TweakUIX aims to replicate TweakUI functionality on Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 25, 2022
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TweakUIX is a free open source tool for Microsoft Windows devices that aims to replicate the functionality of the classic TweakUI tool for Windows 10 and 11.

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The classic Tweak UI was released as a PowerToys tool for Windows 95. It gave Windows users options to customize certain user interface features.

The developer of TweakUIX, best known for programs such as ThisIsWin11, PrivateZilla, or CleanMgr+, decided to bring back TweakUI to modern versions of Windows. The open source program supports customization options as well as options to remove features from Windows devices.

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You can run TweakUIX right after you have downloaded it from the GitHub project website and extracted it on the local system. The interface is divided into two parts: the left sidebar lists categories and a search option, the right side options to save or load templates and an activity log.

Tweaking options are divided into groups, e.g., My Computer, Paranoia, or Privacy. Each tweak can be selected individually by checking its box. Most titles are self-explanatory, andy some tweaks display additional information when you hover over them.

tweak uix interface

While you can go through the list of tweaks group by group, and tweak by tweak, you may also activate the check button to get recommendations checked automatically; this saves time, but it is advised to go through the list of checked tweaks to make sure that nothing is changed that should not be changed.

A click on the apply button applies the selected tweaks directly. There is no confirmation message at this point, but you may activate the undo button to undo all changes made using the application. The option to create a restore point is somewhat hidden under Settings in the tweak listing.

Here is a short list of what you can do when using the app:

  • Remove Fax Printer and XPS Documents Writer.
  • Disable Microsoft Teams on Startup.
  • Create a restore point.
  • Show hidden files, folders, drives and file extensions in Explorer.
  • Disable Widgets, Snap Assist, Search Icon and other desktop related options.
  • Enable dark theme for Windows and/or apps.
  • Run Disk Cleanup.
  • Block Windows telemetry.
  • Disable Game DVR.
  • Disable Power Throttling.
  • Disable a good dozen features that may affect privacy.
  • Disable application permissions.
  • Remote bloatware apps.
  • Install essential apps.

Closing Words

TweakUIX comes with a good number of tweaks and options. The program could use an interface that is more user friendly: all tweaks should offer additional explanations, and the option to create a system restore point should be displayed prominently.

All in all, it is a good start and a useful app for Windows 10 or 11 users who want to remove or disable some of the features of their operating system.

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Comments

  1. Jojo said on February 25, 2022 at 1:59 pm
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    Microsofts TweakUI was the first tool i used after an XP installation This is pur nostalgia :D Will definetely check this out. Thanks Martin!

  2. Tom Hawack said on February 25, 2022 at 2:53 pm
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    This ‘TweakUIX’ is for Windows 10 & 11 so I’m not concerned at this time, but I can mention a Windows tweaking tool which I use because it also includes tweaks for Windows 7 :

    Winaero Tweaker at https://winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/

    “[…] supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11 and includes hundreds of settings. It also includes many options that were earlier available exclusively in my standalone applications.”

    1. VioletMoon said on February 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm
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      Yes, WinAero the always reliable horse in the sage with rattlesnakes. Noticed my other favorite developed an 11 version:

      https://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-5-for-windows-11

  3. Bob Pony said on February 25, 2022 at 3:07 pm
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    I remember using this, it was a huge game-changer for XP
    I use it for Autologon.

    So this is not officially supported by Microsoft? I

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 26, 2022 at 10:16 am
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      Bob, this is a third-party application.

  4. ULBoom said on February 25, 2022 at 3:08 pm
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    winaerotweaker. similar to tweakuix.

  5. Felix said on February 25, 2022 at 3:09 pm
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    I thought Microsoft hated things like this. Is this official??

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 26, 2022 at 10:16 am
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      This is a third-party application.

  6. John G. said on February 25, 2022 at 6:21 pm
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    I have not found the link in the article, so it’s here:
    https://github.com/builtbybel/TweakUIX

    1. John G. said on February 26, 2022 at 9:32 am
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      I didn’t notice that the link was at the bottom, in “landing page” section. Sorry! :]

  7. ShintoPlasm said on February 27, 2022 at 8:09 pm
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    Ah, the old TweakUI. Good memories!

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