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Tweaking Your PC: Getting the Last Mile Out of Your Hardware Part 2 of 4 (Page 3/4)

Posted: September 23, 1999
Written by: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

Originally Printed in PC Gamer's Ultimate Hardware Bible, an Imagine Media Publication. All rights reserved. Reprinted with Permission.


The Control Panel is one of the safe-havens for tweakers. Infinitesimal tweaks reside in this little folder on a Windows system. We will begin with the king of all OS Tweak applets, TweakUI. If you have Windows 98, you can install the program off of the CD but otherwise you'll have to go to Microsoft's web site ( and download Powertoys. TweakUI can be downloaded from our server here. Windows 98 users: To install TweakUI, browse to the \tools\reskit\powertoy subdirectory on your Windows 98 CD, right click on the tweakui.inf file, and select install.

The different versions of Tweak UI work slightly differently, so if you can't find some of the tweaks I mention, it is because they don't exist in your version. Go to the Control Panel and double-click on the Tweak UI icon. Under the General tab, turn off Window Animation, Smooth Scrolling, Menu Animation, Combo Box Animation, and List Box Animation. Under the Explorer tab uncheck Tip of the Day and Animated "Click here to start". Skip to the Boot Tab and disable the Display Splash Screen while Booting setting. This will get rid of the Windows 9x splash screen that pops up while the computer is loading Windows.

Several tweaks can also be performed within the Display applet. Setting the Desktop background to a color rather than an image will save a lot of RAM. To do this, click on the Background tab, and select none under Wallpaper. To change the color of the background, click on the Appearance tab, click on the part of the image representing the background, and use the Color drop-box to select a preset color or determine your own. In the Effects tab (Win95 Plus pack or Win98), disable all of the visual effects except "Show icons using all possible colors". In the Web tab, make sure that Active Desktop is disabled, if you haven't done so already. Under Settings, your color depth should be set to High (16-bit) color. Under Advanced there should be more settings that will improve your video card's speed and picture quality.

Those cute little sounds that your computer makes when you open the start menu, etc, chew up a lot of system resources. To disable those sounds, double click on the Sounds icon. In the Schemes section, select No Sounds, click on the Apply button, and then ok.

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