Winaero Tweaker

After years of development, I decided to release an all-in-one application which will include most options available in my free Winaero apps and extend it as much as possible. I would like to introduce Winaero Tweaker - universal tweaker software which supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Note: the set of available options will depend on the operating system version you are running.
Version is released, see the change log below.

Useful links for you

Winaero Tweaker's change log [ Release notes and screenshots ] [ Release notes and screenshots ]
Fixed the Taskbar Transparency Level checkbox state.
Added a sign out request to Taskbar Transparency Level and Disable Quick Action Buttons. [ Release notes and screenshots ] [ Release notes and screenshots ]

0.5 [ Release notes and screenshots ] [ Release notes and screenshots ]
[ Release notes and screenshots ]
Fixed a crash when the user has OneDrive uninstalled.
Fixed wrong Libraries visibility detection under Windows 10/8.

0.4 [ Release notes and screenshots ] [ Release notes and screenshots ] [ Release notes and screenshots ]

0.3.2 [ Release notes and screenshots ] [ Release notes and screenshots ]
Fixed a minor bug in window borders.

0.3.1 [ Release notes and screenshots ]
  • The Colored title bars feature now comes with auto colorization enabled by default.
  • Added Advanced appearance->Menus. There you can change the height and font of menus in Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Added Advanced appearance->Title bars. There you can adjust height and font of titlebars and window buttons in Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Added Advanced appearance->Scrollbars. There you can adjust width of scrollbars and change the size of scrollbar buttons in Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Added Advanced appearance->Icons. There you can adjust the font of icons in Explorer and on Desktop. Also, here you can adjust icon spacing on Desktop in Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Added the ability to activate the Aero Lite theme.
  • The Window Borders feature is available now in Windows 10. It can be used to tweak borders in Aero Lite and in third-party themes (but not in the default Windows 10 theme which still has no borders!).
  • A bug was fixed in Appearance -> Custom accents. The "reset defaults" button was not working. This is fixed, it works now.
  • Various improvements to the code.

v0.3.0.2 Fixed the broken "Get colored title bars" feature in Windows 10. It works now.

v0.3.0.1 [Read release notes]

v0.3 [Read release notes]

v0.2.5 [Read release notes]

v0.2.4 [Read release notes]

v0.2.3.2 [Read release notes]

v0.2.3.1 [Read release notes]

v0.2.2 [Read release notes]

v0.2.1 [Read release notes]

v0.2 [Read release notes]

v0.1.0.1 [Read release notes]

Initial release

Few screenshots

At this moment, Winaero Tweaker is a portable application and does not require to be installed. I plan to merge my other tools eventually with Winaero Tweaker. Winaero Tweaker is freeware.

Donate options for satisfied users:


  1. Ollie
    10 Apr 15

    I can't for the life of me figure out why it won't accept the startup sound I want it to use. It is in wave format and is 3-4 seconds long so if anyone could help me on why it won't work, I will be checking here daily for a possible solution. It is a line from GLAD0S saying "Welcome back. Testing is available." and it is placed currently in 'My Documents'. if anymore details are needed, I will respond when I can. Thanks.

  2. Joel Christ
    12 Apr 15

    Just how the hell many times do I have to keep being told version 2.2.0 is out but get given 2.1.0? A few days ago was annoying. Today I'm getting seriously pissed off.

  3. Sergey
    13 Apr 15

    NP. Disable the update check in settings.

  4. doubleJ
    14 Apr 15

    Why does my taskbar go back to transparent, after a reboot, when I have Make Taskbar Opaque At Windows Startup checked?

  5. Sergey
    14 Apr 15

    Hello JJ
    Which windows version you are using? Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?
    32-bit or 64-bit?
    Can you check that WinaeroTweakerHelper is in your Startup?

  6. jima
    18 Apr 15

    Hey thanks for this little dirty tool!

    I have noticed that on Windows 8.1 the all-in-one tool does not contain the Ribbon tool

    Thanks again! Cheers

  7. Al Binewski
    12 May 15

    I have no need or interest in winaero tweaker, I just want the opaque taskbar thing to stop asking me to update after every startup, and I can't see any way to since I no longer have the installer and it isn't available. Is there a command line switch or something?

