Ameliorated Windows 10 AME

by B.Jordanov

What is Windows 10 Ameliorated Edittion?

To ameliorate means to purify, to improve and make better in some way. Windows 10 Ameliorated is exactly that. To achieve this state of Windows 10,  AME uses bunch of scripts that remove and disable the bloatware and spyware in the original Windows 10 by Microsoft in the right order.

You can either download an ISO of the whole OS purified or you can build one by yourself. Windows 10 AME is an open source project shared on Github.

Why do I still have an active Windows installation and didn’t switch to Linux?

It’s 2021 and I’m finally installing Windows 10 for the first time on my personal PC. To be honest I just bought a new laptop and Windows 10 came as a preinstalled OS. I still need to use some Adobe software so that’s the main reason I wanted to have a working copy of Windows.

With that said Windows 10 by Microsoft is a complete bloatware and spyware. It’s slow, it’s consuming a lot of RAM and CPU when idle, it’s forcing updates at unfortunate times even though the user disables them. Nothing to like about it. Yeah, but there is an alternative and it’s called Windows 10 Ameliorated eddition. These are a bunch of scripts that change the game. Read more to understand how it works.

How does Windows 10 AME differentiate from Windows 10 by Microsoft?

It’s the same operating system, but here’s what changes:

  • Windows AME turns off all the spying features of Windows 10
  • Disables Cortana
  • Removes Edge browser and installs Firefox instead
  • Removes the MS Office because it has a keyloger inside
  • Denies 94% of the attacks related to the Administrator vulnerability
  • Removes the “Start menu” and the Taskbar
  • Gets rid of the advertising software that comes preinstalled with Windows 10
  • It removes uneeded bloat from the GUI

Windows 10 AME Disadvantages

  • In theory may have problems with Direct X 12 (No one had till now)
  • It asks for an Administrator password for basic operations
  • You can’t use the new MS Office (but you can use Open Office or Libre Office instead)
  • Not all settings are fully customizable
  • Some system settings can only be changed trough a terminal
  • Some system settings are going to be reset to default on the next restart
  • There are no updates and no official support
  • 32 bit versions aren’t supported
  • The internal search function isn’t working as intended

Windows 10 AME Advantages

With that said if you can live with it here are the advantages you trade for all your discomfor:

  1. It uses 80% less RAM and less CPU power
  2. It loads almost instantly
  3. It’s GUI is cleaner
  4. It’s not sending your data to Microsoft

Who is Windows 10 Ameliorated for and why to chose it?

I personaly would chose the AME version of Windows because I want the OS to respect my privacy. If you don’t want Microsoft spying on you or collecting informarmation about every button you press.  Windows 10 AME is fo you If you don’t like beeing tracked and “suggested” what’s better for you, based on your actions. If you still want to be able to use some program configurations that you have preconfigured back in the days on Windows 7 but with the newer updated and supported software versions.

Is Windows 10 AME safe to use?

NO. But it’s way better than the bloated version of windows Microsoft presents you with. Here is a list of  the things that concern me:

  1. It’s illegal.

That’s it. That’s my only concern. Keeping in mind that Windows 10 AME is illegal is important! It’s not officially supported and updated by Microsoft. Yes, it’s open source and it’s shared on Github but if you are not a programmer and you are a paranoid just use Ubunto Linux or any other user friendly distribution.

IMPORTANT! NOTICE:

It’s very important to understand, that Windows, regardless of its modernity and patched state can’t be taken as a impenetrable platform. If privacy and security are two of your essential concerns, you should no longer use AME, or Windows in general!

How to add an input language to Windows 10 Ameliorated with Powershell?

Normally in Windows 10 AME adding an additional language using the gui could be impossible if installing it from an ISO. Just by following the official AME documentation you you’ll be able to add a custom language to the keyboard and the input languages.

net localgroup administrators user /add
shutdown -r -t 0

this is required in order to keep the settings made with the next commands we are going to use

$List = New-WinUserLanguageList en-US
$List.add("de-DE")
$List.add("it-IT")
$List.add("xx-XX")
Set-WinUserLanguageList $List

Don’t forget to return the user account back to it’s previous state:

net localgroup administrators user /delete
shutdown -r -t 0

Advanced ways of changing the primary language and forcing an input alternative.

In my case this wasn’t enough. I was looking for a way to change my input method to “Bulgarian Phonetic Traditional” just by using the Power Shell but also keep “en-US” as a default input. First open the Microsoft website and look for your input language code. Then subsitute it in the following code:

$lang = New-WinUserLanguageList en-US
$lang.Add("bg")
$lang[1].InputMethodTips.Clear()
$lang[1].InputMethodTips.Add('0402:00040402') 
Set-WinUserLanguageList -LanguageList $lang

Final toughts

Windows was a great platform back in the days, Linux was better. Linux is still better and now with a powerful graphic user interface. If you are a new user that wants to enter this new world of Linux, take a look at Kubunto with KDE. If you need Windows 10 to comply with some of the software that can’t be run on another operating system, Windows 10 Ameliorated is your best choice. Please let me know what do you think about Windows AME in the comments below.

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