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WinBubble: Take control of your Windows experience

WinBubble is an application for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 that is designed to take the TweakUI concept to the next level.

For those in the know, TweakUI, a free tool provided by Microsoft, is a mainstay in any IT expert's arsenal of utilities. You can make many customizations to Windows, from adjusting how shortcut icon indicators look, to rebuilding icon caches and adjusting other miscellaneous system settings hidden to the average user.

However, the Microsoft provided utility, or "PowerToy," is still lacking in various ways and could be even more refined. That's where WinBubble steps in.

WinBubble is an application for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 that is designed to take the TweakUI concept to the next level. Don't let the cute-sounding name fool you, as this utility packs quite a punch.

WinBubble is available from Download.com.

Options

As soon as you launch the program, you are graced with a myriad of options. Within the main window, there are nine tabs, or subcategories, to choose from, and each focuses on different areas of the operating system and various applications.

Just to give you a sampling of what WinBubble is capable of doing, you can customize system icons with ones you provide yourself, modify your Windows Explorer context menu, adjust Aero 3D settings for the desktop, gut and clean out Internet Explorer, lock down your Windows environment, and customize your OEM logo for Windows. The thing is, I am only scraping the surface of what WinBubble is capable of doing. I would suggest giving the app a spin and see for yourself.

Quibbles

Now as far as aesthetics go, the WinBubble tool seems a bit slapped together, with options floating around wherever, which can make finding what you are looking for somewhat annoying. To get the most out of WinBubble, it's best to simply sit down with the tool and look over all the available options first before setting any. Also, the program sometimes refers to itself as WinBubbles for no apparent reason. However, despite these minor quibbles, WinBubble is still the ultimate among Windows "super-tweak" tools.

In the end, if your desire to truly rethink and reconfigure the way Windows handles everything for you, you simply cannot go wrong with WinBubbles. Once you take the time to dig deep within the confines of the application, you will be surprised what kind of control you can command over your OS experience.

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6 comments
hotleenie
hotleenie

This was copied from my Windows Desktop at TechRepublic.com newsletter: WinBubble: Take control of your Windows experience WinBubble is an application for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 which is designed to take the TweakUI concept to the next level. Read more Obviously someone made a BOO BOO.

tom
tom

Unless there is a tweak within the WinBubble window a good deal of the text content within the WB window flows beyond the margin or into the next column and cannot be read. The window cannot be maximized beyond approx 710 x 630

Realvdude
Realvdude

Upon reviewing the project site, I decided that this was worth passing by. If I were to try this out, I would most definitely be backing up my registry first. No offense to the author, it just seems that he is a fresh programmer, and there is no collaberation on this project. Also, not that Win7 or Vista are going to change, but this project also seems in-active (last versions from 2010).

Matt Nawrocki
Matt Nawrocki

The user interface leaves a bit to be desired for sure. But it still works quite well and I can tell you it isn't going to trash your registry. ;)

tom
tom

already uninstalled it

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