MDGx MAX Speed WinDOwS
MDGx Windows 8/2012/8.1/2012 R2
Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links
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These topics refer strictly to all English retail/final/gamma/Gold/RTM/OEM
releases, versions, editions + builds [including previews, Service Packs
(SPs), updates + patches] 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64) of these Microsoft
Windows operating systems (OSes)
- 8
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions
- 8.1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8.1
- Server 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_2012
- Server 2012 R2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_2012_R2
unless specified otherwise:
http://www.mdgx.com/8.php
Also available as plain text/ASCII file (this 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
Windows 9x = Windows 95/95 OSR1/95 OSR2.x/98/98 SP1/98 SE(U)/ME

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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
* Some of these tricks + apps/programs/tools/scripts require
adequate/advanced knowledge about critical computing, operating
systems (OSes), registry, services, shared environments, networks,
cybersecurity, and other related subjects/disciplines:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Microsoft_operating_systems
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Registry
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Windows_services
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_computing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_resource
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_network
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_security
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_security


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 NTx Power Toys + Tweaking Tools [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
Everything About The Infamous (Not So) Trusted Installer -> 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
Desktop Background/Wallpaper Tweaks + Free(ware) Tools -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Turn OFF NVidia Telemetry -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Free(ware) 7/8/8.1/10/11 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
Maximize Your Internet/Network Traffic Speed = MTU -> WINDOWS7.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 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
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Whazz App?



