TweakVista takes an unnecessarily complicated interface provided by Microsoft and simplifies it by organizing the myriad of system options into one clean design.
The app starts with a list of 10 options on the left nav, ranging from Start Up and Resources, down through Security and Power, and ending with Miscellaneous Tweaks. Each tab opens a new panel of topic-specific options, most with tabs of their own delineating between basic and advanced functions. For example, the Services tab controls access to many of the background processes. There are preconfigured Profiles for gamers, for saving memory, and so on. The Features tab, though, lets you pick and choose specific settings.
The Power option is useful for more than just laptop users, though. It also gives you a carbon footprint of your computer usage based on your hardware, and extrapolates it for a year's worth of use. Who knows if it's accurate, but it's good reminder that computers aren't running on the power of love.
Whether you want to make adjustments or simply learn more about what Vista is doing, TweakVista gives both Vista newbies and power users abilities that go beyond mere "tweaking," without the headaches that Vista is infamous for.
TweakVista is a comprehensive utility designed to enable users to configure and optimize their Windows Vista based system. TweakVista enables both casual PC users and power users to safely alter hundreds of different settings in Windows Vista to ensure users are getting the most out of their PCs.Features include a consolidated recommendations area, an assessment/benchmarking suite that allows users to see how their systems stack up to others, an easy to use security configuration screen, power use estimates to evaluate the running cost of your PC and carbon footprint, an interactive start-up process manager and start-up profiles, and much more. TweakVista is the type of utility that every Windows Vista user should have on their PC.
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