Tweaking Tools

7Smoker Pro
License: Shareware – $9.99 Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Version: 1.5 – Released: 2011-04-05 Windows: 7
File Size: 6.3 MB
“7Smoker Pro allows you to change various settings in the Windows Registry. These settings can improve the performance for your computer drastically. Our service manager has service presets that allows you to fine tune your services without needing any knowledge. 7Smoker Pro includes a One Button Autotuner that will tune your system to perfection based on your system’s configuration. Simple for beginners. Powerful for experts.
“7Smoker Pro includes hundreds of settings in addition for the expert tweaker that likes to get his hands dirty. There are over 100 security settings alone. With 7Smoker Pro you will be able to increase performance, increase the security of Windows 7 , and prevent other users from changing your settings. With the 7Smoker Pro User Account Control feature you can adjust the settings for User Account Control in Windows 7 easily.
“7Smoker Pro also has maintenance tools to help you keep your computer clean and tidy. 7Smoker Pro also includes DriveFreeze a feature to lock down your removable storage devices so nobody can use them without your permission. You can lock down USB drives, CD-ROM/DVD drives, and floppy drives.”
Anchor Link 95 Is Alive
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Page Last Updated: 2009-02-15 Windows: 95
A Site For Those Who Refuse To Let Go Of Good Old 95
“As discovered when trying to restore systems after a major crash, the number of Windows 95 information sites is rapidly diminishing as the focus changes to newer systems. Therefore, the purpose of 95 Is Alive is to become a repository of Windows 95 tricks, tweaks and fixes, written from the point of view that there are always new Windows 95 users.
“Besides, not everyone can afford to go out and buy a new system or the latest software every time a new version comes out, so if you are happy with or just learning about Windows 95, take a look around and hopefully you’ll find an answer or two.”
Anchor Link AXCEL216’s MAX Speeed
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
“WinDOwS Tricks Secrets Bugs Fixes – This site is huge… over 150 pages [with 1000+ tricks] and counting. So you need to take a break from whatever you were doing, brew a fresh coffee pot, fill up your XL mug [but don’t spill it on your keyboard ;)], kick back, relax, and only after that, dig in, 1 tip at a time. The main goal of these pages is to transform your PC into the ultimate, extremely tweaked, mean machine you have always dreamed of, even if you don’t have the fastest hardware available under the sun. Nonetheless, if you do own a fast rig, this will squeeze the last atom of performance it is capable of, making it soar at MAX Speeed.”
Anchor Link Cacheman
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-10-01
Version: 7.60 – Released: 2012-09-27 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 3.7 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Cacheman is a Windows software designed to speed up your computer by optimizing several caches, managing RAM and fine tuning a number of system settings. Auto-Optimization makes it suitable for novice and intermediate users yet it is also powerful and versatile enough for computer experts. Backups of settings ensure that all user modifications can be reversed with a single click.”
Anchor Link PCMedikupdate
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-13
Version: – Released: 2013-05-13 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 2.87 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“PCMedik is a tool that allows you to modify your computers’s settings to increase performance and prevent crashes. No modifications to your hardware are made and all adjustments and settings are done in an easy-to-use interface that a child could use. PCMedik will increase your computer speed by modifying several Windows settings, it will also fix many common problems on the computer and make Windows secure by plugging common security problems. Whether you play games or just use your computer for general purpose you will find PCMedik a great investment for the life of your computer.”
[ Note: It appears that this site is updated very frequently. Therefore all of the information here is only as accurate as of the last date we reviewed the site. Ed. ]
Anchor Link Process Lassoupdate
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-15
Version: – Released: 2013-05-14 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 2.26 MB Portable version available on-site
Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Process Lasso is a unique new technology that will, amongst other things, improve your PC’s responsiveness and stability. Windows, by design, allows programs to monopolize your CPU without restraint — leading to freezes and hangs. Process Lasso’s ProBalance technology intelligently adjusts the priority of running programs so that badly behaved or overly active processes won’t interfere with your ability to use the computer!
“Process Lasso also offers an assortment of ways to take full control of how your CPUs are allocated to running programs. You can choose what priority and what CPUs any process should be given. You can even have overly active processes automatically moved to the CPUs of your choice until they calm down.
“Best of all, Process Lasso does all this while consuming very few system resources. It is written in native C++ and carefully designed for minimal resource use. Put simply, it is the tightest product of its type on the market. Once you install Process Lasso, it’ll just start working. More advanced users can tweak the configuration, but you needn’t touch anything to have it instantly improve your system responsiveness and prevent stalls in high load situations.”
