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  1. The one thing that makes Android superior than other operating system is the level of customizability it offers to its users. Any file can be configured. Its open nature has encouraged a big community of developers to use the open-source code and add new features for advanced users or bring Android to devices build with other operating systems. That’s the reason it has the largest installed base of any operating system. What exactly is Build.prop? Build.prop is short for Build Properties. It’s a file located in the system folder that contains all the information about the device. One can change the device behavior by tweaking build.prop. The file is usually invisible to users, so you need to root your device to tweak its internal functions. How to tweak Build.prop? You can use any file manager app with root browser support to tweak Build.prop. After installing the app, go to System/Build.prop, and then open it in a text editor. Copy the code of your choice and paste it at the end. Click save and you’re done. Some tweaks require restart to take effect. We bring you some of the useful Build.prop tweaks for your rooted Android device. They work for Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and O version. Make sure you find the specified entries (if not, add them) in your Build.prop file and change the values as mentioned. 22. Better Scrolling You might have noticed your phone is not that smooth while scrolling the screen. You can fix this by altering the minimum and maximum fluid velocity. This will improve your overall scrolling experience. 1 2 3 4 5 6 windowsmgr.max_events_per_sec=150 ro.min_pointer_dur=8 ro.max.fling_velocity=12000 ro.min.fling_velocity=8000 persist.sys.scrollingcache=3 debug.sf.hw=1 21. Auto Rotation for Homescreen and Lockscreen The new versions of Android do not support auto-rotation on lockscreen. Likewise, Numerous OEM launchers and stock launchers do not have auto-rotation support for the homescreen. Well, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. You can enable these rotation functionality by adding this command – 1 2 lockscreen.rot_override=true // for Lockscreen log.tag.launcher_force_rotate=VERBOSE // for Homescreen 20. Better Internet Speed If your browsing speed is not up to the mark on Android device you are using, or if you are suffering from slow download speed, you can improve the overall internet speed by increasing the TCP’s buffersize. Also, forcing device to use Google’s DNS could unlock more speed. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 net.tcp.buffersize.default=4096,87380,256960,4096, 16384,256960 net.tcp.buffersize.wifi=4096,87380,256960,4096,163 84,256960 net.tcp.buffersize.umts=4096,87380,256960,4096,163 84,256960 net.tcp.buffersize.gprs=4096,87380,256960,4096,163 84,256960 net.tcp.buffersize.edge=4096,87380,256960,4096,163 84,256960 net.rmnet0.dns1=8.8.8.8 net.rmnet0.dns2=8.8.4.4 net.dns1=8.8.8.8 net.dns2=8.8.4.4 19. Modify Logcat You can control the Android Logcat file generation, which is mainly used for debugging. Disabling logcat would reduce expensive disk reads/writes. 1 logcat.live=disable 18. Disable Black Screen Issue After Call You might have noticed a black screen for a few seconds after you disconnect a voice call. If this is happening to you on a regular basis, it means your device’s proximity sensor is not functioning properly. It can be fixed by changing the proximity delay value. 1 2 mot.proximity.delay=0 ro.lge.proximity.delay=25 17. Ring Your Phone Immediately When you get a call, the Android system usually waits and verifies the connection before it sends the signals to ring the phone. However, if your device is taking more than usual time before it starts to ring, you can change this by adding the line shown below. 1 2 ro.telephony.call_ring.delay=0 ring.delay=0 16. Improve Voice Call Clarity You can control the AMR audio codec’s property, which is used for voice calls. Also, you can adjust the volume of your voice calls. By default, Android provides seven audio levels for calls. You can change this number to manage it more precisely. The integer value ranging between 7 and 20 is recommended. However, this won’t increase the volume if it’s already low. 1 2 ro.ril.enable.amr.wideband=1 ro.config.vc_call_steps=20 15. Improve Image Quality In order to reduce the processing power, Android system does not display the entire content of an image. It only renders the picture at lower quality, which is good enough but not the best. If you think your device has enough power to handle the image processing task, you can force your hardware to display the original quality. 1 ro.media.enc.jpeg.quality=100 14. Increase Panorama Image Resolution You can force the panorama mode in the camera app to save the picture at a higher resolution. This may not be supported by all devices. 1 2 ro.media.panorama.defres=10800x2442 ro.media.panorama.frameres=3264x1840 13. Quick Power On When your device boots up, there are a lot of services that boot up along with Android. The more applications you have, the longer it would take. However, you can force your device to boot faster by enabling “quickpoweron”, a process in which most of the data is stored as a hibernation file, which is loaded upon the next boot, saving a few seconds. 1 ro.config.hw_quickpoweron=true You can also disable the boot animation by adding the code below 1 debug.sf.nobootanimation=1 12. Rotate Screen to 270 Degree Most of the apps choose to rotate only 90°. However, the Android system supports three default rotation degrees – 90°, 180° and 270°. You can take the leverage of this feature and force all your apps to rotate 270°. 1 windowsmgr.support_rotation_270=true 11. Modify Error Profiler For most users, there is literally no use in having error profiling. However, a few apps might make use of this for generating error reports. You can enable or disable the error profiler by adding the code shown below. Put 0 for enabling or 1 for disabling the feature. 1 2 profiler.force_disable_err_rpt=1 profiler.force_disable_ulog=1 10. Keep Key Lights On While Screen Is On If your phone has backlit capacitive keys on it, you might have noticed that the key lights usually turn off after a few seconds you press it. If you want these key lights to be permanently turned on as long as the screen stays awake, you can do this by changing the back light’s timeout value. 1 ro.mot.buttonlight.timeout=0 9. Keep Your Launcher In Memory If you are using any Android Launcher app, you can force it to stay in the main memory (RAM), by adding the following code. Your device must have enough free memory for this, otherwise you will see lags and performance will be degraded severely. 1 ro.HOME_APP_ADJ = 1 8. Save Power Many Android devices come with built-in battery saving feature, like Sony has “Stamina” and “Ultra Stamina” mode that cut additional background services in order to save battery. You can do it by yourself by adding this code. