Sunday, May 3, 2009

Tweaking Windows XP & Vista

Dissatisfied with Windows' standard options? Ever wanted to tweak Windows to your heart's content? Or wanting to hide that Control Panel icon to stop others from messing around with the settings on your computer?

Windows XP:
Windows XP users can turn to Tweak UI from Microsoft's Power Toys collection of apps. Tweak UI gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more. Download Tweak UI directly from Microsoft's website. Lifehacker has a 15 Useful Tweak UI Settings that you might want to consult.

Windows Vista:
Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't come out with a Vista equivalent of Tweak UI for the legions of Vista users who want to tweak the innards of their Vista-based systems. For that, you have to use third party apps such as the freeware Ultimate Windows Tweaker from WinVista Club. Ultimate Windows Tweaker optimizes both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. It detects whether you havce IE 7 or IE 8 installed and offers you the tweaks that are relevant to your installed IE version.

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