* Metro/Tile/Store apps [some are free(ware)]
http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Metro-apps/
a.k.a. WinRT (Runtime) 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/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Windows_Platform
designed/programmed for Windows 8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer Metro/Tile/Store (restricted to Microsoft proprietary web
browser style window) interface do NOT run in earlier editions of Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 Windows Desktop
(standalone, independent, full screen) interface.
True/genuine Windows Desktop applications/programs/executables
http://www.yourdictionary.com/windows-application
designed/programmed for Windows 9x/NTx Windows Desktop (standalone, independent, 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 style window) interface.
http://www.samlogic.net/articles/windows-8-desktop-app-vs-store-app.htm
For example, what do you think Windows Vista/newer Control Panel (CP) interface is based on? ;-/
http://screenshots.modemhelp.net/screenshots/Windows_Vista/Control_Panel/Home_View/Index.jpg
http://149584678.v2.pressablecdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Control-2BPanel.png
Many Metro/Tile/Store apps are not truly 100% or full(y) fledged Windows programs, but mere embedded/sandboxed
applets/links/icons/interfaces/launchers/services/shortcuts/wrappers [similar to many Android (Google)/iOS (Apple)
mobile/portable apps, designed to run on small portable devices: smart phones, tablets, laptops/portables/netbooks] designed to
link to/run/customize/confine/embed/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 style window, which is a confined/embedded/limited/restrictive
(sandboxed), stripped-down windowed or full screen mode,
http://www.howtogeek.com/325127/
within Microsoft's proprietary web browser style window or full screen mode (similar to pressing F11) -> "KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS" ->
TIPS95.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/last3.htm#KEYSHORT
NOTES:
- Windows 8/8.1/2012: Metro/Tile/Store apps use obsolete Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) proprietary interface and API.
- Windows 10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer: 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 some require additional .Net/Core/Desktop
components:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR
which is the Microsoft counterpart (and direct competition) to Oracle (originally owned & operated 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 (Canary) code created by Google Chromium developers
http://www.chromium.org/Home/
and further modified, crippled, limited, locked, restricted extensively by Microsoft Edge developers to support Windows 10/11
Metro/Tile/Store apps, aimed to lock legitimate owners/users out of certain built-in original Chromium/Chrome web browser
features/options/settings, and confine/cripple/limit/lock/redirect/replace/restrict Windows users towards Microsoft
anti-competitive/exclusive/proprietary/specific (even without offering any other choice in certain cases) and/or
pay-for/membership-only 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 or have
been already phased out/uninstalled/locked/disabled/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 modifications/restrictions [?] made by
Microsoft.
There are several methods available to uninstall, remove, disable +/- replace Microsoft Edge in Windows 10/11 (some may 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 +/- replace Microsoft Edge from Windows 10/11:
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/
Edge tools [free(ware)]:
- Edge Blocker 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 10:
http://www.sordum.org/9312/
File:
http://www.sordum.org/files/download/edge-blocker/EdgeBlock.zip
- MSEdgeRedirect for Windows 8.1/10/11 intercepts + redirects HTTP(S), Maps, News, Feeds/RSS, Widgets, Weather, etc URIs (URLs)
forced by Microsoft to open in Microsoft Edge to open in user custom selected default web browser (if any other than Edge):
http://github.com/rcmaehl/MSEdgeRedirect/
Download:
http://github.com/rcmaehl/MSEdgeRedirect/releases/latest/
- EdgeDeflector for Windows 10/11 intercepts + redirects HTTP(S), Maps, News, Feeds/RSS, Widgets, Weather, etc URIs (URLs) forced
by Microsoft to open in Microsoft Edge to open in user custom selected default web browser (if any other than Edge):
http://github.com/da2x/EdgeDeflector/
Download:
http://github.com/da2x/EdgeDeflector/releases/latest/
EdgeDeflector Purpose:
http://www.ctrl.blog/entry/edgedeflector-default-browser.html
- Uninstall + remove Edge web browser from Windows 10/11 using DOS (CMD) console commands + "Uninstall Edge.cmd" batch file
script:
http://www.winaero.com/how-to-uninstall-and-remove-edge-browser-in-windows-10/
Download "Uninstall Edge.cmd" [ZIP file]:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.1835
Recommended independent/3rd party free, open source, safe, secure, uncrippled, unlocked, unrestricted, modern web browsers
(examples):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#NET
MDGx "FREE WINDOWS 9x/NTx WEB BROWSERS" chapter -> "Chromium + Chrome web browsers [free(ware)]" section ->
"Chromium + Chrome" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#CHR
RECOMMENDED:
Chromium Precompiled EXEcutable [Installer EXE + Portable 7z/ZIP/rar] 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows XP/newer 32-bit (x86) +
64-bit (x64):
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
Certain Chromium builds [clearly labeled] are degoogled/ungoogled/stripped of Google adware/spyware/tracking code:
http://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/blob/master/README.md
http://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/faq
X-Chromium Portable:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/chromium.html
Either install Chromium precompiled stable releases 32-bit or 64-bit:
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
or extract all files from portable archive [zip or 7z] + copy to the destination of your choice Chromium portable stable
releases 32-bit or 64-bit to match the Windows NTx [7/8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer] operating system(s) [OS(es)]
build/edition/release/update/version + bit strength [32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)] you are using.
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
MDGx "@ Chromium/Chrome Privacy, Security + Safety Settings, Extensions, Guides + Solutions:" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#PRV
MDGx collection of essential Chromium/Chrome extensions + tweaks -> "CHROMIUM" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* 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 10/11" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT
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Windows Updates (WU) Catalog, Listings + Guides



* NOTE:
Microsoft Updates/Upgrades/Service Packs (SPs)/(Hot)Fixes/Patches/etc listed here are for English [en-US] Windows NTx Operating
Systems (OSes) 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64).
See Microsoft web pages for information how to download Windows updates in other languages.
http://www.science.co.il/language/Locale-codes.php
Microsoft Updates Catalog lists Windows Updates (WU) in all available languages:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=Windows%207%20Update

