Winaero Tweaker 0.10 is ready for Windows 10 version 1803

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 is out. It will allow you to disable Windows Update reliably  in Windows 10, get rid of update notifications, ads in Settings, Timeline and My People. Also, it comes with new tools and tweaks, and it properly works under Windows 10 version 1803 "Spring Creators Update".


New Features of Winaero Tweaker 0.10

Windows Update

I've created the Windows Update feature of Winaero Tweaker from scratch in order to get rid of the most annoying behavior of Windows 10 - forced updates and upgrades. Now it looks as follows:

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Disable Windows Update

Turn on the check box, and you will not get updates in Windows. In Windows 10, it will block the operating system from enabling the Windows Update service and interrupting your workflow. Also, it blocks the apps which bring you annoying desktop notifications about updates.

By disabling the option you can restore defaults safely. The solution provided by Winaero Tweaker is safe and reliable. Also, the option now supports the import and export feature!

Get rid of ads in Windows 10

As you may already know, Winaero Tweaker allows disabling most of the ads in Windows 10. Recent Windows 10 versions come with more ads, including ads in Settings, Timeline, and People. Winaero Tweaker 0.10 allows disabling them.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Disable Ads

Disable Online and Video Tips in Settings

By default, the Settings app shows various tips, links to online tutorials and also videos for pages you open. Depending on your display size, they can appear below the page controls or on the right. If you find them useless or annoying, you can hide them.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Disable Online Tips

Disable Web search in the taskbar in Windows 10 version 1803

As you may already know, Windows 10 version 1803 doesn't allow disabling the Web search feature using the good old Group Policy tweak in the taskbar (Cortana), making Windows always search online for queries you type in the search box. Winaero Tweaker disables this behavior using an alternative method. The user interface hasn't changed.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Disable Web Search

Change Drag and Drop Sensitivity

You can now change drag and drop sensitivity with Winaero Tweaker. This can be useful if you have a sensitive touchpad and want to make it less sensitive to accidentally moving or copying files in File Explorer and other apps. Or you just might be unhappy with the default setting which requires dragging only a few pixels.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Drag Drop Sensitivity

Make "Run as" Always Visible in Context Menu

The next option will allow you to make the "Run as different user" context menu command appear without holding the Shift key. Using it, you can start a batch file, an executable file or even an app installer as another user.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Run As Always Visible

Using this option, you can also add the "Run as" command to the context menu of your Start menu items.

Add a Sign-in Message

You can add a special sign-in message that will appear for all users every time they sign in. The message can have a custom title and message text, so you can display any text message you want. Fill in the two text fields and you are done.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Sign In Message

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Sign In Message 2

Prevent Windows 10 From Deleting Thumbnail Cache

In Windows 10, File Explorer is able to show small previews for image and video files you have stored on your disk drive. To speed up this process, it uses a cache file. When a file is cached, File Explorer re-uses the thumbnail from the cache to show it instantly. Windows 10 deletes the thumbnail cache automatically. When this happens, File Explorer becomes terribly slow because it takes time again to re-generate the thumbnail for every file and cache it, so the process creates a notable CPU load for no reason. This is very unfortunate when you are browsing a folder which contains lots of images. Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the operating system keeps deleting the thumbnail cache after a restart or a shutdown, so File Explorer has to recreate the thumbnails again for your folders with images.

To prevent Windows 10 from deleting the thumbnail cache, enable this option:

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Thumbnail Cache

Disable Search History in File Explorer

Every time you search for some file name pattern or condition using the text box in the top right corner of the app's window, File Explorer saves it in the history. You can prevent it from saving your searches by enabling the next option.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Disable Search History

Change Taskbar Button Width

It is possible to change the minimum width of taskbar buttons. Using a new options of Winaero Tweaker, you can enlarge your taskbar buttons and make them more suitable for touch screens or high-resolution displays.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Taskbar Button Width

Default taskbar button width:Windows 10 Default Taskbar Button Width

Large taskbar buttons:

Windows 10 Customized Taskbar Button Width

The classic Shut Down Windows dialog shortcut

Starting with Winaero Tweaker 0.10, there is a new category of options called "Shortcuts". It combines a few previously available options with a new option, "Classic Shutdown Shortcut". Use it to create a shortcut to the classic Shutdown Dialog Windows dialog.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Classic Shutdown Dialog

