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Windows 8/8.1 Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links
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These topics refer STRICTLY to ALL Microsoft Windows 8 + 8.1 32-bit (x86) +
64-bit (x64) retail/final/gamma/Gold/RTM/OEM English releases, versions +
editions [including Previews, Builds, Service Packs (SPs), Updates + Patches],
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions
unless specified otherwise:
http://www.mdgx.com/8.php
Also available as plain text/ASCII file:
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS8.TXT

FYI:
Windows NTx = Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer


 ALWAYS BACKUP ALL YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM DRIVES TO A SAFE LOCATION 
 BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE ANY SYSTEM CHANGES ! 
 http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#BKP 


WARNING: * Take EXTREME CAUTION when modifying/adjusting/customizing your
Registry/System/Startup files/configuration/settings!
Faulty changes may result in crashes/lockups/permanent data loss, or
might lead to having you REINSTALL your Operating System(s)!
YOU are the ONLY one responsible for ANY changes YOU make!
ALWAYS HAVE YOUR MOST RECENT SYSTEM BACKUP READY!
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#BKP
* BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES! -> "BACKUP/EXPORT +
RESTORE/IMPORT REGISTRY/REGISTRY KEY(S)" in WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT

NOTES: - These İTricks + Secrets have been tested on many computers, but with
NO guarantee they should also work for you.
- Some of these tips I stumbled upon while browsing the Internet or
while helping others with WinDOwS problems, some were kindly sent in
by concerned readers (all authors/contributors are acknowledged and
reliable sources given proper credit), and some I discovered on my
own. Enjoy the ride.
- Contributed tips (clearly marked) posted here do not necessarily
reflect the opinion of the author of these files.

Please send me feedback online:
http://www.mdgx.com/form.htm

MUST HAVE from SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
- INTERNET EXPLORER (IE) ESSENTIAL FREE FIXES + UPDATES:
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm
- FREE Windows NTx Extras:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm
- 1000+ Windows 9x/NTx Power Toys [99.99% Free(ware)]:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm


WINDOWS8.TXT Contents: [New İtweaks added at the TOP]

Whazz App?
Windows Updates (WU) Catalog, Listings + Guides
Tweaks, Hacks + Fixes... UNconventional, UNdocumented, UNcensored ;-/
BACKUP/EXPORT + RESTORE/IMPORT REGISTRY/REGISTRY KEY(S) -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Tweaks, Hacks + Fixes... UNconventional, UNdocumented, UNcensored ;-/ -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Tweak Windows 10/11 Services -> WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
Tweak Windows 7/7 SP1 Services -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Turn OFF/Remove Windows 10 Adware, Spyware, Security Flaws + Repair/Restore Privacy -> WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
Turn OFF/Remove Windows 7/8/8.1 Adware, Spyware, Security Flaws + Repair/Restore Privacy -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Internet + Web Browsers Tweaks + Fixes -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Free(ware) Start Menu Shell Replacements -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Control Panel (CP) + Omnipotent/Master/Mega/'god mode' (OMG) Control Panel -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Windows (Defender) Firewall (WF) Tweaks + Tools -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Public Root DNS Servers -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Turn OFF/ON User Account Control (UAC) -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Turn OFF Action/Security Center + Notifications/Messages -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Turn OFF/ON Windows Services -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Turn OFF NVidia Telemetry -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Free(ware) 7/8/8.1/10 Aero Tools + Tweaks -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
XP -> 7/8/8.1 Easy Transfer Files + Settings -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Windows Side-by-Side (WinSxS) Folder -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Save Files List -> Text -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Windows 7/8/8.1/10 Wikipedia Resources + Free eBooks -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Free(ware), Open Source + Portable Software + Games @ MDGx.com -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
See also matching/related Windows NTx tweaks in DESKTOP.TXT, MYTIPS95.TXT,
REGISTRY.TXT, TIPS2000.TXT, TIPS95.TXT, TIPSXP.TXT (all included):
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip.htm
exFAT -> SECRETS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#XFAT





Whazz App?



* Metro/Tile/Store apps [some are free(ware)]
http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Metro-apps/
a.k.a. WinRT apps
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Runtime
a.k.a. Universal Windows Platforms (UWP) apps
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Windows_Platform_apps
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/uwp/
designed for Windows 8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer Metro/Tile/Store (restricted to Microsoft proprietary web browser
window) interface do NOT run in Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 Windows Desktop (standalone, full screen) interface.
Windows Desktop applications/programs
http://www.yourdictionary.com/windows-application
designed for Windows 9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer Windows Desktop (standalone,
full screen) interface do NOT run in Windows 8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer Metro/Tile/Store (restricted to Microsoft
proprietary web browser window) interface.
http://www.samlogic.net/articles/windows-8-desktop-app-vs-store-app.htm
Many Metro/Tile/Store apps are not true or full(y) fledged Windows programs, but mere
applets/links/icons/interfaces/launchers/services/shortcuts/wrappers [similar to many Android (Google)/iOS (Apple) mobile apps,
designed to run on small portable devices: smart phones, tablets, laptops/portables/netbooks] designed to link
to/run/customize/confine/limit/restrict/strip-down/remove/add features to actual Windows applications/programs and/or to
scripts/web pages [HTML, MHTML, DHTML, HTA, HTC, MSC, MSH, VBS, Command/DOS, PowerShell, JavaScript, .NET Framework, Java, etc],
and must run in Microsoft's proprietary web browser, which is a confined/limited/restrictive (sandboxed), stripped-down windowed
or full screen mode,
http://www.howtogeek.com/325127/
within Microsoft's proprietary web browser window or full screen mode (similar to pressing F11) -> "KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS" ->
TIPS95.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/last3.htm#KEYSHORT
NOTES:
- Windows 8/8.1: Metro/Tile/Store apps use obsolete Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) proprietary interface and API.
- Windows 10: newer Metro/Tile/Store apps use Microsoft Edge (based on Google Chromium) proprietary interface and API.
- Note to .Net programmers: -> Windows 8, Metro, and WinRT:
http://www.jsware.net/jsware/vbcode.php5
All Metro/Tile/Store apps require Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributables (NFR) and/or .Net components:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR
which is the Microsoft counterpart (and competition) to Oracle (originally owned by Sun Microsystems) Java API.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_(programming_language)
UPDATE:
Obsolete Windows 10 Microsoft Edge proprietary closed source core, web browser + API are being phased out and replaced with free,
open source Chromium code created by Google Chromium developers
http://www.chromium.org/Home/
and further modified, crippled and restricted extensively by Microsoft Edge developers to support Windows 10 Metro/Tile/Store apps,
aimed to lock legitimate owners/users out of certain built-in Chromium/Chrome web browser features/options/settings, and
confine/limit/redirect/replace Windows users towards Microsoft exclusive/proprietary/specific (even without any other choice in
certain cases) and/or pay-for bundled apps/features/functions/memberships/programs/services/subscriptions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Edge
Older Metro/Tile/Store apps still use obsolete Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) interface and API, but they are being/have been
already phased out/locked/discontinued/unsupported.
Chromium/Chrome web browser extensions (free, open source)
http://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions/
may or may not [?] work properly with Chromium based Microsoft Edge, depending on code changes [?] made by Microsoft.
There are several methods available to uninstall, remove, disable + replace Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 (some may also apply to
Windows 8/8.1) -> see "On The Edge of A Hostile Takeover = Uninstall + Replace Edge While You Still Can" -> WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
Uninstall, Remove +/- Disable Microsoft Edge from Windows 10:
http://mspoweruser.com/how-to-uninstall-microsoft-edge-in-windows-10/
http://blog.pcrisk.com/windows/12542/
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-uninstall-remove-edge-browser-from-windows-10/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-uninstall-and-remove-edge-browser-in-windows-10/
http://superuser.com/questions/949814/
http://betanews.com/2020/07/07/uninstall-microsoft-edge/
http://thinkmobiles.com/blog/how-to-uninstall-microsoft-edge/
"Uninstall Edge.cmd" [command batch script (.cmd)] uses install_wim_tweak.exe command line tool (included in ZIP archive) ->
Run as Administrator:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-uninstall-and-remove-edge-browser-in-windows-10/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.1835
Recommended independent free(ware), open source, secure, uncrippled, unrestricted web browsers:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#NET
- Chromium [Chrome stripped of Google adware/phone-home/spyware code]:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#CHR
- Firefox/Mozilla:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#MOZ
- 3rd party web browsers based on modified Chromium + Mozilla code (free):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#BLX
All Chromium users must have these 3 environment variables:
GOOGLE_API_KEY=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET=NO
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_API_KEY "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET "NO" /M
Either install Chromium precompiled stable releases 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
http://github.com/henrypp/chromium/releases/latest/
http://download-chromium.appspot.com/
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/chromium.html
or extract all files from archive + copy to the destination of your choice Chromium portable stable releases 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://github.com/Hibbiki/chromium-win64/releases/latest/
http://github.com/portapps/ungoogled-chromium-portable/releases/latest/
http://www.winpenpack.com/en/download.php?view.1082
http://sourceforge.net/projects/winpenpack/files/X-Chromium/releases/
http://www.winpenpack.com/en/request.php?1082

