Winaero Tweaker FAQ

Read Frequently Asked Questions for Winaero Tweaker.


Winaero Tweaker 0.2

q. What is Winaero Tweaker?
a. Winaero Tweaker is my latest software which consolidates all the tweaks from my smaller, standalone apps. It has an easy to use UI to access all the features from a single app.

q. Is it freeware?
a. At this moment, it is free of charge. This can change in the future because it provides great value but at this moment I have no such plans.

q. How do I obtain and start Winaero Tweaker?
a. You can download Winaero Tweaker by downloading the ZIP file. Extract all the files from the ZIP to a single folder and then run WinaeroTweaker.exe. Winaero Tweaker files

q. What is the WinaeroTweakerHelper.exe file?
a. Some operating system options require a background process to be continuously running to monitor those changes. For example, if you change the wallpaper or the theme, the taskbar in Windows 8 will automatically become translucent. If you previously made it opaque using Winaero Tweaker, it needs to make sure that the Taskbar turns opaque even after you close the Tweaker app. So, WinaeroTweakerHelper makes such tasks possible by running in the background and consuming a minimal amount of memory. Winaero Tweaker memory

q. Why is WinaeroTweakerHelper.exe 32-bit even though the Windows OS I am running is 64-bit?
a. It needs to be 32-bit. It is required by Windows API implementation, see THIS for more details.

q. Why does WinaeroTweakerHelper.exe run at Windows startup?

Winaero Tweaker startup
a. You enabled some features in the Tweaker which caused the helper process to run when you sign in to complete those tasks. For example, you may have turned on "Make taskbar opaque at startup":

Opaque Taskbar in Winaero Tweaker

q. Hey! Why does Winaero Tweaker try to access the internet or "phone home"? Does it collect any personally identifiable info?
a. It does nothing except check for updates. You can disable it from the Tools -> Preferences menu. Thereafter, Winaero Tweaker will not connect to the Internet. Winaero Tweaker updates

q. Where's the apply button that was on Boot UI Tuner/Close Threshold/Window Borders/Any other app combined with tweaker?
a. There is no such button in Tweaker for most of its settings. They are applied instantly after you change the appropriate setting and you don't need to click any additional buttons. It is better for your productivity.
However, for some features, an additional confirmation makes sense. For example, changing the shortcut arrow requires a restart of Explorer, so it is better to let the user perform this action manually to prevent any inconvenience.
In most cases, you don't need to click any 'Apply' button or anything else. Just change the settings you want according to your preferences.

q. How to uninstall Winaero Tweaker?
a. Winaero Tweaker can be installed as a portable app:
Setup Winaero Tweaker portable 1 Delete the folder where you extracted it to remove it. If you are unable to delete WinaeroHelperTweaker.exe, kill it from Task Manager.

If you have installed it using the Normal mode, go to Control Panel - Programs and Features - Uninstall a program. Uninstall the app there:
Winaero Tweaker uninstall

q. When will feature XYZ be implemented?
a. I am developing ALL my apps in my free time. So, your favorite feature will be implemented whenever I get time to code it.

q. Can you please add feature ABC?
a. I am always listening to your suggestions. Feel free to leave a comment.

q. After the Aug. 2 2016 update ("anniversary update", version 1607) some features disappeared from Winaero Tweaker. Why?
a. Microsoft has changed Group Policy and locked some options to Enterprise and Education editions. Unless you are running Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, you can't get features like "Disable Lock Screen" and "Disable Unwanted Apps". See this article for reference: Microsoft locks some Group Policy options to Enterprise editions in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

161 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker FAQ

  1. The0x539

    How about the ability to swap out individual system icons for theming?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      In past, i wanted to create a separate app for this.
      And i am thinking that it will be too huge app to become a part of tweaker.
      I need to think about.

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      1. Grigori Rho Gharveyn

        We created many custom icons for our projects and games. Windows had difficulty displaying these and would often only show a blank generic icon. We had a complex work-around that ran in the bootup to try to fix this, but that usually required a reboot and didn’t always work. We think the problem may have been a memory pool limitation.
        It would be nice to be able to use a large number of custom icons without issues.
        Enjoy!

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  2. Tony

    Why isn’t in Winaero Tweaker the Russian language?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      why it should?
      I will add russian later.

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      1. Tony

        OK, but another languages? Will be implemented the language script(or so)?

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Will be the same way as for other apps.

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  3. jcarerra

    If we already are running Classic Shell in Win 8.1, is there any conflict also running this?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      No, you should not get any conflicts.
      I only suggest you not to use Winaero Tweaker to make the taskbar opaque in that case. Use the Classic Shell’s built-in ability to make it opaque.

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      1. jcarerra

        Yes. I already noticed that the Opaque does not “stick.”