Improvements and fixes

  • The option to prevent Malicious Software Removal Tool from Installing is now available under Windows 7.
  • Fixed the broken import/export feature for the context menu option "Run command prompt as Administrator".
  • The option "Open Registry Key" now opens the Registry Editor when you hit the Enter key in the text box.
  • The search result pane and the category view now use double-click to open items.
  • Winaero Tweaker now remembers the collapsed state of nodes in the navigation pane between sessions. Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Collapsed Nodes
  • Various minor fixes and improvements.

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47 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 0.10 is ready for Windows 10 version 1803

  1. Ronald

    Loving this tweaking software.
    Please consider adding fluent design on incoming updates.
    It might not improve the current features and content, but it will make the app very modern looking, clean, unique and less generic looking tweak software. Thank you and more power!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks for your kind words. I am only afraid that Fluent Design is only for Store apps.

  2. Shyam Reddy

    Thanks Sergey! Much much appreciate your efforts! This release came out of the blue but yes just in time for the Windows 10 update.

  3. Chris

    what the difference between
    disabled web search and
    disable cortana?Both do the same thing and both cannot be reversed after applying the changes
    so be absolutely sure you dont want cortana back before doing these changes

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Cortana is the talking cirle/assistant.
      Web search adds extra things in your search results. Disabling it won’t stop Cortana from assisting you.
      Disabling Cortana won’t remove web links from your search results.

      1. Chris

        disabling web search DID disabled cortana as an assistant
        same as disabling cortana does

        thats why i queried the two option , i disabled web search which did that plus disabled cortana as a assistant also , so in reality the two option are the same although te methodology is probably the same but unfortunately the result is the same
        whichever way you choose to go

  4. Dave

    How do I update?

    I’m using V0.9.0.0, can I just install this over it or should I export my settings, remove the old version, install the new version, and import my settings back?

    Or will the installer do all this automatically?

    PS I’d buy this program if it wasn’t free but I only use Paypal for online transactions.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Close Winaero Tweaker, install version 0.10 over the existing version. That’s it.

  5. Bob

    This is an awesome release. Winaero Tweaker has already become the best app for tweaking Windows 10 and getting it to behave.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks mate.

  6. Paul

    “Winaero Tweaker 0.10 will not launch on W7x64. Looks like maybe the build did not include dll’s that are present on a development machine but not a regular machine. sorry for no more detail, but all it’ll do is fail with: close or debug screen, nothing in logs. oops…

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      NO. It was just a minor issue with .NET 3.5. It is a bit tricky to get it working with 2 versions of .NET. ALl DLLs are in place.

  7. Paul T

    I still want to update Windows myself! What I don’t want is for it to update on its own and (more importantly) to force a reboot after updating. Please offer these options.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      turn off the feature in Winaero Tweaker, update the OS, enable the feature back.
      You are done!

      1. Paul T

        That isn’t a good solution for me, I update windows every couple weeks and don’t want to open Winaero and toggle the option every single time.

        Right now we have two options, 1) disable autoupdates and 2) disable rebooting after updates. I would like to retain that without turning off updates entirely.

        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          >disable rebooting after updates.
          OK, I will implement such option in the next version. I have some ideas.

          1. Paul T

            Thank you, I really appreciate it!

  8. zen

    Great tweaker but will not start on my win 7 x32 machine. I had no problem with previous versions

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Please redownload the setup. The problem is already resolved.

  9. OpenSource

    Is it open source? .NET code is obfuscated in this executable. It can’t be opened in ILSpy.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is not opensource. Once I found my code on StacksOverflow without credits, I started using obfuscation.

  10. Bill Woo

    This version is not compatible with Win 10 ver. 1709 ?

    I’ll assume it is not.

    thanks, as always, Bill

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It supports all versions of Windows 10.
      Winaero Tweaker is compatible with all versions and editions of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

      1. Bill Woo

        Excellent ! thanks, Bill

  11. Николай Петров

    Спасибо за апдейт.
    Сделай, плиз, PopupMenu на TreeView с пунктами, дублирующимим кнопки “Добавить закладку” и т.п.

