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About RanCorX2

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  1. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    I suggest taking a look at my tweak thread, i've got an ongoing project, removing as much of the metro / modern / onecore stuff as possible without breaking the os, so far it's working great, got it all working in a virtual machine atm, all devices detected and working. zero system apps, zero apps, alternatives for display settings, dpi settings, personalization and other settings, security essentials / clamwin instead of modern defender and so on. using taskbar thumbnails (resized) to close open programs / folders as you get an X on them + right click menu on thumbnails for close as well. free launch bar for easier enabling of quick launch toolbar, oldnewexplorer, a 3rd party start menu, classic openwith, old task manager, old paint, old calc, old wordpad, startupcpl (for keeping track of autoruns), volume2 (to replace modern volume tray, osd still work via kb), tclock (to replace modern clock/calendar), toshiba bluetooth stack (because of no settings app, windows stack still installed, can add devices via devices and printers, but who knows how long we'll have that for, devices flow is used for modern bluetooth pairing but not for classic bluetooth pairing)
  2. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    didn't work for me on chrome, only restored some settings and no extensions, i even tried 4 builds chromium, all refused to restore my complete profile when i copied the files / folder back, on launching, it would delete all the installed extensions.
  3. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    i'll probably install security essentials or clamwin and just run them manually, security essentials can be installed on windows 8.x and 10. https://www.puryear-it.com/install-microsoft-security-essentials-windows-server-2012-2012-r2 defender in 10 is too embedded in the metro crap to keep. small update, i've removed all the system apps and still have usable taskbar, with some reg tweaks the thumbnails make up for the lost right click to close folders / programs, you also get a right click menu on thumbnails which has a close option, restore, min / maximize. the reg tweaks being setting thumbnails to smallest size possible and increasing the space between thumbails so they are spaced out better. the following guide shows how to properly remove system apps, you still have to delete the folder afterwards though as it's a waste of space / pointless. http://alexappleton.net/post/159702702033/windows-10-pro-remove-wireless-display-media this is all done is all done in a virtual machine, vmware & hyper-v. found replacements for lost settings app features, most of the junk in there is for apps, ms haven't migrated much from the old cpl yet...only personalization, some language settings, windows update (don't need, using mini tool), gaming stuff is just the xbox crap, device settings is just basic stuff, i installed the toshiba bluetooth stack (latest one is 9.20.02(T) ) and my xb1 bt controller works, just have to change hid game controller to xinput and you are set. ms modern bt settings are rubbish. now i can delete some more services like devices flow (needed for settings app bluetooth pairing) re-doing some batches and finalising a whole bunch, deleted the following from c:\windows; shellexperiences folder, most of systemresources folder contents (needed to keep 3 folders), systemapps folder, printdialog (used for edge and apps), dvr folder, infusedapps folder, textinput folder, speech onecore folder, delivery opt folder, GameBarPresenceWriter folder, AppReadiness folder when it's all ready, the uploaded goodies will be pretty self explanatory, some things will be numbered to do in a specific order. starting to feel a lot more like windows 7 now just revised my services removal batch, now removes nearly all the services added between windows 8.x to 10 rs3.
  4. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    I got sick of firefox and it's spin off's, many of them share the unfixed memory leak, couple that with extensions going incompatible after updates, many left useless and the bloat under the hood I had enough of mozilla. i used IE for a long time and it did the job, although it froze way too much on some sites (amazon, ebay) edge is a pile of crap, so i tried out chrome and it was good until google decided to block manual extension installation, but what stopped me using that was restoring a backed up profile folder did not work 100% on google chrome, it would restore half my settings and forget the rest and not restore my installed extensions....so i switched to chromium, then the extension installation thing got changed on that too and I still couldn't backup my profile 100%, so i tried opera and that's where I am now as it allows a full backup of of my profile, only thing it forgets is homepage setting, changes to start where left off, extensions get restored and manual extension install works (for now) only thing i kinda miss is a sidebar but i've got used to a drop down menu in opera for my massive list of bookmarks which date back to ie6.
  5. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    i'm collecting together a portable control panel of sorts, so far i've got the desk.cpl from win2k to change window border sizes, netsetman & tcp ip manager for network / wifi / internet settings, winaero personalization panel for themes, carroll a simple app to switch resolutions, a dpi scale switching app, nirsoft uninstaller which is nice and basic, windows update mini tool for classic windows updating, TClock for tray, has no analog clock but it means i can remove the clock flyout experience think i can finally remove shell experience host as i use startisback and the 10 menu is crap, can still close things from taskbar using the thumbnail preview method, can be tweaked to disable the live preview and for it to vanish pretty much instantly after moving mouse.
