Winaero Tweaker 0.18 is out with Windows 10 version 20H2 support and new features

It took a while for me to prepare and release a version of Winaero Tweaker that recognizes and supports Windows 10 version 20H2. So here is version 0.18, and it is notable for the ability to disable web search from taskbar in Windows 10 version 2004, and version 20H2, along with a few more new features some of you guys were asking for.

What's new in Winaero Tweaker 0.18

Tweaker Web Search

Windows 10 version 20H2 support

Winaero Tweaker now supports Windows 10 version 20H2 properly. (I hope) It is now able to differentiate version 2004, and version 20H2.

Disable Web Search in Windows 10 Taskbar in version 2004/20H2

Following the recent changes made by Microsoft, I have updated the appropriate option in Winaero Tweaker. Now you can use it to disable web results in Windows Search.

Tweaker Web Search 2

Customize rows and columns in the classic Alt+Tab switcher

You can now change the number of icon rows and columns displayed by the classic Alt+Tab dialog when you enable it. This feature works in all supported Windows versions by Tweaker, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Tweaker Alt Tab Extra Option

Change what App Keys do for the keyboard

One more new feature available for all the supported Windows versions - the ability to change the action for extra buttons available on many modern keyboards, such as Calculator, Computer, Browser, Mail, and so on. Microsoft Natural keyboards, for example, have plenty of them. Here you can reconfigure the buttons. The list of available keys is limited to 'known' buttons that Windows usually recognizes without extra drivers.

Tweaker Keyboard App Keys

Default apps context menu

This new feature adds the "Default apps" page of Settings to the context menu (details can be found here). This can be useful for checking your default app associations quickly.

Tweaker Default Apps Context Menu

Remove Share with Skype

Winaero Tweaker now allows removing the Share with Skype context menu entry. The option can be found under Context Menu \ Remove Default Menu Entries.

Tweaker Share With Skype

Create shortcut to a PS1 file that runs it directly

There is a new shortcut tool in version 0.18 that allows saving your precious time by creating a shortcut that will directly launch a PS1 file. The shortcut target will run the PS interpreter with -NoExit and -ExecutionPolicy Bypass options, so use it carefully.

Tweaker Run Ps1 Shortcut Tool

About box

Surprisingly, plenty of users were not happy with the former app behavior, when it returned to the "Information" page in the tweak list once you click on the Help > About menu item. After receiving a ton of complaints, I decided to add an extra dialog to the app.

Tweaker About Box


There is also a number of various issues resolved in this release. Most notable are.

  • Fixed the broken update check. No idea when it started to happen, but it was caused by a combination of my legacy code and recent web site changes. I've refreshed the update check routine.
  • Fixed wrong links for "how this tweak works" for a number of Tweaker options.

As always, 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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33 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 0.18 is out with Windows 10 version 20H2 support and new features

  1. JuanPa

    There is a bug with take ownewrship with folders.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      May ask which bug?

  2. Алексей Долматов

    “Download Winaero Tweaker” – 403 Forbidden.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Use the mirror website.

  3. Shyam Reddy

    Another great release! Thanks Sergey! Useful and helpful as always.

  4. throkr

    Thanks Sergey for this release!
    Confirming that the update check is now working again :-)
    (Win 10 20H2 – Build 19042.572)

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hehe, great!

  5. Peyrebrune

    Hello Sergey!
    Thank you so much for your software which enable user also to learn a lot of things while improving settings! (donation made)

    I cannot download the latest version 0.18 – I get the “Forbidden 403” error message & there is “nginx” but that’s all, so:
    * I looked at the FAQ, tried both of the download possibilities..
    * Tried with Vivaldi, Edge, Pale Moon, and even Epic browser with VPN..
    * I disabled the firewall, and then Kaspersky anti-virus.. But not both at the same time ! ☺

    Is there anything more I could do? Or is there an issue ? This is a feedback…
    I will try with another PC, anyway.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      That’s weird! And what about the second web site?
      Does it give you 403 as well?

      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Anyway, must be fixed now.

        1. Luc Peyrebrune

          Yesss! .. But the second computer only (the first one is still ‘stuck’ with the same error message)
          The second works with both chromium based & Firefox browser.
          Thank you very much!

  6. Daniel Robertson

    I notice that the windows version displayed on the desktop is still not correct…

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      That’s not a Tweaker issue. It is Windows drawing the its version, not my app.

  7. Brennan

    Can you please add the ability to run programs like regedit as SYSTEM like how you can run as TrustedInstaller?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I will think about it.

  8. Stephen Way

    Would I need to uninstall previous version, or install over the previous version?
    Great job thanks for your work!


    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Just install the new one over the existing one.

      1. Stephen Way

        Thank you :)

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Create a shortcut for it using Winaero Tweaker > Shortcuts > Shell Folder (CLSID) Shortcuts

      All keys are already in your hands. Look for the “System” items in them list.

  9. Ronald Spitzer

    I have just installed 20H2 version and have noticed that the Version on desktop is not correct. It shows build 19041 but the actual build is 19042. Tried this on several machines and all of them still display 19041.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      This is how Windows paints the desktop version. It is not a bug in Winaero Tweaker.

  10. Tsvetan

    BIG Thank You! :)))

  11. Frederick K Peters

    just installed 0.18. Import Tweaks still does not import bookmarks.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hmm. Must be a bug.

  12. Bruce

    Sergey: Thank you for this very interesting tool. I have been running version and was interested in updating to the most recent version but keying the Check for Updates button does not instigate a download or anything resembling an updating process. I am uncertain if directly downloading the newest version from the website will undo all my existing tweak settings. What would you suggest I do to keep current? As an aside and possibly relevant question, is it possible to generate a report detailing all the existing settings so that I can retain a record for recovery and/or transferring system settings to a different user on my Windows 10 system? Thanks.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      First of all, the app won’t undo your tweaks. Install it above the existing version.
      You didn’t receive the update notification due to a bug. It is now resolved in version 0.18.
      You can export your changes from File > Import/Export tweaks
      and then import them on some other PC.

  13. ten55

    Winearo Tweaker is not saving changes. Specifically to the system font. Windows 10 64bit

  14. Mohit G

    Hi. Please add a dark mode theme! :)

  15. Gigy M

    PowerShell as Administrator to Context Menu opens with black background color (and window size as cmd).
    I found this comand that works better:

    PowerShell.exe -windowstyle hidden -Command “Start-Process PowerShell.exe -ArgumentList ‘-NoExit -NoProfile -Command cd ”%V”’ -Verb RunAs”

    1. Gigy M

      %V is surrounded by two single quotes (‘)

  16. David

    Adding Context Menu option – Settings to Desktop Background does not work correctly in Window 10 versions 2004 and 20H2 since Winaero Tweaker v (that is version to current v0.18.0.0). The entries made to the registry are incorrect and about 94kB when exported.
    If the correct registry settings are imported then this option works.
    Disabling and reenabling the option within Winaero Tweaker leads to corrupt registry settings for this option.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep, that’s a known bug, and it is already fixed in the upcoming version. I hope to release it soon.


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