tweaks & fixes for windows 10 - mostly powershell
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Windows

This repo holds tweaks for Windows

The main activity is in the windows_10 folder

Windows_10

Lots of scripts to tweak Microsoft Windows 10

  • Disable Telemetry
  • Disable Problem Steps Recorder
  • Disable Application Impact Telemetry
  • Disable Customer Experience Improvement Program
  • Disable Unwanted Scheduled Tasks
  • Disable Unwanted Services
  • Disable SMB1 Protocol
  • Disable Cortana
  • Disable Windows Store Restrictions
  • Set Windows Update Settings Using Group Policy
  • Remove Unwanted Apps
  • Remove Cortana
  • Remove Microsoft OneDrive
  • Remove Microsoft Edge Browser
  • Automate Firewall Rules Using IP Blocklists
  • Automate Hosts Blocking Using DNS Blocklists

1803 / 1809

Scripts still relevant, added new script to remove Microsoft Edge browser as it now seems to run in the background for some reason.

The remove cortana cleanup script sometimes errors as the process doesn't seem to close but works if you run multiple times.

Microsoft also seem to have removed the GPO for disabling cortana in Software Policies.

  • 15 Jan 2019 updated README ref: set_power.cmd script
  • 15 Jan 2019 added set_power script to disable hibernate & standby options in windows
  • 15 Jan 2019 added registry key to disable microsoft remote assistance to misc-tweaks
  • 8 Jan 2019 added windows 10 1809 new install scheduled task & service lists
  • 3 Jan 2019 added installed applications list for new install of windows 10 1809
  • 17 May 2018 added policy to disable SmartScreen errors when running downloaded apps
  • 17 May 2018 added policy to allow install of apps from outside of windows store
  • 17 May 2018 added new registry key for disabling cortana search on taskbar to misc-tweaks
  • 13 May 2018 added script to remove unwanted optional features from windows 10
  • 13 May 2018 added a script for removing cortana searchui.exe (alternative to rem-sysapps)
  • 12 May 2018 added Disable Automatic Sample Submission W Defender to misc-tweaks
  • 12 May 2018 Added rem-people script to remove Microsoft People Experience
  • 05 May 2018 added script to remove Microsoft Edge
  • 23 May 2017 added new telemetry hosts to blocklist
  • 23 May 2017 added more registry keys to disable-cortana.ps1
  • 23 May 2017 added more windows services to disable list
  • 23 May 2017 added if statement to only disable known services in disable-services
  • 22 May 2017 updated enable_scripts.cmd to unblock powershell scripts in win10
  • 17 May 2017 added info re: windows creators update
  • 11 Jan 2017 added loop to rem-sysapps to allow for removal of cortana after running windows update
  • 10 Jan 2017 added disable cortana searchbar in systray to misc-tweaks

Scripts feature ability to disable various Microsoft technologies / services which can be considered to spy or report on users of the Operating System. eg: Telemetry, Problem Steps Recorder, Application Impact Telemetry, Customer Experience Improvement Program, Geolocation, Biometric Information, Browser History ...

Cleanup folder features scripts to remove Microsoft OneDrive & move components relating to indexing of information within files (Cortana), reporting & information gathering.

Microsoft References Configure Windows telemetry in your organization

Manage connections from Windows operating system components to Microsoft services

Powershell

This folder has a few basic scripts, the most useful is check-startup which checks registry locations known to be used by malware & viruses to initiate on windows startup.

Tweaks

This folder has some old tweaks I made for Windows 7 which can still be used in Windows 8.1 / 10.

net_tweaks              sets TcpAckFrequency & TCPNoDelay to 1 on all network interfaces within the system
rem_spy_updates         removes Windows 7 & 8 updates which relate to install of telemetry

Most of the scripts here are documented on my personal blog website

Contact

Website: https://equk.co.uk

Twitter: @equilibriumuk