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  1. Don't try and remove ShellExperienceHost. I've tried removing it already. It completely breaks any kind of context menu, the native start menu, and Cortana. Not sure what else is breaks though. It's also probably needed for Settings.


    An application called Process Lasso has an "always terminate" feature so that might be useful. It's a got a free and paid version.

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  2. A couple of things to do:

    • In StartIsBack settings, enable "Use custom taskbar coloring" and set the slider beside it to something around 25%.
    • In Windows 10 Settings > Personalisation > Colors > enable both "Show color on Start ..." and "Make Start, taskbar ...
    I've made the changes you called for, but I still don't see that much improvement.


  3. Sure ..

    • ThemeAtlas: clssharp by Kankipappa (here)
    • Explorer like Windows 7: OldNewExplorer
    • Start Menu: StartIsBack++ (this allows legacy start menu and modern start menu simultaneously in addition to choosing taskbar colour, opacity and blur)
    • Taskbar blur: TaskbarBlurToggle (it achieves better blur than provided by StarIsBack++)


    I tried all the software you mentioned and was not able to achieve anything close to your screenshot.

  4. The top paid and top grossing app from the Microsoft Store, is surprising:


    At the time of this post, it is a $6 program that lets you open and create .zip, .rar and .7z files!


    It's as if the presence of the store made people forget the internet exists. Most of the paid apps in the store are just scams of what is actually free software. Most notably, 7-zip. I don't care though. Let the sheeple keep throwing away their money.

  5. I have tried uninstalling with install_wim_tweak. .... If you talking about removing packages from .wim I haven't done that yet.


    Yes that's what I'm saying and I used Win Toolkit. It worked without issue for me.


    I have uninstalled Cortana finally.

    I'll have to write up what I done perhaps another post. Going to image back and see if it works again.


    Yes, please do. I have not figured out a way to completely uninstall Cortana from an online system and would like to know how.

  6. After the 7 fresh installs to my SSD trying to uninstall Cortana this weekend I found a different way to disable Cortana by editing SearchUI.exe and taking ownership. Take ownership of the Witch and End her task

    No telling how long this will last but its a start. After doing all that you must rename SearchUI.exe to something like SearchUI.exe.old then End task on Cortana in Task manager and she don't come back


    Why go through all that effort when you can just remove the Cortana and Search packages? It passes SFC and updates still work.

  7. Only thing I want now is how to uninstall Cortana. Did it once but can't get it to do again.

    install_wim_tweak.exe say it doing it but it still there.


    I uninstalled Cortana by removing the packages from the .wim file with Win Toolkit.

  8. All of these efforts to disable data collection may be for naught.




    "Windows Insider Program manages this option".


    So one could think you need to have opted into insider builds for to this to have any effect and if you've obliterated the telemetry and data collection operations like most of have you're not eligible for the insider program so you don't need to worry about it. Although considering the path Microsoft is on with W10 I wouldn't past them to just force it on everyone.

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  9. Just install Windows Firewall Control by Sphinx Software: http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/ It is not a firewall app but an app to control the Windows Firewall. When installed, it blocks outgoing connections by default and shows a notification every time an app wants to connect letting you quickly allow that particular app.


    Isn't that what TinyWall does? It's not a firewall itself either, but controls the Windows Firewall as well.


    For example, I have zero interest in running a Metro/Modern App.  I have zero interest in logging in via a Microsoft account.


    Those are my goals too and why I'm using the LTSB.


    Btw Noel, your link to Windows Firewall Notifier is 404ing and after having imported the policy into my en-us LTSB VM it loses its internet connection. I will investigate.... if I can figure out how to do that.

  10. This is actually one of the few changes I don't care about because:

    1. I didn't ever need or use Media Center. I just plugged an HDMI cord directly into my video card if I wanted to play something on my TV.
    2. I don't play DVDs/Blurays with my PC. I play in my TV's bluray player like everybody else.
    3. Hypothetically, even if I did play DVDs/Blurays with my PC it would be with VLC which comes with its own set built-in codecs.

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