* Coulda... Shoulda... Woulda...
Features, functions + programs/tools/games banned/cancelled/changed/deprecated/discontinued/limited/reduced/removed by
Microsoft in/from Windows 8/8.1 and how to adapt/fix/port/repair/restore/work around/bring back (some of) them:
- Wikipedia: List of features removed/missing in Windows 8:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_8
- MSFN: Features and options removed/missing in Windows 8:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=156585
- How-To Geek: 8 Features Microsoft Removed in Windows 8.1:
http://www.howtogeek.com/167610/8-features-microsoft-removed-in-windows-8.1/
- ZDNet: 5 core criticisms of Windows 8:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/five-core-criticisms-of-windows-8/
- Wikipedia: Criticism of Windows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Microsoft_Windows
Get free(ware) adapted/fixed/old/ported/repaired/restored Windows XP/Vista/7/3rd party apps/programs, games, screen savers +
tools for Windows 10 (most work with Windows 8/8.1) -> "TOOLS 10" section -> TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT





Windows Updates (WU) Catalog, Listings + Guides



- Windows 8.1 Updates Catalog:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=%22Windows%208.1%22
- Windows 8 Updates Catalog:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=%22Windows%208%22
- Windows 2012 Server Updates Catalog:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=%22Windows%20Server%202012%22
- List of Windows 8 + 8.1 Updates/(Hot)Fixes/Patches:
http://thehotfixshare.net/board/?/search/&q=%22Windows%208%22&type=downloads_file
- Security Advisories + Bulletins:
http://docs.microsoft.com/security-updates/
- Every Last Thing About Windows Update (WU) for Windows 8/8.1/10:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-find-out-every-last-thing-about-windows-update/
- Prevent specific Windows 8/8.1 Update or Driver from installing:
http://superuser.com/questions/665158/





Tweaks, Hacks + Fixes... UNconventional, UNdocumented, UNcensored ;-/



* For more tweaks, hacks + fixes (all included):
- MDGx Windows 10 Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links -> WIN10.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
- MDGx Win10 Block Tools (10_BLOCK) -> 10_BLOCK.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#10BLK
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/10_BLOCK.php
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/10_BLOCK.TXT
- MDGx Windows 7 Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links -> WINDOWS7.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT
Some apply to Windows 8/8.1.

* Windows 8/8.1 tweaks + fixes web sites:
http://www.tweakhound.com/tweaking-windows-8-1/
http://www.tweakhound.com/tweaking-windows-8/
http://www.tweaks.com/windows-8/
http://www.askvg.com/category/windows-8/
http://www.lifewire.com/3506825/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-super-windows-8-1-tweaks-for-power-users/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/category/windows-8-1/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/category/windows-8/
http://www.eightforums.com/
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2013667/8-worst-windows-8-irritations-and-how-to-fix-them.html
http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/fix-common-problems-windows-8/
http://www.dummies.com/computers/operating-systems/windows-8/10-tips-for-working-with-windows-8-1/
http://www.itpro.co.uk/desktop-software/22313/windows-81-problems-how-to-fix-them/
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/15-windows-8-1-annoyances-fixed-1207111/

* Windows 8/8.1 free(ware) tweaking tools:
http://www.winaero.com/
http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/sortname/windows_7_8.html
http://www.intowindows.com/15-free-windows-8-1-customization-tweaking-tools/
http://www.nextofwindows.com/a-list-of-windows-8-tweaking-tools/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/list-freeware-releases-from-the-windows-club/
http://www.softpedia.com/hubs/Tweak-Windows-8/
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* Fix MSI Install Error 0x80070643: Failed to install MSI package:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Error+0x80070643%3A+Failed+to+install+MSI+package
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/41720158/
http://www.windows101tricks.com/fix-error-0x80070643-failed-to-install-msi-package/

* Fix MSI Install Error 2203 [%windir%\Installer + %TEMP% directories/folders]:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/22095/
http://www.sevenforums.com/software/63211-how-i-solved-error-2203-a.html
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/how-to-fix-internal-error-2203/9fed443b-aadd-4f92-a642-74162ee2c0fd/
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21846381/
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26176-63-error-2203
http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/error-2203-install-creative-suite.html
http://support.esri.com/technical-article/000005908
http://web.archive.org/web/20150316194218/http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2000547/
Where:
%windir% = usually C:\WINDOWS folder.
%TEMP% = usually C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder.

