Customise your Windows with free software WinAero Tweaker, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker + lots more useful software
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Customise your Windows with free software WinAero Tweaker, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker + lots more useful software

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Found 13th Oct
In the same vein as the Classic Shell thread linked below

hotukdeals.com/dea…921

Hope it ends up in Freebies, if not, someone please help!

I hate some of the new things that Windows 10 does (and a lot of the things older version did too) and between these 3 tools you'll be able customise pretty much everything. Mind you, Classic Shell also incorporates Classic Explorer that allows you to tweak the explorer interface too.

WinAero Tweaker
winaero.com/
winaero.com/blo…es/
Massive customisation of Windows versions back to 7
Pet hates in Win 10 this one fixes:
- Win 10 now adds a 5 pixel "border" around windows, so even if you position it to go to the edges of the screen, the next time you open that Window, the window has been made smaller and has this big "gap" around the edge... (dammit, Creators update has made this a bit funny too)
- Win 10 update options can be installed when you want! (the latest Win 10 Creators Update I think it is has changed these options somewhat but if you have Pro then you can still postpone the updates and only install when you click, Update)
- Easily modify Explorer navigation pane items
- Disables reboot after updates, automatic maintenance, a load of "phone home" stuff
.... the list goes on

7+ Taskbar Tweaker
rammichael.com/7-t…ker
Adjust how taskbar items are displayed and interact, including having the Win 7 menu when you right click on if you want!

Other free stuff that's great
- EAC: Make perfect copies of CDs and rip them to just about any format
- VLC/MPC-HC: Between them will play any media file, including internet video and audio streams
- 7-zip: Unzips every archive type I've ever needed to
- Sandboxie: Sandboxes your browser (or any other program) so that if it gets infected or messed up, you can just delete the sandbox it was running in, and it's like it never happened.... Just think of all the uses
- Irfanview: Image viewer
- PDF Shaper - Do almost anything to PDFs that most programs require money for, add/extract/reorder/rotate/crop pages, extract text, convert between different formats
- PDF X-Change Editor - Free version is just a good lightweight PDF viewer
- Radio Downloader - Automatically download any podcast with an RSS feed
- Advanced renamer - Powerful file renamer that can also do batch stuff
- ImDisk - RAM disk creator
- Teamviewer - Can easily share desktops and take control to troubleshoot someone else's computer
- h2TestW and Crystal Disk Mark - For testing out all those dodgy SD cards and USB sticks that you've bought because of HUKD

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I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect details. I dont care....I'm no interest to anyone as are 99% of us. We all look at porn, look up odd things and tbh i hope they do get the pedo and terrorists at the ecpense of me looking at a few sites
GDB222222 m ago

Okay, I guess I shouldn't have made that assumption. You use a niche …Okay, I guess I shouldn't have made that assumption. You use a niche browser that hardly anyone else uses, presumably because you care fanatically about privacy, as that's its main selling point. Curiously, they route your browsing through their proxy, so they know exactly what you are doing! Many people have heard that MSFT is checking on them. They get hot under the collar about that, without realising that it's exactly what Chrome and Chrome-OS do. These companies are only doing it so they can target adverts at you. They are not really interested in your spicy emails to your girlfriend/boyfriend. Apart from that, iOS gave pixel level access to Uber.

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All great! Thanks.
Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?

pooool17 m ago

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?


O&O ShutUp10 (very apt name!) perhaps : oo-software.com/en/…p10

"O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.

Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.

O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!"
Edited by: "Crossbow" 13th Oct

pooool14 m ago

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?


Have you looked at settings ... privacy?

To be frank, there's an awful lot of hype about this. I bet you use Chrome, which spies on you just as much.

Crossbow7 m ago

O&O ShutUp10 (very apt name!) perhaps : …O&O ShutUp10 (very apt name!) perhaps : https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10"O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!"


Thanks Crossbow. Check this out too:

techcrunch.com/201…pa/

GDB22227 m ago

Have you looked at settings ... privacy?To be frank, there's an awful lot …Have you looked at settings ... privacy?To be frank, there's an awful lot of hype about this. I bet you use Chrome, which spies on you just as much.


