Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 For Windows 10

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 is here. This software will help you personalize your Windows 10 exactly how you want to, and it will also make your system more secure, more stable and faster.

Personalizing your Windows 10 can also be made through the Windows 10 Settings app, the Registry Editor or the Group Policy Editor, but this tweaking software makes it easier for you by offering you all the useful tweaks that you may want with just a few clicks.

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With a very user-friendly interface, this software includes over 200 tweaks while occupying just 495 KB of space.

Over its last version, the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 adds some new tweaks like:

  1. New interface design with command link buttons.
  2. The Context Menu for the Store app also gets new tweaks.
  3. You can now run the DISM command to fix corrupted system image.
  4. You can recalculate the Windows Experience Index from the main page.
  5. The privacy section gets new tweaks.
  6. Drives can be pinned to the Desktop Context Menu.

All the tweaks available in the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 are categorized very well as follows:

  1. System Information – When you start the tweaking software, you will get all the basic information about your system( OS version, Build, Computer Name, User Name, Processor, etc.). Also available are the buttons to run DISM, to run the System File Checker, to create a System Restore Point or to open the Recovery Options.
  2. Customization – In this section you can tweak the settings of the Taskbar, File Explorer, Thumbnails and the UI. You can choose themes for the OS or for the apps, disable Start animations, etc.
  3. User Accounts – In this category you can change your account settings, Login information and the sign-in options.
  4. Performance tweaks – Even though most of these settings are best left at their default values, if you want to, you can change them to best suit your needs.
  5. Security and Privacy – This tab will let you change some settings, like either restricting access (for example: Windows Update) or disabling apps ( Bing Search, Cortana, Password reveal button, Application Telemetry, etc.).
  6. Internet Explorer – This section will let you tweak the Internet Explorer‘s behaviour and interface.
  7. Context Menu – In the Context Menu you can add useful functions to the right-click context menu, you can add Windows Store apps. You can also add “Scan With Windows Defender“. You can also convert Desktop Icons into Tiles.
  8. Additional – In this section you get extra System and Network tweaks. You can also change how the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 behaves.
  9. About – This last tab contains, apart from the License Agreement, some useful links such as the Submit Bugs link, the Support link or the Check for Update button .

How to stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer automatically

How to stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer automatically?

Well, even though Microsoft is saying that they do not force any Windows user to upgrade to Windows 10, there are some reports of Windows 7 being upgraded to Windows 10 by force. Other reports say that Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 only two options: upgrade to Windows 10 “now” or “tonight”.

Although Windows 10 is a good and free upgrade, some users may not want it and would rather keep using either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

If you find yourself in this position, there are some ways of blocking the upgrade to Windows 10.

Here are a few ways of blocking the upgrade, depending on which stage you are now:

  1. System administrators that want to block the upgrade of their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, can use the Group Policy or Registry to stop the automatic downloading of Windows 10 to the computer.
  2. Set the network connection to “Metered”. To set the network connection to metered you need to access the Settings app, click on Network and Internet, click on WiFi and select advanced options. Once in the advanced options move the slider to the ON position for Set as metered connection.

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4.Make Windows notify you before any update, so when you’ll be notified about the Windows 10 Upgrade you can simply refuse it.

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6. If Windows 10 has already started upgrading your computer, it will offer you two choices: 1) Schedule it for later or start the upgrade now or 2) Upgrade Windows now or tonight

After the above choices Windows will want you to accept EULA. Just click on Decline and the upgrade will stop.

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Finally, if your computer has already been upgraded to Windows 10, then you have the option to rollback Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows

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How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux without running into a problem or let’s say error. And by error we mean this message: “The NTFS partition is hibernated”. This actual error will prevent you from accessing its files.

If you are not expecting this message, you will surely be confused.

By shutting down Windows normally, Linux will claim that it is currently hibernating. And now comes the confusing part for you, because you didn’t hibernate it. The explanation is that the Windows system actually hibernates whenever you perform a normal shut down.

The Windows system does not fully shut down by default, but instead it hibernates, and when you boot it again, it just reloads the initial state of the system. By doing so, the start-up process is sped up, but it has the above mention downside if you use Linux.

There is a way around this problem, but the Windows system will boot a bit slower (let’s say Windows 7 boot speed). What you need to do is to disable the “hybrid boot”.

Unlike exFAT file systems that require additional software, Linux distributions like Ubuntu include NTFS-3g, and can mount NTFS file systems normally.

By restarting your PC, Windows won’t use the “hybrid boot”, so if there is an operating system problem, the restart procedure will fully erase that initial system state and generate a new one.

So, when you are dual-booting Linux, make sure that you restart Windows instead of shutting it down, when you want to switch to Linux.

You can also force the Windows system to do a full shut down by pressing the Shift key while clicking the “Shut down” button.

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Whatever option you choose, you can then boot back into Linux and mount the Windows system partition. You can access its files by clicking on Linux’s desktop file manager or in Nautilus.

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To make things even easier, you can disable the “hybrid boot” entirely. But keep in mind that by doing so the Windows system will boot a bit slower. Once disabled, you will be able to mount its partition.

To disable the “hybrid boot” you will need to boot into the Windows system, launch Control Panel and click on the “Hardware and Sound” button. Then, under the Power Options, click “Change what the power buttons do”. A new window will appear, where at the top you will see “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. Click this button to. Then scroll down and uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up (recommended) option. After you do so, click the “Save Changes” button.

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Windows will now perform a full shut down, just like Windows 7 did, every time you shut it down.

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If you’re dual-booting and want full read-write access to your NTFS partition, this is necessary.

If you only want to access and view the files in the Windows partition, you can mount the Windows system partition in read-only mode. By choosing this option you need to know that you won’t be able to change or write anything on this partition. And also know that, Linux can mount Windows system drives in read-only mode even if they are hibernated.

Windows 10 Upgrade – Threshold 2

 

Code name ‘Threshold 2‘ is first major Windows 10 upgrade which is available to users around the world. With this upgrade, Windows 10 gets some important modifications.

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The most significant change brought to Windows 10 is the fact that from now on it can be activated with a pass key from Windows 7 or 8.

Microsoft has listened to its users that complained about not having enough control over the updating system. Now, Windows 10 can now make the difference between updating and upgrading. From now on users can decide how long to delay updating and upgrading the system, with a maximum time limit of 8 months.

 

The Skype app comes as standard even if you want it or not, use it or not.

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The Edge browser has also received some improvements like the Tabs already open show you a preview you when you put the cursor on them. More useful is the ability to have two pages simultaneously, side by side.

 

Right click on the Start Menu or on the Taskbar and you will discover a new menu coloured in dark grey.

From now on you can choose from a larger range of colours to personalize the Start Menu, the Taskbar or the control panel.

 

Microsoft added another option which might prove to be more useful for those who use Windows based phones and tables. The time-zone can be set automatically depending on where you are on the planet. This option is enabled by default but can be disabled from the Settings menu, Time and Date, uncheck the automatic time-zone setting.

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Last but not least, Cortana has become a little more smarter. Cortana has received new options that include support for Stylus, automatic recognition and the possibility of reading phone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses. Reminders for flight tickets or movie tickets are available now. The options listed above for Cortana are available in the United States and a couple of European countries with the rest of the world is having to wait a little longer.

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