* Turn ON Fast Startup (FastBoot) in Windows 8/8.1/10:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4189-turn-off-fast-startup-windows-10-a.html
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2859-enable-disable-hibernate-windows-10-a.html
http://www.troublefixers.com/fast-startup-option-missing-or-disabled-in-windows-8/
http://support.microsoft.com/help/920730/
Required by FastBoot:
Enable Hibernation + and set HIBERFIL.SYS [located in C:\ root] file size to minimum allowed [40%] using compression from a DOS
console (command prompt) -> right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after
each line:
POWERCFG.EXE -H ON
POWERCFG.EXE -H -SIZE 40
Powercfg Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powercfg
POWERCFG.EXE command line options:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/design/device-experiences/powercfg-command-line-options/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/powercfg.html
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power]
"HibernateEnabledDefault"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Power]
"HibernateEnabledDefault"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Power]
"HibernateEnabledDefault"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
Enable Hibernation from a DOS console (command prompt) -> right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power" /v HibernateEnabledDefault /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Power" /v HibernateEnabledDefault /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Power" /v HibernateEnabledDefault /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

* Turn OFF popup apps, newly installed, help sticker, sender + tile/toaster messages + notifications in Windows 8/8.1/10:
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/quiet-hours-set-to-stop-app-notifications-in-windows-8-1.28530/
http://www.superuser.com/questions/491354/
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/windows/3c7de9fd-f44d-4707-a85b-8b19a8b14c41/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4111-turn-off-notifications-apps-senders-windows-10-a.html
http://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-new-app-installed-notification-windows/
http://www.windowsinstructed.com/how-to-turn-off-notifications-in-windows-8-and-windows-10/
http://www.top-password.com/blog/how-to-disable-help-sticker-notifications-in-windows-8-1/

* Turn OFF app switcher in Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.ccm.net/faq/34257-windows-8-1-how-disable-the-app-switcher

* Turn OFF lock screen app notifications in Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.windows-security.org/f03c3d800052359a097dde31d490d97b/turn-off-app-notifications-on-the-lock-screen/

* Turn OFF Windows 10 upgrade prompts in Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://www.windowscentral.com/heres-how-stop-free-windows-10-upgrade-your-computer/

* Fix Explorer.exe Server Execution Failed Error in Windows 7/8/8.1/10:
http://www.pcerror-fix.com/methods-repair-explorer-exe-server-execution-failed-windows-7-8-10/

* Internet Explorer 11.0.11 (IE11) for Windows 8.1 [last version available]:
http://www.techspot.com/downloads/5195-microsoft-internet-explorer.html

* Google Chrome for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.google.com/homepage/windows8/
http://www.google.com/homepage/windows8/win8p1.html

* Batch files + command line tools to delete Cookies, Cache + History in all major web browsers:
http://www.catonmat.net/clear-privacy-ie-firefox-opera-chrome-safari/

* Restore Default File Associations:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8486-default-file-associations-restore-windows-8-a.html

* Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol:
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/default-programs-associate-a-file-type-or-protocol-in-windows-8.9163/

* MDGx Group Policy Editor (GPE) fixes + tools (free):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#GPO

* Advanced Appearance (Metrics) Settings HTML Application file (.HTA) for Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://www.intowindows.com/advanced-appearance-settings-for-windows-8-1/
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=163836#comment-1049765
File [requires to be logged in with MSFN Forums account (membership is free)!]:
http://www.msfn.org/board/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=37314
(Double-)Click on/open/run WIN8_AAS.HTA (included, further customized) -> also available here [right-click to save!]:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/WIN8_AAS.HTA
WinAeroTweaker also customizes most of these settings [freeware]:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
Download:
http://www.winaero.com/download-winaero-tweaker/
Advanced Appearance (Metrics) Settings Registration file (.REG) for mobile/portable computers/laptops/netbooks
with 1920x1080 pixels (1080p vertical) resolution (example):
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
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"AppliedDPI"=dword:60
"PaddedBorderWidth"="0"
"IconSpacing"="-1180"
"IconVerticalSpacing"="-880"
"MinAnimate"="0"
"MaxWidth"="256"
"MinWidth"="56"
"Shell Icon BPP"="32"
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"BorderWidth"="-15"
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"ScrollWidth"="-270"
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"AppliedDPI"=dword:60
"PaddedBorderWidth"="0"
"IconSpacing"="-1180"
"IconVerticalSpacing"="-880"
"MinAnimate"="0"
"MaxWidth"="256"
"MinWidth"="56"
"Shell Icon BPP"="32"
;
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* DPI Scaling:
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/b8/2012/03/21/scaling-to-different-screens/
http://www.itprotoday.com/windows-8/blue-automatic-desktop-display-scaling/

* Tweak Windows 8/8.1 settings with WinAero Tweaker (former ModernUI Tuner):
http://www.ghacks.net/2014/08/30/tweak-windows-8-specific-settings-with-modernui-tuner/
Change Switcher (top left corner) hover timeout delay:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-change-the-switcher-top-left-corner-hover-timeout-delay-in-windows-8-1-update-1/
WinAero Tweaker (former ModernUI Tuner):
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.1796

* FixWin for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/fixwin_v_2.html
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fixwin-windows-8/
File:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/fixwin2.zip

* 8Smoker Pro:
http://www.xp-smoker.com/8smokerpro.html
File:
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/general/download_splash.cfm/8smoker_pro

* Change Windows 8 Boot Screen:
http://www.intowindows.com/finally-a-way-to-change-windows-8-boot-screen/

* 8oot Logo Changer for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.intowindows.com/windows-8-1-boot-screen-logo-changer/
Download:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/8oot-Logo-Changer.shtml
Guide:
http://www.intowindows.com/changing-windows-8-1-boot-logo-using-8oot-logo-changer-tool/
BUG:
If your PC boots in OLDer Legacy mode the boot logo is properly replaced.
If your PC boots in NEWer UEFI mode the boot logo from Boot(time) Graphics Resource Table (BGRT) canNOT be replaced:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=158372

* Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen Customizer:
http://apps.codigobit.info/2012/11/windows-8-start-screen-customizer.html
Download:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/Windows-8-ModernUI-Start-Screen-Changer.shtml
Guide:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-8-start-screen-customizer-freeware-customize-start-screen/
Similar tools:
http://www.intowindows.com/six-tools-to-customize-windows-8-start-screen/

* Fix Bluetooth in Windows 8.1 -> Device Manager -> Bluetooth USB Module -> Properties -> Allow device to be discovered by Windows:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4052282/
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-hardware/bluetooth-headset-pairing-windows-81/1b33409d-9d16-40e7-b0a9-472ce9581062/

* Fix CanNOT Install Microsoft .NET Framework (NFR) 3.5 in Windows 8/newer:
http://www.askvg.com/fix-cant-install-microsoft-net-framework-3-5-in-windows-8-and-later/
Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributable (NFR):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR

* Set Default Start Background Image for All Users:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/29573-color-background-accent-force-windows-8-1-a.html

* Set Desktop, Lock + Start Background to Show Image or Solid Color:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/29777-background-show-image-solid-color-windows-8-8-1-a.html

* Change Sign-in Screen Background Color:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15554-sign-screen-change-background-color-windows-8-a.html

* Change Lock Screen Background Image:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/7647-lock-screen-background-image-enable-disable-changing-windows-8-a.html

* WinAero ColorSync for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-colorsync/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.67

* Transform Windows 8.1 UI -> Windows 7 UI:
http://www.lee-soft.com/vistart/
http://xxinightxxcreative.weebly.com/free-windows-aero.html
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-windows-8-8-1-look-like-windows-7-xp/
http://www.intowindows.com/minitool-partition-wizard-free-9/
http://www.tipsandtricksforum.com/

