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Author Topic: Ultimate Windows Customiser (Windows Club) - quick review  (Read 3302 times)
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« on: November 26, 2011, 12:02:49 AM »

Ultimate Windows Customiser (Windows Club).
Just a quick heads-up from me in case it this software might be of help/use to anyone.

There was a post in The Windows Club on 2011-11-25 entitled Customize Windows with Ultimate Windows Customizer

There is a downloadable file (uwc.zip) of version 1.0 of a customising tool (developed by Lee Whittington, for the Club).
Most of the tool's features seem to be cosmetic for the GUI, and some features are still under development, but I reckoned it was worth giving a trial, so I did. I let the proggy install itself to its defaults, and then gave it a whirl.

Conclusion:
1. Not bad as far as it goes. Am awaiting the next version with interest.
2. The executable Restart Explorer.exe (see list below) was of particular interest/use to me. It kills and restarts explorer, and then exits.

Restart Explorer.exe seems to have saved me the effort of automating the steps outlined in the post about restoring Systray icons, here: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug .
(In that post CleverCat had already commented about an alternative at http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/restart_explorer.html)

Included in the tools are these executables (which are called from the tool's GUI, but some seem to run OK as stand-alone processes too):
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\memorb.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\QuickHide.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\RegOwnit v1_1.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\ReplaceIt.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Restart Explorer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Screenshot.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Shadow.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Showit.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Taskbar Color Effects.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Updater.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\UserPic Reload.exe
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2011, 05:16:32 AM »

Looks pretty interesting!

When I get access to Windows 7 again, I may give it a try.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2011, 12:05:34 PM »

The explorer hacks to hide network, homegroup etc do not work. At all. You have to go into the registry and give the adminitrator group permission to touch those entries. If anyone knows how to remove all noise on the right side in explorer, but the bookmarks, let me know.

I'd also like to get 'backspace' going up instead of back in history.
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2011, 12:50:35 PM »

I haven't been on Donation Coder in awhile and was doing a search checking what feedback our application might be getting across the forums, and came across mention here.

Thanks for the mention. I have worked on this app for many months and still a ton of additions to add as well as getting it ready for Windows 8. smiley

urlwolf: What version are you running? I have released an update today to fix the Explorer issue as well a few other minor bug fixes. Current version is 1.0.1.0.
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