Winaero Tweaker 0.16.1 is out

I am releasing Winaero Tweaker 0.16.1. While it is a minor release, it is an important milestone for the app, as it comes with a Windows Update fix for version 1909, and includes a number of other improvements.

What's new in Winaero Tweaker 0.16.1

I have rewritten the 'Disable Windows Update' option from scratch once again. Now it [again] reliable disables updates in Windows 10. Let me know if you have issues with disabling updates, especially if you have Windows 10 version 1903/1909.

Winaero Tweaker 0.16.1 Disable Updates

I have changed the user interface of the 'Disable Windows Defender' option. It is now just a checkbox that reflects the current feature state. Many users find the previous implementation with command buttons not obvious and confusing.

Winaero Tweaker 0.16.1 Disable Defender

For Windows 7 users, I've added a new option to disable the full screen 'End of Support' notification.

Winaero Tweaker 0.16.1 Win7 EOS

There are also improvements made to the search feature.

Traditionally, I would like to say BIG THANKS to each and every Winaero Tweaker user. Your support, reports and suggestions are always helpful.

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42 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 0.16.1 is out

  1. Shyam Reddy

    Super, thanks Sergey for another great release. ‘Disable Windows Defender’ option now is much better and easy to understand.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


  2. Pablo Montilla

    Will the ‘Disable Windows Defender’ option work when ‘Tamper Protection’ is on?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It must work. Tweaker doesn’t tamper Defender :-)

      1. Jason

        I think Pablo is asking because 1903 introduced tamper protection, which by default is enabled and when enabled, blocks write access to the registry keys that “Disable Windows Defender” needs to adjust to actually disable defender. I only discovered this after having errors with the option and reading up on solutions.

        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Ok, I will try here. I have never had any issue with setting the Registry values here from the tweaker.

  3. OMC

    Thank you so much!!!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are most welcome mate.

  4. Mick

    Thanks Sergey for your great work, your app is indispensable, first thing I always use when reinstalling Windows, far superior to any competition. Keep it up!

  5. Simon

    Hi, thanks for this, brilliant piece of kit.

    Just one thing, I recently updated Win10 to version 1909 but Tweaker is still showing “_release.190318-1202” on the desktop.

    Maybe this is unique to my machine or a more general bug?

    No biggie either way but just thought I would mention it.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      The line you see on the Desktop is generated by Windows, not by tweaker. It is a bug in Windows 10 v1909.

  6. Jeffrey Karasik

    When I unzip, WinaeroTweaker- is the file. Thinking that the version number might be a typo, I installed. It is version FYI

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Something on the Internet caches the download page. On my side, I have removed all my software caches. Try now please.

      1. Jeffrey Karasik

        Yes. The proper file is now downloading. Thank you.

        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Great! I will do this every time I release the app.

  7. Jonas Stax

    Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item

  8. Ираида

    Огромное спасибо за программу!
    У меня в Win 10 1909 отсутствует пункт Disable Your Windows 7 PC is Out of Support
    Notifications. Он появляется только на Windows 7 или какие-то проблемы у меня с программой?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      День добрый.
      Он появляется только в Windows 7. У вас нет проблем с программой.

      1. Ираида

        Большое спасибо!

  9. T-m

    Nice, I like the checkbox much better than the buttons in the previous version.

  10. JJones

    Super, thanks Sergey for another great release.
    Can you give me the status of “Disable Auto Arrange” for Windows 10.
    It is greatly needed by thousands of Window 10 users.
    Thank you.

  11. tweaker

    I found a great way to wreak havoc unto your Win 8.1 , see screenshot

    took me a while to figure out to NOT USE THAT SHELL EXTENSION unless you want to destroy your installation. Win is incompatible to itself ! stay away from the legacy user settings dialog ! BREAKAGE will occur !

  12. bug

    bug report: with context menu tweaker I added “launch powershell” to all directories.

    this totally screwed up EXPLORER.EXE ! it will no longer work until I removed the powershell entry.
    VERY DANGEROUS OPTION in win 8.1 ! will crash explorer all the time !

    But CMD.EXE launch in all directories works without problem.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks a lot for your report.
      I will check it.