  8. Navion
    22 May 15

    Can this be used as a repair tool? Specifically: I have an Asus Win 7 Pro laptop with a hard drive that has 4 partitions: one 100 Mb that I presume is UEFI, two regular Windows partitions and a recovery partition. Whenever I start it, it comes up with the Asus Pre-load wizard, and there doesn't seem to be a way to get out of it. I can see that all the expected data is in the OS and DATA (regular windows partitions) but I can't seem to force the boot into the OS partition. (I tried using an OEM Win 7 DVD to use the "Repair" option, but because of the format of the hard drive, that wasn't available. )

  9. Nostromov
    01 Jun 15

    AWESOME program, tyvm!! )

  10. purre4cake
    14 Jun 15

    FKN AWESOME PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. fr33jack
    15 Jun 15

    Win 8.1 x64 - After using (for test purposes) "Always show boot menu" and "Always show advanced boot options" in "Boot section" (I was turning off this after first restart), standard "advanced settings" via win recovery, advanced boot stopped working. It's just wont just keeps loading itself as normal. The only way I can bring back "boot options" is to check those via "boot options" in WinaeroTweaker...

  12. tip-o!
    24 Jun 15

    THANK YOU!!!

  13. Ferawyn
    30 Jun 15

    Great tool. I've come across a small issue though. When running it on a relatively bare Windows Server 2012 R2 installation (where WinSAT has not been run) an Unhandled Exception occurs:
    Could not find part of the path 'C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore'.

    Selecting Continue lets the tool run, and most functions, like changing the Aero colour, work fine. Some options pop up the same error again which can then again be continued through.

  14. The Kracken
    07 Jul 15

    Thank you very much for making and sharing this software! I don´t really have a lot of money to donate :/ but I really appreciate your work...

  15. joscopa
    07 Jul 15

    Esta en Español?

  16. Ged
    16 Jul 15

    Be careful when changing boot options. You must revert back to defaults if you want to update to a new Windows 10 build. Found out the hard way and now have to re-download 10240

  17. Dude
    16 Jul 15

    Without this and Classic Shell, I would have switched away from Windows a couple years ago. Not sure if that's a good thing or not

  18. Zardoc
    20 Jul 15

    Win Update setting doesn't work with build 10240

  19. AustrianDude
    25 Jul 15

    First of all, thank you for this application. I'm using it on Win 8.1 Pro. The (Disable lockscreen) option always resets immediatly after i click on some other options or close the app. It is running in admin mode and winaero tweaker support is running. What am i doing wrong? (I assume its my fault)

  20. nhymxu
    29 Jul 15

    "Windows Update settings" work for Windows 10 RTM???

  21. Random Username
    30 Jul 15

    I tried this program on Win 10 Final and the Custom Accent colors are much brighter than they should be. Hope you can fix this. Thanks.

  22. Sergey
    31 Jul 15

    Random Username
    It is normal. Windows 10 adjusts colors by its own. I cannot fix it.

  23. wtf
    01 Aug 15

    downloading is not working, I can't download anything it just refreshes and that's it. Is there a plain http download page with .exe links ?

  24. mzso
    02 Aug 15

    Can I comment with links here?
    I tried to make a comment but it failed and I got redirected to a blank page.
    Is it gone or just waiting for moderation?

  25. Kevin
    02 Aug 15

    The Colored Title Bar is works wrong!!! When I switch on the automatic theme colour based on a background picture it's not working, becouse when change the background, the taskbar is going to gray and the colour of the window will be with an other colour than the tray.

  26. Geoff M
    03 Aug 15

    Hi & thanks for the great app...I have a custom theme in win 10, how do I change title bar colours within a custom theme. When I use winareo tweaker and click use coloured title bars/enable coloured title bars it changes the theme to the standard win 10 desktop but allows coloured title bars. I would like to have coloured title bars in my custom theme. Is this possible?

  27. Sour
    03 Aug 15

    Thanks now I can use Windows Photo Viewer again with a few clicks.

  28. MDJ
    03 Aug 15

    ‘Windows Update settings’ section shall be removed / hidden if OS is found to be Windows 10.

  29. Sergey
    04 Aug 15

    Kevin how this related to tweaker? It is the operating system. Tweaker does not provide any extra functionality besides the theme file.

  30. Pharaoh
    04 Aug 15

    For the enable colored title bars, is there an adjustment that can be made for the windows in the background that are not focused, where the text in the title bar is in front of a lighter solid color that's different than the main color. It looks odd or I'm not sure if that's on purpose, but aesthetically speaking, it's odd.

  31. ronaldjeremy
    04 Aug 15

    Any plans to add the tiny borders feature for Win10?

  32. Sergey
    04 Aug 15

    It DOES NOT WORK in Windows 10
    Windows 10 has no borders.

  33. joaopsantos16
    04 Aug 15

    Plans to translate into other languages?

