Manage Windows 10 Settings with ControlUWP

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 6, 2020
Software, Windows 10

ControlUWP is a new program for Microsoft Windows devices to manage and control various Windows 10 settings. The application is developed by Builtbybel, known for the Windows 10 app manager Bloatbox, the privacy and security tool Privatezilla (formerly known as Spydish), and the anti-telemetry tool SharpApp (which replaced the equally popular Debotnet).

ControlUWP looks and feels very similar to the developer's other applications. It uses the same underlying technology powered by PowerShell scripts to provide its functionality.

Interested users may download the latest version of the program from the GitHub project website. Once downloaded and extracted, it needs to be started with elevated rights.

controluwp windows settings configure

The interface uses the typical three-column layout that is used in other Builtbybel programs as well.

Main categories are displayed on the left, the items that belong to the selected category in the middle, and on the right descriptions and options to enable or disable the selected middle-column item.

Some items are marked with URI in the interface; these redirect you to settings pages and applications that are native to the Windows operating system. The remaining items are powered by PowerShell scripts and make modifications, e.g. to the Windows Registry, when applied.

controluwp interface

Just activate the apply button in the interface to modify a setting. The program highlights the script and therefore the changes that it will make when apply is selected in the interface. It boils down to editing one or multiple Registry keys usually.

Here is a rough overview of the tweaks that ControlUWP supports in the current version:

  • Disable application access to various features, e.g. location, documents, or the call history.
  • Run debloat operations to remove apps and other things.
  • Disable Edge features such as syncing of data, running in the background, or the autofilling of credit card information.
  • Disable Game Bar features.
  • Install software using Ninite or Chocolatey.
  • Run the Windows 10 ISO Downloader.
  • Backup Spotlight images to the desktop.
  • Change lots of privacy related settings, including some for third-party tools such as Google Update service, CCleaner Monitoring, or Microsoft Office telemetry.
  • Disable or uninstall Cortana, and disable Bing in Windows Search.
  • Clean-up temporary data in Windows 10.
  • Disable Optional Features, Services, Tasks.
  • Disable or optimize Windows Updates.

These are just some of the included options of ControlUWP 0.11.

Closing Words

ControlUWP is a useful program for Windows system administrators who want to make changes to the system quickly. The inclusion of links to system settings pages is useful, but some users might prefer a hide option for these to make the program more accessible. The early version lacks options such as a search to find a tweak quickly. It is an early version on the other hand, and if the developer's other applications are anything to go by, it will surely be updated regularly with new features and options.

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  1. John G. said on January 2, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    All is better than the current ClipChamp that it’s the most useless garbage ever done. Thanks for the article by the way.

    1. Anonymous said on January 3, 2023 at 12:21 am

      Horrible company that bought out this ClipChamp trash. Microsoft no longer puts any effort into developing software; instead, they only want to use their subpar web services to con you out of more money.

  2. VioletMoon said on January 2, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    No disrespect, but educators have known about MS Photos and the ability to work with videos for four years; may want to take a look at the MS Educators Blog:

    The following link is part of the Blog:

    Here to old fashion legacy stuff: I still use Movie Maker, which runs fine on Windows 10, and PhotoStory, which has enabled me to make some awesome slideshows.

  3. Seeprime said on January 2, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Still using question marks without asking a question. That’s not professional.

  4. Paul(us) said on January 2, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    “To edit it, you need to click on ‘edit & create’ from the top. “Do you mean with Windows 10 in photo’s “Video trim”?

  5. French Fried Potaterz said on January 3, 2023 at 5:08 am

    – Video Editor:

    – DVD Authoring:

    Both are free and are not “crippleware” like most “free” offerings for Windows.

  6. Tish said on January 3, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Shaun, it really backfires to draw people’s eyes to something irrelevant. Links should have good information scent: that is, they must clearly explain where they will take users. Additionally, poor link labels hurt your search-engine ranking.

    Don’t force users to read the text surrounding a link to determine where it leads. This is both time consuming and frustrating.

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