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ro.mot.eri.losalert.delay=1000 //this may brake tethering ro.ril.power_collapse=1 pm.sleep_mode=1 wifi.supplicant_scan_interval=180 ro.mot.eri.losalert.delay=1000 power_supply.wakeup=enable ro.config.hw_fast_dormancy=1 ro.config.hw_power_saving=1 7. Disable Automatic Error Reporting App crashing is common on all platforms. Obviously it doesn’t feel good, but the continuous notification of error reporting is even more frustrating. You can get rid of this built-in error reporting function by adding the code shown below. 1 2 profiler.force_disable_err_rpt=1 profiler.force_disable_ulog=1 To disable error checking, use this – 1 2 ro.kernel.checkjni=0 ro.kernel.android.checkjni=0 And to disable the strict mode checking, add this line – 1 persist.android.strictmode=0 6. Change Screen DPI DPI stands for Dots Per Inch, which is also the ratio of your device’s resolution to the display size. Usually, its values are a multiple of 160, but you can set any value you want. 1 ro.sf.lcd_density=420 5. Change WiFi Scan Interval By default, Android scans for WiFi network at an interval of 15 seconds. In order to save battery, you can increase this interval with the following code. The value is in seconds, so if you want to change the interval to say 10 minutes, put 600, instead of 120. 1 wifi.supplicant_scan_interval=120 4. Improve Gaming Experience If you use your phone for extensive gaming, try adding the following code at the end. This will enable tile rendering, utilize processing power and improve 3d performance. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 persist.sys.NV_FPSLIMIT=60 persist.sys.NV_POWERMODE=1 persist.sys.NV_PROFVER=15 persist.sys.NV_STEREOCTRL=0 persist.sys.NV_STEREOSEPCHG=0 persist.sys.NV_STEREOSEP=20 persist.sys.purgeable_assets=1 debug.enabletr=true debug.qctwa.preservebuf=1 dev.pm.dyn_samplingrate=1 video.accelerate.hw=1 ro.vold.umsdirtyratio=20 debug.overlayui.enable=1 debug.egl.hw=1 ro.fb.mode=1 hw3d.force=1 persist.sys.ui.hw=1 ro.sf.compbypass.enable=0 debug.sf.hw=1 debug.composition.type=c2d persist.sys.composition.type=c2d debug.performance.tuning=1 ro.media.dec.jpeg.memcap=8000000 ro.media.enc.hprof.vid.bps=8000000 ro.media.dec.aud.wma.enabled=1 ro.media.dec.vid.wmv.enabled=1 ro.media.cam.preview.fps=0 ro.media.codec_priority_for_thumb=so 3. Modify MMS APN Retry Timer If an SMS/MMS fails to send, Android tries to send it again after 5 seconds. You can change the number of reattempts and interval between those reattempts. The following code will force 3 retries, every 3 seconds. 1 ro.gsm.2nd_data_retry_config=max/_retries=3, 3000, 3000, 3000 2. Improve Touch Responsiveness via Hardware Rendering You can force the Android system to use GPU for rendering each 2d frame in apps. Since Android uses frame by frame rendering of the screen normally, the following code will offload the rendering to GPU by a vast amount. Moreover, it will increase processing, provide better RAM management and make the experience smoother. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 debug.sf.hw=1 persist.sys.ui.hw=1 debug.performance.tuning=1 video.accelerate.hw=1 debug.egl.profiler=1 debug.egl.hw=1 debug.composition.type=gpu 1. Stream Videos Faster Android uses the media framework called “Stagefright”. Although Stagefright is more open and simple, it is often buggy compared to the old OpenCore framework. However, developers have greatly improved its stability. The new framework can be altered to result in faster streaming of online videos, but this might affect the playback stability in some devices. If it’s ruining your experience, revert to the original values. 1 2 3 4 5 6 media.stagefright.enable-player=true media.stagefright.enable-meta=true media.stagefright.enable-scan=true media.stagefright.enable-http=true media.stagefright.enable-rtsp=true media.stagefright.enable-record=true Article source
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    6 Ways To Speed Up Windows 10

    Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues. 1. Change your power settings If you’re using Windows 10’s Power saver plan, you’re slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC’s performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a Power saver plan.) Changing your power plan from Power saver to High performance or Balanced will give you an instant performance boost. To do it, launch Control Panel, then select Hardware and Sound > Power Options. You’ll typically see two options: Balanced (recommended) and Power saver. (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the High performance setting, click the down arrow by Show additional plans. [ To comment on this story, visit Computerworld's Facebook page. ] To change your power setting, simply choose the one you want, then exit Control Panel. High performance gives you the most oomph, but uses the most power; Balanced finds a median between power use and better performance; and Power saver does everything it can to give you as much battery life as possible. Desktop users have no reason to choose Power saver, and even laptop users should consider the Balanced option when unplugged -- and High performance when connected to a power source. Preston Gralla Change your power settings in Control Panel to give your PC a performance boost. 2. Disable programs that run on startup One reason your Windows 10 PC may feel sluggish is you've got too many programs running in the background -- programs that you may never use, or only rarely use. Stop them from running, and your PC will run more smoothly. Start by launching the Task Manager: Press Ctrl-Shift-Esc or right-click the lower-right corner of your screen and select Task Manager. If the Task Manager launches as a compact app with no tabs, click "More details" at the bottom of your screen. The Task Manager will then appear in all of its full-tabbed glory. There's plenty you can do with it, but we're going to focus only on killing unnecessary programs that run at startup. Click the Startup tab. You'll see a list of the programs and services that launch when you start Windows. Included on the list is each program's name as well as its publisher, whether it's enabled to run on startup, and its "Startup impact," which is how much it slows down Windows 10 when the system starts up. To stop a program or service from launching at startup, right-click it and select "Disable." This doesn't disable the program entirely; it only prevents it from launching at startup -- you can always run the application after launch. Also, if you later decide you want it to launch at startup, you can just return to this area of the Task Manager, right-click the application and select "Enable." You can use the Task Manager to help get information about programs that launch at startup and disable any you don't need. Many of the programs and services that run on startup may be familiar to you, like OneDrive or Evernote Clipper. But you may not recognize many of them. (Anyone who immediately knows what "bzbui.exe" is, please raise your hand. No fair Googling it first.) The Task Manager helps you get information about unfamiliar programs. Right-click an item and select Properties for more information about it, including its location on your hard disk, whether it has a digital signature, and other information such as the version number, the file size and the last time it was modified. You can also right-click the item and select "Open file location." That opens File Explorer and takes it to the folder where the file is located, which may give you another clue about the program's purpose. [ Further reading: Review: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 ] Finally, and most helpfully, you can select "Search online" after you right-click. Bing will then launch with links to sites with information about the program or service. If you're really nervous about one of the listed applications, you can go to a site run by Reason Software called Should I Block It? and search for the file name. You'll usually find very solid information about the program or service. Now that you've selected all the programs that you want to disable at startup, the next time you restart your computer, the system will be a lot less concerned with unnecessary program. 