  34. Grumpy
    05 Aug 15

    1. Thanks for your tools (Winaero & ppanel)! Seem to work OK on Win10
    2. But I have the same gripe as Geoff: themes & colored taskbars seem incompatible.
    3. Windows _have_ a colored border, but it's only 1 – 2 pixels wide.

    A more general problem with the new fashionable "flat" look is that finding things has become more difficult: important icons on the taskbar are just an outline, you can't anymore just click by color, you have to actually identify the shape; overlapping window's taskbars are the same flat color and merge visually; &c.
    Ah! Microsoft!

  35. Richard
    06 Aug 15

    Similar question as Geoff and Grumpy. Colored taskbars work but remove "theme" settings; when a special theme is applied the colored taskbars are gone. Is there some workabout for this?

    Agree with the other comments re very nice software.... Thanks!!

  36. Oleg
    06 Aug 15

    Very useful and efficient soft. However, there's one thing that may need fixing; (I'm on W10, using going on sleep mode disables the colored title bars (as well as custom icons I set outside winaero) i.e. I changed my bin icon and after going out of sleep mode it was back to normal, and my title bars were all standard white. I had to enable it again via winaero
    The rest of the settings I used remained active (dark scheme for sys and apps, custom shortcut icon and a few other)

  37. Evan
    07 Aug 15

    I have a potential fix for Ollie!
    I don't know if he'll get notifications from this or if he's even still having the problem but it's an old windows bug!

    Make sure the name of the file is prefixed with 'Windows' the same way the other sound scheme files are.
    For some reason the sound is only played if the file is named liked this.

  38. Ed
    07 Aug 15

    I´m using it for win 10 but under appearance "Window Borders" does not appear as an option anymore?

    Many thanks!!

  39. FelyxGroovy
    08 Aug 15

    Wow! Great app! Thanks for creating it!
    It would be cool to have an option to enable taskbar blur in a future version! StartIsBack has this option, but it also comes with a new start menu, which is not that great!

  40. Me
    09 Aug 15

    Great tool. I've come across a small issue though. When running it on a relatively bare Windows Server 2012 R2 installation (where WinSAT has not been run) an Unhandled Exception occurs:
    Could not find part of the path 'C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore'.

    Selecting Continue lets the tool run, and most functions, like changing the Aero colour, work fine. Some options pop up the same error again which can then again be continued through.

    +1 Same issue here on a lite version of windows 10 home.

  41. Sergey
    09 Aug 15

    I will fix this issue in the next release.
    Thank you very much for this bug report!

  42. AbGedreht
    09 Aug 15


    thanks for your work, but I've an issue with the colored title bars.
    The background-color from the titlebar-text is only the same color as the rest of the window when it's active.
    When it's not active, the background-color from the titlebar-text is a certain gray, although the rest from the windows has another color. I've made some screenshots, so you may understand me better :D


  43. Sergey
    09 Aug 15

    I understand you. But I cannot do anything for you. It is the default appearance and behavior in Windows 10.
    It cannot be changed, at least at this moment I found no way to change it.
    Thanks to Microsoft.

  44. Bruce
    09 Aug 15

    One thing that's missing when you enable the old volume control is the "Volume control options" context menu option which opens SndVol.exe -p

  45. Kelly Rose
    11 Aug 15

    Does Turn off Update or "Check for Updates but let me choose whether to download and install them." setting work with WinAero?

    I ask because under the Description it still say "Changed Windows Update behavior which is locked to ""Install updates automatically" in Windows 10 Technical Preview. I have Windows 10 Pro.

  46. Sergey
    11 Aug 15

    Kelly Rose, no.
    This option was created for Windows 10 TP and does not work properly in the RTM version of Windows 10.
    I will change it very soon to provide an alternative option, a sort of.

  47. Nigel
    12 Aug 15

    Great software, thank you! One issue since yesterday - Firefox updated to Version 40 & the Title Bar colours no longer work. They're still working fine in Chrome. Also, when I click "Enable Coloured Title Bars", the Desktop Background reverts to the Win 10 default & the colour I've selected using your "Personalisation" d'load is also changed to reflect the Win 10 default screen. Is there a way to "lock" these features in place so they don't get changed by anything except my choice?

  48. TheDude23112
    13 Aug 15

    Windows 10 - customize shortcut arrow, remove arrow does not work. I am going to uninstall this app.

  49. Sergey
    14 Aug 15

    I am going to say that you are wrong:

    Good like with uninstalling the portable app. Haha.

