[I know this is a testament, but no idea how to write it smaller without explaing the things... Please read the warnings before installing any program - none of the programs should hard your computer
, just choose the correct versions so there are no bugs, like there were not with me. You can undo anything you do with them
, even after resetting the computer - I just tried and it's back to normal. If it's not with you because you didn't delete everything like I did, then just use the programs to normally undo the things that were not undone by the reset process.] Also this is a double post of what's supposed to be on Windows 10 subreddit, but there were being errors, so I posted here too in case it fails again on Windows 10 subreddit.
Hey everyone. I've been modding my Windows 10 testing installation and made some cool modifications on it, so I thought I'd share that to anyone that would like to do the same (and had no idea this was possible, for example).
As a start, I'm still using Windows 7, and after having been told some things about antivirus and security I didn't know, I thought again about Windows 10. After that, a person told me about a very special edition of Windows 10 which got me much happier to finally move to 10...
So, to begin, if you don't like Windows 10 upgrading the system by itself, you might want to think about LTSC (old LTSB) edition
- if you can get it, because it's actually Windows 10 Enterprise
LTSC... It won't upgrade unless you manually do it, and comes without Cortana and all Universal apps that come with Windows 10, incluing Edge (comes also without Microsoft Store and it "can't" be installed, but someone made a script to install it, so yeah XD: https://github.com/kkkgo/LTSC-Add-MicrosoftStore
- I installed it and it's working perfectly, and I could login and install Paint 3D). Also, it has a support of 10 years.... So no need to upgrade it unless you need some special program or something - it's like old Windows way (stable and static - no one will upgrade it, only update the security). More about this edition here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/ltsc-what-is-it-and-when-should-it-be-used/ba-p/293181
. ----------WINDOWS 7 APPEARANCE----------
This part is for people who prefer Windows 7's look instead of Windows 10's. I do. I actually hate the look of it. Too rectangular and white (or black - it's not grey or something, all the same color almost). Seems boring to me and I hate boring this - how can I work decently not liking where I work in the first place... (gonna have to adapt though, if I want to get a job in some years). Windows 7 is more round and I like that. Aero Glass is also cool (the glass, transparency and blur effects). And other things from 7. So I took the time (hours) to look for everything that could help 10 feel more like 7 so the change is better for me because if the security updates would not end, I'd stick with 7 - they're taking the Control Panel away, wtf... And so I found various things that actually make it look so much like Windows 7 that you need to look a bit more deeply than you would to distinguish it from Windows 7. Bellow is a picture of my Windows 10 installation: Windows 7 appearance on Windows 10 after all modifications
What you can notice that it's different from Windows 7 is the action center icon (which can't be changed, it seems - a file which is signed by Microsoft would have to be changed and then the signing would go away and I believe I read that Windows won't boot (or something important like this) if the file is not signed by Microsoft) that is centered and it's not part of the other icons (which is probably the best way to differenciate both), and the Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons on the top right corner which are larger than Windows 7's. I don't see anything else as significant (and what I said is actually not significant at all anyways).
Now to anyone interested in doing this, you need some programs... (it's not just apply a new theme - which needs a program anyways XD). Here it goes.... (might get big haha).
- UltraUXThemePatcher (https://www.syssel.net/hoefs/software_uxtheme.php?lang=en) - install this one before messing with ANY themes so everything works as it should (read the page before installing it). This allows to custom themes to be added to Windows 10.
- OldNewExplorer (https://msfn.org/board/topic/170375-oldnewexplorer-119/) - will put Windows Explorer looking like Windows 7's.
- Aero Glass for Windows 8 (https://www.glass8.eu/) - works on 8, 8.1 and 10. Add the transparency, the glass effect, and a blur effect to the transparency. I'll link my settings.
- StartIsBack (https://www.startisback.com/) - this can change the start menu (wow XD) and the taskbar, which is really cool (changes it to that look of the picture - if you want). There's also ClassicShell but I found this one better (I think because of the taskbar, or if not, no idea, but it's the one I chose 2 years ago before the critical error showed up).
- Classic Task Manager, Sticky Notes, Windows 7 games (use this link, not from Winaero: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-7-games-for-windows-8-8-1-multilanguage.56428/ - I chose it for some reason I don't remember, but I always try to do a research about which option to go to, so I'll trust myself and not waste time trying to figure out why I chose this one instead of the other), Calculator, and MsConfig links are inside Winaero Tweaker which I talk about in the improvements section (they go to the site of the program since it's the same developer - you can search them on Google too as they are separate installers, at least some of them).
- To run Windows 7 games on Windows 10, you need a DLL: cardgames.dll. Put it in System32 folder (C:\Windows\System32). You can get the DLL here, for example: https://www.dll-files.com/cardgames.dll.html - download the DLL acording with your system architecture (either 32 or 64 bits).
- Windows Media Center (https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/discussion-patch-wmc-to-run-on-windows-10-final-possible-alternatives.61061/) - not working on Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 (which has version 1809) for some reason, but worked on Pro 1803 2 years ago.
- Old Windows 7 clock tray thing in the taskbar (https://winaero.com/blog/get-the-old-windows-7-like-calendar-and-date-pane-in-windows-10/) - on 1809 it seems there are no reminders there, so why not have the old option with the multiple clocks in my case. Also no idea why that's not on Winaero Tweaker, but maybe it has to do with the system version because I think I saw it there on 1803 (I'm using a different version now though). But doesn't matter, what's said in the link still works even without the option showing.
- Enable Windows Photo Viewer (https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/14312-restore-windows-photo-viewer-windows-10-a.html) - don't use the option inside Winaero Tweaker. It seems to have a bug at least with icons (.ico) where it can't preview them. This one can't, but at least has an option on the context menu with a right click on the icon, called Image Preview. Btw, the option without the sort order fix, has sort order already haha. Maybe it was some bug in Windows 10 when the tutorial was made. At least in 1809, using the normal option has no problems.