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Indeed

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      2. jcarerra

        This is interesting. I tried to do it only with Classic Menu>Windows 8.1 Settings. That DID make it opaque, but does not change the background to a dark gray,
        ^^That is necessary–I cannot read the ‘normal,’ but awful white text on light gray background. When I set transparency disabled in Classic Menu, AND *ENABLE* it in Tweaker, then I get White text on black (wonderful! and necessary to be ale to read anything there)–but suddenly later it will revert.

        Do you know any combination of settings that will get the dark background to stick?

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Nope, I even not noticed such UI effect.

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  4. unforgettableid

    Dear Mr. Tkachenko:

    Thank you for writing Winaero XMouse Tuner and Winaero Tweaker.

    A competitor to Winaero XMouse Tuner, Joel Purra’s “X-Mouse Controls” tool, is now open-source. I wonder if you too might please release the source code of Winaero XMouse Tuner or even Winaero Tweaker to the public?

    Kind regards,
    –unforgettableid

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  5. Coco

    the Winaero Tweaker does not work in windows 10 I get this error msg
    could not find part of the path c:\windows\system32\resources\themes\aero.theme
    in fact i looked for the resources folder in the system32 folder and there is not one
    any reason it is looking for something that is not even there?
    thanks

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Fixing right now

      Reply
  6. George

    Thanks for the excellent Winaero Tweaker, hope you can add Win 10 privacy settings. A note on the UAC setting: looks like there are two ways to disable it, the “hard disable” way and the “softer” Windows Control Panel way. Seems Winaero uses the first method, a consequence of which is the inability to use Store, for example. Maybe you could revert to the default Windows way which still prevents UAC from being annoying?
    A post on this: http://www.еightfоrums.com/sоftware-аррs/2З921-cant-run-apps-uac-turned-off-post2ЗЗ522.html#post2ЗЗ522

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Well, this is very reasonable request.
      I will think about it.

      Reply
  7. bill

    Can you implement changing the UI Font types in the way “Windows 8 Font Changer” does for Win8?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      well, I already implemented most of its settings.
      only the message && statusbar fonts are missing.
      will add to the next release.

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  8. Huy

    Why isn’t in Winaero Tweaker the Aero Glass for Windows ?

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  9. telemarker

    hey i used it on win 10 and activated dark color scheme.
    after switching back to white all the fonts in explorer look very pixy, i had clear type deactivated and have to activate it again but still not very suffuciant (not like before: standard win10 + deactivated cleartype).

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  10. telemarker

    also if i activate color bars it changes the background – what the f****

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  11. telemarker

    it would be cool to change the background picture of the logon screen instead of a plain color.
    http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/63920-Windows-10-Login-Lockscreen-Image-Changer-Work-in-progress/page19
    shows that this is working

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  12. Kim Rochat

    Running Win10 Pro x64. Shrinking title bar and scrollbar. Have aero light default enabled. Problem is on standby/restore, logout/login or restart, title bar and scrollbar go back to original size. WinAeroTweakerHelper.exe is NOT running on startup. Should it be?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      nope, the Helper app is not required to set metrics.
      It fails for many people actually, I am trying to find why.

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  13. PETER

    I prefer a solid colour background but when I then use your app to add coloured title bars the background reverts to a picture. If I then change back to solid background the title bars go back to white. How do I get both?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Apply colored title bars and go to Settings – personalization – background. Set solid color there.

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      1. PETER

        Sorry, I should have been clearer. I set solid colours in the personalisation part of settings, as you say. I set coloured title bar in your app. Whichever is the LAST action I take undoes the other one. So I can’t have a solid colour background AND coloured title bars. I could well be doing something stupid, but I can’t see it.

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          let me see. one moment pls.

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  14. carsten888

    I set the title-bars to be colored, but after reboot its back to normal windows 10.

    Did I overlook something?

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  15. Shirou

    Can you please DISABLE WinAeroHelper from running in the background? I’m 100% fine with renabling my taskbar transparency when I change my theme (which isn’t frequent) and I hate unnecessary stuff running unnecesarely in the background -_- Old OpaqueTaskbar was good as it asked of you “do you want to keep it in memory after restart” on which I gladly replied “HELL NO! Just change my taskbar to opaque and shut down -_- ” I want to use the opaque taskbar option but as long as the process is there I can’t.

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  16. Adam Johnson

    Hey Sergey,

    Any interest in releasing Winaero Tweaker as an open source application? I am interested in building a similar app for making some customizations to how Windows 10 works and figured it might be easier to extend your app vs. trying to build everything from scratch.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I am sorry, I have no such interest at this moment.

      Reply
  17. Don

    Hi, each time I use WinAero Tweaker to adjust things, the X in settings (and in other apps like VBA) get very big. If you email me, I can reply with screenshots so you can see what I mean, and hopefully you can tell me how to restore those to normal size. The titlebar and it’s X are desired size. Only other X’s in other places are huge. Please advise.

