Guake style terminal with Putty in Windows

Drop-down terminal with Putty in Windows
Drop-down terminal with Putty in Windows

Guake is a drop-down terminal inspired from video games (like Quake) for Linux GNOME environment, the main feature it’s that a hotkey brings up the terminal window wherever you are on the desktop, it’s a fast way to access your terminal. We will setup this feature on Microsoft Windows with AutoHotkeyPutty and putty-quake-terminal autohotkey script.

1. Download and install AutoHotKey
2. Download Putty (putty.exe) and copy to C:\Windows
3. Download putty-quake-terminal and unzip
4. (Optional) Edit putty-quake-console.ini and modify settings
5. Launch putty-quake-console.ahk, login with Putty and press the hotkey (default F12) to toggle.

Optional ( with auto login )

When starting putty-quake-console.ahk Putty will pop-up and you need to select a session, if you would like to auto login go to /microsoft/windows/ssh-auto-login-with-putty-from-windows/ select a method and modify putty_args from putty-quake-console.ini.

How to uninstall built in apps from Windows 10

After a new Windows 10 installation, I would expect to have a clean, fresh operating system, eventually with a few useful built in apps, but after installing Windows 10 (  build 10.0.15063 )  my PC looks like this:

Windows 10 new installation
Windows 10 new installation
Windows 10 built in apps
Windows 10 built in apps

Test environment: Microsoft Windows 10 x64 Pro Build 10.0.15063 Version 1703 (Creators Update)


Let’s clean up…

1. Disable Cortana, if you don’t use Cortana just disable it,  saves a lot of time, headache and start menu problems. Download .reg files Disable and enable Cortana or follow the steps from below.
a.) Press ⊞ Windows key + R and type regedit
b.) Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
c.) Create new key  “Windows Search” and a new DWORD VALUE “AllowCortana” with the value 0.

2. Uninstall OneDrive
Press ⊞ Windows key + R and type %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

3. Uninstall built in apps
In start menu search for “PowerShell”, right click and run as administrator. Let’s run a few commands to understand better.

List all the apps:

Get-AppxPackage

List packages whose name contains the text “mysearch”:

Get-AppxPackage *mysearch*

Remove packages whose name contains *mysearch*

Get-AppxPackage *mysearch* | Remove-AppxPackage

Now that we know how to search and remove an app to remove multiple apps select the apps from the left, copy the text from the right and paste to Windows PowerShell (elevated).

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    Update 17/12/2017: When I wrote this post I was using Version 1703 (Creators Update) which installed (without asking) "Keeper - Free Password Manager", which contains a serious security flaw, more info.