I have used lots of tweaks and programs that shipped with hundreds of them when I was still running the Windows XP operating system on one of my PCs.
While I still tweaked Windows 7 and Windows 8 a bit, advances in computer hardware and the operating systems made tweaks less useful than before.
What most solutions have in common is that they bombard you with dozens of tweaks. Some programs explain what each individual tweak does, while others leave you standing in the rain so that you need to research the effect on your own.
LiveTuner, available for all recent versions of the Windows operating system, falls into the second category, but not for the same reason.
Instead of listing dozens of tweaks in its interface, it will apply the tweaks automatically in the background based on two choices that you make during installation.
First, you are asked to pick the device type, or intended purposes. You can either pick desktop, server or laptops / tablets here.
Second, you pick the primary application type. Available here are Office / Internet, full workstation, online gaming or enterprise server.
Once you have made the selection, tweaks will be automatically applied by LiveTuner on each system startup.
You find five additional options in the interface. Four of them are startup optimizations such as removing temporary files or optimizing the Windows Timer resolution for low latency applications.
Note:The fifth modifies your default homepage, and should be disabled if you do not want that.
The main issue that I have with the program is that it does not list the tweaks and changes that it will make to the system. While inexperienced users may not want those information, I would not really run a program like this on my system if I did not knew beforehand what it would modify or tweak.
So, what the author should add is a list of tweaks that are applied, and that preferably before users hit the install button.
I did continue with the installation of the software for the sake of this article, but would not have done so if it were not for this.
The only information that you get about the tweaks come from change logs posted on the developers website. But here you only find what is being modified or improved, but not the actual values. These values may also depend on your selection during installation.
So, here is a short list of modifications that the software may make:
- TCP latency optimization.
- TCP/IP network optimization.
- Paged / Nonpaged pool scaling.
- Disable file system tunneling for faster deletions.
Those are not all of course, but since there is no documentation available, it is highly suggested to back up your date before you run the software. At the very least, create a system restore point before you run the program so that you can restore the settings.
LiveTuner comes with an uninstallation option which restores all optimizations and tweaks that were made by it.