Disclaimer : You should not do this if you are worried about terms of service or may need some of the functions of the app store later. It is hard to say what MS will do in the future but for now it seems to work. You should not do this on a Win install that you may want the full featured install instead. There is always risk involved with using third-party tools that may be listed below.
Do not use this for any important system. Tested on Windows 10 Home OEM There will be some variation between different windows versions but this should basically apply.
I do not take the credit for any of the methods used. I have only gathered the info from the internet but i have used and or tested these methods/software on my own systems.
This is intended to help the average person rapidly regain some control of their system and address some of the most common ills and shorten the setup process.
Read this : https://www.privacytools.io/
They explain some of the reasonings behind certain things far better than I can.
Do not express install:
Click on custom install follow the prompts. I just shut everything off and open functions up as i need them.
Make a local account verses linking to your Microsoft account or starting one.
Make a usb installer for win 10:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 media creation tool
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO actual iso
Note : That if you have upgrade issues such as error/crash at boot I often bypass this nonsense by creating a new usb installer of the latest windows release and allow it to seek out and install all windows updates during the install process.This only works from win 10 version to the win 10 version.
Note install antivirus of choice ....First ! Second use two different malware scanners and third use a firewall of some kind. Lets not just rely on windows firewall. Back up everything regularly and try to configure your system with an OS boot drive and a separate Data drive.
Download sites for Win 10 software:
https://ninite.com/ for the common basic stuff everyone uses
http://www.filehippo.com/ for some obscure stuff that is still needed from time to time
http://www.majorgeeks.com/ for everything but aligns more with the technical pc users and very specific software
http://www.ghacks.net/ always looking for and testing better pc software
Updating Gpu drivers:
Here are some decent beginner teaching tools.
Here is were the community and myself will never agree. This is weighted against the most common messes dropped in my lap and I find these maintenance tools do help a great deal. I have used these in past to push the basic user in a better direction toward even better habits
The caveat with these is that if you have something requires a very specific configuration requirement these may undo them every time they are used and it is still possible to cause harm to your system if misused.
May be able to set the tools to avoid doing so, tho ?
Just to be clear about these tools. They still need to be stacked with the usual antivirus,malware scanner, and firewall. The best security also includes keeping every piece of software fully updated with the most current versions.
System monitoring/benching tools : All kinds of …
For the lovers of the old school start menu.
Media player replacement options
http://www.xionplayer.com/ My personal use just an audio player.
Messaging/video/voice calling + email
https://wire.com/ in development holds promise
Reducing eyestrain due to prolong pc use
This is the Tweaker section. A word of caution.......... You may not need all of these methods. So take some time to consider what you may need for yourself. A reminder to take your time and fully consider what stuff may be important to you before you start wiping stuff out. Always keep in mind that every time windows updates you will need to review all this every time. When in doubt ? Don't do it.
A very specific approach but not one for every windows version or user. For instance… a gaming machine would have to be a little more permissive in order to allow for steam ect…
I have tried most of these and they worked for me but use with caution.
Network repair tool
https://chocolatey.org/ updated recently and sports a new gui installer
Windows 10 Toggle Tweaker windows 10
This is new and combines a lot of tools listed below and makes them redundant . Does not address host files
Winaero has several tweaking guides and some tools. As with any third-party tools, use at your own risk.
Links of some uninstallers for Cortana/Edge and customer feedback and support.
untested as i nuked bing/edge/cortana
Easy button privacy/system tweaks
http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/14/comparison-of-windows-10-privacy-tools/ Read First !
http://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.1836 Winaero tweaker
https://github.com/10se1ucgo/DisableWinTracking/releases disable tracking tool
Sleep/Hibernate often causes more issues then it is worth.
Disable hibernation but keep fast start up
Reduce foot print of Hibernation / Windows
Check trim status of your ssds
Prefetch and Superprefetch
Disable DVR xbox /windows 10
How to stop those pesky driver updates
Return error details verses frown… mutters something about ms thinking we are stupid
Disable windows updates
http://winaero.com/blog/windows-10-update-disabler-disables-windows-10-updates-reliably/ A few words : This is not something to deploy long term. If you separate your data drive and os drive and wipe your os and rebuild regularly or run vms than I can see it.
Build your own: Advanced
Reg edit, disable system services and Command prompt tweaks in the works as i still collecting what i consider to be the most common and useful…
Again let me remind you to use system restore and about having a solid backup plan.
Now with that said. These methods are not perfect and may cause some issues from time to time. It is very hard to keep this a basic fast setup thread. Again … Feel welcome to post your tips and tricks below.
For the lovers of AeroGlass…
Updated : 05/02/2017