    -Don

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  18. Michael K. Pessolano

    Hello. I am wondering if you could add the feature of Centering the Titlebar title.
    Since you already added an option to change its font, I don’t think it would be that hard for you to add.
    It is certainly one of the downsides to using Windows 10 over Windows 8.1

    Thank you for your time.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Well, it is defined by the theme/visual style. It cannot be changed by metrics or with Registry.

      Reply
  19. Aabir

    when changing the font for any thing using this software fter clicking the apply button it says not responding
    please help.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I know about this issue.
      Probably you are running Windows 10?
      It appears for some users in random period of times. The new UI of Windows 10 blocks Windows Tweaker from doing the metrics trick. I am trying my best to find the solution.

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  20. Carol

    Hi, Sergey. I downloaded Winaero Tweaker but tried removing it, but it’s not going away. I deleted it off my computer, restarted my computer, redownloaded Winaero Tweaker, and deleted it again, but it’s still there. I ended the processes, too. What else can I do? Sorry if this seems a bit silly, I don’t know much about computers.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hi Carol.
      End the process “WinaeroTweakerHelper.exe” too. Then remove all files of WinaeroTweaker. It should be enough.

      Reply
  21. alan

    Hi Sergey,
    is there a way to keep Winaero Tweaker in the system tray?
    At present – as far as I can tell – I can only keep it running by minimizing it which takes up precious real estate on the taskbar. When I click on the X it stops running.
    Thanks,
    Alan

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Well, if you really need it, I can add such feature.
      Not a big deal.

      Reply
  22. Carlos

    How do I change windows startup sound? Can’t yu do that anymore? I can’t find the option

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I cannot do this in Windows 8+
      Thanks to Microsoft.

      Reply
  23. Евгений

    Why isn’t in Winaero Tweaker the Russian language?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Why it should be there?

      Reply
  24. Robert Brown

    Hey, I downloaded Winaero and it works perfectly, yet I cannot find where to change the start up sound. The icon is non-existent although everything else is where it should be. Is there a solution for this?? BTW I have Windows 10.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      this feauture works only in Windows 7. Just because Windows 8 and above does not allow to patch sounds in the shell32.dll file. Windows 10 also does not allow this.

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      1. Abigail

        I added two “Custom Accents” using Winaero Tweaker 0.5.0.6
        Now I want to delete them. How can I do that?

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Press “reset defaults” on Tweaker’s toolbar.

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          1. Abigail

            excellent! thanks for your fast answer! great service

  25. Abigail

    another question: is it possible to set via winaero that all folders in Windows Explorer (also as “Open” and “save as” when MS Office is used) be viewed with the layout “List”?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is not possible yet.
      I have not implemented such a feature.

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  26. Juzzy

    Hello there! Your work is great! I have an issue though, when using the app in windows 10 when I try to set a custom accent color to say black, it shows a preview thumbnail for the color in the windows personalization settings panel but when you click on it to set the color it only changes the titlebars and taskbar to blue?!?!?!? I’ve tried it on all manner of installs with the same result. Any way to fix this issue? Thanks for your time! I’ll donate if you can show me a fix. Great app man!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Try to add not black but very dark grey instead.
      Windows 10 is known to be adjusting the accent color by its own.

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      1. Juzzy

        Yeah I tried it, seems that windows automatically sets it your color to the nearest matching color in the default color sets… I guess microsft has something against people coloring their own windows? Or am I just doing something wrong here? maybe i could use a custom theme instead?

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  27. Abigail

    do you have an option to customize the Context Menu when it is used at basic features, for example at Windows Explorer?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      it will come to tweaker in the next release.
      If not, then in release after next.

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  28. Abigail

    when is to going to come that release and which is the way to know about it?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      don’t disable the built-in update check in settings – it will notify you automatically.
      When? Well, it is a good question. I am a bit limited with my time, can’t finish it for last couple of weeks. I am trying my best to release it as soon as it possible.

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  29. Abigail

    is it possible to set up Winaero to open “Save As” at the MS Office and to have at the right side the recently used files and folders?

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    1. Bob

      MS Office is in Seattle. Winaero cannot open a Save as there from Russia.

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      1. Abigail

        I’dI appreciate if we keep this thread professional.
        My same question in other words: when opening MS Office (or I imagine would be the same for the case of Window Explorer) is it possible to customize the left panel?

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  30. Bob

    The left pane has a Favorites/Quick access section that you can customize. It also has “Recent places”.

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    1. Abigail

      how can I do that?

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      1. Bob

        Drag a folder to Favorites to pin it. Right click a pinned folder to remove it.