3. Disable shadows, animations and visual effects Windows 10 has some nice eye candy -- shadows, animations and visual effects. On fast, newer PCs, these don't usually affect system performance. But on slower and older PCs, they can exact a performance hit. It's easy to turn them off. In the Windows 10 search box type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. That launches the System Properties dialog box. Click the Advanced tab and click "Settings" in the Performance section. That brings you to the Performance Options dialog box. You'll see a varied list of animations and special effects. The Performance Options dialog box lets you turn off effects that might be slowing down Windows 10. If you have time on your hands and love to tweak, you can turn individual ones on and off. These are the animations and special effects you'll probably want to turn off, because they have the greatest effect on system performance: Animate controls and elements inside windows Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing Animations in the taskbar Fade or slide menus into view Fade or slide ToolTips into view Fade out menu items after clicking Show shadows under windows However, it's probably a lot easier to just select "Adjust for best performance" at the top of the screen and then click OK. Windows 10 will then turn off the effects that slow down your system. 4. Launch the Windows troubleshooter Windows 10 has a very useful, little-known tool that can sniff out performance problems and solve them. To launch it, type troubleshooting into the search box, and click the "Troubleshooting Control Panel" icon that appears. Then click "Run maintenance tasks" in the System and Security section of the screen that appears. A screen titled "Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems" will appear. Click Next. The troubleshooter will find files and shortcuts you don't use, identify any performance and other issues on your PC, report them to you and then fix them. Note that you may get a message that says, "Try troubleshooting as an administrator." If you have administrative rights to the PC, click it and the troubleshooter will launch and do its work. Windows 10's troubleshooter can perform maintenance and housecleaning tasks to help speed up your system. 5. Get help from the Performance Monitor There's a great tool in Windows 10 called the Performance Monitor that can, among other things, create a detailed performance report about your PC, detail any system and performance issues, and suggest fixes. To get the report, type perfmon /report into your search box and press Enter. (Make sure there's a space between "perfmon" and the slash mark.) The Resource and Performance Monitor launches and gathers information about your system. It will say that it will take 60 seconds, but I've found that it takes several minutes. When the Monitor finishes, it will launch an interactive report. The Performance Monitor reports details on system and performance issues. You'll find a lot of extremely detailed information in the report, and it can take a lot of time to go through. Your best bet is to first look at the Warnings section, which details the biggest issues (if any) it found on your PC, such as problems with Windows, with drivers and so on. It also tells you how to fix each problem -- for example, how to turn on a device that has been disabled. It is also worthwhile to scroll down to the Resource Overview section, where you'll find an analysis of how well your CPU, network, disk and memory are performing. Each result is color-coded, with green meaning no problems, yellow meaning potential issues, and red showing a problem. Beyond that, the Resource Overview also reports performance metrics and explanatory details. For example, for the CPU, it might show green and a utilization of 21%, with the details, "Normal CPU load." Or for Memory, it might show yellow, with 62% utilization and the details, "1520 MB is available." Based on what you get, you might want to do something about your hardware -- for example, add more memory. 6. Kill bloatware Sometimes the biggest factor slowing down your PC isn't Windows 10 itself, but bloatware or adware that takes up CPU and system resources. Adware and bloatware are particularly insidious because they may have been installed by your computer's manufacturer. You'd be amazed at how much more quickly your Windows 10 PC can run if you get rid of it. First, run a system scan to find adware and malware. If you've already installed a security suite such as Norton Security or McAfee LiveSafe, you can use that. You can also use Windows 10's built in anti-malware app -- just type Windows Defender in the search box, press Enter, and then click Scan Now. Windows Defender will look for malware and remove any it finds. It's a good idea to get a second opinion, though, so consider a free tool like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The free version scans for malware and removes what it finds; the paid version offers always-on protection to stop infections in the first place. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a useful application that will scan for and fix Windows 10 PC problems. Now you can check for bloatware and get rid of it. Several free programs will do this for you; your best bet is to run several of them, because no single one will find all the bloatware on your PC. Good choices are the PC Decrapifier, Should I Remove It? and SlimComputer. For more details about removing bloatware, check out Computerworld's article "Bloatware: What it is and how to get rid of it." Try just some of these tricks, and you'll find that you've got a faster Windows 10 PC -- and one that is less likely to have any reliability problems. Source
