Windows Tweaking Utilities

Discussion in 'polls' started by WSFuser, Mar 22, 2007.

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Which Windows tweaking utilities do you use?

  1. Acelogix Tweak N' Tune

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Auslogic BoostSpeed

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  3. Tweak-XP

    5 vote(s)
    5.2%
  4. TweakVI

    7 vote(s)
    7.3%
  5. WINner Tweak

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. WinXP Manager

    4 vote(s)
    4.2%
  7. Vista Manager

    2 vote(s)
    2.1%
  8. Vista Smoker Pro

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. X-Setup Pro

    4 vote(s)
    4.2%
  10. XP Smoker

    2 vote(s)
    2.1%
  11. Other (please specify)

    10 vote(s)
    10.4%
  12. I apply my tweaks manually

    51 vote(s)
    53.1%
  13. I don't apply tweaks

    27 vote(s)
    28.1%
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  1. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

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    Which one do you use if any?

    I myself use TweakUI (for XP), WinXP Manager, and the tweaks section of nLite.
     
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  2. TairikuOkami

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    I use manual tweaks only, I like to know, what does what, so I can fix it.
    But I try tweak software and with Process Monitor I "steal" tweaks from it.
     
  3. ThunderZ

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    A combination of Tuneup 2007 and manual tweaks.
     
  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    I do not use tweaks...
    No point. Windows is a feeble beast as it is, no need to kill it.
    Mrk
     
  5. Tarq57

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    If disabling certain un-needed services qualifies, then yes, I went through Blackvipers setup for XP. Also deleted some services and running processes after running free tests at pcpitstop. (Don't really think that qualifies though.)
    Also used most of the settings in "tweak XP" , trying them out, till finding those that actually made a difference.
    Got rid of Adobe, quicktime, Real and disabled XP's file zipper, installing good lightweight freewares that don't need to phone home.
    All security is taken care of by freeware applications.
    It's running very well, and does what I want it to do.
     
  6. luciddream

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    Same here, if disabling certain un-needed system services is a tweak, then that's all I do. Only the few that are major security exploits too, I don't get "disable happy" like some people do and break stuff.

    Also have "Client for Microsoft Networks" & "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" disabled, as they are not neccessary for my particular setup.
     
  7. ErikAlbert

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    I don't tweak winXPproSP2 either. My fast computer doesn't need any tweaking.
    I wonder how many nanoseconds I would save.
    I'm more interested in removing unnecessary components, because that makes your Windows smaller, which means smaller FDISR-snapshots and faster backups.
    For instance : I don't need
    - Outlook Express
    - Disk Defragmenter
    - NT Backup
    - all these games
    - all these languages except my language of course,
    - all these keyboards, except my keyboard of course.
    - etc. etc. etc.
    Take a look at nLite and make your choice, what to remove/tweak or not to remove/tweak and the beauty of it is that you have to do it only ONE time, because it is all stored on your new "Windows Installation CD".
     
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  8. incursari

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    I don’t use tweaks. I only disable Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop. Only enable File and Printer Sharing when needed.
     
  9. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Registered Member

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    Have you ever changed wallpaper or associated file types? If yes, than you tweaked.
    So you see, noone can really vote: "I don't apply tweaks", because everyone tweaks.

    Tweaking something only means setting it up to make it to do, what a user want it to do.
    Eg someone wants to set up IE, he can spent an hour to do it, or a sec with a registry file.
    Simply, why to do it a hard way (wasting precious time), when it can be done an easy way?

    Microsoft offers much info about tweaking registry for IT admins, because there are some settings, which can be done only via registry. IT admins have to have secure server PCs.

    MS notes about SynAttackProtect, SafeXP set this to 1, I set it to 2, default is 0:
    This does not sound like MS would say, do not touch the registry, it is an evil. ;)

    By the way, noone forces a user to set up things, he does not want, it is only up to him.
    Windows default settings are good for most users, but why to make it easier for malware?

    Do not take me wrong, I do not force you to tweak manually, I just want you to think, what would you call tweaking? Tweaking is tweaking, whetever are settings done manually or not. So as soon as you change any default settings anywhere, even a window size, it is tweaking.
     
  10. WSFuser

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    hmm maybe that last poll option wasnt needed. also i think i shouldve cast a vote for manual tweaking.
     
  11. Capp

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    I have to cast my vote for manual tweaking. I do have X-Setup, which I've toyed with a bit, but I prefer to dig in deep and mess with it myself.
     
  12. progress

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    I don't apply tweaks but TweakUI is a nice tool though :)
     
  13. YeOldeStonecat

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    The question begs more....such as .."What OS?"

    Back in the Win9X days I'd put some settings in config.sys to bump up conventional memory.

    For XP I used to flip to the classic desktop theme. I'd also use the Speedguide.Net TCP Optimizer to adjust my RWIN values for better internet performance.

    With Vista....."Leave it alone". So far I'm finding that leaving Windows 7 alone i best also.
     
  14. guest

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    Usually, I apply tweaks manually on my Win7 Ultimate x86. I also use xp-AntiSpy and PC Tools Registry Mechanic. They have some features related to this.
     
  15. Noob

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    I don't really tweak my pc, but if i need to, i do it manually with guides or tutorials :D
     
  16. PJC

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    No Tweaks.
     
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  17. YanK33

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    Tune Up Utilities for some minors tweaks
     
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  19. blacknight

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    I apply my tweaks manually.
     
  20. xandros

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    i have windows 7 now , and i dont use any tweaks programs,
    windows 7 its excellent and without any tweak its running good and the browsing fast
     
  21. NRProia

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    Hello,

    I used TweakVI when I had Vista x32 installed. One feature that I really enjoyed was the ability to Sort IE Favorites. All folders could be sorted at the click of a button. With 7 x64 installed, I have to open each folder manually, right click, and select "Sort by name". Does anyone know of a freeware Favorites sorter for 7?

    Regards,

    Nathan
     
  22. cozumel

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    Holy resurrection batman. :D

    Since I'm here. I don't use tweaking software - can do more harm than good. All tweaks are done manually
     
  23. Spruce

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    Windows 7 Manager
    Tweak Me
     
  24. jadinolf

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    Power Toys for XP

    That's about it
     
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