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  31. Abigail

    ok, I knew that.
    Is there a way that automatically it can be accessed to the latest files? like a folder of recent files?

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    1. Bob

      Go to C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent and drag “Recent” to the Favorites pane. For folders you already have “Recent places”. Now you have both recent files and folders there.

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      1. Abigail

        how can I add that to the “Save As” in MS Office?

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  32. Roy Hart

    Hi Sergey,
    Is it possible to change the “dreaded white backgrounds” in all folders to a colour of choice?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It was possible in 7, using Ave Folder Background.
      Not sure if it works in Windows 10.
      There is no such a feature planned for tweaker yet.

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  33. Rainer

    Hi, I just downloaded WinAeroTweaker, but why I can’t change lock screen in Windows 10?? And why is the ctrl+alt+del thing is still there if I delete it?? BTW I still like your app still ;)

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  34. Verevkin

    Добавь экспорт и импорт изменений в файл/из файла.
    Add the export and import of changes to / from a file.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      This feature is already planned.

      Reply
  35. J. Meister

    Found bug in Winaero Tweaker 0.6.0.3 under Windows 7 (awesome much-needed program, BTW. Thank you).
    Desktop and Taskbar –> Open Last Active Window
    clicking the checkbox for Switch to Last Active Window in Group throws an exception (“parameter is incorrect”).
    See the end of this message for details on invoking
    just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.IO.IOException: The parameter is incorrect.

    at Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey.Win32Error(Int32 errorCode, String str)
    at Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey.CreateSubKey(String subkey, RegistryKeyPermissionCheck permissionCheck, RegistrySecurity registrySecurity)
    at 9{%daf%n5|GO0\.dJ<`#(^\\t\*".‪‍‌‍‬‏‏‭‏‪‭‏​‍‌‮‏‬‍‫‫‎‫‎‭‫‮(Boolean )
    at System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox.OnCheckedChanged(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox.set_CheckState(CheckState value)
    at System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox.OnClick(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    ************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    mscorlib
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5485 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    —————————————-
    WinaeroTweaker
    Assembly Version: 0.6.0.3
    Win32 Version: 0.6.0.3
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files/Winaero%20Tweaker/WinaeroTweaker.exe
    —————————————-
    System
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8686 (QFE.050727-8600)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Windows.Forms
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5491 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Windows.Forms.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Drawing
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5495 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/2.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Drawing.dll
    —————————————-
    WinaeroControls
    Assembly Version: 2.0.1.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.1.0
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files/Winaero%20Tweaker/WinaeroControls.DLL
    —————————————-
    System.Xml
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5494 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Xml.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Data
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8692 (QFE.050727-8600)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_64/System.Data/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Data.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Core
    Assembly Version: 3.5.0.0
    Win32 Version: 3.5.30729.5420 built by: Win7SP1
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Core/3.5.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Core.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Xml.Linq
    Assembly Version: 3.5.0.0
    Win32 Version: 3.5.30729.5420 built by: Win7SP1
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml.Linq/3.5.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Xml.Linq.dll
    —————————————-

    ************** JIT Debugging **************
    To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
    application or computer (machine.config) must have the
    jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
    The application must also be compiled with debugging
    enabled.

    For example:

    When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
    will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
    rather than be handled by this dialog box.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Fixing

      Reply
      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Thank you for your report.
        The bug is fixed, please re-download the app.
        It was a typo in a string, I accidentally pressed some key and saved it.

        Reply
  36. KEN CARTER

    I get the following error when I try to install tweaker

    Unable to execute file in the temporary directory. Setup aborted
    Error 5: Access is denied

    Any thoughts to get around this? I have tried using the Administrative User and get the same error.

    Thanks for your help.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      For some reason, it has no access to your %temp% directory.
      Check out its NTFS permissions.
      According to Procmon, it tried to do the following:

      Reply
  37. Joseph Gotsens

    Winareo Tweaker a very useful program. One suggestion:Give the option to color fonts for Icons.
    Windows 10 does not provide this and many people could use the change in color.
    This would be good for the next update.

    Thank you for the program.

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  38. Channa

    In Windows 10 Home edition the Network Drives over UAC option does not appear?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is not edition. It was a bug in Windows 10, so I disabled the feature after a certain build.
      Now it is resolved, needs to be re-enabled again in the Tweaker app.
      Thanks for reminding, I will do.

      Reply
  39. Sarah Sanchez

    I really appreciate the work you have put into the Winaero App. I installed it on my Windows 10 PC to change the default font to Helvetica Neue Light but it has not changed the default font throughout the entire operating system. For example, the Start Menu, Windows Apps, Sign In and Lock Screen still show the default Segoe font. Is there any way to completely replace the Segoe font throughout the entire Windows 10 operating system?