  6. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    another progress update... still doing removals of metro / windowsruntime / appx / modern / blah blah crap probably going to remove defender because lets face it, if you have been using windows since the 90's you'll probably be smart enough by now to not download virus / malware infected stuff, and defender is just one layer of restriction that ms have added to the os over the years to make it hard for us users to tinker under the hood, trusted installer, defender, uac, encrypted sandboxed apps etc.. windows kinda stopped being our os sometime ago, feels like we just own a license to use it now and nothing else. so removing as much of the modern stuff as possible for me is like taking back control of the os. last os that felt like it was mine to do with as i please was 7, sure it had the uac crap since vista, but not a lot else, window 8 was the downfall....removing the start menu and adding "metro" was terrible idea as was the walled garden store and apps that you still can't to this day backup and restore or move to another pc. at least with origin and steam you can backup games (although not very easily with origin) and restore them without being forced to re-download the whole thing. coupled with the telemetry / privacy situation, windows is no longer our os, it's microsoft's advertising and data collection system. so fu metro and back to tinkering.... removed way to much to list now but have come to the conclusion that 95% of the runtime (RT) components are for the modern apps only, like the notifications, background apps, privacy, quickactions etc. privacy settings seem to only apply to the modern apps, in fact a lot of the settings in the settings app only apply to modern apps, so i've been removing all the components that apply to the modern apps, lots of buttons and a few of main tiles of the settings app no longer do anything but just close the app. (privacy, cortana, gaming, phone)
  7. EventLogChannelsView - which channels to disable?

    you can safely disable all event logs, even the standard ones and stop the service, but then you miss some error descriptions, i disable them all but leave the standard ones active, application, system, setup and security.
  8. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    what was your friend doing to get that much malware installed? i found ghostery pointless if you have ublock as it does the same blocking, it also made some of the browsers i tested it on sluggish because of the unoptimized plugin, didn't work well on IE11....but hey what does? i use opera + popup blocker for chrome + ublock origin + ublock origin extra + ubscope + df youtube distraction free + tampermonkey with anti adblock killer & iridium for youtube don't need a hosts file with ublock.
  9. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    created a load of batches i'm naming windows 10 lite, which do the following; hyper-v - removes packages not required for basic virtual machine use (can still add ide or scsi virtual hdd's, use remotefx vgpu etc) removes fibre channel, smb, host guardian, pmem, basically things that the average home user most likely will not use, same goes for all the other batches. windows defender - removes sense client, network inspection, management, device guard, application guard speech - removes the speech engines and any related files language features - removes all extra language packages but leaves core language pack intact (applies to en-US & en-GB users) any other language users will need to edit batches. two batch files can be copied to winsxs once you take ownership, these remove ALL language files / folders, again, for en-US / en-GB users, batches will need to be edited for other users. optional features - removes ALL optional features except; .NET, Hyper-V, DirectPlay, WMP, IE11, Powershell misc removals - removes a bunch of other packages that won't break windows. tablet pc - removes all packages related to tablet pc's, devices with sensors, screen rotation etc. batches will be uploaded when finalised, still some testing to do.
  10. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    made some good progress on my mini project, i've removed 50% of the runtime components (the core of the new windows that was introduced in 8.x), thousands of reg entries and also 90% of the services that were added in windows 8-10 and am still happy to report i have a working os. shell exp host + settings app + defender, only apps installed now. removed the following appmodel components; shoulder tap, perception, lights, proximity, hotspot, wifi direct, perception, holographic (hydrogen, lens etc), edge, point of service, payments, xbox (xbls, gamesave, gamemode, gamemonitor, gamebar, storage etc), cortana / search, softlanding, enterprise stuff, onecore speech, bioenrollment, alljoyn, backgroundtransfer, cdm, print3d / printing3d / printdialog, store, share experience, sharedpc. smartcards, targeted content, wallet, broadcast dvr, workplace, cloud domain join edit; wiped all registry traces of windowsapps and system apps (except the sechealthui which is used by defender), there were multiple locations in each reg hive so i created some ps scripts to remove those entries, had to use wild cards because they had version numbers that matched current installed os version, so they are removed by name of package and not by full key name. organised removal files in a directory structure that gets copied to c:\ from wherever you store them, you simply drop some of the bat files on the runasti exe (that removes protected keys with trustedinstaller as owner) some are not protected so they can just be run normally, ps scripts need to be run by right click and run with pshell, they create a temporary ps drive with access to full reg hive, the standard access via pshell hides lots of keys.
