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Debloat Windows 10 in 2021

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This goes over debloating and slimming down Windows 10 so you get maximum performance from your PC.

I made a guide going over the debloat process two years ago https://christitus.com/debloat-windows-10/ - The guide has evolved and the github project I was using has also improved.

January 2021 Update

If you are coming here from the YouTube video I have taken all the scripts below and a system admin script I used a lot in the past to make a streamlined debloat script. This script will optimize Windows and can be run multiple times if you have an update ruin all the optimizations. I have also made it very easy to launch. Here is the source files: https://github.com/ChrisTitusTech/win10script

If you want to just run this on any system, you can easily copy and paste this into a Admin Powershell prompt and watch it do everything for you. It does have two prompts based on user feedback. Let me know what you think below!

December 2020 Feature: GUI added - Select what you want!
January 2021 Feature: 10 Bug Fixes and Network Optimizations added

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iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://git.io/JJ8R4'))

What this script can do

  • Installs Chocolatey, Notepad++, Irfanview, VLC, Java, and asks if you want Adobe Reader or Brave.
  • Removes all Windows Store Apps EXCEPT office, xbox, and WSL.
  • Removed Telemetry
  • Disables Cortana
  • Deletes various schedules tasks that rebloat the system
  • Removes Other Bloatware (Candy Crush, etc.)
  • Fixes problems that other scripts causes (lock screen and personalization options restricted)

Based on User feedback, this no longer uninstalls OneDrive or Office.

Toolbox Walkthrough Video

win10toolbox
Note: YouTube Video - Hold Ctrl + Left Click to open in new window

User Requested Restore Scripts

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iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://git.io/JTbKD'))

This restore script pops up a GUI that lets you restore what you want to FACTORY DEFAULTS!

Current Lineup:

  • Cortana
  • Tray Icons
  • Action Center

Old Methods from Prior Videos that I no longer use

The project I use has been developed for many years now and is extremely good. Here is the source github project I use:
https://github.com/Sycnex/Windows10Debloater

This is a new project that was brought to my attention, but has quickly made a name for itself. It works very well and is typically more up to date than the above project.
https://github.com/farag2/Windows-10-Setup-Script

Optimal Way to Use this Tool

I recommend running this tool under the following conditions:

  • Before User Profile is Created
  • Empty Desktop and Downloads (Past versions has deleted files from Desktop and Downloads)
  • After installing New Feature Updates

Recommended Options:

  • Disable Cortana
  • Uninstall OneDrive
  • Run Essential Tweaks

I generally always enable Dark Mode and Install 3.5 .NET but that is entirely my personal preference.

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