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tune your pcIf I had to list anything that I don’t like about the Windows operating system, it’s the fact that some of the most basic things that you may want to “tweak” end up buried somewhere in some obscure Control System menu option.

Seriously, why do programs that launch when the PC turns on have to be in both the Startup folder OR the Windows Registry? Isn’t one place good enough?  Why is it so hard to keep so much junk from filling our hard drives? Between log files, cache files and other types of history files, you’re lucky if your hard drive stays empty beyond your first year of computer use – especially if you install a lot of apps.


Your first stop, if you want to tune your PC and get it working in prime condition, is Tina’s Windows On Speed Manual The Windows Speed Up Guide The Windows Speed Up Guide This manual explains why Windows slows down and what you can do to prevent this from happening too quickly. Read More . I have family and friends who told me it made their computer run like new. However, if you don’t feel confident digging through Windows yourself, there are apps out there that will make the job easier for you. One example is an app called FreshUI Customize & Tweak Your Windows OS & Apps With FreshUI Customize & Tweak Your Windows OS & Apps With FreshUI Read More that I covered previously. It wasn’t the prettiest app however, and some areas were rather complicated and difficult to understand.

A Simpler Way To “Tweak” Windows

I’ve discovered a similar app called TweakNow PowerPack that not only allows you to tweak different aspects of your Windows experience, but it also lets you enhance it with tools like Virtual Desktops and a Windows cleaner that is just as thorough as CCleaner Freeware to Speed up your Computer Freeware to Speed up your Computer Read More , the old and reliable PC cleaner that Mark covered years ago. In my testing I found that TweakNow scanned just as thoroughly (maybe even more so), although not quite as quickly as CCleaner. This feature is the “Disk Cleaner” under the “Windows Cleaner” tab.

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As you can see on the top menu bar in this section alone, there are a number of other cleaning features available. You can clean or defrag your registry (warning – defrag can take a long time), you can find where you’re wasting space on your hard drive with the Disk Usage Analyzer and clean any tracking cookies you don’t want off your computer with Track Cleaner. The registry cleaner is fast and efficient.

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The Startup Manager tool is very cool. It shows you every application that’s configured to launch when your computer boots, whether it’s in the Startup folder or buried in the Registry.

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If you see anything questionable or some app you forgot you installed and you don’t want anymore, just delete it from the list and it’ll never trouble you during your system boot again.

When I first clicked on the System Information tab, I wasn’t really terribly impressed. All I saw was the same basic system information you’d be able to quickly find in your control panel. It wasn’t until I clicked on “More” when the top icons showed up and it was clear just how thorough this tool is. You can see just about every detail you could imagine about every component of your system in this tool – including your hard drive, memory, your motherboard and your network.

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This app isn’t about getting system information though, it’s all about making tweaking Windows so easy that even a non-programmer can do it. The Miscellanous Tools tab is where you’ll find some of those types of tools.  For example, click on the TweakNow Shortcut icon to configure Windows to assign a high priority level to a specific application that you want the majority of CPU resources devoted to while it’s running.

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The beauty of this is that if you have games or visual apps that are resource-intensive, you can make sure your processor is working as hard as possible on that program, and setting aside other “tasks.”  Another cool tool in here is of course the Virtual Desktop. This is similar to the two virtual desktop tools Aibek covered 2 Cool Virtual Desktop Managers for Windows 2 Cool Virtual Desktop Managers for Windows Read More a while back. As you can see, this application is just a bundle of some of the coolest Windows tweaks and utilities.

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There are a lot of other tools packed into all of these areas, so take some time to explore them. But one of the most important areas I want to cover is the Windows Secret tab.

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This is an area that’s just jam packed with the sort of Windows OS hacks that I covered in the Windows Detective Control and Modify Windows of Active Programs with Window Detective Control and Modify Windows of Active Programs with Window Detective Read More article, except these hacks aren’t just limited to Windows. In this area you can modify the look and behavior of core Windows components like how control panel elements behave, as well as tweaking network properties like SACK and MTU.

Off to the left there’s a “Core” icon where you can even hack some “core” elements of the operating system like what Windows should prefetch, time-out times before killing “hung” applications, reducing use of Virtual Memory, and a lot more. For anyone that’s not a hacker to have such easy access to this stuff is both exciting and scary at the same time. Tread carefully…

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Most applications like this, I tend to overlook because there are just so many of them – but this one is different simply because it doesn’t only do one thing, it has a whole bundle of useful tools that can really help you keep your PC clean, well tuned and running faster and more efficiently than you ever thought possible.

Give TweakNow a try and let us know how it went. Did it perform as well or better than any other tools out there to tune your PC? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  1. Uprc
    May 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I found teak now 5 months ago. I have been looking for something like this. I got rid of 4 gigabytes with it.

  2. Cask4
    April 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Does Windows XP 64 bit edition support Tweaknow3.2.1?

    • Tina
      April 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      It's supposed to run on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and it supports Windows XP. However, I couldn't find specific information on whether it supports Windows XP 64-bit.

      • Cask4
        April 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        Thanks for the feedback. I sent an email to tweaknow's support group with the same question.

  3. elsid
    April 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    aaaaaa

  4. Tsmusician
    April 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Why do you hide your download link?? Are you nervous about people using it?

    • Anonymous
      April 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      You mean the link that reads "TweakNow PowerPack" a the top of the article?

  5. Aibek
    March 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I think you should ask it on MakeUseOf Answers.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/answe...

    I am sure someone can tell you how to make Windows Security Center recognize Avast.

  6. Bluegamer29
    March 14, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Hi. Can this program help my problem regarding Windows Security Center? I have Vista Home Premium 32bit and it says i don't have an anti-virus but I do have Free Avast. As far as I'm concerned my Avast still works, updated and all. Security Center just won't find it. I just ignore the notification.. Can anyone help me? Tried the Avast forum but never work.

    • Aibek
      March 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      I think you should ask it on MakeUseOf Answers.

      http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

      I am sure someone can tell you how to make Windows Security Center recognize Avast.

      • Bluegamer29
        March 23, 2011 at 5:30 am

        Maybe I'll try that. Thanks.

    • Islandsparkle
      April 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      In the security center tell it you will monitor your antivirus program yourself. The color will turn yellow. This is used for antivirus programs not monitored by MS windows.

  7. Anonymous
    March 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    A verry well featured product and updated. Great Review.

  8. Guset
    March 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Download works for me...

  9. Anomaly
    March 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I have been using Glary's Utilities for years to do what this does.

    • Aibek
      March 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Glary utilities is an excellent app but it doesn't have all the features of the TweakNow. For instance, there is nothing about Virtual Desktops. That being said, they are quiet similar.

  10. Roger Moum
    March 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    This was actually a qute little thing, i'm amazed about how many things you can use this for and how easy to use, even for experienced computer people :)

  11. anon
    March 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    It sounds like a good product. Too bad whenever I try to download PowerPack (from here: http://www.tweaknow.com/powerP... it goes to a page where you can only download Registry Reviver. Are you sure this is not malware?

  12. anon
    March 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    It sounds like a good product. Too bad whenever I try to download PowerPack (from here: http://www.tweaknow.com/powerPack.php), it goes to a page where you can only download Registry Reviver. Are you sure this is not malware?

    • No
      March 12, 2011 at 12:14 am

      You clicked the ad button at the top. Click the download link on the right.

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