NoelC Posted March 31, 2017 Share Posted March 31, 2017 (edited) Today I upgraded my Win 10 test VM, which was running a trimmed-down, all-business version 1607 build 14393.969 setup quite flawlessly, to the new Creator's update, version 1703 build 15063. I had to go find updated VMware Tools, newer than the version 11 VMware Workstation I'm using, in order not to have it black screen. And I disabled Aero Glass for Win 8+ completely, by both unregistering DWMGlass.dll and disabling the Task Sheduler entry for AeroHost. I also returned the desktop to the stock Windows 10 theme (I'm sure going to miss rounded controls with wonderful skeuomorphism for a while). Process count to support an idle desktop in version 1607 before the upgrade: 41 Process count after the upgrade: 105 (!!) Microsoft split most services out so that they run one per svchost.exe process instance. And they ALSO installed a buttload of additional bloatware - hence the title of this thread. In pursuit of an App-free, cloud-disconnected, private, desktop OS, I have begun the process of trimming it down. So far that's going surprisingly well. To my surprise, many of the things I had installed before remained functional - for example Classic Shell is still on task, and the Sphinx firewall is running fine. And they didn't even revert my UAC-disabling setting of the EnableLUA registry entry. Nice of them. But they DID reinstall a more Apps hosts and brokers and services than you can shake a stick at. So far I've gone through these things: Window title bars were too big, needed to run SetWindowsMetrics.reg. Needed to turn on System Protection (Restore Points). O&O ShutUp10 restored 7 settings that were made less private. Updated to latest release of WinAero Tweaker. Menu Show Delay Reduced Enable Balloon tooltips Disable Quick Action buttons in Actions Center Removed some Default Entries in File Explorer's context menu Customize Quick Access Item Disable the "- Shortcut" text for shortcuts Disable Windows Ink Workspace Uncheck Disable Password Reveal Button Turn off messages about firewall in Security and Maintenance Turn off messages about virus protection in Security and Maintenance Finish installing HP printer device software in Security and Maintenance (noted BITS attempted to contact fs.microsoft.com) (noted wermgr attempted to contact msftconnecttest.com) Windows10ReTweaker: Increase Privacy Remove OneDrive Set default optimization to General Items Unhide AppData and ProgramData folders Disable generation of hidden Thumbs.db files Disable Windows Search (SearchIndexer) service in Services.msc Disable SuperFetch in Services.msc Disable Sync Host_2efa9. Can only stop it in Services.msc. Needs to be disabled in registry: Run through the Settings App: System: Disable "Show me the Windows welcome experience". When I sign in "Use desktop mode". When this device automatically switches tablet mode on or off "Don't ask me and don't switch". On the taskbar, show windows that are open on "All desktops" Pressing Alt+Tab shows windows that are open on "All desktops" Devices Uncheck Let Windows manage my default printer Windows10ReTweaker: Remove all Apps Manually disabled the Network Connection Broker At this point an idle desktop has just 84 processes running, with no Cortana or other Apps and no cloud stuff, and uses 1.06 GB of RAM. I'm going to be continuing this quest, but I've already gotten far enough to be able to say that Win 10 version 1703 still can be trimmed down to be a desktop-only system. Microsoft hangs it on, I trim it off. It remains to be seen whether a system so-tweaked is any better than its predecessors. -Noel Edited March 31, 2017 by NoelC Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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