We fixed Windows 10 Microsoft will Hate this

We fixed Windows 10 Microsoft will Hate this

So here's a situation. You've been concernedabout Windows 10's privacy or lack thereof for a while now, but while you've tried Linux,you just can't make the jump. Maybe some software youneed won't run properly or maybe you're just a fan of Windows other than the privacy problems. What can you do? Why not ameliorate it? Yes, my friends, you can completely fix the problems with Windows 10 and remove the unnecessary garbage that weighs it down all by yourself. So let's see how it's doneand what cost it comes at. But first let's see howmuch our sponsor costs. GlassWire is the toolthat shows you which apps are slowing down yourconnection in real time. It's used by security prosto monitor for malware, block bandwidth wasters, anddetects suspicious activity.

Get 25% off using offer codeLinus at the link below. (upbeat music) What does ameliorate mean any way? Well, according to the dictionary, it's a verb meaning to make something bad or unsatisfactory better. And that certainly seems to be the aim for Windows 10 Ameliorated edition, a small project that'sactually been around since all the way back in 2017. Now not a whole lot ofinformation is available surrounding who is actually behind it, but some old links point to Actrons, a 90's kid who specifically calls out technology, social science, philosophy, psychology and neurology,film and anime analysis, and cringe as their topics of interest.

Ameliorated editionseems to be an offshoot of their Windows 10 install script, which originally nearly disabled things like Windows Update and made adjustments to Windows Explorer. As newer Windows builds came out though with more deeply integrated telemetry, a more direct approach was necessary to stop Windows from bloody phoning home and getting them all my information. Ameliorated edition straightup removes Windows Update, Cortana, Activation, MicrosoftEdge, Windows Media Player, and all .appx UWPapplications from the install, not disabled, removed, no longer present. What that means is there'sa total size reduction of roughly two gigs. Now of course removing suchdeeply rooted components requires the introduction ofreplacements in certain cases.

Killing Cortana, for example, cripples the Start menu andespecially Windows Search. So Classic Shell is used as a replacement. And there's more thatyou'll have to give up too. DirectX 12 may not be fully supported due to Windows Update not being a thing, and of course you're stuckwithout automatic updates. In fact the update processitself is a bit of a bear that requires you todisconnect from the internet, reactivate Windows Update temporarily and so on and so forth. Suffice to say whilethis version of Windows is focused on privacy, it's a little lighter on security. The last the website claims most of the commonlyexploitable applications have been removed anyway, so that point may be lessimportant than you might think. But enough talk.

Why don't we take a look for ourselves and see what else we're giving up in the name of improved privacy? The first thing I noticed isthat gone is Windows Mail. Who uses Windows Mail? How crazy do you have to be to not just use a webbrowser for your mail? Like, okay, boomer, enjoy your Outlook. So no Windows Mail, no Windows Store, and no Microsoft Edge. All we've got down here isFile Explorer, that's it. Actually, I'm noticingsome more changes now too. Where's all the dropdownsfor File Explorer? This feels like it's gonnabe very, very different. Also we've got the classic Windows Vista and 7-style Start menu.

And of course because there's no Edge, Anthony has helpfully thrown a Firefox shortcut on the desktop. - Actually.- The default is DuckDuckGo, really? - [Anthony] Yes. - [Linus] Is that the Firefox default or is that Windows 10 Ameliorated edition? - No, that's an Ameliorated edition thing. Actually Firefox as well as Thunderbird. - ONLYOFFICE.- What? ONLYOFFICE and VLC media player were all pre-installedby the operating system. - I've never heard of ONLYOFFICE. - [Anthony] Apparentlyit's a fork of LibreOffice. - Ha, it's very Microsoft Office-looking. Let's try and find some tech tips here. Linus Tech Tips. What's my Amazon page?

This is a second-hand TITAN X. Okay, we need to update this. Colton! - [Colton] I'm here, what's up? - Oh wow you're there? (man laughing) That was so cool. Can I summon people justby like saying their names? lttstore.com. Hey, this is a sweetshirt by the way, guys. Okay, what else can we try here? Okay, so where's my File dropdown? - This is a modificationto Windows Explorer called I think Old Explorerthat kind of restores the Windows 7 style of Windows Explorer. So it doesn't have thetraditional ribbon bar. It doesn't have any of the other stuff. It's just all basically rewritten. And there's actually aconfig file you can change to customize it yourself. I used it for a little whilejust kind of out of curiosity.

