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What are your favorite/must tweaks?

  1. #1


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64

    What are your favorite/must tweaks?


    Ok, after a clean install, what are the first must do tweaks you do?

    EDIT: Thanks for all of the input so far. Keep them coming! Here's a quick list from me.

    - Disable UAC (Never Notify)
    - Disable All Notification Center Notices
    - Netplwiz
    - Disable Firewall and Defender
    - Disable System Restore
    - Set taskbar to Combine When Full
    - Hide Libraries and Folders from Explorer
    - Disable OneDrive
    - Disable Homegroups
    - Disable Hibernate
    - Uxtheme Patch / White Titlebar Text Theme
    - StartIsGone
    - TakeOwnershipEx
    - Enable Launching of Unsafe Files / Turn Off Security Settings Check

    Here's a list of small programs I run to improve the Windows experience:
    - DU Meter
    - DisplayFusion
    - True Launch Bar
    - FastPictureViewer/Codec Pack
    Last edited by muzicman82; 07 Mar 2014 at 23:48.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10
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  3. #3


    I honestly don't really "tweak" anything anymore. I just install the minimum amount of stuff that I need, take an image and then call it a day.
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I honestly don't really "tweak" anything anymore. I just install the minimum amount of stuff that I need, take an image and then call it a day.
    Sounds like a plan.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Very aware of this awesome list... but there's so many, wondering what the favorites are.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    There are only a few tweaks that I do.

    The very first one is.... See te reg file below,,,

    Then,,, WinAero: Close Threshold for Metro Apps
    I set it at about 450 for both.

    Install Rainmeter and I use this.... LucidDock by LucidDiminution on deviantART
    I created that Dock.
    I may need to tweak that some more. But it works.
    You my have to edit the file to open Office stuff if you are using that.
    It's not too difficult.
    Instructions are in the LucidDock.ini
    Best to use NotePad++ to edit this file.

    Then either ClassicShell or Start8. Either will work
    ClassicShell is free and a very good start button app
    Although, i don't find myself using it.
    I could actually do without either now. No Start button needed really.

    That's all I do for my essential tweaks.


    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Menu1]
    "MUIVerb"="Power"
    "SubCommands"="shutdown;restart;lock;|;logoff;|;abort;switchuser;|;hybridshutdown;hibernate;sleep"
    "Icon"="powrprof.dll,-513"
    "Position"="Bottom"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\zMenu1]
    "MUIVerb"="Power"
    "SubCommands"="shutdown;restart;lock;|;logoff;|;abort;switchuser;|;hybridshutdown;hibernate;sleep"
    "Icon"="powrprof.dll,-513"
    "Position"="Bottom"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\shutdown]
    @="Shutdown"
    "icon"="shell32.dll,-28"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\shutdown\command]
    @="shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\restart]
    @="Restart"
    "icon"="SyncCenter.dll,-1220"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\restart\command]
    @="shutdown.exe -r -t 00 -f"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\lock]
    @="Lock Computer"
    "icon"="shell32.dll,-48"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\lock\command]
    @="rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\logoff]
    @="Log Off"
    "icon"="shell32.dll,-45"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\logoff\command]
    @="shutdown.exe -L"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\abort]
    @="Abort"
    "icon"="imageres.dll,-98"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\abort\command]
    @="shutdown.exe -A"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\switchuser]
    @="Switch User"
    "icon"="imageres.dll,-88"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\switchuser\command]
    @="tsdiscon.exe"
    
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sleep]
    @="Sleep"
    "Icon"="powercpl.dll,-514"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sleep\command]
    @="rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\hibernate]
    @="Hibernate"
    "icon"="imageres.dll,-1013"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\hibernate\command]
    @="Shutdown -h"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\hybridshutdown]
    @="Shut Down (Hybrid)"
    "icon"="imageres.dll,-1022"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\hybridshutdown\command]
    @="Shutdown -s -f -t 00 -hybrid"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]
    @="{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]
    @="{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
    @="Open Command Window Here (Administrator)"
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    "Extended"=""
    "Position"="Top"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
    @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\runas]
    @="Open Command Window Here (Administrator)"
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    "Extended"=""
    "Position"="Top"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\runas\command]
    @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\runas]
    @="Open Command Window Here (Administrator)"
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    "Extended"=""
    "Position"="Middle"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\shell\runas\command]
    @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Clear Clipboard]
    "Icon"="shell32.dll,-16763"
    "Position"="Bottom"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Clear Clipboard\command]
    @="cmd.exe /c \"echo off | clip\""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\background\shell\Clear Clipboard]
    "Icon"="shell32.dll,-16763"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\background\shell\Clear Clipboard\command]
    @="cmd.exe /c \"echo off | clip\""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Clear Clipboard]
    "Icon"="shell32.dll,-16763"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Clear Clipboard\command]
    @="cmd.exe /c \"echo off | clip\""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\background\shell\Clear Clipboard]
    "Icon"="shell32.dll,-16763"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\background\shell\Clear Clipboard\command]
    @="cmd.exe /c \"echo off | clip\""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Open with Notepad]
    "Icon"="notepad.exe,-2"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Open with Notepad\command]
    @="notepad.exe %1"
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  7. #7


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    All I do is netplwiz for automatic login.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    My tweaks are based solely on performance:
    - dark non animated backgrounds
    - enable maximum cores/unpark parked cores
    - disable windows search service
    - disable all unnecessary messages in action center settings
    - disable autoplay
    - enable high power
    - bare essentials programs and features
    - disable unnecessary Windows features
    - disable all but 3 visual effects
    - set no paging file for 8GB RAM and up; 1.5x size for 4GB and under
    - (sometimes use ReadyBoost)
    - User Accounts-never notify
    - Windows Updates-set to 'Never check'
    - (plus a handful of handy registry tweaks)

    EDIT: almost forgot the Metro stuff
    - uninstall almost all Metro stuff
    - disable Windows Store (when I'm finished with it!)
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Edwin, did you notice a true performance increase after all this work. And what is your system (RAM, CPU, Disk).
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Edwin, did you notice a true performance increase after all this work. And what is your system (RAM, CPU, Disk).
    Oh for sure, check my specs.
    One of the most important performance boosting/stabilizing adjustments you can make is to reduce the amount of 'calls' Windows has to make throughout your system.
    Last edited by Edwin; 07 Mar 2014 at 19:44.
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