  3. O&O ShutUp10 is one of many privacy tools created specifically for Windows 10's operating system. All of these programs are designed to block Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system from collecting and transferring data to Microsoft. Some go farther than that, by blocking advertisement and providing users with options to disable other privacy related settings. O&O ShutUp10 is a well designed program that lists all of its tweaks in a simple interface. Tweaks are filed in categories such as Windows Update, Privacy or Security, and listed with a short description and toggles. Note: O&O ShutUp10 does not need to be installed, you can run it from any location. It does require the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.x though, but that is part of Windows 10. O&O ShutUp10 The toggles are color coded. Green indicates that the preferences has been adjusted for privacy, and red that it has not (the default Windows 10 state). Icons at the end of the line indicate whether the tweak is recommended, recommended but with limitations, or not recommended. The difference between the first two is that the list of recommended tweaks usually don't interfere with system functionality while the latter may. If you disable Internet access of Windows Digital Rights Management for instance, you may not be able to play media that relies on it. A click on any preference opens a small text field below it with a short description of its purpose. It is recommended to make sure that you don't need functionality before disabling the feature. While you can go ahead and undo the change should you run into any issues, you may save yourself from finding out which setting to restore when you do run into issues. The actions menu at the top enables you to apply changes quickly. You may use it to apply all recommended settings with two clicks, or apply all recommended and limited tweaks. There is also an option to load and save configuration files. The first time you apply a tweak during a session you are prompted to create a system restore point. This is recommended unless you have other means of restoring changes. Changes in version 1.4.1384.1 The big new feature in O&O 1.4.1384.1 is the new lockscreen category. It contains four tweaks in total: Disable Windows Spotlight. Windows Spotlight pushes a new image to the lockscreen on a daily basis. Most images are taken from Bing while some may be advertisement (e.g. a great looking video game wallpaper). Disable fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen. The feature may display tips about Windows 10 on the lock screen, but also advertisement at times. Do not display last users on lock screen. Hides the most recent users on the lock screen. Do not show user ID on lock screen. Hides the user ID so that it and the password need to be entered to sign in. Closing Words O&O ShutUp10 is one of the easier to use Windows 10 privacy apps. It offers explanations for each setting, supports System Restore, and ships with recommendations on top of that. While it may not be the most complete software of its kind, it seems to cover all major areas well. Article source
  4. With NTLite allows you to create customized Windows installation discs. You can integrate service packs, drivers, and more, removing unwanted components or to create installation media for an unattended installation. Windows installation with NTLite slim under the name NTLite the developer Dino Nuagic completely revised version of the tool nLite published. First, the much more modern surface falls on that can now be more intuitive. Thus, the incorporation into the program succeeds considerably lighter, novice users might be overwhelmed due to the numerous customization options yet. In addition, the program interface is available in English only. Features: Intuitive interfaceBuilt with a particular attention on ease of use so that you can focus on more important things around customization choices. Dynamic menus, easy image mount overview, single-file settings, and many more details which help you be more productive. Live install modificationsFeaturing a live edit mode, a unique feature allowing you to modify already deployed Windows without re-installation. Simply run NTLite on it, modify like you would an image and reboot if necessary; instant results. Reduce Windows footprint on your RAM and storage drive memory.Remove components of your choice, guarded by compatibility safety mechanisms, which speed up finding that sweet spot. Hardware TargetingNTLite can gather host machine hardware list and use it in all of its features.Hardware target checklist is a particularly helpful feature, allowing you to see in advance for any missing drivers on the resulting deployment before applying changes. This enables you to target another machine when preparing an image, while trying to reach minimum deployment size. Driver, Update and Language pack IntegrationEasily integrate a single or multiple drivers, update or language packages.Package integration features smart sorting, enabling you to seamlessly add packages for integration and the tool will apply them in the appropriate order, keeping hotfix compatibility in check TweaksEasily change various Windows settings on your live installation or an image.Pre-configure Windows Features. Unattended SetupWindows Unattended feature support, providing many commonly used options on a single page for easy setup.Multiple-choice options are presented with valid entries, no typing necessary. There is an option to fill all the entries with the current Host machine data, allowing for fast setup. Application IntegrationEasily integrate application installers, scripts, registry tweaks or raw commands. Provide a silent switch and automatically run application installer post-setup. Pending Changes OverviewAll the important warnings, pending changes and operations are presented in a single page for quick review before applying those changes. Native runtime, 32 and 64 bit. NTLite does not require .NET Framework or any other addition to run under supported operating systems. This enables it to run faster, more portable with less dependencies. Supported Windows versions include client Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10TP. NTLite is available in 2 versions: Basic and Professional. Basic version is free to download and use but Professional version is not free. You can purchase Professional version for $45 which comes with some extra features such as live install modifications, full component removal, automatic filling of host machine data, etc. Homepage - http://www.ntlite.com/Blog - http://www.ntlite.com/blog/ http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/D2PXPXSD/ntlite_beta_2525_incl_crk.rar_links
  5. UPDATE: This tutorial was written for Windows 10 preview builds but tweaks 1-9 still work in final RTM version of Windows 10. We know that Microsoft is working on Windows 10 operating system and a free Insider Preview build can be downloaded to test its new features and provide feedback and suggestions to Microsoft. Microsoft puts various experimental features in Windows 10 preview builds to test their functionality but the company doesn't activate those features because these features might not be complete and can cause problems to users. On the other hand, some new features are enabled to replace old features but Microsoft also keeps the old features in the OS hidden from users. Most of the times these new and old features can be enabled or disabled using various Registry tweaks which are applied using our favorite Registry Editor tool. We have received many emails and comments from our readers who shared various Registry tweaks to enable new hidden secret experimental features in Windows 10 as well as to disable new features and to bring back old features in Windows 10. So today in this tutorial, we are going to share a few Registry tweaks for Windows 10 which will allow you to activate some new hidden secret experimental features in Windows 10 and to restore previous classic features if required. Related: Hidden Secret Features and Useful Hotkeys in Windows 10 So without wasting time lets start the tutorial: STEP 1: Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box or you can open it using WIN+X menu. STEP 2: Now type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor. STEP 3: Now go to following keys and change mentioned DWORD values to enable/disable Windows 10 features: NOTE: Ready-made registry scripts are given at the end to do the task automatically. 