[free app] Winaero Tweaker

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Sergey "hb860"    333

Winaero Tweaker

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Winaero Tweaker is essential software for every Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 user. It allows you to customize the appearance and behavior of the operating system in a flexible way.
It will include most options available in my free Winaero apps and extend it as much as possible.

Highlights:

  • The ability to disable Cortana
  • The ability to disable telemetry
  • The ability to disable web search in taskbar
  • The ability to create a shortcut to run an app elevated without UAC requests.
  • The ability to disable lock screen in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.


... and many more. See the full list of features:

 

 

 

 

  • Information - View information about your PC hardware and OS.
  • Aero Colors - Change all Windows Aero settings including those which can't be changed with Control Panel.
  • Aero Lite - Activate the hidden Aero Lite theme.
  • Alt+Tab Appearance - Change hidden secret options of the Alt+Tab dialog.
  • Colored Title Bars - Enable colors for window title bars in Windows 10.
  • Custom Accents - Define up to 8 custom colors for Settings -> Personalization -> Color in Windows 10.
  • Dark Color Scheme - Here you can enable the dark color scheme for Windows 10 system settings and apps.
  • Inactive Title Bars Color - Change the color of inactive title bars in Windows 10.
  • Slow Down Animations - Slow down animations while you hold the Shift key.
  • Startup Sound - Enable, disable or replace the startup sound.
  • Sync Metro/Aero Color - Allows you to apply the color of the Start Screen to window borders and vice versa.
  • Icons - Change the appearance of icons in Explorer and on Desktop.
  • Menus - Adjust the menu bar height and change its font.
  • Message Font - Change the font of message dialog.
  • Reset Advanced Appearance - Reset all Advanced Appearance options at once.
  • Scrollbars - Change scrollbars width and appearance.
  • Statusbar Font - Change the font of statusbars, e.g. the Notepad statusbar font.
  • System Font - Replace the default Segoe UI font with any installed font.
  • Window Borders - Adjust window borders size.
  • Window Title Bars - Adjust window title bar height and change its font.
  • Chkdsk Timeout at Boot - Change the Chkdsk timeout at Windows boot.
  • Disable Aero Shake - Disable or enable the Aero Shake feature.
  • Disable Aero Snap - Disable or enable the Aero Snap feature.
  • Disable App Lookup in Store - Disable or enable "Look for an app in the Store" when unknown file type is opened.
  • Disable Automatic Maintenance - Disable the Automatic Maintenance feature.
  • Disable Downloads Blocking - Disable downloaded files from being blocked in in File Epxlorer.
  • Disable Driver Updates - Turn off driver updates in Windows Update.
  • Disable Reboot After Updates - Permanently stop Windows 10 reboots after installing updates.
  • Disable Web Search - Disable Web Search in taskbar and Cortana in Windows 10.
  • Menu Show Delay - Here you can speed up or slow down menus by adjusting the menu show delay parameter.
  • New Apps Notification - Enable or disable the New Apps Notification feature
  • Speed up Startup of Desktop Apps - Reduce the startup delay for desktop apps.
  • Windows Update Settings - Change Windows Update settings which are locked.
  • XMouse Options - Allows you to control the hidden options of XMouse behavior.
  • Boot Options - Allows you to customize the visual boot experience and the boot manager behaviour.
  • Default Lock Screen Background - Change the default Lock Screen background image.
  • Disable Lock Screen - Allows you to enable or disable Lock Screen.
  • Enable CTRL + ALT + DEL - Enable or disable CTRL + ALT + DEL logon requirement.
  • Hide Last User Name - Hide or show the last login user name.
  • Login Screen Image - Disable or enable the Login Screen background image.
  • Show Last Logon Info - Every time you sign in, you will see an information screen with the date and time of the last successful logon.
  • Verbose Logon Messages - Allows you to enable or disable verbose sign in messages.
  • Balloon Tooltips - Enable balloon tooltips from apps instead of notification toasts
  • Battery Flyout - Enable or disable the new Battery flyout.
  • Date & Time Pane - Enable or disable new Date & Time pane.
  • Disable Action Center - Disable or enable the Action Center feature in Windows 10.