I don't use Chrome GDB I use Epic Browser: epicbrowser.com/

Nice one

pooool23 m ago

I don't use Chrome GDB I use Epic Browser: https://www.epicbrowser.com/


Okay, I guess I shouldn't have made that assumption. You use a niche browser that hardly anyone else uses, presumably because you care fanatically about privacy, as that's its main selling point. Curiously, they route your browsing through their proxy, so they know exactly what you are doing!

Many people have heard that MSFT is checking on them. They get hot under the collar about that, without realising that it's exactly what Chrome and Chrome-OS do. These companies are only doing it so they can target adverts at you. They are not really interested in your spicy emails to your girlfriend/boyfriend.

Apart from that, iOS gave pixel level access to Uber.

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pooool1 h, 0 m ago

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?


Spybot Anti-Beacon: block and stop tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 - speed up your computer hotukdeals.com/dea…020


got some heat last time, that was nearly a year ago so if anybody feels like re-posting it, feel free - had my 15 mins of fame already lol

I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect details. I dont care....I'm no interest to anyone as are 99% of us. We all look at porn, look up odd things and tbh i hope they do get the pedo and terrorists at the ecpense of me looking at a few sites
GDB222222 m ago

Okay, I guess I shouldn't have made that assumption. You use a niche …Okay, I guess I shouldn't have made that assumption. You use a niche browser that hardly anyone else uses, presumably because you care fanatically about privacy, as that's its main selling point. Curiously, they route your browsing through their proxy, so they know exactly what you are doing! Many people have heard that MSFT is checking on them. They get hot under the collar about that, without realising that it's exactly what Chrome and Chrome-OS do. These companies are only doing it so they can target adverts at you. They are not really interested in your spicy emails to your girlfriend/boyfriend. Apart from that, iOS gave pixel level access to Uber.

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gr8h8me23 m ago

I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect …I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect details. I dont care....I'm no interest to anyone as are 99% of us. We all look at porn, look up odd things and tbh i hope they do get the pedo and terrorists at the ecpense of me looking at a few sites



I think the anti-privacy concern is a bit over-done as well - but the telemetry slows down your PC, see my old thread 2 posts above, so if you can close it down, you speed things up

Original Poster

As noted, WinAero Tweaker let's you disable most of the Windows built in telemetry stuff. With other apps, you can sometimes close some ports, as the telemetry is sometimes transmitted on a different port, or block the app from accessing the internet altogether with the firewall (obviously not an option for things that require internet though!). If you want to at least dissociate your normal browsing from any questionable browsing, so the 2 aren't done in the same browser session, then Sandboxie is awesome! Also glad to see people adding their own free app recommendations. Keep them coming!

luvsadealdealdeal1 h, 57 m ago

I think the anti-privacy concern is a bit over-done as well - but the …I think the anti-privacy concern is a bit over-done as well - but the telemetry slows down your PC, see my old thread 2 posts above, so if you can close it down, you speed things up


Thanks luvsaddd. Telemetry is the enemy...

pooool3 h, 46 m ago

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?



I'm afraid there is no way to stop Windows 10 transmitting your details to Microsoft (they call it 'Telemetry Data'). The only version which allows you to set Telemetry transmission to zero is Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, which is not available as a free upgrade and it's expensive to buy. So you better stick with Windows 7 if privacy is important to you and you don't want to pay Microsoft for the privilege of not spying on you.

pooool6 h, 22 m ago

I don't use Chrome GDB I use Epic Browser: https://www.epicbrowser.com/


Same as chrome must be made by them under a different name.

pooool13 h, 48 m ago

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?


safer-networking.org/spy…on/

pooool13th Oct

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?


Buy a MacBook mate.

I'd love this if it made every window appear under the taskbar at the top - where if should be - but they still haven't sorted that out.

pooool13th Oct

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?


Format C:

Just keep to Windows 7.

pooool13th Oct

All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via …All great! Thanks.Anybody know how to stop Microshaft spying on us via Win10 please?



If using Enterprise Edition of Windows 10, Telemetry can be disabled within the Group Policy Editor via Start Menu -> gpedit.msc -> Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Data Collection and Preview Builds.

