WinBubble Tweak Windows
There is no shortage of programs that tweak settings in Windows Vista WinBubble is another addition to the growing assortment of tweakers, and not a bad one it is.
(Update: most features are compatible with recent versions of Windows as well, and some features only available for newer versions of Windows).
The tweaks are displayed as a series of tabs that you browse one after the other to explore what the program offers, and to make modifications to the system using the tweaks that it supports.
Each tab displays a huge list of settings and options that change a tremendous amount of things in Windows. The Security tab alone for instance displays 33 check boxes which allow you to hide drives, hide or disable settings in Internet Explorer or disable writing to USB drives on the system.
This many options can be confusing at first, especially for inexperienced users. Each tab displays a help icon that you can click on to load a page on the developer website listing what each tweak does.
This is quite useful even for experienced users as it may not always be clear what a tweak does based on its description alone.
Here is a short overview of the different groups of tweaks the program offers:
- General enables you to change OEM and owner information, add options to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer, and to enable customization features on the desktop, for instance to slow down animations or remove shortcut arrows.
- Specific lists links to Windows features and programs. It is for instance possible to run a system file check, reset folder views or open Windows services.
- Icons displays default Windows file and folder icons, and options to change those icons from the system.
- Windows 7 lists specific tools and options for the operating system. You may use it to modify the welcome screen, or run tools like system restore, display the computer's mac address or sticky notes.
- Security lists security-related features, for instance options to hide drives, disable features in the Internet Explorer browser, or to disable certain features in Windows like the Task Manager, changing of wallpapers or restricting access to the control panel.
- Optimize lists improvements that speed up certain system features or remove features that use resources. Included there are options to turn Aero off, disable Windows animations or speed up the display of menus.
- Tools offers a collection of advanced options that let you add context menu entries manually, add folders or files to My Computer or Control Panel.
- More Policies displays four additional tabs that host dozens of tweaks that you may find useful. The four tabs are desktop, taskbar and start menu, machine, control panel and system. There is too much to be mentioned here but you may block access to optical or removable drives, disable control panel tools or disable balloon tips.
- IE lists Internet Explorer tweaks. You may set a custom start page or page title, set a download directory or use tools like the history cleaner that are related.
The summary scratches just on the surface of what the program offers.
WinBubble is a massive tweaking program for Windows that lists hundreds of different tweaks and tools to manage and customize Windows.
The developer took a hiatus a couple of years ago, but started development again after a while. WinBubble is compatible with all recent versions of Windows.Advertisement