Use this program to tweak and customize all sorts of Windows settings and get rid of common annoyances.
Winaero has 18 main categories that contain several Windows tweaks, options, and functions. The main categories are Home, Bookmarks, Appearance, Advanced Appearance, Behaviour, Boot and Logon, Desktop and Taskbar, Context Menu, Settings and Control Panel, File Explorer, Network, User Accounts, Windows Defender, Windows Apps, Privacy, Tools and Get Classic Apps, each with its own set of options.
Some of the more useful items are the ability to show system information, customize the color of most things like title bars, use Dark Mode, disable Driver updates in Windows Update, disable the action center, live tiles, and Cortana. You can disable balloon tips, control the taskbar flash button count, remove the names and arrows from desktop shortcuts, disable the lock screen, customize the context menu, disable telemetry, and create shortcuts of many kinds.
There are options to change the OEM and registered owner, reset the icon cache, reset the Local Group Policy (group policy is available in Windows Pro and up editions), and get the old versions of Windows Photo Viewer, classic calculator, sticky notes as well as the classic Task Manager and MSConfig.
There are many tweaks and customizations in this program, but they are broken down into categories and functions in an interface that's easy to read. If you're used to tweaking and changing things in Windows you'll find most of them in one place. If you don't find one, check out the extensive list of software by the same developer for more programs.
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The FAQ is extensive and a good place to get any questions answered about the prorgram.
Some tweaks apply only to a particular version of Windows. Winaero supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It can be installed in Normal mode (with uninstaller and Start menu icons) or Portable mode.
VirusTotal gave it one flag, but none of the other sites that were used to check the program flagged any issues and no security software flagged it. I believe it's a false positive, though you might want to run the program in portable mode as that doesn't modify system files.
You can find a full list of features here. If you like to tweak, customize and remove Windows annoyances defnitely give Winaero Tweaker a try.
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