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Stardock, the people that brought you ObjectDesktop and WindowsBlinds now have released TweakVista (as part of the ObjectDesktop suite). From their page:

Microsoft has increased both the power and complexity of its popular Windows operating system with the release of Windows Vista. Stardock’s TweakVista™ enhancement application helps you configure Windows Vista to meet your personal needs by improving performance.
Unlike other power tools for Windows, TweakVista™ automatically prompts enhancement recommendations, offering easy “one click” updates to otherwise complex configuration changes. TweakVista™ is also safe to use. By utilizing Microsoft’s system-restore technology any changes you make can easily be rolled back. You can freely experiment with different settings without disabling your computer.


I downloaded it a few days ago, and I'm moderately impressed with it. I like that it lets you control your startup services and actually puts them with names a human can understand.  It also groups them together so you can see service dependencies.

It really gives you much better control over your system than what's available.  Actually, that's not true.  I could go through the system registry and the Administration Tools and get all this information.  But TweakVista packs it into a nice user-friendly UI.  Microsoft should've included something like this with Vista.

It's definitely a beta product, and has a few wrinkles.  It's locked up twice on me doing a system assessment. I suppose that it could be the assessment that's locking up.  I haven't tried one outside of TweakVista to find out.

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:23 AM Microsoft OS | Back to top

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