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  40. smaragdus

    “Winaero Tweaker can be installed as a portable app”.
    For me this is misleading because from a “portable app” I do not expect to write to Windows registry and this is what WinaeroTweaker actually does, it writes to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Winaero.com
    A truly “portable app” would store its configuration files inside program folder and not in Windows registry. In my opinion “Portable mode” should enable such an option.

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  41. Dave Hicks

    I do not see TakeOwnershipX in WinAero Tweaker. Perhaps it just hasn’t been implemented yet? Thanks for all your work.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I am working to merge them. It is in my TO DO.

      Reply
  42. Cath Kidston

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for this app. I have been trying to use the “customise This PC” feature to add a documents file, and it appears to work, however the folder is always automatically filled with the documents from my OneDrive, even though this is not the folder I selected.
    Oddly, the properties of the new folder show the correct number of files, even though they aren’t present.

    Any ideas how to get around this problem would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      First of all, I will try reproduce this issue tomorrow.
      I will reply here.

      Reply
  43. bill

    Sergey
    Can you tell me why when I open Elevated Shortcuts, it does not show me the form. There is a similar program, UACpass, that is reacting to this same issue and not working. I am trying to track down the issue on one computer. Two others work fine. I am guessing the programs are not able to verify the user as an admin but I have no idea what you are looking for to do that. I am an admin and I am in the admin group. Is there something else that might cause this?
    thanks
    bill

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      No error message? Nothing?

      Reply
      1. bill

        not a thing. It just opens with the Elevated Shortcut page, the See in detail link below that and the Description section immediately below that – no form.

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        1. bill

          Everything behaves exactly like the computers that work except I get no form. I opened it under a std user acct and it asked me for an admin p/w. I entered it and it opened. When I opened Elevated Shortcut it showed no form. The other computers show the form if I do the same thing so it is something after the admin verification. Whatever is trying to put that form on the screen is running into a roadblock. It seems to think it has succeeded which may be why no error is issued.
          Thanks for your help

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          1. bill

            it must have something to do with the GPT drive as I clean installed it again and it does not work with nothing else loaded on the system.
            Does anyone else have this working on a GPT drive??

          2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

            What is shows?

  44. Someone

    Thank you so much for this program. I have a problem in that I can’t turn off Winaero’s automatic updates. I getan unhandled exception. “Destination array is not long enough to copy all the items in the collection.”

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks. I look what I can do.

      Reply
  45. smarmotte

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for this tool : it does the job for any admin account and it’s quite beautiful.

    However, I’m trying to change “This PC” settings for my standard account.
    The problem is, when I start the tool, it requires to be run as an administrator (it seems to be hard-coded, not in the XML manifest inside the exe file). If a cancel elevation, an error is shown and the tool stops.

    As a result, “This PC” settings apply only to the administrator account, not for the standrad user I initialy targetted.
    This as a normal behavior of how I configured UAC.
    I don’t have any UAC consent, I need to enter administrator password. So the process is not from me with elevated rights but from administrator himself.

    So, finally, my question is: How can I start WinAero Tweaker without any elevation, in order to apply “This PC” settings to current user ?
    I understand many feature would NOT work in restricted account, but some settings do not require elevation.

    Thanks for considering this.

    Regards,
    SMarmotte

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      That is really strange.
      Winaero Tweaker is designed to start elevated, you are right.
      But it is ABLE to tweak the CURRENT USER account instead of the Administrator’s one. The behavior you described must be a bug, not a “feature”.
      Can you tell me what you exactly were trying to do with This PC?
      Did you try to add/remove folders?

      Reply
  46. Steven Haberkorn

    Can you possibly tweak Winaero Tweaker to allow the user to not only choose a system font, as you can now, but also allow the user to change the font attribute, such as bold and also change the font size? I am currently using 0.7.0.0 version and am also a member of the Microsoft Windows 10 Insider program and currently have Windows 10 Pro version 16170 installed. It seems that when I change from the default Segoe UI font to anything else the colon between the hours and the minutes display on the taskbar will always show a graphic rectangle instead of the colon. Nothing critical, just bothersome.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Steven Haberkorn

    Reply
    1. Sarah Sanchez

      I had the same thing happen with the clock when I updated from Anniversary (Build 1607) to Creators (Build 1703). It was so annoying to me, I went into recovery in Windows settings and selected “Go back to an earlier build” to get Build 1607 back again… and problem solved. Won’t update Windows until this bug in Winaero Tweaker is confirmed to be fixed.

      Reply
      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Unfortunately, it is not a bug in the app.
        This is how Windows 10 processes the new font. I haven’t found a solution yet.

        Reply
  47. Erwin

    Suggestion for Aroa tweaker. if it possible add lock option on window to prevent them form repositioning and resizing. dunno if it possible at all but such a option would be handy. as I use a lot of different windows on my second screen I do not wish to resize or excedenlty drag them around. so option to activate such option in menu of right click titel of window would be very welcome.

    if not possible to bad. if it is could you add this?