For those using Windows 10 Home and possibly Professional, this configuration is not available but the Group Policy Editor can be enabled via a registry setting (please research how to do this). Another alternative is to block outgoing traffic to specific servers that capture telemetry data by way of editing the Windows Hosts file (although I have not tested this since the telemetry capture may have been coded to avoid the Hosts file). The Windows Hosts file located in:

%systemroot%\System32\drivers\etc

Edit the hosts file using administrator privileges and block the following server urls by pointing them to 127.0.0.1. Alternatively, block the urls at the gateway (such as in a DMZ machine or the router).

Please research how to edit the Windows Hosts file if you're not familiar with the format.

The list of urls to block is as follows:

vortex.data.microsoft.com
vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com
telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
oca.telemetry.microsoft.com
oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com
sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
watson.telemetry.microsoft.com
watson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
redir.metaservices.microsoft.com
choice.microsoft.com
choice.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
df.telemetry.microsoft.com
reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
services.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
sqm.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
telemetry.microsoft.com
watson.ppe.telemetry.microsoft.com
telemetry.appex.bing.net
telemetry.urs.microsoft.com
telemetry.appex.bing.net:443
settings-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
survey.watson.microsoft.com
watson.live.com
watson.microsoft.com
statsfe2.ws.microsoft.com
corpext.msitadfs.glbdns2.microsoft.com
compatexchange.cloudapp.net
cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net
a-0001.a-msedge.net
statsfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
sls.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
fe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
diagnostics.support.microsoft.com
corp.sts.microsoft.com
statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com
pre.footprintpredict.com
i1.services.social.microsoft.com
i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
feedback.windows.com
feedback.microsoft-hohm.com
feedback.search.microsoft.com
rad.msn.com
preview.msn.com
ad.doubleclick.net
ads.msn.com
ads1.msads.net
ads1.msn.com
a.ads1.msn.com
a.ads2.msn.com
adnexus.net
adnxs.com
aidps.atdmt.com
apps.skype.com
az361816.vo.msecnd.net
az512334.vo.msecnd.net
a.rad.msn.com
a.ads2.msads.net
ac3.msn.com
aka-cdn-ns.adtech.de
b.rad.msn.com
b.ads2.msads.net
b.ads1.msn.com
bs.serving-sys.com
c.msn.com
cdn.atdmt.com
cds26.ams9.msecn.net
c.atdmt.com
db3aqu.atdmt.com
ec.atdmt.com
flex.msn.com
g.msn.com
h1.msn.com
live.rads.msn.com
msntest.serving-sys.com
m.adnxs.com
m.hotmail.com
pricelist.skype.com
rad.live.com
secure.flashtalking.com
static.2mdn.net
s.gateway.messenger.live.com
secure.adnxs.com
sO.2mdn.net
ui.skype.com
msftncsi.com
msftncsi.com
view.atdmt.com
msnbot-65-55-108-23.search.msn.com
settings-win.data.microsoft.com
schemas.microsoft.akadns.net
a-0001.a-msedge.net
a-0002.a-msedge.net
a-0003.a-msedge.net
a-0004.a-msedge.net
a-0005.a-msedge.net
a-0006.a-msedge.net
a-0007.a-msedge.net
a-0008.a-msedge.net
a-0009.a-msedge.net
msedge.net
a-msedge.net
lb1.ms.akadns.net
pre.footprintpredict.com
vortex-bn2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net
vortex-cy2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net
Edited by: "ElliottC" 15th Oct

