What programs / apps to use to tweak Win 10

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  1. Posts : 4,465
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
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       #11

    For the updates control, I use Sledgehammer 2.7.2

    To tweak Win 10 to look more like Win 7 use
    - Classic Shell Site: Open-Shell - A MUST HAVE
    - Winaero Tweaker Winaero Tweaker
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  2. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #12

    Megahertz said:
    For the updates control, I use
    Sledgehammer 2.7.2
    Thank you very much Megahertz. I'll aim to use Sledgehammer and see how I get on with that. That said, the link you provide (in the quote above) currently points to "Windows Update MiniTool" — which I take it is something you don't use for updates, is that correct? In either case if the link is meant to go to Sledgehammer then it needs an edit.

    Open-Shell I already have, I've been using it since the days of Win 7 and Classic-Shell. Great program and without which I wouldn't even consider using Win 7 or Win 10.

    Winaero Tweaker I have already downloaded but haven't tried it yet. I want to image off my Base Win 10 system before I start experimenting with tweaking all that I fancy and more. In that way if I mess the system I can get back to a base system in minutes, not the days I've spent on it so far.
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  3. Posts : 37,607
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #13

    I used to use Sledgehammer. Downside is, the Store no longer works- you have to temporarily remove the block to be able to use it.

    As per my unacknowledged post, I again recommend using 'Notify' in Group Policy, unless you simply don't want any updates. Period. E.g. for hardware compatibility reasons.
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  4. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #14

    dalchina said:
    I used to use Sledgehammer. Downside is, the Store no longer works- you have to temporarily remove the block to be able to use it.
    I don't understand what are referencing that Store no longer works. Is this the Windows Store thingy that has Microsoft approved products only as part of what can be installed to the system?

    dalchina said:
    As per my unacknowledged post, I again recommend using 'Notify' in Group Policy, unless you simply don't want any updates. Period. E.g. for hardware compatibility reasons.
    Dalchina, I have now set Group Policy to 'Notify', I did that after first reading your recommendation. What is really concerning me about Windows Updates is that I've read too many stories of the darn thing really badly affecting some users systems from time to time. On that basis I guess I have some apprehension on allowing automatic updates to rip on my system. Certainly I have already disabled in Group Policy the ability of Windows Updates to auto-update drivers for the system.
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  5. Posts : 4,465
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
    Thread Starter
       #15

    dalchina said:
    I used to use Sledgehammer. Downside is, the Store no longer works- you have to temporarily remove the block to be able to use it.

    As per my unacknowledged post, I again recommend using 'Notify' in Group Policy, unless you simply don't want any updates. Period. E.g. for hardware compatibility reasons.
    There is now an option to use the MS store.
    What programs / apps to use to tweak Win 10-sledgehammer-majorgeeks3.jpg

    I've messed up
    Sledgehammer 2.7.2
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  6. Posts : 37,607
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #16

    What is really concerning me about Windows Updates is that I've read too many stories of the darn thing really badly affecting some users systems from time to time
    I can understand that; there was a really bad period around build 1909 and following when MS blundered badly. That's when I used Sledgehammer to avoid all that.

    However, Win 10 is in its last years and it's very likely there will be no major changes. As such, it should be stable- at least I hope so.

    The 'Notify' policy allows you to delay applying updates almost as long as you like- so you can apply updates only when you've read others' reports and e.g. a month or more after their release.

    Each update has a thread in the News section followed by users' comments. And of course there are the general new articles on the web.
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  7. Posts : 476
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #17

    i'll contribute here......

    being a WIN10 HOME user here with no GROUP POLICY EDITOR i came across POLICYPLUS GROUP POLICY EDITOR, its a portable app with no install required.

    Policy Plus 1.0 Download | TechSpot
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