Winaero Tweaker

The ultimate all-in-one app for tuning Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

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Winaero Tweaker is a freeware app created by myself, Sergey Tkachenko. It is an all-in-one application that comes with dozens of options for fine-grained tuning of various Windows settings and features.

It also includes most options which were available in free standalone apps at and extends them as much as possible.

This web site is a new home for the app. It is ads-free, scripts-free, and web tracking-free.


Winaero Tweaker comes with plenty of features and tweaks. To name a few of them:

  • Shortcut tools that you can use
    • To launch an app as Administrator without a UAC confirmation.
    • To directly open any Control Panel applet or system folder.
    • To directly open any Settings page.
    • To create shortcuts to the classic Shut Down Windows dialog (Alt+F4), and Safe Mode.
    • To remove or customize the shortcut arrow overlay icon.
    • To remove the " - shortcut" suffix.
    • To remove blue arrows from compressed files.
  • Manage Windows apps and features.
    • Restore classic Windows Photos Viewer to use it instead of Photos.
    • Restore the classic sound volume pop-up slider.
    • Permanently disable Windows Telemetry and Data Collection.
    • Permanently disable Windows Defender.
    • Permanently disable Windows Update.
    • Disable ads and unwanted app installation (Candy Crush Soda Saga, etc).
    • Enable the built-in Administrator account.
    • Enable automatic Registry backup.
    • Change drag-n-drop sensitivity.
    • Disable Action Center and notifications.
    • Reset icon cache.
    • Reset all Group Policy options at once.
  • Networking options
    • Change the RDP port.
    • Make mapped drives accessible for elevated apps.
  • Tune up Windows appearance
    • Customize folders in This PC.
    • Customize entries in Navigation Pane in File Explorer (in the left pane).
    • Rename and change the icon for the Quick Access entry.
    • Increase the taskbar transparency level.
    • Show time seconds in the taskbar clock.
    • Disable blur for the sign-in screen.
    • Customize fonts, and the Alt+Tab dialog appearance.
    • Change the title bar color for inactive windows.
  • Context menus
    • Add handy context menus using a huge set of presets, e.g. to switch a Power Plan with one click, open a Command Prompt, add a Settings cascading menu - plenty of them.
    • Hide default entries from the context menu, e.g. Edit with Photos, Edit with Paint 3D, etc.
    • Add 'Run as Administrator' to VBS, MSI, CMD and BAT files.
    • Change the default app for the Edit context menu entry for images.

And much, MUCH more! Check out the following list of features:

The list of Winaero Tweaker features


The user interface of the app features bookmarks, search, and the ability to hide tweaks you are not going to use. You can also create a Desktop shortcut to any of its tweaks.

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Version history

Here is the list of releases

End-user license agreement

This software is provided free of charge by but Sergey Tkachenko, called futher as "author", retains copyright. You are not allowed to make any copies or redistribute this software including but not limited to making the software available for download or making this software part of a software CD or any other media compilation. For the exception case you should contact the author directly via email to get the permission.

You are not allowed to sell or to rent this software. You are not allowed to reverse engineer this software.

This software is distributed 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. The author is not responsible for possible damage, which is caused by use of the software.


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