* Windows 8 + 8.1 Updates (WU) Catalog, Listings + Guides:
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 Essential Updates + Fixes:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/how-to-install-windows-81-update-manually-or-using/6015919b-9360-46b4-b33b-34ab61e927e6/
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 Updates Catalog:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=%22Windows%208.1%22
- Microsoft Windows 8 Updates Catalog:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=%22Windows%208%22
- Microsoft Windows 2012 Server Updates Catalog:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=%22Windows%20Server%202012%22
Download desired Update(s)/Fix(es)/Patch(es) to your local disk/storage device -> right-click .CAB/.EXE/.MSI/.MSP/.MSU file ->
Run as Administrator -> restart/reboot (if prompted).
- ERPMan's Windows 8.x System Updates:
http://erpman1.tripod.com/win8xupd.html
- ERPMan's Windows 8.x X64 & Server 2012 R0/R2 X64 System Updates:
http://erpman1.tripod.com/w8x64upd.html
- THFS: List of Windows 8 + 8.1 Updates/(Hot)Fixes/Patches:
http://thehotfixshare.net/board/?/search/&q=%22Windows%208%22&type=downloads_file
- Microsoft Security Advisories + Bulletins:
http://docs.microsoft.com/security-updates/
- Every Last Thing About Windows Update (WU) for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-find-out-every-last-thing-about-windows-update/
- Install Manually Offline CAB (.cab), EXE (.exe) + MSU (.msu) Updates:
http://woshub.com/manually-install-cab-msu-updates-windows/
- Prevent Specific Windows 8/8.1 Update/Driver from Installing:
http://superuser.com/questions/665158/

* Windows 7/8/8.1/10 update to disable mitigation against Intel Broadwell + Haswell CPUs Spectre Variant 2 "Branch target
injection vulnerability" errors/reboots after firmware update(s):
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4078130
MSKB:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4078130/
Intel:
http://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-security-issue-update-addressing-reboot-issues/
File:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/crup/2018/01/kb4078130_b86f0bf2dc0866a0e117ed2d4a5302fab0493a7b.exe

* Microsoft Windows 8.1 Cumulative Update (CU) S14 [KB2919355]:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2919355/
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/install-the-windows-8-1-update-kb-2919355-b189a9bd-0b33-f4a4-2092-4a5be0ebcb61
CU S14 Known Issues:
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/heres-how-windows-8-1-update-tries-to-give-you-the-right-ui-on-any-device/
CU S14 Download:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42327
Catalog KB2919355:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=kb2919355
- CU S14 64-bit for Windows 8.1 64-bit (x64):
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/crup/2014/02/windows8.1-kb2919355-x64_e6f4da4d33564419065a7370865faacf9b40ff72.msu
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=397994
- CU S14 32-bit for Windows 8.1 32-bit (x86):
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/crup/2014/02/windows8.1-kb2919355-x86_de9df31e42fe034c9a763328326e5852c2b4963d.msu
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=397993

* Microsoft November 2014 Update Rollup (UR2014) [KB3000850] for Windows 8.1/2012 R2 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/3000850/
- UR2014 64-bit for Windows 8.1 64-bit (x64):
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=44977
UR2014 64-bit Files:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/1/7/91772932-6DA4-48FD-9B1F-DA2C7EAEE35B/Windows8.1-KB3003057-x64.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/1/7/91772932-6DA4-48FD-9B1F-DA2C7EAEE35B/Windows8.1-KB3000850-x64.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/1/7/91772932-6DA4-48FD-9B1F-DA2C7EAEE35B/Windows8.1-KB3014442-x64.msu
- UR2014 32-bit for Windows 8.1 32-bit (x86):
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=44985
UR2014 32-bit Files:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/5/1/A51119A7-729B-4800-844C-189E2BDCFF85/Windows8.1-KB3000850-x86.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/5/1/A51119A7-729B-4800-844C-189E2BDCFF85/Windows8.1-KB3003057-x86.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/5/1/A51119A7-729B-4800-844C-189E2BDCFF85/Windows8.1-KB3014442-x86.msu

* Microsoft Windows 8.1 Cumulative Security Update (CSU) [KB4534251] 32-bit + 64-bit for Internet Explorer 11.0 (IE11)
32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4534251%208.1
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4534251