* Customize Aero Glass, Themes, Styles, UI + Start button/logo/orb in Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.askvg.com/hidden-secret-trick-to-enable-activate-aero-glass-in-windows-8-aero-lite-theme/
http://www.askvg.com/yet-another-easy-way-to-get-full-transparency-in-windows-8/
http://www.askvg.com/finally-a-way-to-enable-transparency-in-windows-8-without-any-bug-or-glitch/
http://www.howtogeek.com/128630/
http://www.deviantart.com/morelikethis/356566998
http://www.winaero.com/category/windows-8-themes/
UxStyle [UXTHEME.DLL fix] for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.uxstyle.com/
File:
http://www.uxstyle.com/builds/UxStyle_sep23_x86_x64_possibly_bugged.zip
DLLs to bypass UXTheme signature verification 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.glass8.eu/files/UxThemeSignatureBypass.7z
Aero Glass 8/8.1 [donation required to remove desktop watermark!]:
http://www.glass8.eu/
Guide:
http://www.glass8.eu/guide/
Custom Themes Guide:
http://www.glass8.eu/guide/#themes
Download:
http://www.glass8.eu/download/
Old New Explorer:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=170375
File:
http://www.tihiy.net/files/OldNewExplorer.rar
Aero Glass Theme for Windows 8/8.1:
http://simplexdesignsart.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Aero-478224917
File:
http://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B883uGPmNY72Sjk3dy1MTzBGVEE
http://orig04.deviantart.net/d0d7/f/2015/152/a/3/windows_aero_by_simplexdesignsart-d7wq0ph.zip
Aero_Theme_8.zip required install guide:
1. If your OS is not patched you MUST make it so:
http://uxstyle.com/builds/UxStyle_sep23_x86_x64_possibly_bugged.zip
If the theme does not apply properly, you may need to restart Unsigned Theme services in Task Manager -> Services tab.
Or Run as Administrator the BATch included in \Required folder.
Copy the theme files to:
C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
2. Aero Glass must be installed to have rounded window borders and to remove fill color behind caption text:
http://www.glass8.eu/
Configure Aero Glass GUI:
http://www.glass8.eu/files/AeroGlassGUI.7z
There is a Registry file in the
\Required
folder that MUST be merged [(double)-click on the REG file -> click Yes/OK)] to get Windows 7 Glass values.
This tile PNG reverts back to Windows 8 RTM Glow style:
http://www.glass8.eu/themes/win8rtm_glow.png
Aero Custom Theme tile PNG:
http://www.glass8.eu/themes/theme1.png
Aero Theme for Windows 8/8.1:
http://simplexdesignsart.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Aero-536877982/
http://web.archive.org/web/20130402051457/http://xxinightxx.deviantart.com/art/Windows-7-Vs-REV-D-350491112/
File:
http://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B883uGPmNY72Sjk3dy1MTzBGVEE
http://web.archive.org/web/20130402051457/http://www.deviantart.com/download/350491112/windows_7_vs_rev_d_by_xxinightxx-d5so8o8.zip
Windows 8/8.1 Themes:
http://www.winaero.com/category/windows-8-themes/
3. In order to make Explorer look the same as in the preview you need to install OldNewExplorer [does NOT work without it!]:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=170375
MUST select ONLY these options BEFORE you click Install:
- Use command bar instead of Ribbon;
- Show details pane on the bottom;
- Enable glass on navigation bar.
4. To customize Start Menu/Ribbon +/- Start button/logo/orb you need to install Open-Shell [Classic Shell fork] (free, open source):
http://askleo.com/open-shell-regain-your-start-menu-in-windows-and-much-more/
Download:
http://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu/releases/latest/
Custom Start button/logo/orb Tutorial:
http://coddec.github.io/Classic-Shell/www.classicshell.net/tutorials/buttontutorial.html
450+ Start Buttons/Orbs:
http://www.deviantart.com/w1ck3dmatt/art/Mega-Orb-Pack-150-start-orbs-259940654/
Even more Start Buttons/Orbs:
http://www.door2windows.com/customization/start-buttons/
5. Reboot.

* Create Bootable Windows 8.1 Setup DVDs/USBs:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool/
http://wudt.codeplex.com/
http://download-codeplex.sec.s-msft.com/Download/Release?ProjectName=wudt&DownloadId=96313&FileTime=129048694816630000&Build=21031
http://support.microsoft.com/help/15088/
http://www.techfleece.com/2015/07/08/how-to-create-a-bootable-windows-usb-drive-using-rufus/
http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/sortname/usb_tools.html
Media Creation Control (MCC):
http://web.esd.microsoft.com/W9TPE/0ABA00DD20413FB6425A0D45222C562B/E/mediacreationtool.exe

* Windows 7 Games for Windows 8/8.1/10:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/get-windows-7-games-for-windows-10/
Download:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_7_games_for_windows_10.html
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.1836

