First O&O ShutUp10++ update of 2023 released
O&O ShutUp10++ is a privacy application for Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices, which we have followed ever since its first release for Windows 10. O&O, and the company behind the product, released an updated version, called O&O ShutUp10++, back in 2021, to include support for Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system.
The company released the first new update for O&O ShutUp10++ of 2023 today. It includes several new features and improvements, including a reworked user interface and support for disabling the sidebar in Microsoft Edge.
The program is a quick download from the developer's website. It runs right after execution and displays the available tweaks in orderly fashion in the interface. Tweaks are sorted into categories, such as Privacy, Microsoft Edge or App Privacy, which users may disable to get a long ungrouped listing of tweaks. There is also a search to find specific tweaks quickly.
Each tweak is listed with a recommendation and an option to display a description of it with a click on it.
Tweaks can be applied for the active user or for the entire local machine. The latter would apply them for all users who sign-in to the device.
The Actions menu displays several automation options. There is one option to enable all recommended tweaks, reset all changes, and an option to create a system restore point. It is recommended to create one, but the application prompts for the creation of a system restore point whenever a change is made.
The interface looks modernized, but without taking away functionality or making things more complicated to configure in the process. It looks cleaner, as you may see on the screenshot above.
O&O Software have added two new tweaks in the update. The first adds the aforementioned option to disable the sidebar in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. The second adds an option to disable Windows Media Player Diagnostics.
Just two tweaks, but the software is more or less feature-complete. Our last review dates back to 2021, and a lot has happened since then. The new local machine option for tweaks was mentioned already, but there is more. Next to dozens of new tweaks, many for Windows 11, the developers have also improved the dark mode feature, proper recognition of user-defined language combinations, improved Windows screen reader support, and more.
Interested users may check out the full changelog on the developer website.
O&O ShutUp++ is a well designed tweaker that makes it a lot easier for users to apply a number of tweaks to Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. Most of the tweaks are privacy related, but there are also tweaks for annoyances and turning off features that some users may not require.
Now You: do you use tweaking tools for Windows?
essential for every windows installation
first thing i run on every windows 10 / 11 install . after all the updates of course.
**** Oops! Sorry, disregard that above.
It’s nice to see this one still going strong.
I don’t know what happened to WPD but I often can’t even reach it’s website from time to time.
Blackbird is still doing well for windows 10, Privatezilla has fallen behind. I honestly forget all the others that were or are around too.
It’s a good tool, however it’s dangerous as well. This utility broke my W10 system update and it was impossible for me to repair it. After two months with no updates, I had to reinstall W10 from ISO. Please use this tool very carefully. Thanks for the article.
@ John G.
Enable Windows System Restore and create a manual restore point before you embark on changes to the system. In the event thingss go pear-shaped you can restore the OS to what it was before any changes were made.
@TelV, thanks, indeed I learnt with very painful distress to use system restore points afterwards! :[
For any version of Windows after 8, this is a requirement. StartAllBack is another. Black patterns and bloatware are prevalent in Windows 10/11. What Microsoft did to Windows is absolutely disgusting.
I really want to like this app, especially as WindowsPrivacyDashboard (and, unless I’m mistaken, the crazymax blocklist therein) that I previously used without problems for this purpose has become abandonware.
But I’ve installed ShutUp++ twice now and both times it completely FUBARed my machine, both cases requiring an OS (Win10) re-install. I know it works for some people, but I also know my story is not unique, so I suggest you take their suggestion to create a restore point every time you install or change settings very seriously.
you can’t disable everything randomly, you have to do it very carefully. and then the program creates the restore point, maybe it didn’t work?
May want to try Portmaster. gHacks had an article on it. It’s interesting what the Firewall is blocking and the number of times Quad9 on Firefox has been blocked for attempted bypasses through China. And elsewhere.
One can check MS activity individually and block as needed. Windows doesn’t have many connections; I was surprised.
The number of connections a computer makes is amazing!
@VioletMoon thaks for the suggestion! :]