It's just a preference thing I feel. But they used it herebecause some of the changes that they made to Windowsalso affected Explorer. So they had to use Old Explorerto kind of patch it up. - Well, I can tell younow there's only one thing that I would care aboutthem fixing and that's, if I search for somethingand I go to this folder, when I click up folder, you bastards! That's not what I want. I want it to go up a folder. If I want it to go backto the previous page, I would press Back. Up folder means up one folderin the directory structure. So this looks like the horrible Windows 10-type Settings menu except there's even less stuff in here. Like what's up with that? - [Anthony] Well, a lot of it is stuff that was tied in withthat telemetry stuff, so Windows Updates, gaminglike the Xbox stuff, that was tied in with thetelemetry and the phoning home. So pretty much anything that qualifies withthat would also be cut. - Can I even set a screensaver? -

 I think so. It's under display, isn't it? - I don't know, is it? Wait, here it is, here itis, I got it, I got it. So you can't search for it. I guess that would probably be because they gutted theregular search as well. - [Anthony] Yeah, without Cortana, then Windows Search kind of just dies. - Ha, I actually didn't knowthat this bubble screensaver was still built into Windows. This is a Windows Vistaclassic right here. This was so cool at the time. Ooh, 3D acceleration on the desktop! Now it looks kind of faked actually. I just wanna watch these bubbles for days. - We've evolved past screensavers at this point as a species. - [Linus] This is weird too. Windows tab doesn't cycle through things for whatever reason. All tab does but why doesn't Windows tab? Okay, well that's cool. I guess that's fine. -

 I haven't really done any benchmarking. - Okay.- But it does seem to be a lot snappier than it should like a standard Windows10 install would be. - I mean the Start menusure opens right away which is pretty nice. But I mean how bad is this search? So let's search for like Counterstrike. That's rough. Not being able to find something that is literally a shortcuton the desktop is terrible. No worse than the builtinone in Windows 10 mind you. - I think it is possible to set the search folders for a Classic Shell or I guess it's called Open Shell now.

So if you were toright-click on the Start menu and go to Settings, you can kind of configureeverything there, but by default I thinkit's not set up to do that. It's just for the Start menu itself. - [Linus] Got it, okay. Search the internet, search programs andsettings, search files. It is set to search everything, sir. - Oh. Well, I've got no excuses for it then. - [Linus] So what else can we try here? I mean, like, a game will run fine, right? Like let's play Doom. - [Anthony] I mean, Doom should run. - There's a defaultpassword, why would that be? - Because the user account that you're logged into rightnow is straight up a user. It's not an administrator. - Why? - You're no longer gettingthe security patches. - Right. - Most security vulnerabilities happen because users are administrators. - Right, and there'sreally no compelling reason to be an administrator outsideof just installing programs. And if you know theadministrative password, then you can just put it inanytime you need to do that kind of like you would on a Mac. - Yeah. - I should just switch to Mac. Between Spotlight, andjust, Finder wasn't so bad. I'd consider it. - There's alternatives you can get. Path Finder is one. -

[Linus] Okay. - It's paid software though butit's actually pretty decent. - Why is everything paid on Mac? - Yeah. - Because you can affordit, you bought a Mac. Alright, yeah, we're runningat like 90 FPS or whatever. - [Anthony] Yeah, it's totally fine. - [Linus] Ultra-Nightmare. Take that monsters. - [Anthony] Why don't youtry a DirectX 12 game? - Oh, well, I guess that'sprobably not gonna work then hey. Okay, what's the-- - [Anthony] It might. I've got a shot out ofthe Tomb Raider on there. - Oh yeah, that'll do it. Oh, weird, there's no system tray pop-up. - That might just be anartifact of Classic Shell. I'm not entirely sure. It's been a hot minutebut it could be also be that we don't have anylike hidden icons also. -

I can't find any way to hide them. I'm in the Settings now and it's just, nope, you just relocate them. Even the relocation animationsare slightly different. So you might be right. It might just be a Classic Shell thing. Let's play some Shadow ofthe Tomb Raider, DirectX 12. Here we go boys. Why would Windows Update affect that? - Apparently there'sextensions to DirectX 12 that come down from WindowsUpdate from time to time. So the idea is if you've got a game that uses an extensionthat you don't have, then DirectX 12 just won't work properly. - Well, Shadow of the TombRaider is a bit of an older game and it seems to be workingproperly at least in the menu which is rendered in engine, so that would lead me tobelieve that it's gonna run.