  • Disable Live Tiles - Disable Live Tiles all at once for Universal(Metro) apps.
  • Disable Quick Action Buttons - Disable Quick Action buttons in Action Center of Windows 10.
  • Increase Taskbar Transparency Level - Increase the taskbar transparency level Windows 10.
  • Make Taskbar Opaque - Make Windows taskbar opaque/disable its transparency.
  • Network Flyout - Change the appearance of the Network flyout.
  • Old Volume Control - Enable the old volume control in Windows 10.
  • Open Last Active Window - Make the taskbar switch to the last active program window in the group with a single click.
  • Taskbar Button Flash Count - Set how many times taskbar button flashes to seek your attention.
  • Taskbar Thumbnails - Tweak or disable completely taskbar thumbnails for running apps.
  • Wallpaper Quality - Improve the quality of the desktop background image.
  • Windows Version on Desktop - Show Windows version on Desktop.
  • "Install" Command for CAB Files - Add the "Install this update" command to the context menu of CAB files.
  • "New" Menu in File Explorer - Add more file types to the "New" menu in File Explorer.
  • Encryption Context Menu - Add encrypt and decrypt commands to the context menu.
  • Personalization Menu - Add an "Appearance" submenu to the Desktop context menu which includes classic personalization options.
  • Pin To Start screen - Enable the "Pin To Start" context menu command for all files and folders
  • Power Plan Menu - Add an "Power Plan" submenu to the Desktop context menu to switch the power plan quickly.
  • Run as Administrator - Add "Run as Administrator" context menu item to various file types.
  • Wide Context Menus - Disable or enable wide context menus in File Explorer and on Desktop in Windows 10.
  • Add Windows Update - Restore the "Windows Update" link inside the Control Panel\System and Security category.
  • "Do this for all current items" Checkbox - Set the default state of the "Do this for all current items" checkbox in the Copy/Move conflict dialog.
  • Compressed Overlay Icon - Disable the compressed overlay icon(blue arrows).
  • Customize This PC Folders - Add or remove folders visible in This PC and navigation pane.
  • Default Drag-n-Drop Action - Change the default behavior of the drag-n-drop feature in Explorer.
  • Disable " – Shortcut" Text - Disable the " – Shortcut" text for new shortcuts.
  • Drive Letters - Set how to show drive letters relative to drive labels.
  • Enable Briefcase - Restore the missing Briefcase feature in File Explorer.
  • Navigation Pane - Custom Items - Add system locations, Control Panel applets or user folders to Navigation Pane.
  • Navigation Pane - Default Items - Hide or restore items which are visible by default in the Navigation Pane.
  • Shortcut Arrow - Customize or remove the shortcut overlay in Explorer.
  • Administrative Shares - Disable or enable administrative shares like C$, ADMIN$ and so on.
  • Network Drives over UAC - Enable access to mapped Network Drives from elevated apps.
  • Set Ethernet as Metered Connection - Set your wired Ethernet as metered connection.
  • TCP/IP Router - Enable TCP/IP forwarding to use apps like OpenVPN
  • Built-in Administrator - Enable or Disable the built-in Administrator account
  • Disable UAC - Enable or disable User Account Control (UAC)
  • Enable UAC for Built-in Administrator - Enable User Account Control (UAC) for the built-in Administrator account.
  • Activate Windows Photo Viewer - Activate Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.
  • Auto-update Store apps - Disable or enable auto-update of Store apps in Windows 10.
  • Disable Cortana - Disable Cortana in Windows 10.
  • Disable Windows Defender - Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Edge Download Folder - Change the default download folder in Microsoft Edge.
  • Stop Unwanted Apps - Stop unwanted apps Windows installs automatically.
  • Windows Defender Tray Icon - Show or hide Windows Defender tray icon.
  • App Switcher Hover Timeout - Change the App Switcher hover timeout delay.
  • Charms Bar Hover Timeout - Change the Charms Bar hover timeout delay.
  • Modern App Closing Options - Speed up closing time of Metro apps for mouse and touch.
  • Start Screen Power Button - Show or hide the Power button on the Start screen.
  • Disable Telemetry - Prevent Windows 10 from spying on you.
  • Elevated Shortcut - Create a shortcut to run an app elevated without UAC requests.
  • Reset Icon Cache - Fix broken icons (reset icon cache) in File Explorer and on Desktop without reboot.
 

