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TweakUI is one of the several so called “PowerToys” for Windows XP, available at the download section of the Microsoft Corporation Web site. TweakUI has one edition for Itanium™-based systems. This tool provides access to several Windows settings that aren't usually accessible to regular users, so they could customize Windows to make it more suitable for their tastes and needs.
The application itself is extremely easy-to-use with a single-window interface and a tree-structure navigator on the left to select the subject (or category) on which users want to make changes. The list of subjects is rather long, so we’re going to comment only the most relevant ones.
One subject is “Mouse” and allows configuring menu speed, double-click sensibility, and drag sensibility. Another subject is "Explorer", which lists many aspects of this tool listed as a check list, so users can activate/deactivate each aspect. "Taskbar" and "Start Menu" is another category and allows users to enable/disable the information balloons, show/hide name on start menu, show/hide taskbar notification icons, and warn/don’t warn when low on disk space.
Another item is "Control Panel", which shows a list of extensions and allows hiding or showing them according to the users’ convenience. Following with the list, the next item is "Logon". There are four options here to activate/deactivate: keep RAS connection after logoff, parse Autoexec.bat at logon, show “Administrator” on the welcome screen, and show “User” on the welcome screen. This last option will list as many records as there are users in the system.
There are also options to configure the following items: Internet Explorer, access control, repair, command prompt, templates, my computer and many more.
- It allows accessing system settings that are not commonly exposed to the regular user
- It's easy-to-use
- It's a lightweight application
- It's available in English only