do tweaking programs work ?

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  1. garry35

    garry35 Registered Member

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    over the years i have tried many different so called tweaking / fixing programs, but do they actually work and does anybody have any reccommendations or care to share their experiences and give a little feedback, from an unbiased point of view.............

    Gazzer
     
  2. Sully

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    Most of them do much of the same. Some are basic with few options, some quite extensive. One of my favorites was Xsetup.

    I used to have a really large collection of registry tweaks, all sorted nicely. The tweak programs mostly did registry tweaks. Some of them did commands to shell. I had a collection of these as well.

    I think many tweak programs had a tendency to make problems for people because people did not fully understand the implications. On top of that, I found many would get excited and start applying lots of tweaks, or worse, use an "auto tweak", and then found it a PITA to revert back to where they started.

    A good tweak program should have, IMO, a way to keep track of what a value was so it can be undone. Some tweaks delete settings, not simply modify the value, so if you don't have a backup, the problem is quite profound.

    Sul.
     
  3. garry35

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    cant most changes be undone within the program via a rescue or undo function, whether the undo actually works is another matter
     
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    I believe you get much of the benefit possible by doing the occasional disk cleanup and defrag. I run Ccleaner after Disk Cleanup to delete additional temp files and use PerfectDisk which I feel does a better defrag than the Windows defragger. It's also helpful to examine startup entries and disable or remove any auto-starting apps that aren't necessary.

    It's debatable whether or not doing more than this makes a noticeable difference. For instance registry cleaners don't effect performance. I defrag (compress) the registry occasionally to reduce its size, but it doesn't effect performance. The only third party software tool I would recommend that actually improves the responsiveness of Windows is Process Lasso.
     
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    I always swore by Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.2

    IT has so many tweaks that actually work

    ill post a guide later

    PS: It's FREE! never pay for a tweaking program
     
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    I discovered you can use Tweak UI with Vista. Instead of installing, extract with 7-Zip and run as portable. Not all the features work, but a lot do. :)
     
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    create a backup before tweaking your system.
     
  8. Hungry Man

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    The problem with a tweaking guide is that the point of tweaking is to get the system how *you* want it. Providing a generic guide won't get you there.
     
  9. RJK3

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    What if the generic guide describes things adequately, so that one can make that decision for themselves?
     
  10. garry35

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    i agree with your point about tweaking guides, but i was asking about tweaking programs that claim to provide an easy solution......and whether they actually work
     
  11. Hungry Man

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    That sounds more like the viper wiki, which doesn't really try to do a guide as much as it tries to provide information on services and which are safe/ unsafe to remove.
     
  12. bgoodman4

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    Many years ago I owned a DEll PC and when I ran into issues I would call Dell support for help. If the problem was at all complex the standard Dell recommendation was to reformat the drive and do a clean install. After doing this a few times I decided it was time I took things into my own hands.

    The first thing I did was purchase one of the quick fix programs you are asking about. I think the program was Tune-up Utilities. Believe it or not this little program solved a lot of problems that Dell support would have had me do a reinstall for. So, to ans your question I would say yes, in some circumstances these programs can help. I still use these PC cleaners and tuners on a regular basis (Ace Utilities and Tune-up Utilities 2011). I do not know if they have helped prevent problems that I might have had but they certainly have not caused any that I am aware of.

    One thing you want to make sure of is that the program will allow you to undo whatever it has done,,,,just in case.
     
  13. RJK3

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    Never read a tweak guide that didn't explain the purpose and expected outcome of a change. Perhaps this would explain my lack of disdain for them.
     
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