Many system developers complain about repetitive settings of their testing Windows workstations to make them usable for testing software. Number of dialogs you need to go through is bigger on Windows Vista or newer, where the necessary dialogs are often hidden one level deeper than in Windows XP. BellaVista is a tool that gathers necessary settings to one place, speeding configuration up. The settings include:
Console applications and batch scripts are regularly run at Windows startup and in schedule. The main inconvenience of this is that every application creates a new console window which flickers on the screen. Hidden Start (or Hstart) is a small startup manager that allows console applications to be started without any windows in the background and much more. Hstart is usually started by entering the following command line:
Easy Context menu is a very extended version of BlueLife ContextMenu, and we have changed the name from BlueLife ContextMenu to Easy Context menu, it is a small but effective application and include useful tweaks for the Desktop, My Computer, Drives, File and folder context menus.It helps in accessing most used windows components quickly and easily.
Extend the life of your PC or notebook by updating the system BIOS and device drivers. BIOSAgentPlus will scan your system and find the exact BIOS update needed to improve performance, increase stability, and maintain compatibility with new Operating Systems, hardware and devices.
XdN Tweaker is a free tweaking program for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista. It sets itself apart from the other tweak programs though by not being filled with options, settings, and "tweaks" that are actually normal options and menu settings of other programs. It tries to fill the gaps that other tweak programs overlook.
Create new shortcuts of any program on your desktop, and you will never be prompted by UAC (User Account Control) for that specific program. Make sure you specify known and trusted paths, else you might end up having shortcuts that give unknown programs full access.