Totalidea Software recently came out with Tweak VI
, an savvy and attractive Vista tweaking program. However, it’s a waste of money and here’s why.
First, there are already lots of Vista tweaking tips and sites online. Here's a list of Vista tweaking sites
. Second, like much software these days, it's subscription software, and I strongly recommend never, ever
signing on to subscription software licenses. They are often a ripoff because software development naturally occurs at an uneven pace, and subscription software promotes superfluous features and consistent program bloat. Totalidea offers a free basic version, but turns off half the features, selling you access to them through two 12-month subscription editions: premium ($30) and ultimate ($40). Third, virtually every one of these "tweaks" can be found within Vista's control panel in plain sight.
They're both complete bullhockey designed to separate you from your hard-earned money. Instead, save it and tweak your own system according to your needs. Tweak VI offers nothing you can't easily and safely do yourself. Vista performance needs almost no or very little tweaking. Gamers require more [performance] tweaking than anyone; the rest of us likely will want to tweak Vista's UI more than anything. The best resource I've found so far that gives you the most information and cuts through so much disinformation is Ed Bott's Windows Vista Inside Out book
. Besides, Ed's book is a far wider resource than one tweaking program.