Winaero Tweaker 0.14 is out

Winaero Tweaker 0.14 is here. I am happy to announce that this release features a number of usability improvements and bug fixes. Also, it comes with 16 new features. The installer now supports silent setup options which are useful for deployment and unattended installations.

Winaero Tweaker 014

I would like to start with bug fixes and improvements.

Fixes and improvements

First of all, I have fixed a bug that could cause the removal of the "Pin to Start" context menu entry. Thankfully, it was happening under certain conditions, so it should not affect many users.

Also, I have removed the G+ button. R.I.P. Google+.

Search changes

I have fixed the Search feature (again and again). There was the following bug:

  1. You type a search condition into the search box.
  2. When you hit the Enter key, the app shows you a list of available tweaks. You select one and hit the Enter key to open it.
  3. Now, you press CTRL+F to bring the focus back to the search box, and hit the Enter key to repeat it.
  4. Expected behavior: You see the same search result. Instead, Winaero Tweaker was directly opening the first search result.

This bug is now fixed. The search now works properly when you need to repeat it.

Winaero Tweaker Search

Another change to the Search feature is navigation. Previously, you had to hit the Enter key twice to move the focus to the list of tweaks in the search results. Now, if you hit the Enter key the second time in the search box, it will open the first found tweak. Hitting the Down arrow key will move the selection down in the search results.

Registry Navigation History

The "Open Registry Key" tool has got a list of previously visited entries. It keeps up to 15 recently opened Registry paths. Double-clicking on an element in the history will re-open it.

Winaero Tweaker Open Registry Key

Create shortcut to any tweak or category

Have you ever wanted to open a tweak in Winaero Tweaker directly with one click? Well, it is now possible! There is a new toolbar button that allows creating a Desktop shortcut to any page of Winaero Tweaker, both for tweaks and categories of tweaks.

Winaero Tweaker Create Shortcut Button

So, if you are using a tool or tweak all the time, just create a shortcut to reach it with one click.Winaero Tweaker Shortcut Icons Winaero Tweaker Shortcut Goes Directly Winaero Tweaker Shortcut Dialog

The button with a green check mark next to the shortcut button will allow you to

Set any page as your default (home) page of Winaero Tweaker

Winaero Tweaker Set Home Page

The next time you open the app, you will see the selected page instead of "Information".

Click on the same button to unset your home page.

Winaero Tweaker Set Default Home Page

New Tweaks in version 0.14

Change Icon Cache Size

Winaero Tweaker Icon Cache Size

To show icons faster, Windows caches them into a file. This special file contains icons for many apps and file types, so File Explorer doesn't need to extract the icons for known file extensions and apps. This allows File Explorer to work faster. The icon cache file size is just 500 KB by default. Due to this restriction, folders with many files may open slowly. Increasing the icon cache size may resolve the issue and fix slow loading icons in the File Explorer app.

This blog post explains how the tweak works: Change Icon Cache Size in Windows 10

Windows Mode Context Menu

In addition to the App Mode context menu, you can add the Windows Mode context menu.

Winaero Tweaker Windows Mode Context Menu

Remove 'OneDrive', 'Rotate left/right', and 'Create a new video' context menus

These:

Create A New Video Context Menu

Windows 10 Move To Onedrive Context Menu

Windows 10 Rotate Image Context Menu

The options can be found on the 'Remove Default Entries' page.

Winaero Tweaker Remove Default Entries

For details, see the appropriate blog posts:

Hide the People bar options in Windows 10

Winaero Tweaker Disable People Bar

Starting with Windows 10 build 16184, Windows 10 includes the My People feature. It adds a special icon to the notification area of your taskbar and allows pinning your contacts directly to the taskbar, so you can start messaging, call or compose an email with  just one click.

By using the option in Winaero Tweaker, you can disable the feature and remove its taskbar context menu entry in Windows 10. Here's how it works.

Clear Live Tile Cache in Windows 10

You might want to reset the Live Tile cache in Windows 10 if some live tiles display invalid contents. For example, imagine a situation where you deleted some photos from your Pictures folder, but the Live Tile of the Photos app continues to show them. This behavior is unexpected and very annoying. Or if you have any private information that you do not wish to disclose to anyone else looking at the screen, you might want to clear this data too. Sometimes, Live Tiles may not update and you might face issues with updated content on the Live Tiles in the Start menu in Windows 10. In any of these cases, you can try to reset their cache.

