There are a number of apps that have dubbed themselves the "TweakUI" for Windows Vista, and one of the newest contestants for the title is the Ultimate Windows Tweaker. The app is free, supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, and only offers the relevant tweaks for your version of Vista and installed applications. Ultimate Windows Tweaker features over 130 tweaks and customizations designed to give you a bit more control over your Vista installation.
The Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a portable app and requires no installation. You can drop the executable on a thumb drive or a network share and use it to configure as many Vista systems as you choose. Best of all, it’s tiny, and weighs in at under 1MB.
Once you run the app, you can choose from seven areas to customize, including User Accounts and UAC, Security, System and Performance, Network Optimization, and more. The personalization tweaks are largely UI options that allow you to make Vista look and behave the way you want. The System and Performance options are some of the most useful, and allow you to tweak Vista to shut down faster and tell Vista to automatically end unresponsive programs.
The Ultimate Windows Tweaker also allows you to customize Internet Explorer for performance, and will automatically detect whether you’re running IE7 or an IE8 Beta. Once the app knows what version of IE you’re running, it will only present you with the options available for that version. You can also make changes to the way Vista handles networking, bandwidth, and shared files and folders. (full Story)