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TweakVista: The Right Tool for the Job?

Altered keyboard shortcuts and new security features are just a few hurdles that experienced Windows users can expect to find when trying to configure Microsoft Windows Vista. Fortunately, TweakVista allows you to customize many different OS and application settings from within a single app. Is it the Right Tool for the Job?
The Job

New operating systems can be frustrating for even the proudest geek to navigate. Altered keyboard shortcuts and new security features are just a few hurdles that experienced Windows users can expect to find when trying to configure Microsoft Windows Vista.

The Tool TweakVista is an application that brings together many different OS and application settings. Is it the Right Tool for the Job? TechRepublic contributor Scott Wolf takes a stab at tweaking his Vista laptop. Here's a summary of his findings.

TweakVista

TweakVista’s strengths
  • Provides central location for many “buried” Vista tweaks.
  • Provides both user-friendly, “hand-holding” interface as well as advanced tabs for the experienced user.
  • Creates system restore point after every change, making it difficult for users to get themselves in trouble.
  • Cost. $19.99 is reasonable.
TweakVista’s weaknesses
  • Provides “recommendations,” but doesn’t auto-adjust for you. For instance, gives you message that says “Ensure only the necessary system services are running,” then when you click the message, it takes you to a list of all system services that are running. If you didn't already know which services were unnecessary, you would be stuck here.
  • Doesn’t consider 3rd party browsers (FireFox, etc.) in its adjustments.
  • Redundancy.
The Right Tool for the Job?

Users with very little knowledge of manual OS tweaking will not find this tool very helpful. The application doesn’t automatically tweak for you, and if you don’t already know where these settings are (from Windows XP), you probably shouldn’t be tweaking them in the first place. On the other hand, most experienced users who are savvy enough to know if they want DHCP enabled also know where to find it. There may be a market for this utility among more intermediate, lazy users (among whom I would categorize myself), but unless you’re in the market specifically for an intermediate-level tweaker, TweakVista is not the Right Tool for the Job.

Read Scott's complete review of TweakVista in this screenshot gallery.

4 comments
tonyfriendly
tonyfriendly

The average user would not know how to use the app and the experienced user would not need it. A waste of time even for this discussion.