1. Increase Taskbar Transparency Level By default, Windows 10 Taskbar comes with Aero glass transparency effect but the transparency level is not very high. With the help of following Registry tweak, you can increase transparency level of Windows 10 Taskbar and can add extra clear transparency effect to the Taskbar: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced 2. In right-side pane, create new DWORD UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency and set its value to 1 3. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect and it'll make Windows 10 Taskbar more transparent. If you want to restore Taskbar default transparency level in future, delete the DWORD UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency. 2. Disable Login Screen Background Image Microsoft has put the new "Hero" wallpaper as the background image of Login Screen in Windows 10. Interested people can disable or remove it using following method: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System 2. In right-side pane, create new DWORD DisableLogonBackgroundImage and set its value to 1 3. Restart your computer and it'll remove the background image from login screen. If you want to restore Login Screen background image in future, delete the DWORD DisableLogonBackgroundImage. 3. Enable Hidden Secret Dark Theme Mode Windows 10 comes with a hidden secret Dark theme mode which can be unlocked and tested in Modern (metro) apps: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize 2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD AppsUseLightTheme and leave its value to 0 3. That's it. Now you can enjoy dark UI in all modern apps including Settings app. To restore default UI, delete the new DWORD AppsUseLightTheme. PS: In previous testing builds of Windows 10, the DWORD was actually SystemUsesLightTheme which was replaced with AppsUseLightTheme in final version of Windows 10. UPDATE: Now this dark theme feature is officially available in Settings app. 4. Disable New Volume Control UI and Restore Previous UI Microsoft has added a new horizontal UI for volume control slider in Windows 10 which is shown when you click on the Sound icon in Taskbar notification area. If you don't like the new UI, you can restore previous vertical volume control slider using following method: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ 2. Create a new key MTCUVC under CurrentVersion key. 3. Now in right-side pane, create new DWORD EnableMtcUvc and set its value to 0 If you want to restore new volume control UI, delete the DWORD EnableMtcUvc. 5. Disable New Network Flyout UI and Restore Previous UI Microsoft has added a new fly-out for Network icon in Taskbar notification area. If you don't like the new UI, you can restore previous Windows 8/8.1 style Network sidebar using following method: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\Settings\Network 2. Now take ownership of Network key with the help of this guide. 3. Now in right-side pane, change the value of DWORD ReplaceVan to as following: 0 - Default flyout 1 - To open Network Settings window 2 - To show Windows 8/8.1 style Network sidebar 6. Disable New Tray Clock and Calendar UI and Restore Previous UI You can use following method to disable the new Modern (Metro) style Clock and Calendar UI and restore good ol' classic Date/Time UI in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area (aka System Tray): 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell 2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD UseWin32TrayClockExperience and set its value to 1 That's it. It'll immediately disable the new Clock and Calendar UI and restore classic UI in system tray. If you want to restore new Clock UI, delete the new DWORD UseWin32TrayClockExperience. 7. Disable New Battery Fly-out and Restore Previous UI You can use following method to disable the new Modern (Metro) style Battery fly-out and restore good ol' classic Battery info UI in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area (aka System Tray): 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell 2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD UseWin32BatteryFlyout and set its value to 1 That's it. It'll immediately disable the new Battery fly-out and restore classic UI in system tray. If you want to restore new Battery fly-out, delete the new DWORD UseWin32BatteryFlyout. 8. Disable New Action Center Sidebar and Restore Previous UI Microsoft has updated Action Center (or Notification Center) UI in Windows 10. Now it opens as a sidebar and contains new quick action switches. Following method will allow you to disable this new UI and restore previous fly-out UI of Action Center: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell 2. In right-side pane, change value of UseActionCenterExperience DWORD to 0 3. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect and it'll disable the new Action Center UI. If you want to restore new UI, change value of UseActionCenterExperience DWORD to 1 again. 9. Completely Disable Action Center in Windows 10 If you don't like the new Action Center in Windows 10, you can disable it using following method: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer 2. In right-side pane, create new DWORD DisableNotificationCenter and set its value to 1 3. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect and it'll completely disable Notifications and Action Center in Windows 10. If you want to re-enable it, delete the new DWORD DisableNotificationCenter. 10. Activate New Experimental Login Screen Microsoft has put a new experimental Login Screen in Windows 10 builds which is not enabled by default. It features new rounded user pictures (avatars) along with a few other UI changes. You can activate it using following method: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\TestHooks 2. In right-side pane, change value of Threshold to 1 That's it. It'll immediately enable the new login screen. If you want to restore default Login Screen, change value of Threshold to 0 again. PS: This new login screen is under development and contains many bugs, that's why its not enabled at the moment. Some people have faced problems after enabling this new login screen such as not able to log into Windows after restart or a clean boot. 11. Disable New Xaml Start Menu and Enable Previous Start Menu Microsoft has replaced previous Windows 10 Start Menu with a new one in the latest Windows 10 build 9926 which is a little bit buggy and can't be resized. Luckily, the old Start Menu still exists in the OS. Interested people can enable the old resizable Start Menu in Windows 10 using following method: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced 2. In right-side pane create a new DWORD EnableXamlStartMenu and leave its value to 0 3. