TWEAK - The Windows Environment and Application Konfigurator
TWEAK configures and manages Windows (for performance, usability and security); various software applications and hardware drivers; desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch shortcuts; file type associations; services; and permissions.
Download and use the latest version for free: 0.9.4.2
[Released: 17th June 2009] [Release notes] [MD5 checksum: 4d68c2ef2b5036c876e72f600ef51638]
(TWEAK (Unattended), for use in automated system setup and logon scripts: TWEAK (Unattended) 0.9.7, released 15th October 2012, see changelog)
Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP default performance, usability and security can be much improved upon. Configuring Windows and software applications can be time consuming, especially if you manage lots of computers and users. This program (by itself and by using some other programs) tweaks the Windows user interface and system configuration; configures applications and driver software; and manages icons/shortcuts, file and directory permissions and file type associations by making automated changes to the Windows registry and file system, in accordance with Configuring Windows 2000/XP for Performance, Usability and Security (and more, as described in TWEAK's changelog).
TWEAK works with Windows 2000 and XP (32-bit version). Windows configuration changes are made with respect to the default settings Windows installs with. The applications TWEAK configures are Firefox, OpenOffice, Thunderbird, IrfanView, Sun Java Runtime Environment, Adobe Reader and Eraser.
To use TWEAK, download then unzip it using any unzipping program (such as 7-Zip)
and run the file
Your feedback is appreciated - let me know whether or not it works for you, suggestions for improvements, etc. It is written in batch language so you can easily examine it with any text editor.
These programs are included with TWEAK (for which I am indebted to their authors): DtReg by David G. Thomas (not available from author's site so I'm hosting it here) (for editing the registry); Perl (5.6.1 from DJGPP); SetACL by Helge Klein (for setting file, directory and registry permissions; source code available from SourceForge); Associate by Cool Toys (for setting file type associations) and SetEnv by Jonathan Wilkes (for setting environment variables instantly).
TWEAK is licenced under the GNU General Public License.
TWEAK is Copyright (C) 2003-2009 Pete Boyd. All rights reserved. This is Free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
TWEAK is registered with SourceForge, who kindly provide many of the services accompanying its web site.