    Вот, посмотри картинку нарисовал:

    Было б чуть да удобнее!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Понял и без картинки. Сделаю. Есть кой-какие проблемы с контекстным меню дерева, ибо у меня чутка свой компонент, и кривые руки( Разрулю – сделаю всё.

  12. Dave

    Dear Sergey,

    Is there anyway to stop only ‘Microsoft Solitaire Collection’ and ‘Microsoft Mahjong’ from automatically opening my web browser to view their associated ‘news’ pages?

    Is there a way “permanently” stop them from trying to automatically login to my xbox account?

    I do have 2 games, Recore and Quantum Break, from the windows store the require me to login to xbox live to play.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Unfortunately, these apps have no such options.

  13. George

    Many thanks for the new release. Winaero Tweaker is extremely useful, and living proof of how Microsoft has gone downhill after Windows 7… The amount of ‘helper software’ Windows 10 requires for sane operation is frightening.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yeah,… unfortunately.

  14. Bryan Kirk

    Is there any way to change the solid color used when hovering over a menu to be transparent? I managed to get it changed to be transparent in an earlier build of Windows 10 but I don’t remember how. If you know how to do that, please add it as a tweak. Thanks in advance.

  15. Theodor

    Don’t add fluent design. Anyway, I really like this application. But why can’t it change the startup sound in Windows 10? StartupSoundChanger works in Windows 10.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I will do!

  16. OMC

    Another fantastic realise by Sergey!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


  17. OKB

    Hi Sergey,

    Thank you for fixing what Microsoft forcing us to do things in a certain way.

    However, was wondering what happened to the single-click interface in WinAero Tweaker until I read it at the end of your change log. Pretty sure single-click is faster/better, but maybe make it an option for those who prefer otherwise?

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

    1. OKB

      Also noticed that wallpaper gets changed to default, when enabling/disable colored title bar.

  18. Phil

    Hi Sergey,

    I actually prefer the option to Set Windows update to notify only so I have kept version 9 of this app to do that on new installs.
    I like it when Windows tells me it has updates as it did a few weeks ago. I just installed the updates a few minutes ago.
    Turning off the Windows update service is probably not a very good idea as it pays to keep your system patched and having the system alert you is better than having to remember to patch it manually.
    Perhaps you could bring back this option please?

    Thanks mate.

  19. Denis

    This is all about version 1803, yet the downloads all appear to be labelled version 1709. Is that the same?

  20. Marc

    Hi Sergey,

    Great utility!
    I use this program, along with ‘LockScreenGone.reg’ (or is it already in Winaero?), Ribbon Disabler, Classic Shell and a link to the classic Control Panel, in one folder and call it “Make Windows 10 Look Like 7” and put it on peoples computers who hate Windows 10 and import a set of Tweaks.

    But ever since version 0.9 of this utility, it has problems remembering the settings for “Extra Buttons in Internet Explorer”. The check-marks are always gone when I import it. Are they *both* properly saved in the config file?

    1. Marc

      “Disable compressed overlay icon (blue arrows)” is not working for me either. I logged of and even rebooted, but I can still see them on my folders and files.
      Using Windows 10 1709 and Winaero
      Eh? 1709? I thought I had just installed 1803! Stupid laptop … it’s still preparing for 1803…

      1. Marc

        Anyway, I’m on 1803 now and still no luck: there are still blue arrows visible.

        1. Marc

          … which magically disappeared after a minute :)

          1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

            finally! :-)

  21. John M

    How does the program write/set my choices in Windows 10?

    1) If I check or uncheck an option, does it get written/set immediately?

    2) What about the other options? If I don’t make a choice with them, will the program also write/set the untouched options in Windows 10?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      1. most of the “check boxes” will apply the changes instantly, so yes, it will get set immediately. For some options, you will see the “Apply” button.
      I don’t like extra actions, so I prefer the direct action.
      2. If you do not touch anything but opened a tweak page, it won’t modify the related values.
      3. By clicking the “reset defaults” button on a tweak page, you will get default values written to the Registry. Any extra value previously created by the app will be removed as well.

      1. John M

        Thank you for time and information. And, for a very useful program, of course.


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