  50. kenpmason
    15 Aug 15

    Help! I can't find the download link for WinAero Tweaker

  51. RUS
    17 Aug 15

    add enable/disable/remove onedrive from system and explorer

  52. Asterix
    17 Aug 15

    Calc and Photo apps always run in background: how to avoid that?

    Thanks for all you've been doing so far!

  53. Dave
    17 Aug 15

    Nothing changes when I change the volume icon?

  54. Dave
    17 Aug 15

    Forget my last comment. Volume indictor works fine!

  55. wdeda
    18 Aug 15

    Thank you for this little treasure, but with priceless. Please, if possible, I would suggest that even in Windows 8 Windows Defender could be disabled. Congratulations on your tireless and admirable job.

  56. ScottRuss
    18 Aug 15

    Is there any chance you can remove the pin icon from the Quick Access items in the navigation pane? Thank you!

  57. GoodOldSchoole
    19 Aug 15

    Thank You for this work, it is really useful
    I think the new style of windows is terrible ugly, this app is really bad looking "things"
    It is big lost for me the Microsoft decided change stock application like calc.exe and others for this ... this "something"
    Maybe it is possible to create a program with can transform this things back to useful from windows 8.1 to windows 10 if i insert my win 8.1 cd to cd-rom and i can chose what i want change exactly like this great toll "Winaero Tweaker" witch was help me some change do.
    Pleas think about it and thanks for yours work

  58. Oleg
    20 Aug 15

    Same as Nigel here: firefox's title bar is back to grey since v40, very annoying since you can't see which tab is active... unless using a theme. and this other thing when enabling colored title bars as well, while this is less a problem since you're not supposed to do this more than once

  59. Oleg
    20 Aug 15

    and if I may add a small suggestion, being able to change the titles text color would be great. Ie if I want to have black borders I need white text. It is black by default

    thanks again for this soft

  60. mickleby
    21 Aug 15

    Win10 64-bit, Celeron N2807

    (Thanks for the recent update. I appreciate your work/help. I found WAT because the Win10 scrollbars are too small.)

    ISSUE: WAT goes "Not Responding"
    WHEN: Changing any setting under category Advanced Appearance Settings (except Window Borders)
    REPEATABLE: Almost every time. Although occasionally WAT does not get stuck.

    WORKAROUND and ANALYSIS: Using Task Manager, right-click on WinaeroTweaker.exe, Analyze Wait Chain. I find SpeechRuntime.exe is causing the wait (Not Responding, i.e. thread blocked). Kill SpeechRuntime.exe by checking it on the Analyze Wait Chain dialog and choosing End Process. WAT continues as though no issue had occurred.

  61. Random
    22 Aug 15

    Where is the option for taskbar opaque in the newest version?

  62. Sergey
    22 Aug 15

    Random, which OS you are using?

    mickleby, big THANK YOU for this report.
    Looking for some solution.

  63. Colin
    17 Oct 15

    I disabled the windows update service and now can't turn it back on. Can you help please?

  64. Sergey
    17 Oct 15

    Click "reset defaults". That's it.

  65. Colin
    18 Oct 15

    Thanks for that, unfortunately on my PC it doesn't seem to do anything. I also just noticed that I can't search the web from the search button on the toolbar, it tells me it can't connect to the internet although I know I am connected. I guess I might have some other unrelated problem.

  66. LouRon
    26 Oct 15

    WAT v0.3.2.1

    Thank you very much for this awesome tweak app. Everything I've wanted to do work very well.
    Please... How can I change the Text color in the Title Bar. Ive chosen a dark color theme, but try as I might I CANT change the text to a lighter color. Is it possible using your magical tweaking app?

    TY for your time...LR

  67. napo
    01 Nov 15

    font change doesnt work

    u make change into icons or status bar
    apply makes the app not responding
    the change gets applied but after restart goes back to segoi ui

  68. AdrianH
    03 Nov 15

    Given all the praise here, I am disappointed that I cannot seem to execute this programme. It doesn't even stay in memory long enough for Process Explorer to see it. Using Process Monitor I can see it execute and then terminate, but am not sure why this is the case.


  69. derrick
    04 Nov 15

    Hi there, I disabled the automatic update, and i can't go back, it says: "There were some problems installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x80070422)"

    I tried the option revert to default but nothing happens, somebody knows how to fix it?

  70. Sergey
    04 Nov 15

    First, make sure you are using the latest Winaero Tweaker. Few versions ago it had a bug causes such issues for the "reset defaults" button.

