There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of ways to tweak Windows and everybody has their favorites. Here’s an easy way to make many of your favorite tweaks in Windows 8/8.1 and possibly discover some new ones as well.
There’s a new release of the utility called the Ultimate Windows Tweaker (UWT) and it is designed for the newest Windows operating systems. A similar tool has been available for Vista/Windows 7 and was previously chosen as best free portable Windows tweaker. The latest release of UWT is version 3. The description and download link are at this page. It is a small portable tool with an executable of only 340 KB. Because of its nature it will trigger a UAC challenge when run. When it is first run, the program interface may not appear immediately, presumably because it is doing a system analysis.
Update 1 May. 2014 - A new version 3.1 is now available. See this link.
There are over 170 different tweaks available. The interface offers the following categories
- System Information
- User Accounts
- Performance tweaks
- Security tweaks
- Internet Explorer tweaks
As always, when tweaking a system, it is essential to make a system restore point or other backup first. The interface for UWT offers a convenient button for creating a restore point. There is also a button to restore default settings. Personally, I do not think that every one of the available tweaks is suitable for all PC users. Before making any tweak, be sure you understand what it does. The complete list of available tweaks for Windows 8.1 can be found here
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