Okay. So officially DirectX 12 is a no-go, but unofficially if you tryit on a game-by-game basis, it might actually work just fine then. - [Anthony] Yeah. - You're not supposed tostand in here but I like it. New Task Manager is here. That's nice to see. Got your GPU usage andall that good stuff, although I don't see temps in here yet. So this is like at leastone iteration back. - It's actually based on Windows 10 1903. - Got it. - It should be possibleto do it with 1909, but the official images, well,official images are 1903. Okay, you might notice thenon the bottom right corner that you've got an internetassist connected icon. - Oh, I do. - [Anthony] Yes and that's-- -

 [Linus] That's becauseWindows can't know that I have an internet connection. - [Anthony] Right, because it'snot phoning home, it can't. - Got it. - So it only knows that youhave local connectivity. - Interesting. So even though all the telemetry stuff has supposedly been removed, we still actually need to fool Windows into thinking that it hasno reason to even use it, because I have no internet connection. - Yeah. - [Linus] Oh, CreativeCloud probably won't know I have an internet connection either. - [Anthony] Yeah. - Oh, I bet there's gonna be lots of stuff that kind of glitches out because it thinks you haveno internet connection. - 'Cause they can't ping their server. They can't phone home. - So it turns off telemetryfor other applications as well. -

 I think Adobe is oneof those applications that hooks into Windows's API for that, and the API itself has been removed. - I opened up Creative Cloud desktop. It goes you got no internetconnection, I can't do stuff. By the way we've got anew version available. Go ahead and update. Let's see if it gets it. Let's see if you guys get awater bottle on lttstore.com. Okay, this is not gonna finish. This has been sitting here forever now. - I take back everything I said about quality Adobe software. - [Linus] Okay, so with that closed out, we've got svchost, like task manager. Wow, there's reallynot a lot in here then. - Yeah, and in keeping with the spirit of the operating system, I used NVCleanstall to installthe NVIDIA driver as well. So we only have the bareminimum for that as well. - Oh, I guess that explainswhy it just feels so snappy. Like you know how sometimeseven on a fast machine, you'll go to open localdisk C and it'll take like 10 or 15 seconds for no apparent reason. -

Yeah, 'cause it's gotta like update some log in the background that's gotta go off- Exactly. - To Microsoft and all that kind of crap. It makes you wonder how much stuff is actually just kinda caked on in there in the like vanilla version of Windows. - No kidding, like evenwhen it does need a second to open up and populate a directory list, it's a second, not 10 seconds. - Yeah, accessing the vault or any of our otherservers usually takes like. - A long time. This is great though. Like I'm in bench den rightnow and it's responsive enough considering that it'srunning on spinning rust and running over a gigabit connection. - Yeah. - [Linus] Hey, MS Paint is still here. - [Anthony] MS Paint is not spyware. - I knew it, I knew youwere good all along. This is pretty cool.

You get all the same benefits that you would from anofficially available slimmed down version of Windowslike an embedded version which we've actually talked about before when we did a video on Windows 9, plus more since all thetelemetry is stripped out. But legally speaking, this is all something ofa gray area so to speak. Now according to the website, the project is perfectly legal based on EU Directive 2009/24 which they say gives them a pass on interoperability grounds by downloading images withtelemetry, including activation, removed from the website itself, though you are essentiallycommitting piracy.

However, it is possible to do this legally if you modify a Windowsimage for yourself, and they've got full documentation on the process availablealong with a repository of open source scripts that they use. So supposedly you withyour Windows license and a download of Windows 10 1909 should be able to do it for yourself, although the prebuilt imagesare all based on 1903. Legality aside, the utilityof a Windows image like this is pretty great for someonewho's looking to run it in a VM on a Linux machine for example. For everyday use, I don't know. If you don't need some of the things that we found didn't work quite right, and if you don't mindjumping through some hoops whenever you wanna update or run something that needs administrative permissions, then sure, otherwise,

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