Dewalt vs. Stanley? There's a New Power Tool in Town.

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 3, 2000


By Wesley Smith

Remember those days when customizing the windows interface was reserved to only those fluent in registry speak?  I do. In fact, the most prominent memory I have was my frustration with windows when it constantly put a "short cut" arrow on all of my desktop icons.  Maybe I'm too picky with the way my PC presents itself, but I believe in a neat, well dressed desktop.

Remember those days when customizing the windows interface was reserved to only those fluent in registry speak? I do. In fact, the most prominent memory I have was my frustration with windows when it constantly put a 'short cut' arrow on all of my desktop icons. Maybe I'm too picky with the way my PC presents itself, but I believe in a neat, well dressed desktop.

But then, Microsoft provided a tool package, called "Power Toys," that was the solution to all of my customization needs.  At the time, this was a "robust" package that allowed me to customize everything that I wanted to.  Life was good.

As time progressed, Windows came out with more and more add-ons and tools that put me back into my customization hell.  Power Toys was no longer capable of doing what I wanted it to do.  

I could have actually done the customization if I really wanted to dig into the Windows registry, but who has time to do that?  The everyday computer user, such as myself, only has time to use a computer as a tool, not as a customization test bed.  I guess you could seek out the local computer guru, who most of the time is happy to help, but even they can become scarce at times.

About the time I was ready to cry "Uncle," I came across a new utility for Windows customization.  This utility, called "X-Setup", was the answer to my dilemma.  Xteq Systems, the creator of X-Setup, brought the Dewalt of customization power tools to the table.  

X-Setup allows users to customize hundreds of hidden settings in windows, including some hardware, such as video cards, and PC games.  X-Setup is really easy to navigate through also.  The main interface resembles the familiar Windows Explorer GUI with hierarchical customization options and tools.  X-Setup also uses wizard based customization tools allowing you to change settings such as the skin of your web browser tool bar with a brief wizard interview.  Do you want to give your local PC guy something to scratch their head about -- change the "blue screen of death" to the "green screen of death", or the "yellow screen of death."

Since times are changing, as well as OS functions and tools, X-Setup remains on top of the game by allowing you to update the utility with plug-ins.  And for the best part, X-Setup is free.

X-Setup has proven to me that it is one of the best OS tweaking utilities on the market.  In fact, I would go so far as to call it the Dewalt of tweaking power tools.  It is available for Windows 2000, NT, 98, and 95.  I highly recommend that this utility be included in any user's computer toolbox. 

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