* Turn OFF Start Screen + App/Tiles/Toaster/Lock Screen Notifications + Tweak Boot Screen Colors + Logo:
http://admx.help/HKLM/SOFTWARE/Policies/Microsoft/Windows/DWM/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
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REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"DisableAccentGradient"=dword:0
"DisallowAnimations"=dword:1
"DisallowFlip3d"=dword:0
"DisallowColorizationColorChanges"=dword:0
"DisallowComposition"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"DisableAccentGradient"=dword:0
"DisallowAnimations"=dword:1
"DisallowFlip3d"=dword:0
"DisallowColorizationColorChanges"=dword:0
"DisallowComposition"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"RPEnabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"DontUsePowerShellOnWinX"=dword:1
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:1
"FolderContentsInfoTip"=dword:1
"StartButtonBalloonTip"=dword:1
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage]
"OpenAtLogon"=dword:0
"MonitorOverride"=dword:1
"MakeAllAppsDefault"=dword:0
"GlobalSearchInApps"=dword:0
"DesktopFirst"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\QuietHours]
"QuietHours"=dword:0
"AllowCalls"=dword:0
"EntryTime"=-
"ExitTime"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"RPEnabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"DontUsePowerShellOnWinX"=dword:1
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:1
"FolderContentsInfoTip"=dword:1
"StartButtonBalloonTip"=dword:1
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage]
"OpenAtLogon"=dword:0
"MonitorOverride"=dword:1
"MakeAllAppsDefault"=dword:0
"GlobalSearchInApps"=dword:0
"DesktopFirst"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\QuietHours]
"QuietHours"=dword:0
"AllowCalls"=dword:0
"EntryTime"=-
"ExitTime"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"ForceStartBackground"=dword:14
"PersonalColors_Accent"=dword:14
"PersonalColors_Background"=dword:14
"NoChangingLockScreen"=dword:1
"NoLockScreen"=dword:1
"NoChangingStartMenuBackground"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Skydrive]
"DisableFileSync"=dword:1
"DisableFileSyncNGSC"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"ForceStartBackground"=dword:14
"PersonalColors_Accent"=dword:14
"PersonalColors_Background"=dword:14
"NoChangingLockScreen"=dword:1
"NoLockScreen"=dword:1
"NoChangingStartMenuBackground"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColor"=dword:10
"AccentId"=dword:10
"AccentId_v8.00"=dword:10
"ColorSet_Version3"=dword:10
"DefaultStartColor"=dword:10
"MotionAccentId_v1.00"=dword:10
"SortOption_V1.02"=dword:10
"StartColor"=dword:10
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColor"=dword:10
"AccentId"=dword:10
"AccentId_v8.00"=dword:10
"ColorSet_Version3"=dword:10
"DefaultStartColor"=dword:10
"MotionAccentId_v1.00"=dword:10
"SortOption_V1.02"=dword:10
"StartColor"=dword:10
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications]
"ToastEnabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications]
"ToastEnabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows]
"NoNewAppAlert"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows]
"NoNewAppAlert"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Apps, Charms, Edges, Corners, Switcher, Modern UI, Start:
http://admx.help/HKCU/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Windows/EdgeUI/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-disable-charms-bar-completely-in-windows-8-1/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-disable-metro-edge-swipes-and-touch-charm-gestures-for-trackpads-touchpads-in-windows-8-1-and-windows-8/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/48507-edge-swipe-screen-enable-disable-windows-10-a.html
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-disable-touchscreen-edge-swipes-in-windows-10/
Skip Metro Suite for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.winaero.com/skip-metro-suite/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.33
Guide:
http://www.winaero.com/how-to-disable-charms-bar-completely-in-windows-8-1/
Winaero Charms Bar Killer for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-charms-bar-killer/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.72
Guide:
http://www.winaero.com/how-to-disable-metro-edge-swipes-and-touch-charm-gestures-for-trackpads-touchpads-in-windows-8-1-and-windows-8/
Metro Killer 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 8/8.1 disables Metro User Interface, Start Menu + Charms Bar:
http://www.tordex.com/metrokiller.html
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-disable-windows-8-1-metro-start-screen/
File:
http://www.tordex.com/download/MetroKiller.exe
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI]
"AllowEdgeSwipe"=dword:0
"DisableCharms"=dword:1
"DisableHelpSticker"=dword:1
"DisableMFUTracking"=dword:1
"DisableRecentApps"=dword:1
"TurnOffBackstack"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI]
"AllowEdgeSwipe"=dword:0
"DisableCharms"=dword:1
"DisableHelpSticker"=dword:1
"DisableMFUTracking"=dword:1
"DisableRecentApps"=dword:1
"TurnOffBackstack"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI]
"DisableCharmsHint"=dword:1
"DisableTLcorner"=dword:1
"DisableRTcorner"=dword:1
"DisableTRcorner"=dword:1
"DisableLTcorner"=dword:1
"MouseMonitorEscapeSpeed"=dword:1
"DisabledEdges"=dword:0000000f
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2_3\Right Edge Pull]
"LoYRel"="99999"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI]
"DisableCharmsHint"=dword:1
"DisableTLcorner"=dword:1
"DisableRTcorner"=dword:1
"DisableTRcorner"=dword:1
"DisableLTcorner"=dword:1
"MouseMonitorEscapeSpeed"=dword:1
"DisabledEdges"=dword:0000000f
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2_3\Right Edge Pull]
"LoYRel"="99999"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF App/Tiles/Toaster/Lock Screen Notifications:
http://admx.help/HKCU/SOFTWARE/Policies/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/PushNotifications/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications]
"NoTileApplicationNotification"=dword:1
"NoToastApplicationNotification"=dword:1
"DisallowNotificationMirroring"=dword:1
"NoCloudApplicationNotification"=dword:1
"NoToastApplicationNotificationOnLockScreen"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications]
"NoTileApplicationNotification"=dword:1
"NoToastApplicationNotification"=dword:1
"DisallowNotificationMirroring"=dword:1
"NoCloudApplicationNotification"=dword:1
"NoToastApplicationNotificationOnLockScreen"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Always-On/Always-Connected (AOAC) + Lock Screen Notifications:
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableAOACProcessing"=dword:1
"DisableLockScreenAppNotifications"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableAOACProcessing"=dword:1
"DisableLockScreenAppNotifications"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Reorder files + folders names alphabetically by numeric value in Windows XP/newer:
http://web.archive.org/web/20150226105024/http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319827/
See "SYSTEM RESTRICTIONS" in REGISTRY.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip9.htm#RESTRICT
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF unwanted GWX (Get Windows 10!) app:
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\GWX]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ms-gwx]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\GWX]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\ms-gwx]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\GWX]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationAssociationToasts]
"GWX_ms-gwx"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationAssociationToasts]
"GWX_ms-gwx"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\GWX.EXE]
"Debugger"="SYSTRAY.EXE"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
"DisableGwx"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
"DisableGwx"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
See also MDGx Win10 Block Tools (10_BLOCK):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#10BLK
MDGx 10_BLOCK ReadMe:
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/10_BLOCK.php