Wow that's a long list

ElliottC3 h, 54 m ago

If using Enterprise Edition of Windows 10, Telemetry can be disabled …If using Enterprise Edition of Windows 10, Telemetry can be disabled within the Group Policy Editor via Start Menu -> gpedit.msc -> Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Data Collection and Preview Builds.For those using Windows 10 Home and possibly Professional, this configuration is not available but the Group Policy Editor can be enabled via a registry setting (please research how to do this). Another alternative is to block outgoing traffic to specific servers that capture telemetry data by way of editing the Windows Hosts file (although I have not tested this since the telemetry capture may have been coded to avoid the Hosts file). The Windows Hosts file located in:%systemroot%\System32\drivers\etcEdit the hosts file using administrator privileges and block the following server urls by pointing them to 127.0.0.1. Alternatively, block the urls at the gateway (such as in a DMZ machine or the router).Please research how to edit the Windows Hosts file if you're not familiar with the format.The list of urls to block is as follows:vortex.data.microsoft.comvortex-win.data.microsoft.comtelecommand.telemetry.microsoft.comtelecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.netoca.telemetry.microsoft.comoca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.netsqm.telemetry.microsoft.comsqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.netwatson.telemetry.microsoft.comwatson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.netredir.metaservices.microsoft.comchoice.microsoft.comchoice.microsoft.com.nsatc.netdf.telemetry.microsoft.comreports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.comwes.df.telemetry.microsoft.comservices.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.comsqm.df.telemetry.microsoft.comtelemetry.microsoft.comwatson.ppe.telemetry.microsoft.comtelemetry.appex.bing.nettelemetry.urs.microsoft.comtelemetry.appex.bing.net:443settings-sandbox.data.microsoft.comvortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.comsurvey.watson.microsoft.comwatson.live.comwatson.microsoft.comstatsfe2.ws.microsoft.comcorpext.msitadfs.glbdns2.microsoft.comcompatexchange.cloudapp.netcs1.wpc.v0cdn.neta-0001.a-msedge.netstatsfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.netsls.update.microsoft.com.akadns.netfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.netdiagnostics.support.microsoft.comcorp.sts.microsoft.comstatsfe1.ws.microsoft.compre.footprintpredict.comi1.services.social.microsoft.comi1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.netfeedback.windows.comfeedback.microsoft-hohm.comfeedback.search.microsoft.comrad.msn.compreview.msn.comad.doubleclick.netads.msn.comads1.msads.netads1.msn.coma.ads1.msn.coma.ads2.msn.comadnexus.netadnxs.comaidps.atdmt.comapps.skype.comaz361816.vo.msecnd.netaz512334.vo.msecnd.neta.rad.msn.coma.ads2.msads.netac3.msn.comaka-cdn-ns.adtech.deb.rad.msn.comb.ads2.msads.netb.ads1.msn.combs.serving-sys.comc.msn.comcdn.atdmt.comcds26.ams9.msecn.netc.atdmt.comdb3aqu.atdmt.comec.atdmt.comflex.msn.comg.msn.comh1.msn.comlive.rads.msn.commsntest.serving-sys.comm.adnxs.comm.hotmail.compricelist.skype.comrad.live.comsecure.flashtalking.comstatic.2mdn.nets.gateway.messenger.live.comsecure.adnxs.comsO.2mdn.netui.skype.comwww.msftncsi.commsftncsi.comview.atdmt.commsnbot-65-55-108-23.search.msn.comsettings-win.data.microsoft.comschemas.microsoft.akadns.net a-0001.a-msedge.neta-0002.a-msedge.neta-0003.a-msedge.neta-0004.a-msedge.neta-0005.a-msedge.neta-0006.a-msedge.neta-0007.a-msedge.neta-0008.a-msedge.neta-0009.a-msedge.netmsedge.neta-msedge.netlb1.www.ms.akadns.netpre.footprintpredict.comvortex-bn2.metron.live.com.nsatc.netvortex-cy2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net


Another option would be to use pi-hole to block the sites pi-hole.net

gr8h8me13th Oct

I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect …I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect details. I dont care....I'm no interest to anyone as are 99% of us. We all look at porn, look up odd things and tbh i hope they do get the pedo and terrorists at the ecpense of me looking at a few sites

Only merkins have pedos.

gr8h8me13th Oct

I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect …I think people are absolute fruitcakes if they think they can protect details. I dont care....I'm no interest to anyone as are 99% of us. We all look at porn, look up odd things and tbh i hope they do get the pedo and terrorists at the ecpense of me looking at a few sites



Paedo not pedo. We're English not American. Other than that, you're absolutely right.

gap3015th Oct

Wow that's a long list



Yes a very long list, been using the tweaker etc for donkeys.
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