Winaero Tweaker is out with a couple of new features

I just released a new version of my Winaero Tweaker app. As usual, it comes with bugfixes and new features.

To be honest, I wasn't planning a release so soon after the earlier one, but the previous version,, reportedly has a bug in the option to disable driver updates. I quickly fixed it and now you can take advantage of that option to disable forced driver updates. Thanks to the user, "Bob" for this bug report.

To make the release more valuable, I added a couple of new features to Winaero Tweaker for Windows 10 users.

Now you can disable Cortana in Windows 10 version 1607 "Anniversary Update". As you may already know, the built-in ability to disable Cortana was removed by Microsoft in the RTM build. Winaero Tweaker adds it back:disable cortana

Another added option allows stopping auto-update or auto-download of Store apps. By default, Windows Store in Windows 10 is set to download updates to installed and provisioned apps. The Store app also automatically downloads some promoted apps even if the setting we covered earlier to "Turn off consumer experiences" is enabled. This is not acceptable.

Auto update store appsUse the provided option to disable this behavior and prevent Windows 10 from auto-updating or auto-downloading Store apps. This can save your disk space, PC resources and bandwidth, but you can end up with old versions of the Store apps which you need to manually update occasionally.

That's it. Feel free to report any bugs you find and make your own suggestions.
You can download Winaero Tweaker here:
Download Winaero Tweaker | The list of Winaero Tweaker features | Winaero Tweaker FAQ

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

28 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker is out with a couple of new features”

  1. Is disabling Cortana via registry (the method you are using, correct?) any different than disabling Cortana via Group Policy?

    1. No difference. Posted the Reg way for users without the GP editor to save their reading time.

  2. Sounds like you’re going to have to remove features from Tweaker eventually, such as the ability to disable the Lock screen, once the Anniversary update comes out (if that other article about certain policy settings being removed is anything to go by).

    1. I will not remove them.
      I will also “Lock” them to Enterprise/Education/Server editions. That’s it.

  3. setup.exe – это лишнее.
    было так прекрасно обновлять просто тыком по bat-файлу.
    выкладывай, плиз, и портабл без сетапа, если не трудно.

  4. Thank you for this update! Removing Cortana feature was essential for me.
    I would like to suggest a feature – is it possible to make installer remember the Winaero Tweaker Installation location? In order to update it, user has to search for it previous location (if it is not default Program Files) manually.
    Thank you!

  5. Thank you again for this brilliant software; it really makes life so easier having all this tweaks under one same hood ! :-)

  6. Сергей, почему в portable версии нельзя сохранить закладки, жду от версии к версии, но изменений нет(

    1. Я первый раз слышу о проблеме.
      Куда вы их хотите сохранить?

      1. На новом компе запускаешь с флэшки, закладок уже нет, они с portable не переносятся
        Если реализуете “export & import user’s settings (to xml or ini file)”, тогда вообще здорово было бы

  7. Where can we download the portable version The current link only provides the installer version.

  8. please, add to tweaker: export & import user’s settings (to xml or ini file).
    а то у меня компов на работе over9000 штук :) я б такой файлик на сервер выложил.

  9. Right after setup extracts the files, (I chose portable mode) it would be removed because Windows 10 recognizes it as a malware.

  10. Bug Report: On Windows 7, with release, I am still getting a message of “unhandled exception… the parameter is incorrect” if I select “Open Last Active Window in Group”. Acts the same whether I install “normally” or run “standalone” from a directory somewhere. However, on my Windows 10 system, this feature works fine.

    Much much thanks for a terrific app.

  11. When using the XMouse option, it works fine for a while but then windows are raised even when the option is turned off. Is this a bug?

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