* MDGx Windows 8/8.1 Components, Add-ons, Extras, (Hot)Fixes, Patches, Upgrades, Updates (all included):
- MDGx "Java Runtime Environment (JRE)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#JAVA
- MDGx ".NET Framework Redistributable (NFR)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR
- MDGx "Visual Studio (VS) + Visual C++ (VC)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#VS6
- MDGx "Windows Update Client (WUC) + Windows Update Agent (WUA)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#WUC
- MDGx "Internet Explorer (IE) 11.0" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm#IE11
- MDGx "Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ACT
- MDGx "Group Policy (GP)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#GPO
- MDGx "File Manager (FM)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMNT
- MDGx "Access Control Lists (ACL) + Ownership Tools" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ACL
- MDGx "NTFS Alternate Data Streams (ADS)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ADS
- MDGx "Free(ware) Windows NTx Extras" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#2KXP
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Tweaks, Hacks + Fixes... UNconventional, UNdocumented, UNcensored ;-/



* For more tweaks, hacks + fixes (all included):
- MDGx "Windows 10 Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links" chapter in WIN10.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
- MDGx "Win10/11 Block Tools (10_BLOCK)" section in 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" chapter in WINDOWS7.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT
Some apply to Windows 8/8.1.

* Useful, little known, hidden, undocumented, unknown registry + system hacks + tweaks to fix, improve + customize
Windows 8/8.1/newer:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8486-default-file-associations-restore-windows-8-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/default-programs-associate-a-file-type-or-protocol-in-windows-8.9163/
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/29573-color-background-accent-force-windows-8-1-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/29777-background-show-image-solid-color-windows-8-8-1-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15554-sign-screen-change-background-color-windows-8-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/7647-lock-screen-background-image-enable-disable-changing-windows-8-a.html
http://www.ccm.net/faq/34257-windows-8-1-how-disable-the-app-switcher
http://www.windows-security.org/f03c3d800052359a097dde31d490d97b/turn-off-app-notifications-on-the-lock-screen/
http://www.pcerror-fix.com/methods-repair-explorer-exe-server-execution-failed-windows-7-8-10/
http://www.intowindows.com/finally-a-way-to-change-windows-8-boot-screen/
http://www.windowscentral.com/heres-how-stop-free-windows-10-upgrade-your-computer/
http://www.catonmat.net/clear-privacy-ie-firefox-opera-chrome-safari/
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/b8/2012/03/21/scaling-to-different-screens/
http://www.itprotoday.com/windows-8/blue-automatic-desktop-display-scaling/
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.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 8/8.1/10/11 tweaking tools [free(ware)]:
http://www.winaero.com/
http://www.wintools.info/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/category/downloads/
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/
http://www.sordum.org/
http://www.mitec.cz/Data/XML/data_downloads.xml
http://docs.microsoft.com/sysinternals/
http://www.majorgeeks.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/nettoys.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/fw.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php

* Install Windows 8.1/10 with Local Account (Bypass Microsoft Account Sign In):
http://www.mydigitallife.net/install-windows-10-windows-8-1-local-account-bypass-microsoft-account-sign/

* 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 %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp or C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder.

* Turn ON Fast Startup (FastBoot) in Windows 8/8.1/10/11:
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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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 8/8.1/10/11:
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/

* 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

* MDGx "Group Policy Editor (GPE) fixes + tools (free)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#GPO

