A touch of Windows XP: TweakUI returns as TweakUIX for Windows 11 and 10

Photo: Microsoft

The TweakUI system configuration tool, which was first released with Windows 95 as part of the Microsoft PowerToys toolkit and was especially popular in the Windows XP days, is now back on the desktop as TweakUIX for Windows 11 and Windows 10.

TweakUIX brings TweakUI into the modern era

Open source developer Belim aka buildbybel, who is also responsible for the useful system, introductory and optimization tool ThisIsWin11, has adapted and re-releases a true classic for Windows 11 and Windows 10 using TweakUIX. The Little Assistant, for example, was provided directly by Microsoft on the Windows 98 SE installation CD and enabled easy access to keys and tweaks hidden deep within the system.

TweakUIX 0.16.30 (ZIP), which is only 100KB in size, has been adapted for Windows 11, Windows 10 and their latest Insider Preview builds, and is intended to be more than a tribute to the old times.

  • The user interface is based on the classic TweakUI app.
  • There is nothing modern, fluent, mecha and UWP alike here. But it isn’t supposed to be.
  • The application is meant to be simple, compact, modular and understandable to everyone.
  • Just head over to the Github page and download the TweakUIX app, it’s open source and completely transparent.

TweakUIX 0.16.30 Release Notes

TweakUIX is based on the original TweakUI GUI and intentionally works without modern UX design techniques such as Fluent Design, Windows 11 “Mica” transparency effect, or the modern design of UWP apps.

TweakUIX 0.16.30
TweakUIX 0.16.30 (Photo: Builtbybel)

Small but very powerful

Despite its only 100KB size and portable way, TweakUIX works like the original without any installation process and can also be run directly from a USB storage medium, for example, System Tool offers a total of ten categories and can even be expanded via plug-ins.

Today I am releasing this small standalone tool called TweakUIX. It comes with customization features and also options to remove unnecessary fat from Windows or even install software packages.

TweakUIX 0.16.30 Release Notes

Microsoft itself has now also released PowerToys, reported by ComputerBase over 20 years ago, for Windows 11 and 10, but TweakUI is no longer part of the suite.

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The developer of open source software promises that the new version of the tool will also be maintained in the future and other minor improvements are made.

The project page on the developer platform GitHub provides more information about TweakUIX. In addition to TweakUIX 0.16.30, ThisIsWin11 has just been released in the new version 1.1.160, which can be downloaded as usual from the ComputerBase download area just below this message.


  • Powertoys

    4.5 stars

    With PowerToys, Microsoft has revived the well-known set of system tools from Windows 95.

  • ThisIsWin11

    3.2 stars

    ThisIsWin11 offers some features of Windows 11 – including quick access to settings.

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