[ Note: It appears that this site is updated very Frequently. Therefore all of the information here is only as accurate as of the last date we reviewed the site. Ed. ]
Anchor Link Reg Edits for Windows XP
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
“To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.
“To use the VBS Files: Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.”
Anchor Link RivaTuner
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Version: 2.24c – Released: 2009-08-23 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 2.6 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and real-time hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine make RivaTuner’s feature set absolutely unmatched. RivaTuner supports all NVIDIA display adapters starting from Riva TNT family up to the latest GeForce series and widest range of NVIDIA drivers starting from the oldest Detonator 2.08 up to the newest ForceWare drivers family. In addition to complete NVIDIA hardware support, RivaTuner also provides support for display adapters based upon newer ATI graphics processors. All RivaTuner’s features besides driver-level tuning options are also available on supported ATI hardware.”
Anchor Link TCP Optimizer
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Version: 3.0.8 – Released: 2011-09-17 Windows: All
File Size: 640 KB Portable
“The TCP Optimizer is a free, easy Windows program that provides an intuitive interface for tuning and optimizing your Internet connection. There is no installation required, just download and run.
“The program can aid both the novice and the advanced user in tweaking related TCP/IP parameters in the Windows Registry, making it easy to tune your system to the type of Internet connection used. The tool uses advanced algorithms, and the bandwidth delay product to find the best TCP Window for your specific connection speed. It provides for easy tuning of all related TCP/IP parameters, such as MTU, RWIN, and even advanced ones like QoS and ToS/Diffserv prioritization. The program works with all current versions of Windows, and includes additional tools, such as testing average latency over multiple hosts, and finding the largest possible packet size (MTU).”
Anchor Link TechSpotlight
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Windows: All, incl 8
“At first instance it would sound like tweaking your PC is a resource only people with old systems would have to recur. Guess what? you’re wrong. No matter how fast is your PC, Windows will hog your resources. We’ve been playing with all the latest versions of Windows and popular software recently and these guides are the result.”
Anchor Link TweakEasy Pro
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Version: 4.4 – Released: 2008-01-15 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 741 KB
“TweakEasy Professional enables you to tweak a variety of Windows settings and apply them as policies, so they cannot be changed by other users. The program includes access to almost 2500 settings that are categorized in folders and include a short description of their functionality. The policies cover all aspects of the operating system, including network settings, control panel access, printers, user accounts, device installation, Internet Explorer settings and much more. A built-in search feature enables you to locate specific policies by keyword and a bookmark option lets you save them in a list for quick access. Other features include policy report generation, logging of changes, password protected interface and more.”
Anchor Link TweakNow PowerPack
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Version: 4.2.1 – Released: 2012-08-01 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 10.1 MB
“TweakNow PowerPack is a fully-integrated suite of utilities that let you fine-tune every aspect of your computer’s operating system and Web browser. The Registry Cleaner module provides you with a safe and simple way to clean Windows Registry. To keep your computer always at top performance, we recommend to clean your registry at least once a month. For Windows tweaking lovers, the suite provides more than 100 hidden Windows settings in the Windows Secret section. Using modules included in this section, you can easily customize your Windows like geeks do. The Virtual Desktop module lets you run as many as four custom-designed desktop configurations simultaneously, allowing you to tailor your computer screen to your mood and your work requirements. Last but not least, the suite also gives you a complete picture of all aspects of your computer’s hardware, including detailed information about your motherboard, processor, video card, memory, hard disk and network.”
Anchor Link TweakVI Basic
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Version: 1.0.1170 – Released: 2012-04-01 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 12 MB
“Software designed to both tweak and optimize your Windows System. Our products include:
√ Tweak-7
√ TweakVI
√ Tweak-XP
√ Tweak-SSD
√ Notes4Outlook
√ iOS Products”
Anchor Link Tweaks
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Windows and software tweaks.
Anchor Link Windows 7 Tricks and Tips
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-08-18
Windows: 7
“This section contains the best hacks, tips and tricks for your Windows 7 operating system. All the information available here has been divided to different categories to let you identify what are you looking for in a very easy and intuitive way. As you see, majority of the articles shown below have been laid down as How to Windows 7 tutorials which clearly explain to you the step-by-step procedure to follow to achieve the results you want. Thanks to these Windows 7 tricks nothing will be impossible to you anymore. You will be able to customize and personalize every and each aspect and feature of your Windows 7.”
[ For example, see:
( ~ Speed Up Windows 7 ~ )