* Advanced Appearance (Metrics) Settings [AA(M)S] for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11:
http://www.intowindows.com/advanced-appearance-settings-for-windows-8-1/
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=163836#comment-1049765
Original .HTA 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
Right-click on improved WIN8_AAS.HTA (included, further customized) HTML Application (.HTA) file, also available here
[right-click to save!]
http://www.mdgx.com/files/WIN8_AAS.HTA
-> Run as Administrator [will open by default in Internet Explorer (IE) web browser] -> tweak to your heart content. ;-/
HTML Application (HTA):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_Application
Change System Font using Winaero Tweaker (freeware) + Windows built-in Registry Editor [RegEdit.exe]:
http://www.winaero.com/change-system-font-windows-10/
Winaero Tweaker 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 [select Portable at install time!]:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
Download:
http://www.winaero.com/download-winaero-tweaker/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/downloads/winaerotweaker.zip
Winaero Tweaker Features:
http://www.winaero.com/the-list-of-winaero-tweaker-features/
Advanced Appearance (Metrics) Settings [AA(M)S] Registration (.REG) files I use for 2 different desktop/display/monitor/screen
resolutions (examples) on different computers/laptops:
- AA(M)S for computers with 3840x2160 pixels (2160p vertical) resolution (example):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"BorderWidth"="-17"
"CaptionFont"=hex:e6,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"CaptionHeight"="-270"
"CaptionWidth"="-334"
"IconFont"=hex:ed,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"IconTitleWrap"="0"
"MenuFont"=hex:eb,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"MenuHeight"="-270"
"MenuWidth"="-283"
"MessageFont"=hex:eb,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"ScrollHeight"="-257"
"ScrollWidth"="-257"
"Shell Icon Size"="32"
"SmCaptionFont"=hex:e6,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"SmCaptionHeight"="-270"
"SmCaptionWidth"="-334"
"StatusFont"=hex:eb,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"PaddedBorderWidth"="-60"
"AppliedDPI"=dword:000000a8
"IconSpacing"="-1050"
"IconVerticalSpacing"="-810"
"MinAnimate"="0"
"MaxWidth"="256"
"MinWidth"="40"
"Shell Icon BPP"="32"
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"BorderWidth"="-17"
"CaptionFont"=hex:e6,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"CaptionHeight"="-270"
"CaptionWidth"="-334"
"IconFont"=hex:ed,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"IconTitleWrap"="0"
"MenuFont"=hex:eb,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"MenuHeight"="-270"
"MenuWidth"="-283"
"MessageFont"=hex:eb,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"ScrollHeight"="-257"
"ScrollWidth"="-257"
"Shell Icon Size"="32"
"SmCaptionFont"=hex:e6,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"SmCaptionHeight"="-270"
"SmCaptionWidth"="-334"
"StatusFont"=hex:eb,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"PaddedBorderWidth"="-60"
"AppliedDPI"=dword:000000a8
"IconSpacing"="-1050"
"IconVerticalSpacing"="-810"
"MinAnimate"="0"
"MaxWidth"="256"
"MinWidth"="40"
"Shell Icon BPP"="32"
;
------End cut & paste here------
Log off -> log back on into your same user account for these changes to take effect.
- AA(M)S for mobile/portable laptops/netbooks with 1920x1080 pixels (1080p vertical) resolution (example):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"BorderWidth"="-15"
"CaptionFont"=hex:ed,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,\
00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"CaptionHeight"="-375"
"CaptionWidth"="-375"
"IconFont"=hex:f3,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,00,\
65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"IconTitleWrap"="1"
"MenuFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,00,\
65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"MenuHeight"="-300"
"MenuWidth"="-300"
"MessageFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,\
00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"ScrollHeight"="-270"
"ScrollWidth"="-270"
"SmCaptionFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,\
65,00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"SmCaptionHeight"="-300"
"SmCaptionWidth"="-300"
"StatusFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,\
00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"Shell Icon Size"="42"
"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"
"CaptionFont"=hex:ed,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,\
00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"CaptionHeight"="-375"
"CaptionWidth"="-375"
"IconFont"=hex:f3,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,00,\
65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"IconTitleWrap"="1"
"MenuFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,00,\
65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"MenuHeight"="-300"
"MenuWidth"="-300"
"MessageFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,\
00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"ScrollHeight"="-270"
"ScrollWidth"="-270"
"SmCaptionFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,\
65,00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"SmCaptionHeight"="-300"
"SmCaptionWidth"="-300"
"StatusFont"=hex:f1,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,4c,00,65,00,65,00,6c,00,61,00,77,00,61,00,64,00,65,\
00,65,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"Shell Icon Size"="42"
"AppliedDPI"=dword:60
"PaddedBorderWidth"="0"
"IconSpacing"="-1180"
"IconVerticalSpacing"="-880"
"MinAnimate"="0"
"MaxWidth"="256"
"MinWidth"="56"
"Shell Icon BPP"="32"
;
------End cut & paste here------
Log off -> log back on into your same user account for these changes to take effect.
Tweak your Desktop appearance + metrics even further [free(ware)]:
7+ Taskbar Tweaker (7TT) 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 adds Taskbar tray settings otherwise unavailable, beyond
Windows capabilities, highly customizable [select Portable at install time!]:
http://ramensoftware.com/7-taskbar-tweaker/
http://tweaker.ramensoftware.com/
File:
http://ramensoftware.com/downloads/7tt_setup.exe
7+ Taskbar Tweaker (7TT) Guide:
http://www.winaero.com/get-a-classic-taskbar-in-windows-8-and-windows-7-that-works-like-xp/

