Windows 11 Pro - (No Bloat/Telemetry/Auto-Updates/Defender) - Pre-Activated

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  1. S.K

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    Hello guys,
    After my previous Windows 10 debloat thread was appreciated by the gamers and power users community, I am now sharing a drop of Windows 11 Pro here (Version 21996.1) which is a dev version however it is fully functional and pretty much glitch free. I have completely removed all the bloatware, MS spyware, telemetry, auto-updates as well as Defender from it (only the Defender Firewall remains). Some of the key mods/enhancements are listed below:
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    Changes specific to build 22463:
    • Comes with pre-installed .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) on special demand of @Papusan and many others.
    • Added back Windows Media Player due to some users demanding it (however it can be removed from "Turn Windows features on or off" dialog.
    • Windows Update service download is now set to manual mode which means, windows will download updates but will ask for permission before downloading and installing them once you enable Windows Update service, however it is still recommended that you download updates only manually or via a third party tool of your choice. Or, you can do it manually, one update at a time i.e., the old school way.
    • Dark mode is now pre-enabled.
    • This build is not pre-activated as it will now use over your Windows 10 Pro license (if you have a working license on your machine for Windows 10 pro, this build will be automatically activated using the same license when you connect to the internet.)

    Here are some quick screenshots for build 21996.1 (Dark mode enabled):
    (Used Work Blue Smoke Icon Pack)

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    Here are some screenshots for build 22464 (Dark Mode enabled by default):
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    Changes Specific to Build 21H2 (22000.348):

    The following settings have been disabled:
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    The following pre-installed package has also been removed (intended to boost Windows Update so it would bypass all controls)
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    Here is the properties page after successful first installation:
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    Known issues:
    1: Hibernation needs to be enabled (if you want). To do it, give these commands in CMD shell with administrator privileges:
    C:\Users\Whatever> powercfg /hibernate on <Press Enter>
    C:\Users\Whatever> powercfg /h /type full <Press Enter>
    (Reboot for the settings to take effect.)

    2: MS Edge is pre-installed in this build (weirdly, some people still like it.. :confused:o_O). However you can get rid of that pile of junk using these commands in CMD shell with administrator privileges:

    Steps for build 21996.1:
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    C:\> cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\90.0.818.66\Installer\" <Press Enter>
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\90.0.818.66\Installer>setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall <Press Enter>
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    Steps for build 22463:
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    C:\> cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\92.0.902.67\Installer\" <Press Enter>
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\92.0.902.67\Installer>setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall <Press Enter>
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    After that, go ahead and delete the "Microsoft" folder from Program Files (x86).

    3: Original Photo Viewer has been restored however by default, double clicking on any picture will attempt to print it. You can resolve it by opening it with photo viewer and selecting "Always use this app to open .xxx files".

    4: This build does not contain any media players. Not even microsoft paint! You can port any of the binaries that you want from other windows builds as they are stand alone. For media player and codec, download K-Lite Mega Codec Pack that comes pre-bundled with Media Player Classic and plays pretty much every media format on earth, or you can use VLC.

    5: These builds of Windows 11 will give you a prompt after a few days of installation that says, "This build of Windows will expire soon". In order to keep using this build, all you need to do is to rename/delete the file LicensingUI.exe available in C:/Windows/System32/ directory. You can either rename/delete it by making yourself the owner of the file via security permissions and then allowing your user account to have full control on the file through Windows directly, or you can do the same by rebooting via a Linux installation disk. Either way will work. For doing it via Windows, here are the steps:
    a: Right click on LicensingUI.exe and click "Properties".
    b: Go to "Security" tab and click on Advanced button.
    c: Click the "Change" hyperlink in front of the Owner section that is below the top Name section.
    d: Under "Enter the object name to select (examples): Enter your current user profile name that you are currently logged in through (must be an administrator account).
    e: Click "Check Names" button, and if you typed the correct user profile name, it should appear in the box. Then click OK.
    f: Now click on "Apply" button.
    g: Now you are back under "Security" tab. Click on "Edit" button. Select your newly added user profile from "Group or user names" section {should look something like Users (<computer name>\Users)}.Now under "Permissions for Users", check "Full Control" under "Allow" and hit OK.
    h: Hit OK again and it's done. Now simply right click the file LicensingUI.exe and rename/delete it. You can then reboot the system for the changes to take effect. Once done, the warnings will be stopped permanently.

    6: After a month of using the installation from build 22463, Windows will lock you out from Task Manager and some other system dialogues, saying something ridiculous like: "This app has been blocked for your protection".
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    Solution: Open registry editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\
    Find a REG_DWORD value named EnableLUA. Double click on it and set it's new value to 0. Then restart your computer and the issue should be resolved.

