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7Smoker Pro 1.2 review

$30 (£19)

Manufacturer: Waresoft Software

7Smoker Pro 1.2 offers many ways to customise and tune up your Windows 7 PC.

7Smoker Pro 1.2 offers many ways to customise and tune up your Windows 7 PC.

7Smoker Pro 1.2 offers many ways to customise and tune up your Windows 7 PC.

If you're a techie looking to tune up Windows 7, and are willing to pay for help, you'd do well to give 7Smoker Pro 1.2 a try. It peers deep into your Windows 7 setup, and lets you customise countless aspects of how it looks and works, including tweaking performance and the user interface, improving security and cleaning your hard disk.

When 7Smoker Pro 1.2 loads, it provides an overview of your memory use, including the total amount of RAM, used RAM, available RAM, system page file size and so on. It also presents the four main categories for customising Windows 7: Tweaks, Maintenance, Security and Passwords. Click any category, and you'll get multiple sub-categories. For example, the Tweaks section has nine sub-categories. Each of those sub-categories in turn has multiple tweaks and options. The upshot: 7SmokerPro 1.2 offers hundreds of tweaks.

Given all those tweaks, it feels as if you can do almost anything with 7Smoker Pro 1.2. You'll find the general tune-up items, such as locating the fattest folders on your PC so that you can trim them, or an auto tuner (which, as its name implies, looks into your system settings and tunes them for top performance). But you'll also find much more detailed tweaks, such as optimising your menu reaction speed, removing arrows from shortcuts and more.

That's not to say that this program is perfect. 7Smoker Pro 1.2 is much better suited for a techie than a less experienced person, because so many of these tweaks are technical in nature. It has settings for things such as 'Low level hook timeout', 'Disable paging of kernel', and 'Disable TIF Settings', but it never explains those settings or what they're used for. Nor does it offer recommendations on whether you should use them.

This program is from Waresoft Software, the same company that makes Vista Smoker Pro and XP Smoker Pro, and it bears similarities to those programs. If you liked either of them, you'll probably find 7Smoker Pro 1.2 a useful accompaniment to Windows 7.

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Windows 7
6MB hard-disk space

?If you want only the basics and good solid tweaks, then a free program like EnhanceMySe7en Free will do well for you. But if you want far more fine-grained control, and are willing to pay for it, 7Smoker Pro 1.2 might do the trick.

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