* Replace annoying Windows 8/8.1/10 Task Manager [C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TaskMgr.exe] with Classic Task Manager (TM) Windows 7 style:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-restore-the-good-old-task-manager-in-windows-8/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.43
Install Classic Task Manager (TM.EXE + its files) into a new directory/folder called C:\TASKMAN7 (example).
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Optional => "Debugger" registry value linked to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TaskMgr.exe disables built-in
; TaskMgr.exe and replaces it with Classic Task Manager executable (see above):
; open this registry file in Notepad -> remove semicolons [;] from the front of next 2 lines ->
; save file with original extension [.reg] -> re-run this registry file:
;[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe]
;"Debugger"="C:\\TASKMAN7\\TM.EXE"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\clstaskman]
@="Classic Task Manager"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="C:\\TASKMAN7\\TM.EXE,0"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\clstaskman\command]
@="C:\\TASKMAN7\\TM.EXE"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\clstaskman]
@="Classic Task Manager"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="C:\\TASKMAN7\\TM.EXE,0"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\clstaskman\command]
@="C:\\TASKMAN7\\TM.EXE"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------
7. From now on right-click on an empty Desktop spot -> click Classic Task Manager.
8. Optional: have Windows load TM.EXE automatically every time it starts (example using same directory/folder above):
- Under the (local) system/machine wide/all users Run registry key (HKLM):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"TM8"="C:\\TASKMAN7\\TM.EXE"
;
------End cut & paste here------
- OR under the current (logged on) user Run registry key (HKCU):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"TM8"="C:\\TASKMAN7\\TM.EXE"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF ALL Feeds/RSS [%windir%\SYSTEM32\msfeed*.dll + %windir%\SYSTEM32\msfeed*.exe]:
http://admx.help/HKCU/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Internet%20Explorer/Feeds/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Feeds]
"AllowBasicAuthInClear"=dword:0
"BackgroundSyncStatus"=dword:0
"DisableAddRemove"=dword:0
"DisableEnclosureDownload"=dword:0
"DisableFeedPane"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Feeds]
"SyncTask"=-
"SyncStatus"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Feeds]
"TurnOffOPV"=dword:1
"AutoMarkAsReadOPV"=dword:0
"TurnOnClipButton"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options\RSS]
"SyncToSysCFL"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Feeds]
"AllowBasicAuthInClear"=dword:0
"BackgroundSyncStatus"=dword:0
"DisableAddRemove"=dword:0
"DisableEnclosureDownload"=dword:0
"DisableFeedPane"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Feeds]
"SyncTask"=-
"SyncStatus"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Feeds]
"TurnOffOPV"=dword:1
"AutoMarkAsReadOPV"=dword:0
"TurnOnClipButton"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options\RSS]
"SyncToSysCFL"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Biometrics]
"Enabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Biometrics]
"Enabled"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Boot/Logon/Startup/Launch Sounds in Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/61302-turn-off-startup-sound-windows-10-a.html
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF AutoPlay:
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers]
"DisableAutoplay"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers]
"DisableAutoplay"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers]
"DisableAutoplay"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF File Launch Block List:
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\FileLaunchElevationBlockList]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\FileLaunchElevationBlockList]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\FileLaunchElevationBlockList]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationAssociationToasts]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationAssociationToasts]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationAssociationToasts]
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Telemetry, Data collect/log, "customer experience", unwanted "offers", Wi-Fi Sense, AutoUpdate,
Defender, Office, Diagnostics log/report, reinstall/uninstall undesired/spyware Windows Updates (WU):
http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/11/blocking-telemetry-in-windows-7-and-8-1/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/disable-defender-windows-10-fall-creators-update/
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/how-to-disable-windows-10-telemetry/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"DoNotTrack"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"DoNotTrack"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"DoNotTrack"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WMI\AutoLogger]
"AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener"=-
"SQMLogger"=-
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}]
; OneDrive Sync Host service:
; http://www.tenforums.com/general-support/68584-someone-explain-what-these-services.html#post857367
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\OneSyncSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\OneSyncSvc_Session1]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection]
"Allow Telemetry"=dword:0
"AllowTelemetry"=dword:0
"DisableDeviceDelete"=-
"MaxTelemetryAllowed"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection]
"Allow Telemetry"=dword:0
"AllowTelemetry"=dword:0
"DisableDeviceDelete"=-
"MaxTelemetryAllowed"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MRT]
"DontOfferThroughWUAU"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows]
"CEIPEnable"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppCompat]
"AITEnable"=dword:0
"DisableUAR"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WcmSvc\WifiNetworkManager]
"WifiSenseCredShared"=dword:0
"WifiSenseOpen"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\SpyNet]
"SpyNetReporting"=dword:0
"SubmitSamplesConsent"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\OSM]
"EnableLogging"=dword:0
"EnableFileObfuscation"=dword:1
"EnableUpload"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\OSM]
"EnableLogging"=dword:0
"EnableFileObfuscation"=dword:1
"EnableUpload"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\ScriptedDiagnosticsProvider\Policy]
"EnableQueryRemoteServer"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\ScriptedDiagnosticsProvider\Policy]
"EnableQueryRemoteServer"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"LaunchTo"=dword:1
"HideFileExt"=dword:0
"Hidden"=dword:1
"ShowSuperHidden"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"LaunchTo"=dword:1
"HideFileExt"=dword:0
"Hidden"=dword:1
"ShowSuperHidden"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching]
"DontSearchWindowsUpdate"=dword:1
"SearchOrderConfig"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching]
"DontSearchWindowsUpdate"=dword:1
"SearchOrderConfig"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Device Metadata]
"PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Device Metadata]
"PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Geolocation]
"BlockAllWebsites"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Geolocation]
"BlockAllWebsites"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\StartupNotify]
"EnableStartupAppNotification"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\StartupNotify]
"EnableStartupAppNotification"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download]
"CheckExeSignatures"="no"
"RunInvalidSignatures"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download]
"CheckExeSignatures"="no"
"RunInvalidSignatures"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
"DisableFixSecuritySettings"=dword:1
"DisableSecuritySettings"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
"DisableFixSecuritySettings"=dword:1
"DisableSecuritySettings"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
"DisableFixSecuritySettings"=dword:1
"DisableSecuritySettings"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
"DisableFixSecuritySettings"=dword:1
"DisableSecuritySettings"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender]
"DisableAntiSpyware"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Real-Time Protection]
"DisableBehaviorMonitoring"=dword:1
"DisableOnAccessProtection"=dword:1
"DisableScanOnRealtimeEnable"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Systray]
"HideSystray"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn ON always display full details in Explorer/Desktop Copy/Move/Delete dialog boxes in Windows 8/8.1/10:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/windows-8-1-always-show-more-details-in-copy-dialog-of-file-explorer/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\OperationStatusManager]
"EnthusiastMode"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\OperationStatusManager]
"EnthusiastMode"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\OperationStatusManager]
"EnthusiastMode"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF crippled right-click context menus 15 files limit (example: increase to 999999) in Windows 8/8.1:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2022295/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"MultipleInvokePromptMinimum"=dword:000f423f
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"MultipleInvokePromptMinimum"=dword:000f423f
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"MultipleInvokePromptMinimum"=dword:000f423f
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Windows Updates (WU) + related Registry settings in Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/328010/
http://github.com/vFense/vFenseAgent-win/wiki/Registry-keys-for-configuring-Automatic-Updates-&-WSUS
http://www.smallvoid.com/article/winnt-automatic-updates-config.html
Windows Updates (WU) logs in Windows 8/8.1/10:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/deployment/update/windows-update-logs/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:1
"ElevateNonAdmins"=dword:1
"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:1
"WUServer"="0.0.0.0"
"WUStatusServer"="0.0.0.0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"AutoInstallMinorUpdates"=dword:0
"NoAutoUpdate"=dword:1
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:1
"NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption"=dword:1
"RebootRelaunchTimeout"=dword:3
"RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:1
"UseWUServer"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:1
"ElevateNonAdmins"=dword:1
"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:1
"WUServer"="0.0.0.0"
"WUStatusServer"="0.0.0.0"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"AutoInstallMinorUpdates"=dword:0
"NoAutoUpdate"=dword:1
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:1
"NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption"=dword:1
"RebootRelaunchTimeout"=dword:3
"RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:1
"UseWUServer"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update]
"NextSqmReportTime"="0"
"NextFeaturedUpdatesNotificationTime"="0"
"EnableFeaturedSoftware"=dword:0
"FeaturedUpdatesNotificationSeqNum"=dword:0
"FeaturedUpdatesNotificationSeqNumGenTime"="0"
"SetupWizardLaunchTime"="0"
"ForcedReboot"=dword:0
"AUOptions"=dword:1
"ConfigVer"=dword:1
"BalloonTime"="0"
"ScheduledInstallDay"=dword:0
"ScheduledInstallTime"=dword:0
"IncludeRecommendedUpdates"=dword:0
"NextDetectionTime"="0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
"AllowOSUpgrade"=dword:0
"ReservationsAllowed"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade\State]
"OSUpgradeState"=dword:1
"OSUpgradeStateTimeStamp"="2015-05-05 05:05:05"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Media Player]
"DisableAutoUpdate"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Infodelivery\Restrictions]
"NoUpdateCheck"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU):
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_7_2008R2&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.Explorer.WAU::Disabled
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\WAU]
"Disabled"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\WAU]
"Disabled"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\WAU]
"Disabled"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF OneDrive/SkyDrive/Live Folders:
http://www.howtogeek.com/167058/
http://superuser.com/questions/694571/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4818-add-remove-onedrive-navigation-pane-windows-10-a-8.html
http://www.howtogeek.com/225973/
http://www.techjourney.net/disable-or-uninstall-onedrive-completely-in-windows-10/
http://www.pureinfotech.com/disable-onedrive-windows-10/
http://www.minitool.com/backup-tips/how-to-disable-onedrive.html
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; OneDrive Sync Host service:
; http://www.tenforums.com/general-support/68584-someone-explain-what-these-services.html#post857367
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\OneSyncSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\OneSyncSvc_Session1]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive]
"DisableFileSync"=dword:1
"DisableFileSyncNGSC"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Skydrive]
"DisableFileSync"=dword:1
"DisableFileSyncNGSC"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Classes\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OneDrive]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SkyDrive]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{A81329B7-5AAB-46cb-A70D-2CDBE5FF5B55}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\OSSyncStatusProviders\{A81329B7-5AAB-46cb-A70D-2CDBE5FF5B55}]
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\OSSyncStatusProviders\{A81329B7-5AAB-46cb-A70D-2CDBE5FF5B55}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}"=dword:1
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{24D89E24-2F19-4534-9DDE-6A6671FBB8FE}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{339719B5-8C47-4894-94C2-D8F77ADD44A6}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{767E6811-49CB-4273-87C2-20F355E1085B}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{C3F2459E-80D6-45DC-BFEF-1F769F2BE730}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\WindowsSettingHandlers\SkyDriveRamps]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\WindowsSettingHandlers\SkyDriveSettings]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\SkyDrive.EXE]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2decda10-f265-4b42-9f2a-4c8bf8c0081d}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{78DE489B-7931-4f14-83B4-C56D38AC9FFA}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SkyDriveClient.SkyDriveClient]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SkyDriveClient.SkyDriveClient.1]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{85a81b5c-b3d8-4696-bdf5-2fe3256ed031}]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\SyncData\Namespace\windows\skydriveramps]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\SyncData\Namespace\windows\skydrivesettings]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Onedrive]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Skydrive]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\SyncData\Namespace\windows\skydriveramps]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\SyncData\Namespace\windows\skydrivesettings]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Onedrive]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Skydrive]
;
------End cut & paste here------
7. Uninstall OneDrive/SkyDrive/Live Folders (service names may differ): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
TASKKILL.EXE /F /IM OneDrive.exe
SC.EXE CONFIG OneSyncSvc START= disabled
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP OneSyncSvc
SC.EXE CONFIG OneSyncSvc_Session1 START= disabled
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP OneSyncSvc_Session1
If using Windows NTx OS 64-bit (x64) run this command:
C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
If using Windows NTx OS 32-bit (x86) run this command:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
8. Reboot.