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect and enjoy the old Start Menu in Windows 10. This tweak will also enable previous Start Screen and you'll also be able to switch between Start Menu and Start Screen again using Taskbar Properties as mentioned here. To restore the new Start Menu, delete the new DWORD EnableXamlStartMenu. 12. Enable Jump List Feature in Windows 10 Start Menu You can use following trick to enable jump list feature in Windows 10 Start Menu: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced 2. In right-side pane create a new DWORD EnableXamlJumpView and set its value to 1 3. Restart your computer to take effect and enjoy jump lists in Start Menu of Windows 10. To remove jump list feature from Start Menu, delete the new DWORD EnableXamlJumpView. 13. Disable New Windows Update UI and Enable Previous UI Microsoft has also updated Windows Update UI in the latest Windows 10 build 9926 and some people are facing problems with this new UI. Interested people can disable this new Windows Update UI and bring back the old UI using following method: 1. In Registry Editor, go to following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX 2. In right-side pane, change value of IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled DWORD to 0 That's it. It'll immediately disable the new Windows Update UI. If you want to restore new Windows Update UI, change value of IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled DWORD to 1 again. Ready-Made Registry Scripts For your convenience, we are also providing ready-made Registry scripts to do the task automatically. You'll not need to open Registry Editor and change values. You just need to download following ZIP file, extract it and then run the given .REG files to enable/disable Windows 10 features: Download Registry Scripts to Enable/Disable Windows 10 Hidden Secret Features Extra Registry scripts are also present in the ZIP file to restore default settings. Credit to
  6. Chrome has come a long way since its first beta was released in 2008. Currently sitting at the top of the desktop and mobile market share charts, Google’s browser is flexible, feature packed, and cross-platform. But for all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. The reason for this has to do in part with something called process isolation, which is meant to make Chrome more stable and secure. By separating every tab, plugin, and extension into its own process, if a single plugin or website crashes it doesn’t bring down the whole browser. Likewise, by this same logic, if an attack takes place in one tab, it’s harder for it to access data on another tab. This is why you see a lot different entries for Chrome when you open up Task Manager on your computer, and since the browser needs to duplicate some tasks for every tab, it all adds up. Certain plugins and extensions can also contribute to higher memory usage, and some behind the scenes enhancements, like Chrome’s prerendering feature can make loading up a webpage faster by predicting where you’ll go to next, but it will use up some RAM as well. As long as you have plenty of memory it’s all good. All of this will make your experience faster. The problem is when Chrome’s RAM usage is limiting the amount of memory available for other apps. Google isn't blind to these issues and is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb RAM usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features you can enable to get the most out of your web browsing experience. Manually close processes This should be your first line of defense when Chrome starts to feel sluggish. To see a list of running processes simply head to the Task Manager by pressing Shift + Esc on Windows or from the Window menu if you are on a Mac. Sort processes by memory usage and shut down anything you don’t need. Get rid of extensions you don't use Just because you needed to download an embedded video one time it doesn’t mean you’ll need an extension for that purpose running all the time. Be selective about the extensions you install and then be selective about the ones you keep. You probably only need a handful of essentials, so typechrome://extensions into the address bar, disable the ones you don’t regularly need but want to keep handy, and delete whatever you don’t really need anymore. Make every plugin click-to-play Chrome has already started blocking Flash ads, and will start blocking Flash by default later this yearexcept for several major websites. But the browser already includes a built-in click-to-play feature that works for every plugin. To enable it go to chrome://settings, click on Show advanced settings, and then click Content settings under Privacy. Scroll down to the Plugins section and select ‘Let me choose when to run plugin content’. Make sure that “always allowed to run” isn’t enabled in chrome://plugins as that appears to override the click-to-play setting. Also if you see something that’s not essential in your plugins list you can go ahead and disable or delete like we did with extensions. One Tab and The Great Suspender If you tend to keep a lot of tabs open and don’t intend to change that habit, there are a few extensions that can help. Two of the most popular options are One Tab and The Great Suspender. One Tab basically lets you close every open tab with a click and converts them into a list instead. Whenever you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them all at once or individually by clicking on the respective link. You can also easily export and import your tabs as a list of URLs. Depending on how many tabs you are running and how many scripts are running inside your tabs, moving them to OneTab can significantly improve performance. The Great Suspender on the other hand has a more hands off approach as it will automatically suspend tabs that have not been used for a while, freeing up memory and CPU that the tab was consuming. Tabs retain their favicon and title text and can be restored by clicking anywhere on the page when needed. You can configure how long to wait before a tab is suspended and whitelist sites. We should note that Google is testing a feature called tab discarding in Chrome since version 45 that replicates more or less what The Great Suspender does, which is definitely a welcome improvement. If enabled, tabs get automatically discarded from memory when system memory is low, and reloaded when clicked on. In the future, Chrome will be adding tab serializing so after suspending a tab and reloading it you can go back exactly where you were instead of making it load fresh. Access Chrome's Experimental Features If you are feeling adventurous you can play around with Chrome's flags, which are experimental features that Google is testing but aren’t part of the main browsing experience. To access them typechrome://flags into the address bar. You'll see a short warning telling you these experimental features may change, break, or disappear at any time. Here are a few we recommend you to try: Number of raster threads: Changing this number from “Default” to “4” will speed up image rendering. Enable fast tab/window close: This will run Chrome's onunload JavaScript handler independently of the GUI to make tab