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SMART Utility 2.0

Get help tweaking your Windows 7 services for the optimum security and performance

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 06 March 2011
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SMART Utility
Optimise your Windows 7 services in a click

Disabling unnecessary Windows 7 services can help improve your PCs boot time, free up system resources and make you more secure. But which services can you turn off? It's important to choose carefully, because disabling the wrong one can cripple your PC to the point where it won't even reboot.

The SMART (Service Management And RealEasy Tweaking) Utility for Windows 7 helps you make better decisions by providing more details on services, and four pre-selected service profiles that you can choose at the click of a button.

Clicking "Safe Settings" turns off only a few services. As a result it won't have much effect on your PC, but there's no risk of problems, either.

Clicking "Tweaked Settings" disables many more services for a greater performance impact, while preserving your security. But it may break some applications (it's not suitable if you're running Windows Media Center, for instance).

Clicking "Advanced Settings" is for the brave only: it disables just about everything, including Windows Update, Windows Firewall and Windows Defender. This will also free up the most resources, of course, but unless you have replacement security tools then using this profile will still put your PC at risk.

And if you've spent a lot of time tweaking, and lost track of your changes, then clicking "Default Settings" will put everything back the way it was originally.

Verdict:

A useful service tweaking tool, but beware, there's no guarantee its selections will work for you. For experienced Windows users only

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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