Softpedia Editor's Review for TuneXP
One of the best and most powerful Windows XP tweakers ever
Written by Andreea Matei on December 5th, 2011
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TuneXP was designed for XP users exclusively and aims to provide a set of tweaks that will improve the speed of your system. Unlike modern software applications that include a bunch of diagnostics tools, such as registry cleaners and benchmarking, TuneXP will boost your system’s performance through a few classic and efficient tricks.
The installation procedure is all about a few clicks and before you know it, you will be prompted to select the Windows installation drive, so the application can start. The usage is strictly menu-based, structured on the most significant categories on your system. The first and the most feature-rich is the ‘Memory and file system’ menu, which offers you the possibility to enable or disable tweaks such as: accelerated DLL unloading, Paging Executive, Faster Shutdown, File Allocation size, Optimize prefetch. In the same section, you will be able to allow for an intensive boot file defrag or ultra-fast booting.
The next menu provides hardware specific changes, the most significant of which is the possibility to increase the CPU priority. You can also enable UDMA-66 for Intel chipsets or to speed up the Windows IRQ handling. The Internet menu consists of just two options, one for resetting your IP settings and one for enabling the increase of the DNS cache, facilitating a more speedy access to websites.
From the Services section, you can start the fast user switch for multi-user logon and access. The same menu will provide the means to disable themes, a resource consuming service that could easily be stopped for the well-being of your computer. The Miscellaneous category encases shortcuts to a few Windows specific utilities, such as disk checker, defragmenter, system file checker and Windows update.
All the changes you have made require a restart in order to take effect. This is rather inconvenient, but it’s not too much to ask in return for the faster and more stable operating system that TuneXP can guarantee to accomplish.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· File allocation size tweak
· Accelerate DLL unloading
· Control over several Windows services
· DNS cache tweak
· GUI version of Misc->Defrag
· System file checker (check if system files are untainted)
· Complete, new documentation with ALL tweaks
· New LongHorn-like layout
· Defragmentation of the wrong drive
· Checkdisk of the wrong drive
· IO Page Lock Limit tweak updated
· Faster shutdown tweak updated, faster