Winaero Tweaker Reset Live Tile Cache

Attributes Context Menu

If you change file attributes frequently, you might find it useful to add a special context menu.

Windows 10 Attributes Conext Menu

Enable the following option:

Winaero Tweaker Attributes Context Menu

Speech Recognition Context Menu

For your convenience, you can add a special command to start Speech Recognition directly from the Desktop context menu.

Speech Recognition Context Menu

Winaero Tweaker Speech Recognition Context Menu

Reset Permissions Context Menu

Windows 10 Reset Permissions Context Menu

Winaero Tweaker Reset Permissions Context Menu

This context menu will allow you to quickly reset permissions for a file or folder in Windows 10. By resetting effective permissions, you will restore NTFS permissions of files and folders back to their default inherited permissions. See Add Reset Permissions Context Menu in Windows 10.

Inherited Permissions Context Menu

Windows 10 Inherited Permissions

By adding a special context menu "Inherited Permissions", you'll be able to turn on or off the inherited permissions for files and folders quickly with one click, without opening the Advanced Security Dialog.

Winaero Tweaker Inherited Permissions Context Menu

For details, see Add Inherited Permissions Context Menu in Windows 10.

View Owner Context Menu

In some cases, the Windows operating system prevents you from doing any operation on certain files and folders. It can be a system file or folder, or one which was created by a user account that no longer exists. By default, almost all system files, system folders and even Registry keys in Windows 10 are owned by a special built-in user account called "TrustedInstaller". By adding a special context menu command, you will be able to see the owner of a file or a folder quickly.

Add View Owner Context Menu In Windows 10

View Owner Context Menu Added In Windows 10

To add the menu, you need to enable the following option.

Winaero Tweaker View Owner Context Menu

More details can be found HERE.

Remove Linux from Navigation Pane

Starting in pre-release builds of Windows 10 version 1903 "April 2019 Update" a new item, Linux, appears in File Explorer to provide faster access to the Linux file system. If you are interested in removing it, use the tweak Navigation Pane - Default items to remove it.

 Installer with silent setup options

This change will allow silently installing the app. The unattended installation hides all the installer windows and doesn't require user interaction. Here are the switches you have to use to get Winaero Tweaker installed or extracted from the installer (portable mode) silently.

WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT

Install the app silently using default options.

WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /DIR="c:\wt_normal"

Install the app to a custom directory.

WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE

Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to the folder c:\WinaeroTweaker.

WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE /DIR="c:\wt_portable"

Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to a custom folder.
You can create a batch file like this:

cd /d %~dp0
Set SetupApp=WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe

: Install the app silently.
%SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT

: Install the app to a custom directory.
: %SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT /DIR="c:\wt_normal"

: Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to the folder c:\WinaeroTweaker.
:%SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE

: Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to a custom folder.
:%SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE /DIR="c:\wt_portable"

I would like to say THANKS to every Winaero Tweaker user. Your support, reports and suggestions are much appreciated!

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

37 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 0.14 is out

  1. Alexey Dolmatov

    Open folder and run WT don’t include on finish page extract setup =(
    Will be added switcher button or checkbox?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I have removed them intentionally.
      I find them useless for portable mode.
      You are the first person who is missing these options.

      Reply
  2. Shyam Reddy

    Took a while but have come back with plenty of new features. Thanks a ton, Sergey! Much appreciated!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I am happy to know that you find them at least interesting :)

      Reply
  3. Josh

    The ‘Disable Cortana’ page causes causes the program to crash when opened.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Which Windows version you are running? I can’t reproduce the issue: https://i.imgur.com/PKCEuDg.png

      Reply
  4. leolepsi

    Excellent tool. Thanks for your work!

    Reply
  5. T-m

    Awesome. Look forward to upgrade.

    Reply
  6. M Andre Z Eckenrode

    Why does the download page for Winaero Tweaker give the version date as Monday 2015 March 09 – 12:16:03?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Because I have not updated the date. I will hide that date row. It is useless.

      Reply
  7. throkr

    There’s a little error in the change log links on this page (https://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.1836):
    0.14 “See what’s new” leads to 0.12.1 (https://winaero.com/blog/winaero-tweaker-0-12-1-is-out-with-fixes-and-a-couple-of-new-features/) instead of 0.14 (https://winaero.com/blog/winaero-tweaker-0-14-is-out/).

    Thank you !

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you mate. I will fix it.

      Reply
  8. throkr

    One issue: I used the newly available tweak “Disable People bar” but the tweak is NOT listed when I use the export function. I’m in Win10 1809 – 17763.348.
    Thanks for you time ! :-)

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Quite possible that I forgot to add the Export/Import function to that tweak. I will take a look.

