Monday, June 17, 2013

8Smoker Pro: Optimize the Most Out of Windows 8

8Smoker Pro is a free tweaking program for Windows 8 that allows power users to exploit all that the operating system has to offer, by changing the way Windows 8 functions and responds to user interaction. All improvements that 8Smoker Pro can implement in Windows 8 are made at the Registry, and there are tons of performance and security tweaks on offer. Additionally there are shell tweaks, Internet Explorer tweaks, a service manager, junk file cleaner, a tool to remove shared DLLs, among many others.

8Smoker Pro’s interface is extremely simple to use and very uncomplicated. The program displays the state of your system and resources currently being used. Next to this information, are four distinct zones where the changes are divided into. They are Tweaks, Maintenance, Security and Passwords. Each category has numerous “widgets” that further classifies the changes. For instance, under Tweaks, you’ve got Internet Explorer tweaks, performance tweaks, startup tweaks and so on. Under Maintenance, there is disk cleaner, shared DLL remover, shell browser and a Toolbox.

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The Toolbox lets you remove hotfixes, create a desktop shortcut of the so called “God mode”, enable or disable hibernation, and create a shortcut to the hidden Application folder.

Under Security, you’ve got Drivefreeze, a feature to lock down your removable storage devices so nobody can use them without your permission. You can lock down USB drives, CD-ROM/DVD drives, and floppy drives. Then, there are system tweaks, desktop and explorer settings, login and UAC settings and Firewall control. The Password widget lets you create, change or remove passwords from your account.

The changes get applied immediately, but sometimes you have to click the “Save” button to save the changes you’ve made.

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