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Boxstarter Commands for a new Windows box.
# Description: Boxstarter Script
# Author: curtisalexander, forked from jessfraz
# Run this boxstarter by calling the following from an **elevated** command-prompt:
# start<URL-TO-RAW-GIST>
# OR
# Install-BoxstarterPackage -PackageName <URL-TO-RAW-GIST> -DisableReboots
# Learn more:
#---- TEMPORARY ---
#--- Fonts ---
choco install hackfont -y
#--- Windows Settings ---
Set-WindowsExplorerOptions -EnableShowFileExtensions
#--- Windows Subsystems/Features ---
#choco install Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux -source windowsfeatures
#--- Apps ---
# choco install googlechrome
# choco install sharex
#--- Uninstall unecessary applications that come with Windows out of the box ---
# Feedback Hub
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub | Remove-AppxPackage
# Xbox
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider | Remove-AppxPackage
#--- Windows Settings ---
# Some from: @NickCraver's gist
# Privacy: Let apps use my advertising ID: Disable
If (-Not (Test-Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo")) {
New-Item -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo | Out-Null
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo -Name Enabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# WiFi Sense: HotSpot Sharing: Disable
If (-Not (Test-Path "HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowWiFiHotSpotReporting")) {
New-Item -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowWiFiHotSpotReporting | Out-Null
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowWiFiHotSpotReporting -Name value -Type DWord -Value 0
# WiFi Sense: Shared HotSpot Auto-Connect: Disable
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowAutoConnectToWiFiSenseHotspots -Name value -Type DWord -Value 0
# Start Menu: Disable Bing Search Results
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search -Name BingSearchEnabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# To Restore (Enabled):
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search -Name BingSearchEnabled -Type DWord -Value 1
# Disable Telemetry (requires a reboot to take effect)
# Note this may break Insider builds for your organization
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection -Name AllowTelemetry -Type DWord -Value 0
# Get-Service DiagTrack,Dmwappushservice | Stop-Service | Set-Service -StartupType Disabled
# Change Explorer home screen back to "This PC"
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name LaunchTo -Type DWord -Value 1
# Change it back to "Quick Access" (Windows 10 default)
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name LaunchTo -Type DWord -Value 2
# Better File Explorer
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder -Value 1
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name NavPaneShowAllFolders -Value 1
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name MMTaskbarMode -Value 2
# These make "Quick Access" behave much closer to the old "Favorites"
# Disable Quick Access: Recent Files
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowRecent -Type DWord -Value 0
# Disable Quick Access: Frequent Folders
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowFrequent -Type DWord -Value 0
# To Restore:
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowRecent -Type DWord -Value 1
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowFrequent -Type DWord -Value 1
# Disable the Lock Screen (the one before password prompt - to prevent dropping the first character)
# If (-Not (Test-Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization)) {
# New-Item -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows -Name Personalization | Out-Null
# }
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization -Name NoLockScreen -Type DWord -Value 1
# To Restore:
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization -Name NoLockScreen -Type DWord -Value 1
# Lock screen (not sleep) on lid close
# Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power' -Name AwayModeEnabled -Type DWord -Value 1
# To Restore:
# Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power' -Name AwayModeEnabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# Use the Windows 7-8.1 Style Volume Mixer
# If (-Not (Test-Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\MTCUVC")) {
# New-Item -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" -Name MTCUVC | Out-Null
# }
# Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\MTCUVC" -Name EnableMtcUvc -Type DWord -Value 0
# To Restore (Windows 10 Style Volume Control):
# Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\MTCUVC" -Name EnableMtcUvc -Type DWord -Value 1
# Disable Xbox Gamebar
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameDVR" -Name AppCaptureEnabled -Type DWord -Value 0
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\System\GameConfigStore" -Name GameDVR_Enabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# Turn off People in Taskbar
If (-Not (Test-Path "HKCU:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\People")) {
New-Item -Path HKCU:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\People | Out-Null
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\People" -Name PeopleBand -Type DWord -Value 0
#--- Uninstall unecessary applications that come with Windows out of the box ---
Write-Host "Uninstall some applications that come with Windows out of the box" -ForegroundColor "Yellow"
#Referenced to build script
function removeApp {
Param ([string]$appName)
Write-Output "Trying to remove $appName"
Get-AppxPackage $appName -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -Online | Where DisplayNam -like $appName | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online
$applicationList = @(
"ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491" # Code Writer
foreach ($app in $applicationList) {
removeApp $app
#--- Restore Temporary Settings ---
Install-WindowsUpdate -acceptEula
#--- Rename the Computer ---
# Requires restart, or add the -Restart flag
$computername = "skywater"
if ($env:computername -ne $computername) {
Rename-Computer -NewName $computername
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