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Windows 98/ME tweak guide
Last Updated on October 04, 2000 by Thomas McGuire - Page 4/7

Xteq X-Setup

You can forget about TweakUI (As far as Iím concerned), as this is a lot better. Go to Tweakfiles to download it. The current version is 5.7 (Donít forget, you can check out our Exclusive X-Setup 6 preview right here too). You can download additional plug-ins from Xteq if you want & can even create your own Plug-ins with the SDK.

This rather amazing utility allows you to alter/tweak many aspects of your Operating system, be it Windows 9x, NT or Windows 2000. Iíd suggest opening up the XĖSetup\Plugins directory & removing any unneeded Plug-ins to make navigation that bit easier first, e.g. The Windows NT Plug-ins are unnecessary unless you are using Windows NT. Be careful doing this, if unsure donít delete anything.

Here are a few tweaks I use with this:

Open Appearance, General, Effects, Windows FX options. Iíd recommend Unticking Windows animation & Drag full windows.

Open Appearance, Misc., Other, Welcome Windows. Untick the options available there.

Use your own discretion for other available ones. Remember to be careful with what you choose to do.

Folder customisation Ė Windows 98

Open My Computer, select View, then Folder Options. Here you can modify how your Windows desktop appears & how you can open folders. By default Windows 98 uses a slow, resource intensive method. Youíll want to change that of course.

Select Custom then the Settings button.

The settings pictured above will give you the fastest drawing of folders (as no web content is shown) & allows folders/programs/shortcuts, etc. to be opened with a single click of the mouse. You can change this to suit your own needs, but this is what I would recommend using.

Another item you might want to look into is replacing the Windows shell (explorer) with a shell replacement, such as Smartalec's Darkstep. This should only really be considered by more advanced users however.


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