- Put the clock on the right and the Action Center on the left (https://github.com/opusman/ClockPositionRighteousifier).
- Windows 7 icons (http://www.door2windows.com/customizergod/) - this is to change all possible icons on the system. Make a backup of the originals if you want, even though it can restore by itself (maybe it makes a backup somewhere, no idea). You just need the icons from Windows 7 to replace on the program. I'll link to the ones I took from my Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 installation and some adapted to Windows 10 by me. To replace an entire folder, just click on an icon with the program, click Ctrl+A to select them all, and click Change. Then select the correct folder and the icons will be replaced. Windows Explorer will also be restarted every time you change an icon (unless you change that in the settings). Also, apply first all Windows 7 original icons and only then the adapted ones, otherwise the original ones will replace the adapted ones.
- Windows 7 sounds (I'm sorry, I didn't save the original link to the sounds I downloaded for some reason...., so it will be a link of mine).
- Windows 7 cursors (https://www.tenforums.com/customization/40973-custom-cursors-post577477.html#post577477) - these were made to scale decently on 200% DPI which Windows 8 and 10 can do (7 can't). The 3 ZIPs, I think they have a folder inside each one. The 3 folders from the 3 ZIPs must go to C:\Windows\Cursors. If they don't have a folder inside each ZIP, make one. Call it the name of the ZIP, for example. After copying, you need to go on Mouse settings inside Control Panel and create a scheme for each of those 3 (or just the size you want) - I mean going to each pointer and selecting the Windows 7 correspondent pointer cursor. I'll link a registry file that I've made for myself which has the pointers already setup - but it has the names in portuguese. If you want them in your language, click Save as and give them the name you want and delete the portuguese ones.
- Windows 7 theme (https://www.deviantart.com/sagorpirbd/art/Aero-7-Themes-for-Win10-Final-523979941) - now it's mandatory to install UltraUXThemePatcher or this won't work decently, if I recall correctly (I'm saying this last part because I installed UltraUXThemePatcher in the very beginning, so no troubles for me while doing the modifications). I'll link my theme (if you choose to apply it, please do it AFTER installing the cursors and the sounds because it uses them and puts them already set (or do before that but it won't be complete).
- Winaero Tweaker (https://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.1836) - many tweaks you can make to Windows 10 that you probably didn't know you could. ATTENTION: this program uses Local Group Policy, which means various options will only work for some Windows 10 editions. Home edition will have the least options working, then Pro, then Education and then Enterprise (which should have all of them working) - I think that's the right order (correct me if I'm wrong). I'll link my settings for this. NOTE: If you want the theme like I have above, don't use the option of Aero Lite inside this program.
- Stop Resetting my Apps (https://www.carifred.com/stop_resetting_my_apps/) - at least in 1803, Windows 10 was resetting my default apps for different extensions and stuff. So I found that program and it helped with it. No idea if the problem still exists in 1809, but I applied what the program says anyways (only reset the defaults, not lock - you'll get it when you open it, if you decide to install it).
- On Local Group Policy Editor (write gpedit.msc on the search box and it's the first and only one you see), you might want to look into Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update\[something like this now:] No automatic reboot with logged in users (Enable it - wtf Microsoft...). Otherwise, the system will reboot no matter if you're logged in or not...
- [I might put here some research I'll do on the infinite svchost.exe on Task Manager. Hopefully I can disable some of those services and make some script to Regedit or something of unused things in my case - I'll try to have only enabled those that are on Windows 7 or something.] [UPDATE: not sure I will... First, it doesn't seem to bother me at all. I see infinite processes in Task Manager, but those are hidden by default and I never see them, unlink Windows XP where I'd forcibly see them all unless I had some other user logged in. And second, I'll be getting more RAM because Edge (or Chrome or whatever - too many tabs...) is using VERY much. Only about 20 GB total and I only have 8 GB (physical, at least).... So I think I won't be doing any research on that. Unless I see they really eat too much RAM and I'll see what's going on behind everything before trying to do anything stupid like disabling Windows services.]
Any links to files that I said I have are in this link: http://www.mediafire.com/folde6eqridabxh3cm
- this is a folder in my MediaFire account.
Should ANY of the links stop working by any reason, just send me a message and I'll be happy to put the important things about the link which stopped working in the folder above linked on MediaFire, no matter if it's now or in 300 years XD (might be hard by then to be me though hahaha - or maybe not.... Cyberpunk 2077 might get real? hahaha) - I downloaded everything I needed and I'll be keeping everything on a private server as I always do, so if (when, actually) the things disappear from the Internet, I still have them. ----------NOW 2 WARNINGS----------
1st - If you do NOT have the LTSC edition, then the system will upgrade its version whenever it's configured to (you can delay that a year or something). Therefore, programs might stop working because they work up to a specific version and the appearance will get back to the original. Just make sure before Windows upgrades, you have the apps updated (let them check for updates automatically).
2nd - I've done this on Windows 10 version 1809. There may be programs that are outdated enough to not work above 1809, I've no idea. Please check the versions before using any of them (one of them - CustomizerGod -, I think it doesn't work on 1903 or something, but read the official page, it's there). Only use those that work on your Windows 10 version, of course. Aero Glass for Win8+, for example, only installs if it sees it's running on a compatible Windows 10 version. If it's not, it won't install.
3rd - Again, please check the program versions and see if they apply for your Windows 10 version. All of them apply for 1809, for example. Read the comments for the tools and see what people say about your version - or try yourself and see what happens, but that's on your own risk (this is already haha, but if the version is outside of those tested by the developer, that's 200% out of their responsability).