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Sergey "hb860"    333

Winaero Tweaker 0.6.0.7, the most recent version as of this writing, includes 13 new tweaks and 11 fixes

New features:

  • The ability to remove "Scan with defender".
  • The ability to remove "3D print with 3D Builder".
  • The ability to remove "Cast to device".
  • The ability to add "New -> PowerShell script file" to the New menu of File Explorer.
  • When you select more than 15 files, File Explorer disables certain context menu commands. Now you can bypass this limitation with a single click.
  • A new context menu command "Open Bash Here".
  • The ability to disable the Password Reveal button.
  • The ability to hide the Network icon on the Lock screen.
  • The ability to hide the Power button and the shutdown menu on the sign-in screen.
  • The ability to enable USB write protection.
  • Add or remove "Require a password on wakeup" to Power Options.
  • A new tool has been added to find your current lock screen image or grab the entire Spotlight image collection in Windows 10.
  • Disable the "user-friendly" sad smiley which Windows 8 and Windows 10 show instead of the classic blue screen.


Bugfixes

  • The annoying bug with search. If your previous search result contained only a single item in the list, the next search would open only the first item which matched the search query. Thankfully I fixed this issue.
  • Fixed all appearance issues report by our reader MDJ:
  • Fixed the trackbar layout in Behavior\Show Menu Delay
  • Fixed the trackbar layout in Behavior\Xmouse
  • Fixed the trackbar layout in Advanced Appearance\Windows Title Bar
  • Fixed the trackbar layout in Advanced Appearance\Icons
  • Fixed the trackbar layout in Advanced Appearance\Menus
  • Fixed the trackbar layout in Advanced Appearance\Scrollbars
  • Winaero Tweaker now respects the maximized window state of its window and saves its position and size. Thanks to our readers for feedback.
  • The option File Explorer\Drive Letters now requires logout to work properly.
  • Network\Network Drives over UAC added again when running in recent builds of Windows 10, since the option is seen to be working again.

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Microsoft BOB™ 10    688

This is the best Tweaker for Windows, far superior to other tools. And yes, we need such tools more than ever given how Windows 10 is removing the GUI for many settings and making them Registry-exclusive.

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Angel of Despair    1

I guess this is the only working way to disable Defender in Windows 10 right now. Tried a few other tools and it keeps coming back, but Winaero Tweaker does the job like it should.

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+Gary7    7,369

This is a great app, I have been using it since I started using Windows 10.

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Sergey "hb860"    333

Winaero Tweaker 0.6.0.8 is out with Windows 10 "Creators Update" support

New features:

  • the ability to customize the taskbar's search box text
  • the Restore classic Paint feature
  • Classic UAC dialog for Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • White search box for Cortana
  • the ability to move the search box to the top in Cortana
  • the ability to enable Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock
  • Protection against adware and potentially unwanted apps for Windows Defeneder
  • can disable Windows Ink Workspace
  • File Explorer starting folder - This PC, Quick Access, Downloads
  • Change registered owner and organization
  • Remove BitLocker context menu entries
  • Enable the hidden Share page in Settings
  • Disable Hover to Select in TaskView




Other changes:

  • The Unwanted Apps feature is working again. It will stop Windows 10 from auto-downloading and auto-installing apps like Twitter, Minecraft, Netflix and so on.
  • Added a new "Windows Defender" category which contains all tweaks related to this app.
  • The "Control Panel" category got a new icon and new name: Settings and Control Panel.




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Download Winaero Tweaker | The list of Winaero Tweaker features | Winaero Tweaker FAQ

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Perfectstorm    0

Oops posted wrong thread before.

 

But you dont find the "searchUI.exe" either? 

I wanted to remove cortana from search box, and I did. But what exactly does "move the search bar to top" mean?  

