdit
      2) Press [CTRL+F] to get the search box, search for the following key: {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
      3) Right Click the key -> Premissions -> Take ownership
      4) Right Click the key -> Delete
      5) Done! You should restart your computer.

      Note: If you have System Restore = “Enabled” -> This will only work in SAFEMODE.

      • Thank You!!!

        “My Way” Did it for me. Was having no success trying to follow the above command prompt entries….either I enter wrong or they post wrong with there spaces, quotes, brackets or lack there of….
        September 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM My way:
        1) run RegEdit
        2) Press [CTRL+F] to get the search box, search for the following key: {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
        3) Right Click the key -> Premissions -> Take ownership
        4) Right Click the key -> Delete
        5) Done! You should restart your computer.

        Working fine now.

  2. thanks for replying. i got it off by deleting the registry keys with a third party registry editor; they didn’t show up when i searched for them (ED7BA470-8E54-465E ….) with regedit.
    however to answer your questions: the godmode WAS removed but no, i didn’t do it from safe mode.
    and for people who may not be familiar with using the command prompt: i was still able to use explorer like this:
    bring up task manager (ctrl,alt,del), file, new task, run, and then type c:/ (don’t type explorer)
    you can even navigate to the desktop folder this way.

  3. I had a hard time removing the folder through command prompt for some reason. I was, however, able to RENAME the folder from the command prompt. Once it was renamed to something else, I was able to reboot without issue.

  4. I removed the godmode directory following your directions exactly, safemode command prompt and all and still have the explorer crashing problem. I did the dir command also and saw that godmode was indeed gone, did I miss something?

  5. i changed the name of the folder from command mode and it does not create any explorer crashing problem, but i m not able to remove the folder from command mode

  6. Hi
    Godmode worked fine on my new W7 laptop but crashed on my Vista Home Premium 32bit PC. I tried the solution given here but the crashing continued. It was finally resolved when i went into REGEDIT and manually removed the Godmode key. Hope this additional info helps others.

    Thanks to those who posted and thus helped me out of my problem with Godmode.

  7. Hello everyone and thank you for the great help. I am trying to remove godmode from my Vista 32 bit PC. I have tried every suggestions here to no results. I was able to rename the Godmode folder from vista. Using the command prompt to remove or rename it does not work. When I try to boot in safe mode the pC just hangs. Marco (or anyone) where exactly is the Godmode key under in Regedit.
    Thank you in advance for all your help

  8. Hey thanks for the uninstall info. My dos commands were rusty and I couldn’t remember what the flag was for system files.

    BTW this also seems to hose Win 7 64 bit computers as that is what I upgraded mine to from XP and it wouldn’t reboot properly until I removed my godmode folder.

    Really is a shame cuz I was pumped about having it.

  9. Open task manager type regedit search ED7BA479 then you see all hidden functions of vista scroll down until you see ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C delete this. Then the explorer stops to crash

  10. All righty I hope someone will still be able to help me out on this.
    I had one of those tweak programs create the GodMode Folder on my desktop and after that the explorer issues started.

    Impossible to access ControlPanel and anything I type in start menu search crashes explorer.exe.
    I can move the folder to the bin but it’s just a shortcut that points to:
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    I am not very expert but I think I don’t want to delete explorer.

    Any help please? 🙂

    Thank you

    • Reboot into safe mode command prompt. Then you can change directories to the desktop (cd c:\users\USERNAME\desktop). Then run the following command: rd /s “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” Click Y, when asked.

      (You can also rename the directory and delete it after you reboot).

      Then reboot and everything should be back to normal

  11. Hello Chris,

    Thanks for the quick reply 🙂

    Unfortunately I think it’s a bit more complicated.

    First I didn’t mention that I am on 7 x64 and not Vista.

    Second I never had any problem accessing the desktop (either through shell or cmd) and deleting the Godmode folder but this doesn’t solve the issue even after several reboots.

    So even after deleting the Godmode and rebooting when I open whatever folder if I right click on it on the taskbar it says it’s Godmode.
    It does it for the trash bin too.
    The icons of the folders are still correct but if I try to pin the folder to the taskbar it pins Godmode.
    When I try to open the pinned explorer\godmode it opens a regular explorer window.

    So it’s like Godmode has replaced explorer in my system.

    Other weird issues are that I can access all components of the Control Panel through the cpl files in Windows directory and none crashes but if I try to open the main CP window explorer crashes.

