Customise and tweak Windows 7 to suit your PC
We're big fans of Microsoft's latest OS, but we're also big fans of making Windows better. So we've rounded up the 11 best Windows 7 downloads.
For a no-cost utility, EnhanceMySe7en Free is quite substantial. This combination system customiser, diagnostics tool, and maintenance utility gathers an enormous amount of detail about your PC, including data about your processor, RAM, display adapter, and hard disk. It also allows you to customise your Start menu, as well as to tweak the desktop, taskbar, Windows Media Player, and Windows Explorer. These aren't superficial tweaks, either - the program digs down into the guts of your system, permitting you to remove all toolbars from the taskbar, for instance, or to hide the Log Off button on the Start menu. Additionally, you'll find a good Registry cleaner, a disk cleaner, and a way to stop certain programs from running on startup.
Long ago and far away, Microsoft released Tweak UI, a free tool that customised Windows XP in countless ways. It quickly gained a large and loyal following. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn't follow suit with a version for Windows 7. TweakUI lovers can instead use the free Ultimate Windows Tweaker , which is actually far more powerful than Tweak UI was.
Here you'll discover well over 100 settings for Windows 7, covering Windows Explorer, the Start menu, the taskbar, User Account Control, system performance, security settings, and more. Want to hide your entire network from Network Neighbourhood? How about disabling Aero Shake, using small icons on the Start menu, or disabling the Control Panel? You can do all that. Note, too, that Ultimate Windows Tweaker runs on Vista as well as on Windows 7; it detects the operating system on which you've installed it, and shows you only the relevant tweaks.