    If so, try to do the following:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type Notepad, and then click OK or press ENTER.

    2. Copy the following text, and then paste the text into Notepad:

    sc config wuauserv start= auto
    sc config bits start= auto
    sc config DcomLaunch start= auto
    net stop wuauserv
    net start wuauserv
    net stop bits
    net start bits
    net start DcomLaunch

    3.Click File, click Save As, and then type Repair.bat.

    In the Save as type box, click All Files.

    In the Save in box, click Desktop, and then click Save.

    4. On the File menu, click Exit.

    5. Right click the Repair.bat file that you saved and run it as administrator.

    Try to install the updates again.

    Anyway, I will look if everything is OK in the source code right now.

  71. DoDo
    07 Nov 15

    I have Windows 10 and used Winaero Tweaker to customize the Aero Lite theme to get closer to a Windows 7 feel. I still have two issues. Even if Winaero Tweaker can't help with these/you don't plan to update it with a solution, can you suggest how/where I should try to fix these?

    First, when I reduce the height of title bars below the default value, the minimize/full screen/close buttons on the right won't get smaller, only the button edges disappear.

    Second, I use the taskbar in the Never Collapse setting, with labels for active programs. Is there a way to customize the background color of the buttons/labels? I already had the problem before that the button/label of inactive windows don't stand out well. Now with Aero Lite black fonts for the button labels (which I'm happy with), it is hard to read the label of the active button, which has an ugly dark background color I can't change.

  72. DoDo
    07 Nov 15

    Expanding on my previous comment: after some further tests, I just discovered that if I set a custom color with Winaero Tweaker, and choose that as accent color in Personalization > Colors, it will only have an effect in title bars while Windows picks its own color for the taskbar. (I didn't notice this because I also use Classic Shell, and set a custom taskbar color with it.)

  73. Pein1911
    08 Nov 15

    It will mess up your win (both win 8.1 or 10) if u are using a HiDPI setting (caused by change icon desktop font, titlebar font, scrollbar size). Your UI will scale wrong ratio, wrong icon space after apply and resign-in !

  74. Pokosol
    08 Nov 15

    Could you enable white text for coloured title bars like it is for aero lite? I'd like to have a dark title bar.
    Also, do you think it would be possible to change the opacity for the 1px border in windows 10? Or disable it altogether?

  75. Arthur B.
    14 Nov 15

    For your information: With the latest updates to Windows 10 ('Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586'), the Winaero Tweaker is no longer working to change the fonts in the context (right-click) menus of desktop, taskbar, and explorer windows (I'm not sure what else). (It still works in the regular pull-down menu lists of ordinary menus, e.g. those of regedit.)

  76. mitz
    15 Nov 15

    The title bar coloring appears to not work on inactive windows after the latest windows build upgrade. Any workaround?

  77. Arthur B.
    16 Nov 15

    Okay, I found what needed to be done to get the font changes to work again, and in more places now, after the W10 upgrade 1511. You can delete the question and just float your boat. (I'm not using the tool, am just making the changes directly with regedit; the tool has a lot of problems like randomly and constantly enlarging the scrollbars even when not touched). I don't think it's going to burn anyone's heart out...

  78. mizuhakei
    20 Nov 15

    Well just complete the win10 update today and found that after the new upgrade winaero colored title bar is not working anymore...and just found the solution in the Personalize setting, in Colors tab select "Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar".
    Yup our kind development team know that we need a coloured title bar so they added it into this option.
    ...but not to undermine their good intention, just everything look so wrong in my eyes...
    It just colored everything if I switch that option on(my eyes!!), but what I want is only the title bar to be colored and the rest of them should remain the black color like the old one used to be. Thanks win10 dev anyway...
    Hope Winaero can fix it someday.

  79. Sergey
    20 Nov 15

    mizuhakei, the new version is on the way. It will fix this issue.
    Thank you for the feedback.

  80. any ETA?
    10 Dec 15

    any ETA?

    21 Dec 15

    Dude you are THE BEST.
    Thank you, really. Thank you for making this awesome tweaks and thank you for making them avalible for free! I know it's hard and that you need to make a living out of something in this time, but I really think the Internet and the entire computer world should be free, as well as music and art... The real reward and satisfaction in making any of these I've mention is seen people using and enjoying them, not getting some stupid green pieces of paper for them. I really appreciate your work, because right now I can't actually pay for this but I can still download it. But I know how the world functions and I promise you that as soon as I can I'll donate something as a sing of gratitude, I won't forget it

  82. Ventura
    12 Jan 16

    First of all, thanks a lot for the effort, you made a really useful tool! (I donated for it :D )
    You might check the "Enable Taskbar Transparency" option, when you check that, it stays transparent just until you push a taskbar icon (clock options, volume, network and so on).

