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We’ve covered Some Handy non-Registry Windows Tweaks Some Handy non-Registry Windows Tweaks Read More a lot of ways to tweak Windows to your liking. Some of those tweaks have been simple settings hidden behind a menu while some were hidden options in the registry Three Quick Registry Tweaks to Customize Windows Like a Pro Three Quick Registry Tweaks to Customize Windows Like a Pro Read More .

If you’ve been a regular Make Use Of reader, I’m sure you have your Windows system configured exactly to your liking.

But what happens when you reinstall the operating system because you needed to ?

The answer is you lose all those custom settings. Sure, you can browse through our archives and enable those tweaks again or you can get used to Windows looking the way Microsoft intended it to.

Not anymore !

Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a Tweak UI application that does exactly what it’s name says it should. It is a collection of hundreds of esoteric Windows tweaks available in one application so that you don’t have to hunt for them when you really need them.


Ultimate Windows Tweaker classifies the tweaks under different categories like Personalization, System Performance, Network tweaks, User accounts, UAC and so on and presents them to the user in the simplest way possible, hiding all the gory registry editing that goes on behind the scenes.

So, suppose I’m really irritated with the time it takes Windows to kill a non-responding application and I’d like a way to make Windows kill such applications faster.

I have two ways to go about changing the default Windows behaviour. Google my heart out and find a solution by hit and miss. OR launch Ultimate Windows Tweaker (UWT).

I open up UWT, click on the System Performance category in the left sidebar and I get a number of options that I can change to improve the operating system’s performance including, lo and behold, a slider that lets me reduce the time Windows waits before killing a non-responding application.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker also includes a number of other useful and popular tweaks like changing the appearance of the start menu by adding or removing entries from it (Personalization category), turning on RSS feed discovery in IE (Internet Explorer category), disabling remote desktop sharing within the domain and network (Network Tweaks category), and so on.

The best part about this application is that it’s portable. Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a self contained executable so you can carry it with you on a thumb drive and use it as and when you want to without installing it.

I’ve found the tweaks included in UWT very useful for customizing my Windows setup and I am sure you all will also find them useful.

Do you use something different to tweak your Windows system?   If so, tell us about it.

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  1. kevin
    January 27, 2010 at 6:59 am


  2. mememe
    August 11, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    yeah that's actually pretty sloppy for a MUO post to not even mention what OS it's for. Boo. Looks nice though.

  3. dangerman
    March 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    good thing i read these comments before downloading onto my xp machine. if you're mega clever you would look at the picture and notice that it is the vista logo.

  4. Sharninder
    March 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I agree I should have mentioned that this utility is for win vista only

  5. John Major
    March 27, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I agree you really need to note the programs requirements - especially when it's so limiting - I look to MakeUseof to save me time not waste it.

    This doesn't negate how very useful I find MUO - just a way to make it even more useful!


  6. Sunny
    March 27, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for the info w boodle, it saved my time,

    @Admins, please change the title to save other's time :)

  7. w_boodle
    March 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    "Tweak Your Windows OS With Portable Ultimate Windows Tweaker"

    This is only for Vista 32/64.

    • B. Moore
      March 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

      I agree! Correct the title of this article please.

      I just lost 5 mins of my life and I am not happy about it.