      Reply
  9. Warlike

    Does Winaero Tweaker detect what OS and build it is installed?

    On Windows 8.1 i can see some tweaks which seem to be for Windows 10.

    Or are they combined all in one place?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It detects the OS properly. Some tweaks are common between 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.

      Reply
  10. David

    Fantastic work, Sergey!
    I have donated in the past, and I will happily donate again for your awesome tool.
    Cheers
    David

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you very much David!

      Reply
  11. Verevkin

    Твикер не стартует с правами локального администратора.
    Заводится только из-под доменного пользователя. Почему?
    ————-
    Приложение: WinaeroTweaker.exe
    Версия платформы: v4.0.30319
    Описание. Процесс был завершен из-за необработанного исключения.
    Сведения об исключении: System.Exception
    в WinaeroTweaker.Program.Main()
    ————–
    Имя сбойного приложения: WinaeroTweaker.exe, версия: 0.14.0.0, метка времени: 0x5c7f8b33
    Имя сбойного модуля: KERNELBASE.dll, версия: 10.0.17763.346, метка времени: 0xd620e319
    Код исключения: 0xe0434352
    Смещение ошибки: 0x0000000000039149
    Идентификатор сбойного процесса: 0x7bc
    Время запуска сбойного приложения: 0x01d4d7cd84bbb695
    Путь сбойного приложения: D:\Soft\winaero\Winaero Tweaker\WinaeroTweaker.exe
    Путь сбойного модуля: C:\WINDOWS\System32\KERNELBASE.dll
    Идентификатор отчета: 5bb11738-1f95-4897-8efb-d8aa8d20b9f7
    Полное имя сбойного пакета:
    Код приложения, связанного со сбойным пакетом:

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Не могу сказать. Будем посмотреть.

      Reply
  12. Bruce

    Quick question about disabling Windows 10 Updates
    It seems your Winaerotweaker will disable the Windows Update Service
    Is this all we really need to do in order to not have updates forced on us ? ?
    Or do we still need to also do a setting in GPEDIT in order to keep them under control ? ?

    Thanks for a good program.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I do hope that the option in the Tweaker is enough.

      Reply
  13. Dave

    Is it possible to enable the dark theme for explorer on 1803 with files from the 1809 iso?

    Reply
  14. Jakub

    Hi, have you considered expanding the “Add X to context menu” options with optional “Only show with Shift “?

    Also in the “Remove X from context menu”, removing the “Send to…” would be useful.

    Thanks for the good work.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hi,
      I will consider adding the options you mentioned.

      Reply
  15. PD

    Thank you for this excellent, hugely useful tool that just keeps getting better.

    One small suggestion: could you include a changelog with links to pages like this one for details?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I will do.

      Reply
  16. AimHigh

    when clicking on “See in detail how this tweak works” on the Attributes tweak (Context menu) brings you to “add shutdown context menu in windows 10” link.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Must be set to a wrong link. Thank you!

      Reply
  17. iss

    this app can not be installed silently under UAC control mode.
    how can i disable UAC without pw??

    Reply
  18. Conquero

    Super cool!
    upgrade is better..
    in Navigation Pane – Custom Items, it will be cool to add “SortOrderIndex”, and “System.IsPinnedtoNameSpaceTree=0 or 1” options

    https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/
    is working cool which opens not powershell

    Reply
  19. nebula

    can’t replace startup sound in windows10 1903… why

    Reply
  20. EP

    I’ll wait for a point one (.1) release of winaero tweaker 0.14.x that is fully compatible with the upcoming public release of the 1903 May 2019 update. still some things in 1903 that should be ironed out before Microsoft releases it widely in late May

    Reply
  21. PhredE

    One thing missing all over the ‘net, and for which there appears to be no solution, is the missing ‘Sharing hand icon’ from under shared folders in File Explorer and the like.
    Adding a separate ‘Shared’ column (Yes/No) is the only solution I can find; awkward.

    WinAero may be the only utility in existence that can show the hand, if you can find a way.

    Thanks for all.

    Reply
  22. zubeen

    Man you’re doing a fantastic job, I’m following this software since you serve it in different pieces, big fan here…good luck for the future

    Reply
  23. Валерий Егоров

    Доброго времени суток!
    Автор и программа супер! Вот бы еще и русский интерфейс подключить. Это возможно?

    Reply

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