Winaero is a website hosting freeware tweaking tools for Microsoft Windows. It is made by a Russian software developer, Sergey Tkachenko. The website sports 50+ freeware tools for modifying the behaviour of Microsoft Windows. Notable amongst these are Skip Metro Suite [2][3] which allowed skipping the Windows 8 Start screen, booting straight to the Windows desktop and customising the Modern UI hot corners. Other notable tools include Ribbon Disabler,[4] which allows disabling the Explorer Ribbon interface and Personalization Panel[5] which replicates the full personalization restricted by low end editions of Windows. The latest addition is Winaero Tweaker which unifies most of the tools under a single tool to modify hidden Windows settings.

Winaero's logo.png
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Reviews / Software Development, software site / blog
FoundedJuly 2011
Founder(s)Sergey Tkachenko
Key peopleSergey Tkachenko, Development Lead

The website also regularly gives tips on tweaking Windows through its blog and offers free themes, visual styles and HD wallpapers to customise Windows.

Winaero posts daily topics ranging from tweaks and tips for Windows,[6] to troubleshooting guides, to free visual styles and theme packs.[7]


Winaero started in July 2011 as a simple English download page[8] for the former Russian original project by Sergey Tkachenko. Winreview later ceased to operate and Winaero became the sole focus of the developer. From August 2012, Winaero started to publish English articles on its blog.


Winaero's software utilities have been recognised by WinSuperSite,[9] Lifehacker,[10] PCWorld,[11] Engadget [12] and several other reputable news sites and blogs. A number of Winaero tools have been featured on these sites.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  2. ^ Skip Metro Suite bypasses the Windows 8 Start screen - BetaNews
  3. ^ Skip Metro Suite
  4. ^ Ribbon Disabler
  5. ^ Personalization Panel
  6. ^ Windows 8.1 Tips
  7. ^ Windows 8 Themepacks
  8. ^ About Winaero
  9. ^ Windows 8 Tip: Boot Directly to the Desktop with Skip Metro Suite
  10. ^ Boot UI Tuner Customizes Windows 8 Boot Menu Options
  11. ^ StartIsGone tool removes the Windows 8.1 Start button -- again
  12. ^ WinAero StartIsGone: for those who don't need no stinkin' Start button in Windows 8.1

External linksEdit