  11. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    using a hex editor i've managed to remove cortana from the settings app, will see if i can remove the other stuff that doesn't do anything now like xbox, lockscreen etc, otherwise there's some useless buttons that just crash the app or just do nothing. edit, i'd much rather remove the crappy settings app and get some of the lost cpl settings back, i've added back display settings but it doesn't load atm, most of the registry data was missing so i added it back from windows 8.1 which still had a working display cpl, i think i need to replace some files next to see if that works... looks like settings app is here to stay, spent all day investigating but couldn't restore old display settings, only got a blank settings box to show up for title bar sizes under the display cpl, back to hex editing the settings app..
  12. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    if anyone is still interested, i'm still working on removing stuff from windows 10 that is the modern components, leaving the win32 stuff untouched. i'm in the process of sorting registry keys and categorising the lot, lots of guesswork and testing of removals... split things into the following categories; (bracketed numbers equal components selected for removal) core (21) example CCortana core_immersive (10) example CICortana immersive (15) examaple ISearch windows_runtime (26) example Windows.Devices.Lights related components (22) stuff related to above but in it's own catagory i'm just guessing what C, CI & I mean in front of some reg entries, so gone with the above. when i'm done it'll be uploaded to my onedrive.
  13. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    the main modern components of windows 10 seem to come under WindowsRuntime and i think it's connected to the now discontinued WindowsRT OS as the RT in that stands for runtime and there are dll system32 on windows 10 with RT in the descriptions. Windows 10 S replaced WinRT, the runtime seems to be one a core components of windows 10 as it's linked to many things. i'm now doing removals of runtime components, so far i've removed store, payments, point of service, wallet, cortana, accounts control, biometrics, cloudexphost, holographic 5000+ reg entries removed and OS is still functional, taskbar / start menu and settings app are all working fine. i'm only removing the modern core stuff, not touching anything else. completely killed the lock screen, doesn't throw up any error or cause the normal lock screen to freeze or not function, instead of the the modern lock screen appearing the standard one just appears like on previous windows versions. these removals might be useful for creating a light windows 10 iso and will be much safer than ntlite.
  14. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    gave up using powershell as it was too frustrating and trying to find good examples of code is very difficult as there doesn't see to be any "simple" methods to take ownership of multiple registry keys/subkeys, at least i couldn't find any....the only semi decent script i found doesn't like long lists of reg keys, it crashes powershell if you make the list too long, also slows down with loads of errors if you have already taken ownership of some keys but add more to list and re-launch the script, so for me it is useless, not buying "powershell is awesome", give me command prompt anyday... subinacl was useless, says registry keys don't exist for some in list and ones it found said access denied, couldn't work out if setacl did subkeys any examples were not to be found, only ones dealing with keys and not subkeys... ended up finding runasti on github and have added that to some batches to delete reg keys as trustedinstaller, seems to do the job and no bs.
  15. Windows 10 TTK Tweak Toolkit

    still working on appx removals, so far done the following; removed - windowsapps folder, printdialog folder, infusedapps folder support files for cortana, maps, contacts/mail/calendar rt, biometrics, gaming/xbox (gamemode, gamebar, xbl etc, but keeps gip for xb one controller support), store, content delivery, cloud experience host, aad (azure active directory) and some other files trawled the registry and removed 99% of references to the system apps and store apps, some things have to remain for the following to work; settings app - all registry entries shell experience host - all registry entries (including pen workspace and action center as they point to shell exp host, so i left them alone) one or two reg entries that referenced cortana which when removed broke the start menu (i've made a blacklist of entries not to remove) i've made scripts to delete all the above and have categorised them in a folder called Registry\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT , HKEY_CURRENT_USER and so on wildcards have been used and powershell and standard batch files, also psexec as there was several hundred clsid, instance entries to take ownership of and delete but the powershell script couldn't handle the length of the list and kept crapping out...so i just used psexec to merge the reg file that deletes the entries under the system user which seems to work. still got a few hundred more entries to test delete. also made a batch file to remove optional components listed under Windows Features in programs and features. (leaves you with the core optional features .net, ie, wmp, directplay, powershell) and finally language cleanup which consists of; winsxs lang file removals, system32/wow64 lang file removals & registry lang entry removals example - uk users installs en-GB pack, then you can remove en-US, however if you try removing en-US files with no other pack installed you will brick the OS. so if any other language pack is installed you can remove the default en-US files my winsxs folder is down to some 10,XXX files and that's without touching ntlite, just install wim tweak and some batch files. (was 14,XXX+) scrubbed the language file removals, does break some things, probably why i archived my original batches...