  83. Greg
    25 Jan 16

    Where is the actual download link?

  84. Ben
    28 Jan 16

    A feature that I would really like to see return to Windows 10 from previous versions is to replace the 'Quick Access' menu with the way it was in windows 7 / 8. The ordering is not necessarily the issue, but more that you cannot rename the links without it renaming the linked folder. For example if I have a shortcut to a 'Pictures' folder on several PC that I want access to, they are all called 'Pictures' in the Quick Access menu. Previously I could rename it to Pictures (Server) etc.

    Second is to enable re-arrangement of pinned items on the task bar. ie for Excel, I have a number of pinned items. I can't changed the order of these frequently used items without un-pinning them and re-pinning them in the order that I need. A tweak to increase the number of pinned items would also be desirable for me, as I quite frequently use close to 10 excel docs, but when I have 10 pinned, windows will not show any recently used excel docs.

    Love the software and have been spreading it with everyone I know who is unhappy with changes Windows 10!


  85. Jeff
    02 Feb 16

    An awesome program! Any chance that the functions of This PC Tweaker could be added? Very tired of the folders reappearing in This PC / My Computer after every update. Thanks! Keep up the great work!

  86. Sergey
    03 Feb 16

    Jeff, the next version of Winaero Tweaker will have all This PC Tweaker options

  87. Vuth
    07 Feb 16

    With the new requirement to sign out to apply, would it be possible to add another option to apply on reboot? Often with things that require a sign out/reboot I'll apply the changes then just wait until I turn off my pc for the day, and have the changes applied on startup, as signing out is inconvenient at times.

  88. Sergey
    11 Feb 16

    Just press cancel. Changes will be applied next time you sign in.

  89. Graham
    16 Feb 16

    In Win10 some shortcuts have double blue arrows in the top right corner signifying that the program or folder it points to is compressed. It can be removed using the REG entry:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]

    Could you please add this as an option in WinaeroTweaker?

  90. Sergey
    17 Feb 16

    Sure I will add it

  91. AngryPanda
    19 Feb 16

    I used the latest version of this program and it BROKE my WINDOWS 10 10240 build. I made some tweaks to disable the lock screen and the one to not show last user who logged in... And when I boot up / restart I just see a GREY SCREEN and nothing else.

    I have to move mouse around to find the cursor so I can input my password to log into desktop and when I am on my desktop, it is like it booted into safe mode... It has the large icons and everything seems to be BIGGER than what it should be...

    This has me really ticked off. I am now trying to reinstall Windows 10... Use this at your own risk Windows 10 users.

    PS. I did try reseting all the options back to default... It still kept my windows 10 broken.

  92. Mbeat
    20 Feb 16

    Hey cool that you have decided to make an one in all application. I wanted to try that out but it seems that the download link is broken could you please fix that ?


  93. darren
    21 Feb 16

    great app! quick suggestion. the power plan menu is great, but it only shows built in plans. how about also showing custom plans?
    i have always been frustrated that the battery taskbar icon also only shows a couple of profiles instead of showing all of them. don't know it you want to tackle that one too....

  94. Graham
    24 Feb 16

    Thanks for the Compressed Arrows change!

    There are now a lot of settings in WinaeroTweaker and transferring them to a new PC is quite time consuming. Would it be possible to have Export Settings and Import Settings options? The export could save the settings to an XML or INI file that could then be copied to the new PC and imported with all of the changes then applied at once.

  95. Sergey
    25 Feb 16

    It is not Tweaker, it is something else. Tweaks you mentioned just cannot cause such issues.

  96. Sergey
    25 Feb 16

    I am thinking how to implement it. But I will add export/import feature for sure.

  97. Sergey
    25 Feb 16

    Thanks for your suggestion. It is a good idea to add custom power plans. I will look how it can be done.

  98. Gary
    26 Feb 16

    Sergey I am a disabled person I installed Winaero Tweaker I can not get the old volume to apply it still the new windows 10 volume is their a fix

  99. Ragnar
    26 Feb 16

    Is there somewhere to see the complete feature list for Winaero Tweaker please?

  100. Sergey
    26 Feb 16

    Under the tweaker image:

    Useful links for you

        The list of Winaero Tweaker features
        Winaero Tweaker FAQ

  101. Darkflame
    27 Feb 16

    Nice app, any chance of giving us a tweak to restore the Customize Link in the Notification Area Icons window?