closing faster. Enable experimental canvas features: This allows Chrome to make use of opaque canvases to speed up web page loading times by making certain assumptions about the content that is being rendered, like automatically removing everything underneath the canvas pixels because it won't be visible to users. Automatic tab discarding: If enabled, tabs get automatically discarded from memory when the system memory is low. Discarded tabs are still visible on the tab strip and get reloaded when clicked on. Info about discarded tabs can be found at chrome://discards. (Bonus) Tab audio muting UI control: This one is not speed related but it is certainly handy. Enabling this will make the audio indicators in the tab strip double as tab audio mute controls, so you don't need to switch tabs to turn off its sound. There are over a hundred different experimental features to choose from and Google is constantly adding and removing a bunch of them as part of its testing. Choose whatever you need and click the relaunch now button at the bottom of the screen to apply the settings. Data Saver Extension If you are on a slow connection, this Google-made extension can help reduce data usage by using the company's servers to compress pages you visit before downloading them. Pages accessed using private connections (HTTPS) or in incognito tabs will not be optimized or seen by Google. Other Good Practices You can also delete the History Provider Cache to free up some space if needed, and avoid using custom themes as you'll just use up more system resources unnecessarily. You can also speed up your browsing experience by learning and using Chrome's keyboard shortcuts. Be sure to give other browsers a try, too. Safari is a great alternative for Mac users as it's tightly integrated with the operating system, making it fast and efficient. Microsoft is also building Edge from the ground up to make it a serious contender if you are on Windows 10, and while it’s still lacking some basic features, the company is already touting its efficiency over Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Article source
  7. UWT 3.1.2.0 Use the Ultimate Windows Tweaker to customize your Windows 8 to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, personal and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.1 (UWT) is a clean freeware – just what you expect from this site! It does not include any 3rd-party offers nor does it push crapware. It is completely portable and does not require to be installed. Once you have downloaded UWT3, simply extract the contents of the downloaded zip file and paste the folder in your Program Folder, without separating out its contents. Pin the shortcut of the exe file to your Start Screen, and you are all set to go. ScreenShots Features Easy to use simple user interfaceTool tips offer you guidance as to what the tweak does.Offers accessible buttons to create a system restore point and restore default valuesTiny tool, super lightweight at just around 340 KBPower-packed with 200+ meaningful tweaksPortable tweaker. Does not require to be installed. To uninstall it simply delete its program folderDoes not contain any adware, nor does it push crapware – and we promise not to, ever!Report Bugs by simply using the button in the About tab. Else visit this page.Support available at TWC Forum.Checks for available update. Click the button in the About tab to do so. If any are found, download the latest version from this home page.Tweaks available in Ultimate Windows Tweaker for Windows 8.1 System Information Shows general System Information Shows Windows Experience Index Easy Access To Advanced Recovery Options Run System File Checker Utility DirectlyCustomization tweaks – Taskbar: Remove Taskbar Remove Clock Show Clock In Middle Of Notification Area Remove Taskbar Buttons Remove Volume Icon From Notification Area Remove Network Icon From Notification Area Remove Action Center Icon From Notification Area Remove Clock From Notification Area Remove Battery Meter From Notification Area Remove Notification Area Customization of Taskbar Buttons Grouping Customization of Taskbar Thumbnail Size Customization of Taskbar Thumbnail delay timeCustomization tweaks – File Explorer: Show Windows Version On Desktop Enable Auto-Colorization Disable Aero Peek Feature Don’t Show Low Disk Space Warnings Disable Info Tips For Shortcuts Make Taskbar Button Switch To Last Active Window Restore Last Opened Folders At Startup Delete Page file At Shutdown Disable Aero Shake Feature Hide Preview Pane Disable Full Row Select Items Disable Aero Snap Feature Show Status Bar In File Explorer Launch Folders In A Separate Process Enable Check Boxes To Select Items Remove “-Shortcut” Suffix For New Shortcuts Tweak Drive Letters Customizing Window Padding Size Remove Shortcut Arrows From Shortcut IconsCustomization tweaks – Modern UI: Customization Of Start Screen Animation When I Point To Upper-Right Corner, Show The Charms When I Click Upper-Left Corner, Switch Between My Recent Apps Go To The Desktop Instead Of Start When I Sign In Show The Apps View Automatically When I Go To Start List Desktop Apps First In The Apps View When It’s Sorted by Category Show Desktop Background As Start Screen Background Don’t Replace Command Prompt With Windows PowerShell On The WinX MenuAdditional Customization tweaks in Start Screen, etc tabs: Disable Lock Screen Disable Changing Lock Screen Image Enable Slide show Enable Slide show Even On Battery Use Those Pictures Which Fits Best On Screen Customization Of Slide show Duration Enable First Sign-in Animation When New User Account Is Created Disable Hibernate Feature Disable “Look for an app in the Store” When Unknown File Type Is Opened Disable “You have new apps that can open this type of file” Notification Customization Of Notifications Display Time Disable Toast Notifications Lock Start Screen Tiles So That They Can’t Be Rearranged Clear “Recent” List Items Present In PC Settings Disable Changing Start Screen Background Disable Password Reveal Button Turn On Smart Screen Filter For Windows Store Apps Hide Minimize Buttons from Title bar of Windows Store Apps Enable Acess to Camera on Lock Screen Hide Power Button from Start Screen Show more apps in All Apps Show/Hide Hibernate Option in Power Options in the Flyout Menu Show/Hide Sleep Option in Power Options in the Flyout Menu Show/Hide Lock Option in Power Options in the Flyout Menu Show/Hide Sign Out Option in Power Options in the Flyout Menu Show/Hide all options of Power OptionsShow Hibernate Option in Power Options in the Flyout Menu Disable or Enable Start Screen Animations Add different options to This PC folder, including OneDrive, System Restore, Recycle Bin, Troubleshooting, Programs and features, Windows Update, Modern Search, System, Power Options, networking and Sharing Center, Folder Options, Action center, Display, user Accounts, Personalization, Control Panel, etc.User Accounts tweaks: Display Last Logon Information On Logon Screen Make User Enter Username While Logging On Use Smart Card To Login Remove Shutdown Tasks From Logon Screen Disable Updating Group Policy On Startup Disable Switching To Secure Desktop While Elevating Enable Virtualize File And Registry Write Failures To Per-User Locations