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Ultimate Windows Tweaker

CNET Editors' review

You'll find this user-friendly toolbox of optimizing utilities a handy package if you're a home user with low-security issues. Nicely designed with quick performance, this bundle of goodies will be appropriate for most noncommercial system users.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker launches a simple but nicely designed interface for selecting optimization options for your system. It offers a two-paned window: the left, vertical pane lists the categories of options, and the right, larger pane displays the check boxes and drop-down menus associated with the category selected in the vertical pane. This free toolbox performed nicely in our tests. The check-box format for selecting options to activate or disable is straightforward and easy to understand, and leaves behind any ambiguity that a novice might encounter in a more robust toolbox. The categories for options follow a logical arrangement suitable for most home users: system information, personalization, user accounts and user account control, system performance, security settings, network tweaks, Internet Explorer, and more. We liked the buttons included with each option category for Create Checkpoint and Restore Defaults, which help to reassure novices that any changes can be reversed.

Intermediate and experienced users will probably want a more robust optimizer with more bells and whistles, but this is a good introductory toolbox that offers a strong string of fundamental Windows tweaks that any user should be familiar with.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "You can change a lot, but not explaination"

    January 4, 2011  |   By Fingerlakes_Dave

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    I have no problem tweaking Windows. I just like to know what I'm changing. It appears to work as advertized.

    Cons

    No help file I could find. Makes it tough if yuor not sure what the setting you trying to decide on is.

    Summary

    Well, you CAN kill the stupid Windows 7 icon arrows!! And many other things. Go slow. There is also a restore default button if you over do it.
    It does what it says.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "For the IT Geek"

    December 26, 2010  |   By grillmaster423

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    Some very cool and unique tweks like the start menu item changer... too cool

    Cons

    program is a standalone app.... makes system restore a manual necessity before applying changes

    Summary

    Not for the faint of heart....UWT provides a wealth of tools to tweak your systems UI but beware of the changes you make to critical system and performance processes under the hood.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Goof for some tweeks, not bright"

    November 30, 2010  |   By srgg01

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    It is simple

    Cons

    Lack of help or Guideline

    Summary

    may have better designed

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really Awesome"

    October 4, 2010  |   By job48

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    Collects many settings in one place, that otherwise would be a chore to modify

    Cons

    Can't think of any

    Summary

    This should be in your toolbox, no reason not to.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    May 6, 2010  |   By ChuckT

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    Allowed me to change my Logon screen without needing to dig into the system files.

    Cons

    One time my desktop came up with a generic background, and no icons. Pretty weird, but I know it was my desktop. A reboot got everything back in order. Just weird.

    Summary

    I like tweakers, and this one is among the best.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "4GB useable RAM on W7 Ultimate x86/32bit? No Way."

    April 29, 2010  |   By scoee

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    Small Download and has a system restore option. Makes most already available tweaks a bit easier to access.

    Cons

    I have 4GB RAM. Before Running this program, I had 3070 RAM recognised and useable. After using this program, I only had 3000 RAM but 4GB recognised and 1GB unuseable. So, I lost 70MB.

    Summary

    Tried it on 3 separate W7U 32 bit Systems and 2 re-installs with the same disappointing results ( so, 5 times). Total system usage also showed at least a loss of 70MB, so in a nutshell, this RAM thingo actually reduces the amount of available RAM. Most of the other tweaks are mainly superficial and already available via W7 configuration. For me, this program is a technological step backward in that it professes to do something it simply can't do. It's a Bill Gates thing too.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "just get it its a life saver"

    March 21, 2010  |   By reubarb-scons

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    it does every thing you can imagine

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    > On System Information page
    + Version with build no (removed in Beta build)
    + System Rating
    + Computer description

    > On Personalization page
    + Disable Aero shake
    + Disable Aero Snap
    + Enable Jump lits and nos of jump list items
    + Sorted Startmenu with all Windows 7 items
    + Bing Search replaced Live Search in Custom Start Search
    + Use large icons on Taskbar
    + Disable Aero Peek preview
    + Group when Taskbar full is added

    > User Accounts & UAC
    + Welcome screen text and buttons' effects
    + Set custom background on Welcome screen (OEM Background)

    > System Performance page
    + Trackbars' Tooltip shows actual value in miliseconds
    + Improved "Menu action"
    + Improved "Enable support for 4GB of RAM on 32bit Windows"
    + Disable Windows Security Center service

    > Security Settings
    + Disable System Restore settings
    + Disable Change Color and Appearance
    + Disable to skip starting programs by pressing Shift key

    > Internet Explorer
    + Reset IE to factory default button added

    > Additional Tweaks
    + Disable Windows Start up sound
    + Disable page-file (Virtual Memory)
    + Enable Large System cache
    + Delete page-file during shutdown process
    and more

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wish I'd found this a long time ago!"

    February 20, 2010  |   By pdun459

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    It just works, no hassles.

    Cons

    Font's way too small, no Help or detailed description for what each setting does.

    Summary

    Vista was a very poorly designed operating system to begin with but with this utility it's now a pleasure to use! The download is a Zip file. When you extract it, the folder should have a link to the website and another folder named UWTv2.1. In that folder is the Tweaker, it's called Ultimate Windows Tweaker.exe. You just click that and it runs. It doesn't install anyhting your system, you just click the .exe file when you want to run it. I just wish it had a detailed Help file, but for free that's to be expected I guess.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I can't find tweaker nor know how to use it."

    January 21, 2010  |   By johnalden88

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    I was able to get pictures from pc archive after download 'Tweak'.

    Cons

    cannot find out how to use.

    Summary

    unknown

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  • 1.0 stars

    "wheres the app"

    January 9, 2010  |   By arodri313

    Version: Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1

    Pros

    none, nada, zip, zero

    Cons

    all that's in this download is a url. the website you go to does seem to have uwt. unless i'm just not seeing it.

    Summary

    don't waste your time.

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