 

Was the ability to disable cortana a registry modification? I did [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"AllowCortana"=dword:00000000

 

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Sergey "hb860"    333

Winaero Tweaker 0.6.0.9 is out.
Key changes are as follows:
UI
I moved the "Reset this page" toolbar button to the right pane. Now it will appear exactly in the middle of a page with tweaks. The same has been done for the Category view mode buttons.
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New features

  • The ability to prevent themes from changing icons and mouse cursors
  • The ability to quickly enable the Auto Completion feature in File Explorer
  • The ability to hide the Windows Insider Program page in the Settings app in Windows 10
  • The ability to restore the good old "Open command window here" context menu item in Windows 10 Creators Update
  • The ability to add the command "Extract the contents" to the context menu of MSI files
  • The ability to activate the new Share pane in Windows 10 build 14971 and above
  • The ability to activate the new OneDrive flyout in Windows 10 build 14986 and above


A few screenshots:

 

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Download Winaero Tweaker | The list of Winaero Tweaker features | Winaero Tweaker FAQ

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Sergey "hb860"    333

Winaero Tweaker 0.6.0.10
The change log is shot, but still.
= bugfixes
+ The ability to enable clock with seconds on the taskbar in Windows 10
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+ The ability to rename Quick Access in Explorer and change its icon
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+The ability to make Action Center always open.
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+ Minor UI tweaks

 

Links: Download Winaero Tweaker | The list of Winaero Tweaker features | Winaero Tweaker FAQ

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+Gary7    7,369

A very useful app, Thanks!

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Sergey "hb860"    333
Posted (edited)

Gary7, thank you!

 

Well, a new major release here.
Winaero Tweaker 0.7
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Winaero Tweaker 0.7 allows you to choose which tweaks to display in the left area. If you are not happy to see a lot of tweaks in the left pane, go to the View menu - Select visible tweaks:
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The user interface for bookmarks was also refined. Now bookmarked pages are displayed in the left pane for faster access.
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If you are not happy with this change, here is how to restore the previous behavior. Go to View - Select visible tweaks  and untick "Bookmarks". Now the bookmarks node will be removed from the left pane but you can access the older Bookmarks page by using the toolbar button just like the previous version of the Tweaker.

Fixes in version 0.7

Here are a couple of bug fixes I made to the app:

  • Action center always open - the reset to defaults button now works.
  • When a category page is focused, the View menu can be used to change the view in addition to the toolbar buttons.

New features in this release:

  • Ability to edit OEM information.
  • Make the taskbar remain visible when the virtual touch keyboard appears on the screen. By default, the Touch Keyboard appears on top of the taskbar hiding it.
  • You can now remove the 'Edit with Paint 3D' context menu. Also, you can remove the Extract all context menu in File Explorer.
  • Add a file hash context menu.
  • Prevent Malicious Software Removal Tool (MRT.exe) from being offered and installed via Windows Update.
  • You can easily disable jump lists in File Explorer and the Start menu.
  • The ability to enable Numlock on the Logon screen (and Lock screen in Windows 10).
  • Added a User Accounts desktop context menu.
  • Added a HomeGroup desktop context menu.
  • Added a Bluetooth desktop context menu.
  • Added a tweak to kill not responding tasks from the Desktop context menu.
  • You can make the "Open in new process" context menu command always visible.
  • Automatic folder type discovery can be disabled.
  • For Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, I added the ability to disable the yellow warning overlay icon for the network item in the notification area (system tray). Unfortunately, this trick doesn't work in Windows 10.
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To get Winaero Tweaker, use the following link.

Thanks to everyone here!

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Steven P.    8,806

I use Winaero tweaker to set black title bars in explorer, but this doesn't seem to take for the modernUI (settings app and live tiles in Start menu) am I doing something wrong?

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Sergey "hb860"    333
On 16.03.2017 at 1:28 PM, Steven P. said:

I use Winaero tweaker to set black title bars in explorer, but this doesn't seem to take for the modernUI (settings app and live tiles in Start menu) am I doing something wrong?

They have their own title bar rendering. That's why they can ignore the appearance preferences.

I don't think that you are doing something wrong.

Sorry for such a late reply. Just noticed your message.

