X-Setup is a customizing program for Windows. It allows you to change many hidden settings in Windows, and to customize many of the dialog boxes. It is no longer freeware, instead there is a $8 registration fee after a certain amount of time. It is well worth it in my opinion.
The interface should be familiar to anyone who has used Windows for a while. It uses an explorer-tree like setup. On the left, there is a list of folders detailing different settings, and as you open them, it drops down into various settings that can be changed. When a setting in the tree view is clicked, the options for the setting appear in a pane on the right. If changing the setting could be detrimental to your computer, it will ask whether you want to make the setting read-only, so you can’t inadvertently change it.
There is a goback function as well, so if you change something that you didn’t want to, you can just revert to the old setting.
In the menu bars, there are quick links to various diagnostic and monitoring software that comes with Windows. This makes it easier to quickly jump among the different programs that come with Windows, but don’t have shortcuts.
For users who are new to changing settings, they have a wizard mode, which makes changing settings much easier, though it does take longer to get through it.
All in all, the interface is good.
This program lets you change virtually every setting in Windows. You can add links to your My Computer context menu, make bitmaps display as thumbnails, and many more things. For those of you who know what they are doing, there are various cache and registry settings to change around.
The best part of the feature list is the plug-in system. All of the settings are controlled by plugins, which can be updated individually. This means that when they release an update for one of the plugins, you just have to download a single plugin, and not the entire program.
There are many custom plugins out there that change various settings. One lets you change the name of your mayor in SimCity 2000. There are also some password removing plugins.
The plugins can be somewhat useless though. There are still a couple that only work with Windows 95 and 98. They are disabled for other operating systems, so you can’t accidentally mess with them but they do take up screen space. Also, there are a couple plugins for ancient versions of software, so you can just ignore those.
This is a great program, and is well worth the $8 to register it. Most people will only need to run it once, but the results of running it will have last much longer.
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