    Greets

    Reply
  48. Anonymous

    Are you open to discussing the method used in Winaero Tweaker to change registry values? I would have simply asked if the source were ever going to be made available but noticed that it was already asked towards the top of the comments section, not seeing a date I assumed it was recent.

    Reply
  49. George

    Thank you for Winaero Tweaker! Since Windows 7 we lost all the visual modification like the Font, size and color in the Apparence and Display. The only element that is still missing in the Winaero Tweaker is : change the color of the “selected item”, tool tips and hyperlinks. IT would be great if it is possible for the next version. Thanks again!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Okay, let’s see what I can do with this option.

      Reply
  50. Mark

    I absolutely love winaaero, as I am an avid Windows tweeker. However I can’t seem to get the Xmouse features to stick – every time I restart my laptop the settings seems to revert. I am running Windows 10 Pro on a Lenovo Thinkpad T510. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I will look. Maybe it is some bug.

      Reply
  51. Gary

    Where is the help in Winaero Treaker?
    I used the scroll bar part but it only changed the size in the Internet browser “Chrome”, everything else stayed the same in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and other parts of Windows 10.
    I want to change the width of the scrollbar on everything…….
    Thank you, great program so far.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      unfortunately, it is not possible to change the scroll bar width for UWP apps.

      Reply
      1. Gary

        Thank you Sergey.

        Reply
  52. Qaidul250

    Hey, download link for old task manager to Windows 10 is not working anymore. Please fix it.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      The link worx here.
      If not, try to download it from this share: Old TM

      Reply
  53. Nicholas Laing

    Is it just me or did Creators Update remove a lot of the windows menu display customization? I used to be able to right click desktop, ‘display settings’ (or ‘personalize’), and I could get to: Cleartype settings, dpi for fonts, and some menu\font\border custom sizing. I am not sure if WinAero has replaced the classic options, or they (Microsoft) are trying to phase out all those pesky configurations, and go the way of their ‘tablet UI experience’ they seem so convinced is a winner.

    Is there any tricks to get these old applets back? ie. are the previous .exe or .msc still somewhere in win system32\ etc?

    Thanks

    Reply
  54. Jonathan Criollo

    I’ve Uninstalled Winaero From Windows 10 (pro 64 (Version 1703 Latest Build) but still retain the settings from Winaero Tweaker. Bold fonts, inactive color,etc. Nothing major, I just assumed the settings wouldn’t stick. Am I lead to believe that I need to reinstall Winaero Tweaker, disable the settings to default then Uninstall? Seems cumbersome. Notice slight longer boot time on ssd but its to be expected. Winaero is the best nonetheless.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Well, this is by design. When uninstalling, the app keeps tweaks you made. Who knows, maybe you like them? So it doesn’t even try to reset them.
      Unfortunately, you need to get the app installed again to reset the system font.
      I am sorry for this inconvenience.

      Reply
  55. Liberator

    Rebooted so changes will Take Effect and when i try to start Winaero it Wont Start now

    Error Log
    Show/Hide

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Can you tell please which tweak you have applied?

      Reply
  56. LogicDeLuxe

    Is it possible to change the font for the taskbar buttons in Windows 7? I want it to use “Segoe UI Symbol” which has emoji.

    Reply
  57. Sarah Sanchez

    I posted this question several months ago with no reply. Start Menu, Windows Apps, Task Bar Context Menus, Sign In and Lock Screen still show the Windows default Segoe font after changing all fonts in every category of Advanced Appearing Settings of Winaero Tweaker 0.7.0.3. Please explain why it doesn’t completely replace the Segoe font throughout the entire Windows 10 operating system?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Sorry for this.
      Some UI elements have the hardcoded font. They do not respect the option (for example, most of the built-in Universal apps ignore it). That’s why some parts of Windows 10 still use the Segoe UI font.

      Reply
      1. Sarah Sanchez

        Thank you for the prompt reply. What other way can I change the default font in these hardcoded font sections?

        Also I would like to bring to your attention that when users with customs system fonts update from Anniversary (Build 1607) to Creators (Build 1703) it causes the colon in the clock in the task bar to display a rectangle (as if it is an unknown character. I am not the only one to report this as Steven Haberkorn also has posted this issue above and I know of 3 other people had the exact same problem. I had to go back to build 1607 because this annoys the hell out of me seeing the clock like that. Is this a bug in Winaero Tweaker 0.7.0.3?

        Reply
          1. Sarah Sanchez

            Thank you, really appreciate your effort. In that case, I will remain on Windows Build 1607 until you find a solution. As the clock displays properly on that build.