  13. leomon32

    Hello, got the latest version downloaded on Wednesday the first but I noticed that the option to disable Windows Update isn’t working. I’m under Windows 10 17134.1130. I also noticed that windows defender is still running but both issues wasn’t there on previous version of your software, do I have to downgrade to 0.15 or ? Thanks in advance

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Which Edition? Home or Pro?

  14. George

    A dark theme would be extra-cool on Winaero Tweaker :)

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It will involve a lot of work. I will consider adding it.

  15. brian

    When using winaero tweaker 16.1 and changing the message font from 9 to 12, chrome and firefox does change the font size in the bookmark bar. It does not change the font size of the favorite bar in the “stable” versioin of Edge. Any idea why that is?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Because Edge doesn’t respect the legacy font options any more.

      1. brian

        Well, that sucks! ;)

        any work-a-round?

        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          I could not find a single one.

  16. raj naik

    Thank you so much!!!

  17. Васильев В.Е.

    Кто то обещал Winaero Tweaker перевод на русский язык.
    Программа очень полезная , но не могу использовать из за незнания английского языка. Так и висит на рабочем столе.
    Спасибо. С уважением Васильев В.Е.

  18. Guy

    Thanks for all those utilities but it seems there is a problem with the Share Page under Settings and Control Panel. I’m using Windows 10 1909 919H2 64-BIT
    I cannot see it anymore in the latest version. Was meant to be under Insider page according to The list of Winaero Tweaker features.
    There is/was a hidden page Share in System in the PC settings app of windows 10 but that is not recoverable anymore either in latest W10 version. When I disable all the tweaks I can share drives, folders and files again. So one of the tweaks is taking care of the share feature. Which one? Thanks.

  19. Verevkin

    Прога великолепная, юзаю несколько лет.
    Есть проблема: падает при запуске с правами локального админа на доменном клиенте. Сообщений об ошибках не выдаёт. ИЧСХ, пару лет назад ещё запускалась, а потом чёт перестала.

    Записи из журнала событий (в порядке возникновения)
    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:, метка времени: 0x5dc87e6c
    Имя сбойного модуля: KERNELBASE.dll, версия: 10.0.18362.719, метка времени: 0xb31987d3
    Код исключения: 0xe0434352
    Смещение ошибки: 0x000000000003a859
    Идентификатор сбойного процесса: 0x20
    Время запуска сбойного приложения: 0x01d5fdb98e2dfe97
    Путь сбойного приложения: D:\Soft\winaero\Winaero Tweaker\WinaeroTweaker.exe
    Путь сбойного модуля: C:\WINDOWS\System32\KERNELBASE.dll
    Идентификатор отчета: cd6ed357-ee36-4922-a58c-47b3911be81f
    Полное имя сбойного пакета:
    Код приложения, связанного со сбойным пакетом:
    Контейнер ошибки , тип 0
    Имя события: CLR20r3
    Отклик: Нет данных
    Идентификатор CAB: 0

    Сигнатура проблемы:
    P1: WinaeroTweaker.exe
    P3: 5dc87e6c
    P4: WinaeroTweaker
    P6: 5dc87e6c
    P7: bd6
    P8: 0
    P9: System.Exception

    Вложенные файлы:

    Эти файлы можно найти здесь:

    Символ анализа:
    Повторный поиск решения: 0
    Идентификатор отчета: cd6ed357-ee36-4922-a58c-47b3911be81f
    Состояние отчета: 100
    Хэшированный контейнер:
    Идентификатор GUID CAB: 0
    Это лечится или проще забить?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Это лечится, конечно, но вот “Сведения об исключении: System.Exception
      в WinaeroTweaker.Program.Main()” мне ничего не говорит. Там очень много всего написано.

  20. Steve

    Please add capability to colorize tasks in the taskbar! E.G. Microsoft Word is BLUE background for open instances, Excel has GREEN background for open instances. It’s very hard to look for your apps when you’ve got 20+ open!

  21. papparazy

    I’d just like to confirm that you, or anyone else who works at winaero is Fiazi

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Someone is using my logo!

      They say:


      That’s true. I initially made that logo for Winreview.


    Hey Sergey, Today 10/4/2020 @ 12.30pm (UK Time), Windows Defender removed “Winaero Tweaker” from my O/S. After all these years, I can’t believe it. Thought you should know !!!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks. Writing a clarification post.


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