***WARNING – v14.05 just came out as a bugfix. I’m seeing posts that it is crashing on startup. DO NOT DOWNLOAD
A while back someone asked me to do a freeware guide for Windows 10 like I have for other Windows operating systems. My heart wasn’t in it. While there is excellent free software out there, in many cases you get what you pay for. I’m tired of talking about second best software I don’t use. So below is a list of the software I have installed on at least one of the 8 PC’s I have scattered across my house.
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“Autoruns, a utility for monitoring startup items, is the latest Sysinternals tool to receive a UI overhaul including a dark theme.”
Download & Info
NEW: Support Windows 10 Version 21H1
New: Disable “Meet now” in the task bar on this device
NEW: Disable “Meet now” in the task bar for current user
NEW: Disable news and interests in the task bar on this device
NEW: Disable news and interests in the task bar for current user
Startup of application optimized
Download | Changelog
“This update to Autoruns fixes a crash reported in v13.99.”
Despite the changelog saying this issue is fixed it is in fact not. See pic below.
1.8.1420 – released March 30, 2021
FIX: Disable telemetry
FIX: Disable automatic driver updates through Windows Update
Available in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese (simplified)
Download | Changelog | Home Page
Here are the registry changes O&O Shutup10 version 1.8.1420 made when turning on “Disable Telemetry”
Changed from 0x00000001 = Enabled/Normal to 0x00000000 = Disabled/Ignore
Changed from 0x00000002 = Automatic to 0x00000004 = Disabled
Changed from 0x00000003 = Manual to 0x00000004 = Disabled
Just like before the the dmwappushservice gets rest a while after reboot.
1.7.1404 – released December 03, 2019
NEW: Category “Activity History and Clipboard” added
NEW: Disable user activity recordings
NEW: Disable saving the activity history of users on this device
NEW: Disable transfer of user activity to Microsoft
NEW: Deactivate storage of the history of the clipboard
NEW: Disable transfer of the clipboard to other devices via the cloud
FIX: Display of menus on touchscreen corrected
FIX: Adjustments to the HighContrast modes
Available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese (simplified)
Windows 7-10 updated.
This may or may not be the last update before the May 2018 feature update.
A whole lotta ‘meh’. I’d skip it.
Download (I use portable) | Release Announcement
See also: Blocking A Programs Internet Access Via The Windows Firewall
First and foremost, I do not backup from within Windows. I only use the boot CD.
Why? After many years of backup and restoring Windows and Linux I have seen just about every method fail at one time or another.
It is my belief that the only way to do an Operating System backup and restore is:
1 – Only use system images.
2 – Not to be using that OS. This is referred to as being offline.
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