  58. Karen

    Thank you for this incredible program! I love my Surface and Windows 10, but Microsoft keeps removing features I need to be able to see and use my computer, drastically interrupting my workflow with every update. (Size 9 font? really Microsoft?). I used Winaero just now to adjust many of my settings, and was liking it so much I was considering making a donation. When I came to the ‘Windows Photo Viewer’ option, that was it. Your program is loaded with many great features, but that one, paired with the ability to decline updates, has to be the best–it will save me much time and frustration. I happily made a donation just now, keep up the good work!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you very much Karen for your kinds words and support.

      Reply
  59. Walraven

    Hi I love aerotweaker, but I have the following problem after the latest Windows10 update:

    When I enable Aero Lite as the main theme, the colours of the text in the taskbar turn black. This is very difficult to read. The text used to be white. Even with Aero Lite enabled. Now it only becaomes white again if the win 10 default theme is active.
    Can you please implement a way to change the colour of the taskbar text? I still want to have the window borders so have to keep Aero Lite enabled.

    Thanks Sergey,
    Wal

    Reply
  60. Daniel

    After fiddling around with Winaero Tweaker I have got a slight problem. If I click the start button (Windows 10) and write an UNC path I normally get up an explorer window with that directory, but it doesn’t work anymore, I just get an error message (error code 0x80070002). It pops up instantaneously, so it doesn’t even try. Exact same UNC path when input in the path field of an already open explorer window works fine.

    I first thought this was related to me ticking the “Disable web search in taskbar and Cortana” so I unticked it, but that doesn’t seem to help. Can’t find any other option that seems even removely related. Any ideas?

    Reply
  61. James

    I shutdown and restarted the system and i must have accidentally choose ‘other user’ option… How can i find, or what is the pre-determined login for other user on start-up???

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You must have enabled the ‘hide last user name’ option

      Reply
  62. Philippe Bacl

    When trying to set SegoeUI Semibold as the system font, I get the Semibold italic version of it from some reason.
    That’s unfortunate because I want to have a thicker font for those system menus for accessibility reasons.

    I tried quite a few things to get this working and for fonts like Arial Black it works but that one is too thick.µ

    Any idea why?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Currently, I have no idea.

      Reply
  63. MD

    Feature Request:
    Please add the tweak for long filename support in Windows 10.
    This allows dir\file paths to go over the default 260 character limit.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem]
    “LongPathsEnabled”=dword:00000001

    Reply
  64. Brian

    Hi S, I originally installed WT to increase font size in my browser’s Title Bars, without success! Can’t seem to find anywhere a way of doing this. Whilst going through the other WT menu options, I decided to try the Aero Lite theme, which enabled ok, but now I cannot revert to the Windows default I had originally – nothing happens after I click either “set Windows default theme” or “reset this page to defaults”. The thick green arrow changes to a thin blue one but that is all – the Aero Lite theme is still with me! Any suggestions for either or both of my difficulties please?

    Reply
  65. Graham

    I have just started to use this software. I have installed version 0.9.0.0 on a Windows 10, Fall Creators version, 64bit laptop.

    I normally have my desktop set to a ‘Solid colour’, however when I use Winaero Tweaker to ‘Enable Coloured Title Bars’ the desktop reverts to a picture background. If I subsequently reset the desktop background then the Title Bars become a dark grey colour (from blue).

    I found it best to manually set the title bar from Windows Settings option. Then use Winaero Tweaker to only set the ‘Inactive Title Bar Colour’.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I think it is the “Automatic Accent Color” feature that changes the color. I need to check it. But I am pretty sure.

      Reply
  66. T

    I need urgent help. Is there any support for Winaero tweeker? I enabled “Show info about the last interactive sign-n” and now it is impossible for me to log into my PC because Windows does not want to let me, saying …Windows couldn’t retrieve that info. And, it just comes back to the password field. Windows 10 pro.

    Reply
  67. My1

    any possibility of making both the setup (which can be used in a portable “just extract” mode, which doesnt need admin) and Winaerotweaker itself (which certainly wont need admin for everything) only elevate if needed?

    this would be awesome.

    Reply
  68. Just me

    Something obviously happened because I can’t log in Windows anymore. I had user/password free login before. Now I see “Other User” on the login screen and Im asked to type user and password, which I don’t have. What now?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You’ve hidden the last user name from the login screen.
      Type your existing user account name (and your password if it is set) to continue.

      Reply
  69. George Hosten

    Dear Mr. Tkachenko,

    I would like to thank you too for Winaero Tweaker.

    One Prolem I cannot resolve is:
    All my Icons are white (a white field on top of the orig. Icon) after closing and uninstalling Winaero Tweaker.

    Please help.

