Tweak and tune Windows with TweakNow’s PowerPack 2011

Are you happy with your computer? Are there certain tweaks you could use to make it better? There are several programs you can try. Although CCleaner and the like immediately step into mind, there are good, lesser known pieces of software. TweakNow PowerPack 2011 is one of those programs: easy on the surface, with more and more as you go deeper.

Image credit: Ildar Sagdejev & Tim K.

Introduction

TweakNow PowerPack 2011 is a simple, powerful tweaker designed for Windows Vista, 7, and XP.  It offers both basic cleaning and tweaking for users of any level.  On TweakNow’s website, they say:

TweakNow PowerPack is a fully-integrated suite of utilities that lets you fine-tune every aspect of your computer’s operating system and Web browser. [...] For Windows tweaking lovers, the suite provides more than 100 hidden Windows settings in the Windows Secret section. Using modules included in this section, you can easily customize your Windows like geeks do. The Virtual Desktop module lets you run as many as four custom-designed desktop configurations simultaneously, allowing you to tailor your computer screen to your mood and your work requirements.

If the tweaks sound good, you’re in luck: after going through a standard installer, you’ll be set to start tweaking.

Cleaning up Windows

After installation, you’ll be greeted by a spartan, useful interface that means business.

To get started cleaning, just select what you want to do–clean the recent files list, the registry, your browser traces, or temp files–and click Optimize.

Once it’s done scanning, click View Results. This will show you everything you can remove:

Once you’ve verified you want to clean it, just hit Optimize Now in the top right. Instantly, your computer will be cleaner!

More than just cleaning: tweak like crazy

However, cleaning is just the top of the iceberg.  Under the second tab, Windows Secret, you’ll find new things like a Control Panel applet hider….

…options to disallow access to things like the Registry, the Command Prompt, or batch files…

…even a handy reference list to where things like the Fonts folder or user accounts are located.

Features, features, features: get more for less!

You can also use PowerPack 2011 to generate a System Information report including information on your CPU, your networks, your Windows Version, your hard drive, and more:

Yet another feature of PowerPack 2011 is to automatically shut down your computer after a set period of time.

If, say, you’re giving a presentation and need to leave the computer after the presentation, you can just set the timer into the future and have it shut down when you finish.

PowerPack 2011 also allows you to have a multi-desktop setup much like Spaces on OS X, Virtual Desktops on Ubuntu, or Dextop on Windows.  When activated, it leaves a small icon in the system tray. When you right click it and select Show, it takes you to a small desktop switcher designed to be unintrusive:

You can also set up keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+Alt+1 for moving to each Desktop.

Conclusion

The features featured were just the tip of the iceberg: TweakNow PowerPack 2011 has more to it than can be looked at in just a few words, and is really worth a try by itself.  It’s all well-thought out and unobtrusively designed, and every thing works well.

Version reviewed:  2011 v3.2.2

License: Freeware

OS Supported: Windows 7/Vista/XP

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11 comments

  1. jumbi

    I have downloaded in the past many tweak software but can’t remember which was good and which to keep, so this review comes very handy and useful. Thankssssssssss :-)

    Just for tweaking windows, let me mention also the wonderful AnVir Task Manager.
    It has been reviewed here many times in the past and the only I used regularly.

  2. jayesstee

    @Ich: I think there must be something wrong with information on the site of your second link (freewareBB.com).
    I have had TweakNow PowerPack 2011 SP 1a, Version 3.2.1 installed since April 26, 2011 when it was the latest version. I have today downloaded the new latest version 3.2.2.
    So as the post on FreewareBB.com is dated "05-April 10", it definitely ain't TweakNow PowerPack 2011 SP 1a, Version 3.2.2!
    Anyway, I have scoured my system and there is no evidence of "OpenCandy". with either version 3.2.1 or 3.2.2. I checked both of the TweakNow EULA's, not a hint!
    I checked the registry with and all the files on my machine and the only result was the EULA file for "YoWindow". I must have had the choice, and have declined the wonder offer of "OpenCandy" when installing it.
    So thanks for the warning, I will be especially vigilant with all future loads, but I think that in spite of warning on FreewareBB.com, I believe TweakNow PowerPack 2011 is currently "OpenCandy-free".
    @Administator(s): I tried posting this a few hours ago while logged in, but it didn’t post. When I dried to repeat it came up with an error message saying that it was a duplicate! So I am trying to post this as a guest.

  3. Ich

    Locutus

    open candy is quite a recent phenomenom but after a little research I decided I did not want any of their software on my OS. Thankfully some freeware developers are including ‘Lite’ versions without open candy. If you Google in reference to open candy you do come up with some surprising results. Check these links, among others for reference!

    http://tiny.cc/5br1s

    http://tiny.cc/c91se

    Ich

  4. Locutus
    Author/

    @Ich: I didn’t see anything from OpenCandy when I was installing it.
    Also, OpenCandy is nothing to be worried about–all it does is offer opt-in extra software during installation. What this means is that if you hit NEXT all the time, you will only get the original software, nothing extra. It’s really the best kind of adware there is: opt-in, shown once, and actually sometimes helpful (sometimes).
    I’ll rerun the installation to see if I can catch it.

    @Whitethorn: It’d probably be good to contact the developer (support@tweaknow.com) about that–as it is freeware, it won’t be perfect. :P Freeware developers generally spend only their free time on their projects, unless they’re projects that bring in large amounts of ad revenue (probably not this one) or large amounts of donations (I can’t find a donation button on their site). As such, it can be pretty easy to miss things like that.

    @Ashraf: Good to know that I wrote something that held your attention. xD After not writing for so long, it took me a while to find the right words to write… it feels good to get back into the whole “writing” thing. How do these articles sound? Expand the world of Minecraft by installing mods and Play Minecraft with your friends by setting up a multiplayer server. I’m also thinking about finishing that lightweight Linux article I started quite a while ago… it’ll take me a while though.

  5. Ich

    Locutus

    TweakNow has always been a favourite of mine, however it may be wise to inicate to the community this (latest) version of TweakNow contains ‘open candy’ adware /Spyware with no opt-out choice indicated on the EULA. Beware.

    Regards

    Ich

  6. Whitethorn

    Looks like an interesting program. Installed fine on my Win 7 64 bit system.

    I did notice a spelling mistake right of the bat. It’s on the screen shot of the opening page of the program.

    It should read Shooting, not Shootting.