    I tried to run a SFC in offline mode (it never worked for me when I am logged in for whatever reason) and it says it was unable to repair some issues but than I cannot find the cbs log.

    Any further thoughts on this please? 🙂

    If you need more info please let me know.

    Thank you

  12. I forgot to mention that I checked the Event Viewer and the explorer crashes have this info:
    The description for Event ID 1000 from source Application Error cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.

    If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.

    The following information was included with the event:



    – Provider

    [ Name] Application Error

    – EventID 1000

    [ Qualifiers] 0

    Level 2

    Task 100

    Keywords 0x80000000000000

    – TimeCreated

    [ SystemTime] 2011-01-28T22:55:02.000000000Z

    EventRecordID 326966

    Channel Application

    Computer MYPC


    – EventData


    I hope it can be of help.

    Many thanks

  13. What do I do if i follow the intructions and it tells me that it does not recognize the command, or it tells me it can’t find it. I check and recheck the commands to make sure that they were correct.

  14. yah i tried it in safemode. im running windows vista home premium..which i can only guess is the 64 bit. it said that it could not find the file. I pulled up the directory and it shows it in that..but i dont know waht to do from there.

  15. does it work if you just type in rd /s “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” or do u change the name first or how do you do it?
    can u please make things more clear? thanks!
    btw you said to click y, i tried clicking y with my mouse and it dosent work. how do i hit y? thanks!

    • Justin,
      I assume your trying option 2.
      No it doesn’t work if you just type in rd /s “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”.
      rd is the dos command for remove directory.

      After you reboot into safemode with command prompt, you will want to change directories to the desktop.
      Tyep the following command – cd c:\users\\desktop.
      (You can type the command “dir” and that should provide a directory listing of the current directory)

      Then you can run the rd command.

      You might be asked are you sure (or some question like that).
      That’s when you will need to click Y with your keyboard.

  16. Hi, I really need help. I installed Godmode like a stupid idiot on to my Windows Vista 64 bit. Obviously it is crashing. I tried the instructions above (number 2, because it is the only one that applies to me) and they didn’t work. I can’t access my user directory because it doesn’t recognize the command. It says something about the “cd” not being valid. I’ve tried the command without but to no avail. I obviously can’t use the second command without putting in the first. Can someone point me as to what I should do now? Or give me step by step instructions of renaming a folder within safe mode? I am unsure how to do this. Or if I could have more detailed instructions in finding and deleting the folder within regedit. Thanks. Please hurry!

  17. im not sure if i got rid of god mode or not but i did not use number 2 on the top. like anyone would do they would delete it the normal way, but as you can see it keeps on crashing and rebooting and stuff. i somehow got rid of it and put in in the recycling bin and emptied out the bin which i think it means deleting the stuff permanently. thats how i did it. but im not sure if i really did get rid of god mode on the computer or its their but i just cant see it. can you help me or give me tips or something?

  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Chris, you really are a life saver…. Don’t know what I would have done otherwise… 🙂

  19. Yeah, like an idiot!
    I was watching a hacker movie, got motivated, shot up some amateur hacking stuff and landed in 6 fathom deep GodMode shit…. 😀
    But nice experience though, now it feels like I can solve any problem in my laptop… 🙂
    And yeah, DOS is pretty basic stuff every programmer or even person should know!

  20. Thanks everybody so much here, i just reinstalled an old computer for a friend, with a lot of complications i found a VIsta 64 business installation iso, the operating system originally on the pc, after it has been changed again to XP and of course this finally did not work at all. After all was finished i happily wanted to make the final touch by putting the godmode folder on the desktop and like it seems happens often, explorer shut downs, started, shut down, started….and i was hopelessly wondering what i did wrong with reinstalling maybe, but god the idea to do a search for the problem related to godmode and came here, very happy to find out not just nothing was wrong with reinstalling vista but with putting godmodefolder in vista (64), but aswell how to solve the problem.
    The cmd command did not work for me, the file could not be found, while it was in the directory of desktop…
    After this still in safe mode i typed simply regedit like above described by, deleted the key from registry and everything was perfect, could restart explorer right away over taskmanager still in safe mode, and restarted normal mode with everything back to normal …..
    thanks so much, am still wondering in fact why this happens in vista sometimes, just reinstalled a labtop too with vista 32 and put there the godmode folder without any problem….
    Had no idea really that this could happen, thanks all a lot ….
    Greets from Belgium

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