    Regards
    George

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hi.
      It is very easy to fix this issue.
      Open regedit.exe
      Go to the key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
      On the right, delete the string value named “29”. Or, change its value to the desired shortcut overlay icon.
      You can refer to this post.
      For some reason, the shortcut overlay icon file cannot be found on your hard drive. Deleting the 29 value will restore the default overlay icon.
      Finally, press Win+R and type/paste this command to the Run box: ie4uinit -show. This will refresh your icons instantly.

      Reply
  70. paul

    installed winaero tweaker and it is working for many borders but for with office applications Word and Excel the borders are not changed. What did I miss? Should it work for those applications? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Word and Excel (recent versions) draw their own window frame.

      Reply
  71. Andreas

    Hi,
    Great software! A question, is there a CLI to be able to deploy changes to several PCs through a deployment software (like MS SCCM) ? Or is all tweaks only reg edits?

    Thanks in advanced!

    /Andreas

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Most of the tweaks are just Registry tweaks.

      Reply
  72. Donald Shroyer

    Greetings. The Winaero Tweaker’s Customize This PC Folders does not appear to have some of the features of the superceded This PC Tweaker. Is there any information on if or when that will be remedied?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hello Donald,
      Which features of PC Tweaker you would like to get in Winaero Tweaker?

      Reply
  73. Don Coker

    I would like sizing capability (10, 12, 14, etc) added to the ‘system font’ choice in the Advanced Appearance Settings section, just as you do for the ‘menu’ choice. The default size of 9 is simply too small, especially if using a 2560 X 1440 (The Optimal setting) for my Thinkpad X1 5th gen.)
    After carefully reading the ‘system font’ explanation, I think I have misinterpreted its purpose. What I am truly seeking is for Windows 10 to reactivate the ‘advanced font settings’ capability as it was before the Fall Creators Update. I’m at a loss as to why they removed that capability and simply make everything bigger scaling, particularly when the display world in going HI-Def.
    Thank you for your response.
    Don Coker

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Ok, good to hear.
      Thank you for your feedback Don!

      Reply
  74. Toby

    Hey :)

    Love the program but I get an exception when I click on ‘Customise This PC Folders’ as following:

    See the end of this message for details on invoking
    just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    at WinaeroTweaker.Classes.ThisPCTweaker.GetThisPCFolders()
    at WinaeroTweaker.Pages.pageThisPCTweaker.ReadSettings()
    at WinaeroTweaker.Controls.PageTemplate.PageTemplate_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.UserControl.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    Hope this helps :)

    Also, what are the chances I can fork the repo?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It’s time to review this page once again. Thanks for the report.
      What repo you are talking about?

      Reply
  75. Carsten

    Hello Sergey,
    i would like to say “Winaero Tweaker” is the best tweak utility ever

    Can you add a feature automatically loading exported changes by a file?

    Regards
    Carsten

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I like the idea. I will consider adding it.

      Reply
  76. Boris Park

    there is a small bug for the option “Taskbar Visible with Touch Keyboard”.
    it creates a DWORD “TaskbarAvoidanceEnabled”, but it should be DWORD “Enable”.

    thanks for this nice tool.

    Reply
  77. Fixer

    Here’s another M$ annoyance that crept in with the 1803 update.
    * Suppose that you have multiple desktops, and press Win+Tab on a desktop with nothing running.
    * You get the multiple desktops thumbnails in a row at the top, then underneath there is the annoying message:
    “Use your PC more to see your activities here.”

    Could you possibly add tweak to get rid of this message?

    Every major update there are all these irritating details. Why is M$ doing such things?

    Reply
  78. Fixer

    Two further problems, both coming from Internet Explorer, which I unfortunately still have to use for some clunky websites:

    1. When I launch IE 11 (version 11.48.17134.0, on 64-bit Windows 10.0.17134.81, update 1803) after a reboot, it throws up a small window asking me whether or not I want to us the recommended settings. Those ‘recommended settings’ involve sending information off to M$, so I always decline. But there is no way to stop the window coming up, or to answer ‘No’ once and have that answer made permanent.

    2. When I launch a page using IE after a reboot, a second page comes up saying, ‘You should try Microsoft Edge’. I don’t want to try M$ Edge, and I don’t want to waste time over and over again closing the wretched page. At other times a banner headline comes up saying, `Try Microsoft Edge’, and I have to click ‘No thanks’ to get rid of it.

    A reasonable person would think that after all the revulsion to Bing that M$’s constant nagging caused, they would no longer be doing this sort of thing. Why does M$ constantly do things that irritate its customers and turn them away in mistrust from M$ products?

    If you could remove these two annoyances, that would surely deserve yet another ‘Service to Humanity’ Award, of which you already have many.

    Reply
  79. Donald Shroyer

    Please add Bookmarks to the Import/Export feature. Each Bookmark should be individually selectable as current individual tweaks are. Regards, Don

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Okay!

      Reply

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