BTW, feel free to contact me on Facebook directly, I will response much faster. I am sorry for that.

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Sergey "hb860"    333
Posted (edited)

A new minor release of Winaero Tweaker

Winaero Tweaker 0.7.0.1
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Bug fixes and improvements

  • The ability to hide or show the Windows Defender tray icon is updated for all recently released builds of Windows 10, including 16215.
  • Added a workaround to not use the "Open command prompt here" context menu as the default handler in File Explorer.
  • Fixed the Personalization context menu, now it opens the classic Desktop background and Colors applets again, even in Creators Update.
  • The ability to disable the Lock screen using a Registry tweak is re-added for Windows 10 "Redstone 3" Fall Creators Update.

New features

  • Disable Ads in Windows 10
  • Run as administrator context menu for Power Shell (PS1) files
  • Merge Registry files - this new tool will allow you to combine several *REG files into the single one.
  • Open Command prompt here as Administrator -  a new context menu option
  • The ability to remove Burn Disc Image from the context Menu
  • "Desktop Wallpaper Location" - a new context menu option
  • The ability to re-enable the prompt "Do You Want To Close All Tabs" in Microsoft Edge


The download link.

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Sergey "hb860"    333
Posted (edited)

Winaero Tweaker 0.7.0.4 released
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The change log.

  • The ability to add the Change Network Location submenu to the Desktop context menu to quickly set your network connection to Private or Public.
  • The ability to add the Windows Update submenu to the Desktop context menu
  • The ability to integrate Snipping Tool to the Desktop context menu.In recent Windows 10 versions, this option will add a submenu with the item to capture a screen region.
  • The ability to add the Control Panel submenu which contains the commands "Category", "Large icons" and "All Tasks".
  • The ability to add the command "Open PowerShell as Administrator" to the context menu of File Explorer.
  • A couple of new options to remove bloat from the File Explorer context menu by hiding the items you might never use. In addition to existing items, I've added the ability to remove these commands:
    -Give access to (Share with in previous Windows versions).
    -Share - the modern Share command available in recent builds of Windows 10.
    -Edit with Photos - also a new command which was added recently to the context menu of image files in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
  • Under Network\Reset Data Usage, you can reset the network data usage with one click in Windows 10.
  • A new page under Windows Apps\Extra Buttons in Internet Explorer will allow you to get rid of the Edge tab and Smiley buttons in IE 11.
  • I fixed the "Customize This PC" option in the Tweaker app. Now it can remove the 3D Objects folder from This PC in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Sergey "hb860"    333

Hey folks, I am VERY happy to announce a new major version of the app.
Winaero Tweaker 0.8, the first version which comes with import/export for changes you made!
A new wizard can be found under Menu - Tools -> Import/Export Tweaks.
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New features.

  • The ability to export and import changes you made with Winaero Tweaker.
  • You can go to the desired Registry key with one click using a new option under Tools.
  • Remove "Restore previous versions" from the context menu in File Explorer.
  • Remove the Pin to Start context menu command.
  • Remove the Pin to taskbar context menu command.
  • Remove the Troubleshoot Compatibility item from the context menu of File Explorer.
  • Disable Error Reporting in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
  • A new tweak to increase System Restore point frequency. This tweak will allow you to eliminate the default limit set to 1 restore point per day and create a new restore point every time you start your PC.
  • You can configure split threshold for svchost.exe in recent Windows 10 builds.
  • Configure Lock Screen slideshow duration in Windows 10.
  • Change the screensaver password grace period.

Fixes and improvements.

  • The tweak to disable the Extract All context menu uses a better method.
  • I've fixed a long-standing bug which made the "Open Command Prompt here" command default to Libraries. I also applied a workaround to prevent other custom context menu commands from becoming the default for any file system object.
  • The Selection Limit tweak now shows a request to sign out from your user account. It is necessary but was missing.
  • I've fixed tons of minor mistakes and made the overall source code quality much better due to refactoring I had to perform for the import and export feature.


Here are a few things you need to know before proceeding.

