Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 released

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Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a long-standing tweak software for Windows operating systems. Previous versions are available for Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and the most recent release, Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4, adds support for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.

The program is a classic tweaking software that serves a different purpose than the half dozen privacy programs released for Windows 10 in the past couple of weeks.

Note: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4 which Windows 10 ships with. The program does not need to be installed and can be run from any location on the system once it extracted.

If you have run Ultimate Tweaker 3 for Windows 8 you will notice that the interface has not changed all that much. Colors have changed a bit and you will notice additional menu entries in the sidebar menu, but that is all there is layout-wise.

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Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 will create a system restore point on start which you can restore if tweaks you make have unforeseen consequences on the system.

The start screen displays general information about the operating system and computer hardware, and lists options to run system tools such as system restore or the system file checker utility.

Most tweaks have been carried over from previous versions of Windows, but you will find specific sections in the program designed exclusively for Windows 10.

When you open Customization, you find Windows 10 listed there as a tab. Customization enables you to change the appearance and functionality of the Windows taskbar, File Explorer, This PC or the modern UI.

The Windows 10 specific tweaks resolve several annoyances when it comes to that.

windows 10 customization

They allow you to make the following modifications to the operating system:

  1. Customize the Power Menu (add hibernate and sleep to the power options, show lock and sign-out in the user menu).
  2. Disable start animations.
  3. Apps and system uses light theme.
  4. Replace command prompt with Windows PowerShell on WinX menu.
  5. Enable access to Camera on Lock Screen.
  6. Show Frequent Folders and Recent Files in Quick Access.
  7. Use new volume control in notify area.
  8. Use new Battery flyout.
  9. Use new date & time pane flyout.

When you switch to Security & Privacy, you will find privacy settings listed for Windows 10.

windows 10 privacy

These settings allow you to disable certain invasive features of Windows 10:

  1. Disable Telemetry.
  2. Disable Biometrics.
  3. Disable and reset advertising ID.
  4. Disable handwriting data sharing.
  5. Disable Taskbar Bing web search.
  6. Disable Cortana.
  7. Disable Windows Update sharing.
  8. Disable Windows Feedback requests.
  9. Disable Password Reveal button.
  10. Disable Steps Recorder.
  11. Disable Inventory Collector.
  12. Disable Application Telemetry.

If you use Modern Apps on Windows 10, you may find the new options under Context Menu useful. They allow you to add modern apps to the right-click context menu.

modern apps context menu

One interested feature there is the option to pin drives to the desktop context menu. You find that option under Desktop Context Menu 2.

Apart from those major changes, you will notice smaller changes in the update. You may run the DISM command from the start page to fix corrupted system images for instance, and a new hover option to display a description for the tweak you are hovering over. Descriptions are provided for many but not all tweaks though.

Closing Words

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 is a useful comprehensive tweaking tool for Microsoft’s new operating system.  It is easy to use, offers descriptions for most tweaks and makes sure that a system restore point is created on start.

A restore defaults button is listed on each page as well which you can use to restore settings to their default values.


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