    I really miss it as i use it all the time.

  102. Kent
    27 Feb 16

    Unhandled exception, parameter is incorrect error won't let me open the program. The standalone version for This PC Tweaker worked flawless on Windows 8.1 but all the download files have been removed sadly. Nonetheless, thank you for creating these.

  103. Sergey
    27 Feb 16

    Can I get more details to fix the issue?
    When exactly it happens? Can you copy/paste the whole error text?

  104. Kent
    28 Feb 16

    I can open the program successfully but when I try to click into one of the tweaks it will give me an error and close out. The error details are as follows:

    pastebin dot com/h4Jy5uwU

    The remainder of the message is a list of loaded assemblies and a JIT Debugging instruction paragraph. Not sure if you'll need these as they don't look too relevant. Additionally I am using a 64 bit Windows 8.1 machine; on another 64 bit Windows 8.1 machine Winaero Tweaker seems to work perfectly though.

    Thanks for looking into the issue.

  105. Aritra
    02 Mar 16

    Great work & great program. Congratulations...

    Only thing that bothered me was some of the check boxes are ticked by default when I first started the app.
    For example 'disable toast notification' was checked by default even if I haven't disabled it.

    I wanted to know that if I close the application, will it turn off the toast notifications?

  106. Sergey
    02 Mar 16

    Aritra, the application reads your preferences from Registry. If it shows the checkbox, it means that toast notifications might be already disabled in your operating system.

  107. Aritra
    03 Mar 16

    Sergey thanks for quick replies but I assure you that every time I launch your utility and head to the 'Balloon Tooltips' section from the left pane, it shows 'Enable balloon tooltips' to be checked, no matter I have it enabled or disabled...

    Same thing is true for 'Old volume control' it has the 'Enable the old volume control' option checked although it does work as it is expected to, but it seems that some bug prevents it from checkin the respective registry settings at launch...
    I have 2 pcs and the same issue persists for both...

    Thereby I would request you to check out the problems for yourself and rectify issues if possible. . .

    Anyway thanks again...

  108. Sergey
    03 Mar 16

    I will check this ASAP.
    Thank you for the report.

  109. Sergey
    04 Mar 16

    Aritra, the bug is confirmed. Fixed in dev version, the next version of Winaero Tweaker will not be affected by this issue.

  110. Sergey
    04 Mar 16

    Found the cause of the issue. Should be fixed in the next release.

  111. Hadlong
    05 Mar 16

    Could we add the ability to remove the blue and yellow shield from icons?

  112. Sergey
    06 Mar 16

    Can you show me a screenshot?

  113. Hadlong
    07 Mar 16

    I am having trouble posting hyperlinks to post you the screenshot.
    If you Google "blue yellow shield icons" or "blue yellow shield desktop icons", you'll see it.

  114. TechPastor
    12 Mar 16

    I used This PC Tweaker to adjust the folders visible in Windows 10 This PC. I have downloaded Winaero Tweaker and like the additional capabilities very much. However, the "Customize This PC Folders" feature does not seem to recognize the adjustments made by This PC Tweaker in the past. It looks like the "vanilla", out-of-box folders for Windows 10 in This PC, which is not accurate. How can I get Winaero Tweaker to see the actual shortcuts currently visible in my This PC configuration?

    Great work Sergey! I really do appreciate it.

  115. Sergey
    15 Mar 16

    I know this sucks, but

    Actually, I re-used the code from This PC Tweaker only partially. Most of the code was almost completely rewritten. Now folders will be added per-user, it does not perform registry ownership changes and works faster and is more stable.
    Note: This PC Tweaker's customizations are not compatible with Winaero Tweaker:
    • You will not see folders you added through This PC Tweaker in Winaero Tweaker.
    • You will not be able to restore items removed using This PC Tweaker using the new option of Winaero Tweaker. To migrate properly from This PC Tweaker to Winaero Tweaker, press Reset defaults in This PC Tweaker and then customize your folders using Winaero Tweaker.

    From the official announcement HERE.

  116. Johhny
    25 Mar 16

    This is one hell of a utility Thank you Sergey.

    I want to check with you if the problem with custom accent colors is Windows based or it has something with the app. Even though I set custom accent color to black, when I select it from Windows settings app blue one is applied. The problem occurs in Windows 10 1511, build number 10568.164. I cannot change the color of the sign in screen too. Is it possible to change these colors if one is using custom themes?