  1. The app "tracks" the changes you have made but only the changes done with version 0.8 and later of the Tweaker will be tracked. This means it is not possible to apply tweaks with a previous version of the app, upgrade it to version 0.8 and export the changes to a file. This scenario will not work. The solution is as follows:
    - upgrade the app to version 0.8.
    - reset the changes that you have made to their defaults for critical tweaks you would like to export.
    - apply those tweaks once again
    - export tweaks to a file.
  2. You can apply tweaks in one version of Windows, export them to a file, and import them in another Windows version. This scenario is supported. In this case, the app will ignore the Windows-version-specific tweaks and apply only those tweaks which are common between two different Windows versions. Pretty cool, isn't it?
  3. If something goes wrong during export or import, the app will place the file WinaeroTweaker.log in the same folder where the ini file with your tweaks is stored. It will be opened automatically so you can review it. Please email me the log file in such situations.
  4. A number of tweaks related to advanced system appearance like "System font", "Status bar font" and so on won't be exported. The advanced appearance options are not officially supported in modern Windows versions. Importing them can cause unexpected behaviors in the OS, so I have decided to exclude them from import and export for now. Please consider configuring these options manually when required.

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Sergey "hb860"    333

Winaero Tweaker 0.9 is out
 
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Here is the change log.
 

New Features of Winaero Tweaker 0.9
 
Context menus
 

  • The ability to remove the Include in library context menu command
  • You can add the Run with priority context menu to File Explorer.
  • You can add the Shut Down context menu to the Desktop to save your time (and avoid unwanted apps auto-starting if you are running Fall Creators Update).
  • You can add the Power Options context menu to the Desktop.
  • The ability to add the Settings context menu to the Desktop in Windows 10.
  • The App Mode context menu to switch between the light and dark color scheme quickly in Windows 10.


 
RDP
 
You can change the default RDP port to what you want.
 
Hibernation
 

  • You can manage hibernation options in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. You can disable the hibernation feature, shrink the hibernation file to its minimal size or set it to a custom size. Also, you can disable hibernation but keep Fast Startup.

 
File Explorer & Control Panel
 

  • You can quickly hide a drive from appearing in File Explorer.
  • Using Winaero Tweaker, you can unlock the ability to pin more than 3 contacts to the taskbar.
  • You can add the "Personalization" link back to the Control Panel. You'll be able to add both kinds of Personalization links - the Settings app and the classic applet.

 
Other changes
 

  • You can set the desired default action for the classic Shut Down Windows dialog(Alt+F4 on Desktop).
  • You can enable Windows Installer in Safe Mode. This will allow uninstalling apps which were installed from an MSI package.
  • Finally, you can enable the Emoji Panel (Emoji Picker) for all languages in Windows 10.
     


Fixes & Improvements
 

  • Fixed: The "Command Prompt as Administrator" and "PowerShell as Administrator" menus were not working in Windows 7.
  • Fixed: The "Wallpaper location" context menu wasn't working in Windows 7.
  • Fixed: The "Elevated Shortcut" feature wasn't working in Windows 7.
  • Fixed: The Control Panel context menu wasn't working in Windows 8/8.1.
  • Fixed: The "Disable wide context menus" feature was reporting invalid status. Also, I've added a "Restart Explorer" requirement.
  • Fixed: The default file name template "Winaero Tweaker_8/17/2017.ini" in Import/Export was changed to "Winaero Tweaker_8.17.2017.ini" for all languages and supported operating systems.
  • Fixed: A "null reference" error message could appear after you remove "OneDrive" from the navigation pane.
  • Updated: The System Font tweak now comes with a new design.


The following tweaks do not work in Windows 10 version 1703 and above:
 

  • Updated: The "Enable new share pane" tweak is now removed for Windows 10 version 1703 and above.
  • Updated: The "Enable the new OneDrive flyout" tweak is now removed for Windows 10 version 1703 and above.
  • Updated: The "Enable new share page" tweak is now removed for Windows 10 version 1703 and above.
  • Updated: The tweak "Disable Auto Reboot after Updates" is now removed for Windows 10 version 1709.


 
 
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Winaero Tweaker | Release notes

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jatzio    0

Nice. I hope it can disable "additioanl command" toolbar under address bar in file explorer, in windows 8.1

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