* Turn OFF File History:
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/file-history-enable-or-disable-in-windows-8.7706/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory]
"Disabled"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory]
"Disabled"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory]
"Disabled"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF User Account Control (UAC) + Limited User Account (LUA) service (LUAfv):
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5509-user-account-control-uac-change-settings-windows-8-a.html
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\luafv]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\luafv]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"EnableLUA"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF annoying, bloat, forced, dangerous, spyware, insecure, unsafe, unwanted services in Windows 8/8.1:
1st Things 1st:
***************
BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES! -> See "BACKUP/EXPORT + RESTORE/IMPORT REGISTRY/REGISTRY KEY(S)" section in
WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT
Windows 8/8.1 Default Services:
http://servicedefaults.com/8/
Windows 8.1 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-8-1-service-configurations/
Windows 8 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-8-service-configurations/
List of Microsoft Windows components -> Services:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_Windows_components#Services
View/start/stop/disable, set to disabled/manual/automatic Windows Services -> Start button/logo/orb -> Run... [hold WinKey +
press R] -> type:
services.msc
-> click OK or press Enter -> test + tweak each service by hand individually or in pairs/batches (if interdependent) *only*
after learning about them -> see links above.
Services that refuse to be disabled or to have their status changed from within SERVICES.MSC can be disabled/(re)enabled
using RegEdit:
right-click RegEdit (%WinDir%\REGEDIT.EXE) [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS] or its shortcut/link -> Run as Administrator ->
go to this registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services
Click left hand pane desired service name registry key [example: Dnscache] -> double-click right hand pane
"Start" DWORD [REG_DWORD] registry value -> change its numeric value to 4 [which means Disabled] -> press OK -> exit RegEdit.
IMPORTANT:
**********
- Your needs and custom hardware/software configurations for specific services may be different depeding on what you do with
your computer(s)/portable(s)/device(s), and/or what hardware/software you are using.
- Make sure to review carefully each service documentation, and most importantly each service "Dependencies" tab (example)
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Windows-10-Service-Dependencies.png
as shown in SERVICES.MSC *before* disabling them -> see links above.
Right-click on SERVICES.HTA (included), also available at:
http://www.mdgx.com/SERVICES.HTA
-> Run as Administrator [opens in Internet Explorer (IE)] -> scroll down the list -> tweak available services: Automatic,
Manual (Demand) or Disabled -> click "Save Changes" button.
Also: click "View SERV_LOG.TXT" button -> double-click on SERV_LOG.TXT (opens in Notepad) for a list of running services.
HTML Application (HTA):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_Application
SERVICES.HTA based on JSWare XPFix XPFixServ.hta script:
http://www.jsware.net/jsware/xpfix.php5
XPFix (freeware):
http://www.jsware.net/jsware/zips/fixpack.zip
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Internet Explorer Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) Collector service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/ieetwcollectorservice/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\IEEtwCollectorService]
"Start"=dword:4
; Network Connection Broker service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/ncbservice/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NcbService]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Search service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wsearch/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WSearch]
"Start"=dword:4
; DNS Client service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/7/dnscache/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNSCache]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Update service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/7/wuauserv/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv]
"Start"=dword:4
; Optimize (Defrag) drives service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wdboot/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\defragsvc]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Defender Boot Driver service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wdboot/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WdBoot]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Defender Mini-Filter Driver service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wdfilter/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WdFilter]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Defender Network Inspection System Driver service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wdnisdrv/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WdNisDrv]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Defender Network Inspection service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wdnissvc/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WdNisSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Defender service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/windefend/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinDefend]
"Start"=dword:4
; Remote Registry service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/remoteregistry/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry]
"Start"=dword:4
; Adobe Flash Player Feedback service:
; http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/Adobe-Flash-Player-22-NPAPI-175888-program.aspx
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AdobeFlashPlayerFeedbackSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
; Function Discovery Provider Host service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/fdphost/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fdPHost]
"Start"=dword:4
; Function Discovery Resource Publication service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/7/fdrespub/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FDResPub]
"Start"=dword:4
; HomeGroup Listener service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/homegrouplistener/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HomeGroupListener]
"Start"=dword:4
; HomeGroup Provider service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/homegroupprovider/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HomeGroupProvider]
"Start"=dword:4
; Family Safety service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wpcsvc/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WPCSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
; Windows Security service:
; http://servicedefaults.com/10/securityhealthservice/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SecurityHealthService]
"Start"=dword:4
; OneDrive Sync Host service:
; http://www.tenforums.com/general-support/68584-someone-explain-what-these-services.html#post857367
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\OneSyncSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\OneSyncSvc_Session1]
"Start"=dword:4
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Internet Explorer (IE) + (E-)Mail/Attachments Notifications + Restrictions:
http://gist.github.com/prashanthrajagopal/bce210ba9dc84383ad2c/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments]
"ScanWithAntiVirus"=dword:1
"SaveZoneInformation"=dword:1
"HideZoneInfoOnProperties"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments]
"ScanWithAntiVirus"=dword:1
"SaveZoneInformation"=dword:1
"HideZoneInfoOnProperties"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\Svc]
"AntiVirusDisableNotify"=dword:1
"FirewallDisableNotify"=dword:1
"UpdatesDisableNotify"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Security Center\Svc]
"AntiVirusDisableNotify"=dword:1
"FirewallDisableNotify"=dword:1
"UpdatesDisableNotify"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
Recommended independent free(ware), open source, secure, uncrippled, unrestricted web browsers:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#NET
- Chromium [Chrome stripped of Google adware/phone-home/spyware code]:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#CHR
- Firefox/Mozilla:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#MOZ
All Chromium users must have these 3 environment variables:
GOOGLE_API_KEY=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET=NO
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_API_KEY "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET "NO" /M
Either install Chromium precompiled stable releases 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
http://github.com/henrypp/chromium/releases/latest/
http://download-chromium.appspot.com/
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/chromium.html
or extract all files from archive + copy to the destination of your choice Chromium portable stable releases 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://github.com/Hibbiki/chromium-win64/releases/latest/
http://github.com/portapps/ungoogled-chromium-portable/releases/latest/
http://www.winpenpack.com/en/download.php?view.1082
http://sourceforge.net/projects/winpenpack/files/X-Chromium/releases/
http://www.winpenpack.com/en/request.php?1082