Enable Admin Approval Mode For Built-In Administrator Account Enable Detection Of Application Installation And Prompt For Elevation Enable Verbose Logon Messages Require Users To Press CTRL+ALT+DEL To Logon Change UAC Settings Customization Of Logon Message Customization Of What Should Be Done On System FailurePerformance tweaks Waiting time to kill applications timeout during shutdown Waiting time to end services at shutdown Waiting time to kill non-responding applications Auto-End Non Responsive Programs Restart Shell Automatically After Some Error Always Unload DLLs To Free Up Memory Disable Automatic Folder View Discovery Turn Off Search Indexer Increase Priority Of IRQ8 Disable Smooth Scrolling Disable Windows Time Service Disable Tablet Input Service Disable Windows Security Center Service Disable Prefetch Service Disable Superfetch Service Disable Printer Spooling Service Disable Windows Update Service Choose L2 CacheSecurity tweaks Disable Registry Editor Disable Control Panel Disable Task Manager Disable WinKey Shortcuts Disable CMD Disable Color And Appearance Settings Disable The Auto Logon Shift Override Feature Disable Administrative Shares (e.g. ADMIN$) Disable UAC Disable The Ability To Shutdown Disable The Ability To Log Off Disable Internet Communication Disable System Restore Configuration Disable MMC Snap-ins Disable Folder Options Menu Disable Encrypting File System Disable Explorer’s Context Menu Disable Access To Taskbar Context Menu Restrict Access To Taskbar And Start Menu Properties Disable Changing Wallpaper Turn Off User Tracking Disable Display Personalization Disable Windows Media Center Disable Windows Sound Recorder Disable Windows Updates Disable Automatic Restart After Windows Updating Disable Windows Mobility Center Disable “Add Features To Windows 8″ Disable Windows Store Remove complete access to Windows Updates Disable Windows Media Player Auto UpdatesInternet Explorer tweaks: Enable Menu Bar Enable Suggested Sites Enable Caret Browsing Use ClearType Font Disable Compatiblity List Customizing Homepage Show Tabs Below Address Bar Notify When Download Completes Auto-hide the Tab Bar When In Full screen Mode Always Load IE In Full Screen Mode Check Executable’s Signature On Download Allow Running Executable With Invalid Signature Clear Cache On Every Exit Warn On Closing Multiple Tabs Allow Allocating Additional Bandwidth Enable Do Not Track Enable Auto Image Resizing Enable Smooth Scrolling Disable Active Scripting for Internet Zone Disable Scripting of Java Applets for Internet Zone Use Software Rendering Instead Of GPU Rendering Enable Third-Party Browser Extensions Show HTTPS Errors Disable Script Debugging Enable DOM Storage Enable SmartScreen FilterContext Menu tweaks: Add 14 built-in Modern apps to Desktop Context Menu Add over 25 important system utilities and feature like System Restore, Windows Defender, Clear clipboard memory, Shutdown, Restart, etc. to Desktop Context Menu via Context Menu > Desktop Context Menu tab Add “Take Ownership” Option To Files And Folders Add “Open Command Window Here” Option Add “Copy To…” Option To Every Object Add “Move To…” Option To Every ObjectAdditional Tweaks: Use Autoplay For All Media And Devices Use Small Taskbar Icons Show Balloons In Notification Area Hide Inactive Icons From Notification Area Turn Off Automatic Applications Termination Customizing DPI Scaling Customizing No. Of Jump List Items Customizing Blinking Cursor Width Customizing Cursor Blinking Time Customizing Scroll Bar Width Enable the Network Adapter Onboard Processor Restrict Access Over Anonymous Connections Disable Recent Shares In Network Places Disable Default Admin And Disk Drive Share Server Hide Entire Network From Network Neighbourhood Prevent Network Auto-Discovery Hide Computer From The Browser List Enable NTLM 2 Support Set Global Network/Internet Offline Edit OEM Information Option To Automatically Restart Windows Explorer When “Apply” Is Clicked Option To Add UWT 3 To Startup Option To Integrate UWT 3 With Desktop Context Menu How to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker Do not separate out the contents of the download as it is important that the .ico, .exe files, etc stay in the same folder. Once you have downloaded the zip file, extract its contents and move the program folder to your desired location. Pin its executable file to your Start Screen for easy access.Create a system restore point first. You can use the Create Restore Point button which UWT offers. We insist you create one, before using the tweaker, so that you can revert back should you feel the need to.We recommend that you do not over-tweak your system at one go. It is our experience that many people just apply all the tweaks at one go, but don’t remember which tweak was responsible for some change they wish to reverse. We suggest you apply tweaks for only 1 category every day, see how your system performs, before moving on to apply more tweaks.To apply the tweak, check or uncheck the box as the case may be. Once you have selected one or more tweaks, click on the Apply button. Some tweaks may apply instantaneously. If just an explorer restart is required, your explorer will restart automatically, and the tweaks will be applied. If a system restart is required, when you exit the application, you will be reminded to restart your computer.Changelog - A new tweak, no one is yet offering is the ability to add Windows Store Apps to the right-click context menu. This lets you start your Windows Store apps, directly from your Desktop! - New tweaks added for the OS after the Windows 8.1 Update in Customization > Start Screen 2 tab. Hide Minimize Buttons from Title bar of Windows Store AppsEnable Acess to Camera on Lock ScreenHide Power Button from Start ScreenShow more apps in All AppsShow/Hide Hibernate Option in Power Options in the Flyout MenuShow/Hide Sleep Option in Power Options in the Flyout MenuShow/Hide Lock Option in Power Options in the Flyout MenuShow/Hide Sign Out Option in Power Options in the Flyout MenuShow/Hide all options of Power OptionsShow Hibernate Option in Power Options in the Flyout MenuDisable or Enable Start Screen Animations- Add many different options to This PC folder, including OneDrive, System Restore, Recycle Bin, Troubleshooting, Programs and features, Windows Update, Modern Search, System, Power Options, networking and Sharing Center, Folder Options, Action center, Display, user Accounts, Personalization, Control Panel, etc. You will get these tweaks in Customization > This PC tab. - You can add 14 built-in Modern apps to Desktop Context Menu. These tweaks are present in Context Menu > Modern Apps tab. - You can add over 25 important system utilities and feature like System Restore, Windows Defender, Clear clipboard memory, Shutdown, Restart, etc. to Desktop Context Menu via Context Menu > Desktop Context Menu tab. - Layout changed and re-classified tweaks. UW3.1 now offers better viewing on high DPI and high resolution monitors. - Other minor Bug Fixes, including the Shortcut Arrow bug. Homepage : http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-3-windows-8 Download Link : http://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/UWT3.zip
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