  117. Johnny
    25 Mar 16

    Thanks. This is very useful if you are in search of a clutter free notification center.

  118. Sergey
    25 Mar 16

    Windows 10 is well known for adjusting the custom accent color. Currently, there is no workaround for this issue.
    Try to play with color, set it not exact black but something closer to dark, e.g. dark grey.

  119. Audentity
    25 Mar 16

    I love this tool! Makes Windows 8.1 look OK.

    Big problem however. Whenever I restart or logout most of the changes I've made with Winaero Tweaker are lost. Any ideas?

  120. ayeyeoh91
    26 Mar 16

    Every time I open Winaero, it asks me if I want to install the latest update. So I click yes, follow the webpages, download, and then what do ya time I open it: "a new version is available...would you like to download?"

    So apparently I'm doing something wrong. Can someone direct me to the official link for the latest version of this? It's hard for me (I'm new to this stuff) to decipher what part of the webpage is an ad for downloading software and what I actually need to follow. Please and thanks in advance.

  121. Cris_
    05 Apr 16

    Big thanks for this nice Tweak Tool!!!

    One issue for me is the missing icons from "Customize This PC Folders" in:

    "DefaultIcon" folder + as default value the path to an icon which i has set per Winaero Tweaker.

    Tested with latest FF x32 on Win 10 x64 with WT v0.5.0.0.
    Missing in the download dialog from FF in the Navigation Pane!
    Has manualy add the DefaultIcon folder + icon path and all is right now.

    greetz from Berlin.

  122. Sergey
    06 Apr 16

    Fixed. Thanks for your bug report.

  123. Reason
    09 Apr 16

    Thanks! Excelent app, makes windows a LOT more stylish and customizable letting me get rid of most stuff I hate from it, all of this in a easy user-friendly way. Awesome! Great work. I just do not understand why people make some rude complaining comments taking into consideration this is 100% free! It is ok if you have doubts or ploblems, just try to ask politely and to be a little bit more thankful I mean, come on!

  124. napouser
    10 Apr 16

    there is a bug with this program

    after using a feature of it file explorer stops responding when draging a file to the navigation pane

    open an explorer
    drag a file from the right side (file side) to the left side (folder side)
    win aero broke it

    plz fix thanks

  125. Anton
    12 Apr 16

    Thanks for Winaero Tweaker. I noticed one thing: In the Windows Title Bar section, changing the Windows title bar height only works for (traditional) win32/win64 apps, not for Modern/Metro apps. Is there a way to change the title bar height for these apps?

  126. Sergey
    13 Apr 16

    As of this writing, it is not possible yet.

  127. Sergey
    14 Apr 16

    It is not a bug of the app. It is a bug in File Explorer in Windows 10.
    When you disable\hide Quick Access in the navigation pane, it breaks Drag-n-drop.
    I will add a warning about it.

  128. Brian
    17 Apr 16

    @Sergey @Johhny

    I'm having the same issue of the secondary colour being set to blue. This didn't happen before, so it's either a change in recent Windows versions or in Winaero.

  129. Sergey
    20 Apr 16

    Windows 10 is well known for adjusting the color. I still not found a workaround for this issue.
    Try to play with color, set it not exact black but something closer to dark, e.g. dark grey.

  130. Pablo
    26 Apr 16

    For some reason something's turned my taskbar black and I can't seem to get it to match the background colors like I have my windows. Any suggestions?

  131. Pablo
    26 Apr 16

    Nvm, it was just an unchecked Windows option. My b

  132. jdhenrichs
    27 Apr 16

    I like the ease with which your Winaero Tweaker lets me go back to colored title bars in Windows 10.
    But, I first change the background from the Win 10 (very ugly) default to just a solid color, then I use Winaero Tweaker to add the color to the title bars, and magically it has put back the Win 10 default background. If I then change the background to a solid color, magically the colored title bars ARE GONE.
    Also, I do not see a setting in Winaero Tweaker to change the background from the default.

  133. Aleksey Dolmatov
    01 May 16

    Please add the ability to specify the name of the object is added or after in "Navigation Pane" and "This PC Folders". I use OS Russian language, but there are Chinese and English names in the CLSID.

  134. Minimalist
    08 May 16

    Could you possibly give us a way to take the time and date off the lock screen. I already have a very nice watch, thank you M$.

    The writing hides my beautiful painting, and also reminds me how ugly M$ has made Windows 10.

  135. Thomas
    20 May 16

    How do I make a custom startup sound?
    I am running windows 10 and the current startup sound is wa wa aw waa!

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