    7: When you install Windows 11 Pro 21H2 Build 22000.348, make sure that you immediately install a good windows update control software such as Wu10Man. When installed, open it and disable all Windows Services from "Windows Services" tab except Windows Update. Make sure that you keep your "Update Orchestrator Service" disabled and stopped at all times unless you want to install an update. Now, use WindowsUpdateHideTool binary to search for available updates. If you see these 2 in the list, you better skip them as they are related to Windows Update itself and will open the gates of bloatware and Microsoft's own malware towards your machine. It's also a good idea to disable all driver updates that appear above these just to get a cleaner experience and avoiding any pesky driver update that would try to install itself (although it has been disabled but Windows seldom respects group policy and registry restrictions in this regard).
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    8: If you are annoyed by Windows 11 shell menu which is transparent but you have to click multiple times to simply copy/paste something via expanding the menu, you can now get the classic shell menu back where you don't have to click the menu multiple times to expand it. Simply download THIS REGISTRY SCRIPT and merge it into your Windows 11 installation and you will be back with Windows 10 style menu. It will not be transparent but it will get the job done. Here is a preview of the new classic menu in Dark mode.
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    Feel free to download and try it out. So far it has been working flawlessly on my main machine for the last 3 days and I am satisfied with the gaming performance.

    Download Win11-NoBloat.iso file (build 21996.1):
    Download link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qxsfs9AeH-rMPYg2chDBFYvnQ8pLWNDn/view?usp=sharing

    Download Win11-NoBloat-22463.iso file (build 22463) (includes .NET 3.5 pre-installed):
    Download link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qb35Op00eD7XsdgaovMpb1qL-UoKEB-P/view?usp=sharing

    Download Win11Pro-22K.348.NoBloat.iso (build 21H2 22000.348) (includes .NET 3.5 pre-installed):
    Download link: https://mega.nz/file/v6JxRKRR#-rjmD9GnNejm1p2aPZM-sFKuqEKLqTLDTxoTSpBpYK4

    Basic Redistributable package (Contains ALL DirectX updates to date + all VC redistributables):
    Download link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12scg09_torNZxzzcpyzcog58TYHD0T0W/view?usp=sharing


    Note: There have been no "Additions" made to this build except for the classic Windows Photo Viewer. Other than that, this build is completely stock which has been repackaged with a customized group policy settings pack and modification to services start/stop section in addition to bloatware removal. No license is needed if you use as-is, however license might be required if you apply any license related updates from Windows Updates on your own. You will have to buy a license yourself in that case however my advice is, keep using as-is and install windows updates manually only. Enjoy!



    All my work is available for free. If it helps you out by improving your gaming/daily usage experience then consider making a donation.:)
     
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    First to say thanks for your work you are truly appreciated
     
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    Thanks. Any reason you this time forgot add in Net 3.5 ? If you use etc multi OS usb tool as Ventoy you can't install it directly from the OS package. Should always be implemented in the ISO for an easy and fast setup. See... I never use Windows update to update needed packages.
     
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    This is awesome! Thanks!

    Now to give Windows 11 a test run and see if I like it. I gotta tell one of my buddies about this to convert him from MacOS back to Windows since he's all about the UI design.

    Also, how's the gaming performance in Windows 11 vs Windows 10 LSTC? Is it worse, about the same, or better?
     
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    There is a weird bug in these dev builds where if you pre-package .NET Framework 3.5 or older, the start menu disappears from the taskbar and it doesn't receive any clicks either. The only way to bring it up is to use keyboard shortcuts. I am still trying to wrap my head around this and until then, I decided to drop it from the build. I will add it back once I figure this glitch out. This is a really poor bug imo and speaks volumes about poor quality control in this release. It actually might be a smart idea to hold back from upgrading for a while (unless you are a testing nut like myself).

    EDIT: Fixed this in build 22463!

    To be honest with you, with 128 Gigs of RAM, 10900K and RTX 2080, I really don't feel any difference in games. But your mileage may vary depending upon your machine.
     
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    Papusan Jokebook's Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on Filthy

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    Thanks.

    See also... http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/windows-11.836230/page-65#post-11120656
    Yep. I tested it once it was out on some of my test machines in Jun/July. Hate the Apple influenced UI and the kids style. This new OS is within top 3 regarding new features and UI. I mean top 3 worst:D

    Yep, an awful direction... http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/windows-11.836230/page-41#post-11107151
     
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    Added build 22463.

    Comes with .NET 3.5 pre-installed @Papusan ;)
     
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    Build 22463 revised with a fix for taskbar system tray area where clicking on volume icon did not bring up the volume control bar window. It should be pretty much glitch free now!
     
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    TY!!! rocking this on my alienware m17 r4 my clevo x170 and my custom built desktop
     
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    Game mode has already been removed (you can no longer enable/disable it as it has been outright removed) in build 22463.
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