* Turn OFF Annoying, Bloat, Dangerous, Spyware + Undesired Run... EXEcutables from the registry (examples):
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"ConnectionCenter"=-
"CitrixReceiver"=-
"SunJavaUpdateSched"=-
"FlashPlayerUpdate"=-
"FLxHCIm64"=-
"FLxHCIm"=-
"CTxfiHlp"=-
"IAStorIcon"=-
"WinZip Quick Pick"=-
"nostgo"=-
"DBPrompt"=-
"ShadowPlay"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Run]
"ConnectionCenter"=-
"CitrixReceiver"=-
"SunJavaUpdateSched"=-
"FlashPlayerUpdate"=-
"FLxHCIm64"=-
"FLxHCIm"=-
"CTxfiHlp"=-
"IAStorIcon"=-
"WinZip Quick Pick"=-
"nostgo"=-
"DBPrompt"=-
"ShadowPlay"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"ConnectionCenter"=-
"CitrixReceiver"=-
"SunJavaUpdateSched"=-
"FlashPlayerUpdate"=-
"FLxHCIm64"=-
"FLxHCIm"=-
"CTxfiHlp"=-
"IAStorIcon"=-
"WinZip Quick Pick"=-
"nostgo"=-
"DBPrompt"=-
"ShadowPlay"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Desktop + Interface Annoyances:
MenuShowDelay:
http://www.mdgx.com/last3.htm#MENUDELAY
TileWallpaper:
http://www.mdgx.com/98-1.htm#STRETCH
CursorBlinkRate:
http://www.mdgx.com/last3.htm#BLINK
NoAutoReturnToWelcome:
http://sourceforge.net/p/unattended/mailman/message/32062919/
WindowArrangementActive:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4343-turn-off-snap-windows-windows-10-a.html
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"MenuShowDelay"="0"
"TileWallpaper"="0"
"CursorBlinkRate"="-1"
"NoAutoReturnToWelcome"="1"
"WindowArrangementActive"="0"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Metro/Tile/Store Apps services: Apps deployment (AppXSvc), Windows Store (WSService) + Windows Virtual Store (WVS):
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Windows Virtual Store (WVS):
; http://www.thewindowsclub.com/turn-off-windows-store-application/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore]
"RemoveWindowsStore"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore]
"RemoveWindowsStore"=dword:1
; Windows Store service (WSService):
; http://servicedefaults.com/8/wsservice/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WSService]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WSService]
"Start"=dword:4
; Apps deployment service (AppXSvc):
; http://www.blackviper.com/windows-services/appx-deployment-service-appxsvc/
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AppXSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AppXSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/automatic-maintenance-windows-8/
Control Panel -> Action Center -> Maintenance -> right hand down arrow -> Automatic Maintenance -> Turn on messages about Automatic
Maintenance -> Change maintenance settings -> uncheck "Allow scheduled maintenanace to wake up my computer at the scheduled time" box.
Control Panel -> Action Center -> Change Action Center settings -> Maintenance messages -> uncheck "Automatic Maintenance" box -> OK.
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/automatic-maintenance-disable-schedule-windows-8-10/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\Maintenance]
"MaintenanceDisabled"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn ON Writing for USB Disks/Drives/HDDs/SSDs/Flash Memory Cards/Sticks:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/registry-hack-to-disable-writing-to-usb-drives/
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies]
"WriteProtect"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Increase Cached Icons number to maximum in Explorer + File Manager (FM):
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip1.htm#THRASH
MDGx Tweaked + Customized File Manager (FM) 32-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMNT
Microsoft open source original File Manager (FM) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMMS
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"Max Cached Icons"="4096"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Windows NTx Structured Exception Handling Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) EXEcutables feature
[example using File Manager (FM) = WINFILE.EXE]:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/956607/
MDGx Tweaked + Customized File Manager (FM) 32-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMNT
Microsoft open source original File Manager (FM) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMMS
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\WINFILE.EXE]
"DisableExceptionChainValidation"=dword:1
"DisableUserModeCallbackFilter"=dword:1
"Heap Tracing Enabled"=dword:0
"CritSecTracingEnabled"=dword:0
"Debugger"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Apps Advertising ID for relevant ads:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/76453-advertising-id-relevant-ads-enable-disable-windows-10-a.html
1. Use Notepad or similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below.
2. Save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.REG).
3. Name it whatever you wish.
4. Right-click newly created .REG file.
5. Run as Administrator.
6. Answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register its information into your Registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AdvertisingInfo]
"DisabledByGroupPolicy"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AdvertisingInfo]
"DisabledByGroupPolicy"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AdvertisingInfo]
"DisabledByGroupPolicy"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo]
"Enabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo]
"Enabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo]
"Enabled"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------



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