* Tweak Windows 8/8.1 settings using 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 for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 32-bit + 64-bit [select Portable at install time!]:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
Download:
http://www.winaero.com/download-winaero-tweaker/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/downloads/winaerotweaker.zip
Winaero Tweaker Features:
http://www.winaero.com/the-list-of-winaero-tweaker-features/

* 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

* 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

* 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. Restart/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 8/8.1/10/11:
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/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
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\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"HideSCAHealth"=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\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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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 behind-your-back/forced/unwanted GWX (Get Windows 10!) app:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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------
MDGx "Win10/11 Block Tools (10_BLOCK)" in 10_BLOCK.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#10BLK
MDGx 10_BLOCK ReadMe:
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/10_BLOCK.php

* Replace annoying, crippled Windows 8/8.1/10/11 Task Manager [%WinDir%\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).
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Optional => "Debugger" registry value linked to %WinDir%\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 M$ Feeds/RSS notifications/updates [%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\msfeed*.dll + %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\msfeed*.exe]:
http://admx.help/HKCU/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Internet%20Explorer/Feeds/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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 annoying Boot/Logon/Startup/Launch Sounds in Windows 7/8/8.1/newer:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/61302-turn-off-startup-sound-windows-10-a.html
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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/Start Menu Copy/Move/Delete dialog boxes in Windows 8/8.1/10/11:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/windows-8-1-always-show-more-details-in-copy-dialog-of-file-explorer/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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 8/8.1/10/11:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/deployment/update/windows-update-logs/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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. Restart/reboot.

* Turn OFF File History:
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/file-history-enable-or-disable-in-windows-8.7706/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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)" 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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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------
MDGx "Windows NTx Services tweaking tools [free(ware)]" -> "SERVICES" topic in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* Turn OFF Internet Explorer (IE) + (E-)Mail/Attachments Notifications + Restrictions:
http://gist.github.com/prashanthrajagopal/bce210ba9dc84383ad2c/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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/3rd party free, open source, safe, secure, uncrippled, unlocked, unrestricted, modern web browsers
(examples):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#NET
MDGx "FREE WINDOWS 9x/NTx WEB BROWSERS" chapter -> "Chromium + Chrome web browsers [free(ware)]" section ->
"Chromium + Chrome" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#CHR
RECOMMENDED:
Chromium Precompiled EXEcutable [Installer EXE + Portable 7z/ZIP/rar] 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows XP/newer 32-bit (x86) +
64-bit (x64):
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
Certain Chromium builds [clearly labeled] are degoogled/ungoogled/stripped of Google adware/spyware/tracking code:
http://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/blob/master/README.md
http://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/faq
X-Chromium Portable:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/chromium.html
Either install Chromium precompiled stable releases 32-bit or 64-bit:
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
or extract all files from portable archive [zip or 7z] + copy to the destination of your choice Chromium portable stable
releases 32-bit or 64-bit to match the Windows NTx [7/8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer] operating system(s) [OS(es)]
build/edition/release/update/version + bit strength [32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)] you are using.
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
MDGx "@ Chromium/Chrome Privacy, Security + Safety Settings, Extensions, Guides + Solutions:" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#PRV
MDGx collection of essential Chromium/Chrome extensions + tweaks -> "CHROMIUM" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* Delete annoying, dangerous, spyware, undesired + unnecessary run upon every (re)boot/(re)start/logon EXEcutable entries from
the registry (examples):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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, Explorer, Interface + Shell 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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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 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/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies]
"WriteProtect"=dword:0
;
------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" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import 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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