Windows 10 is widely regarded as the most stable and enjoyable operating system/platform on the market. With it’s extensive testing, and constant software-as-a-service platform of regular updates and refreshes, it’s not hard to see why. But the thing about PC’s is that they are personal, and we like to personalise them, and for this very reason, Windows isn’t perfect.
Whether you’re looking to squeeze a bit more performance from the OS, or tweak certain settings to your liking, to customising the look and feel of the OS, I have compiled a short list, of what I feel, essential applications and tools for you to try.
1 TweakNow PowerPack
As the name suggests, TweakNow is designed to let you tinker and tweak the way your system works, and offers some powerful tools to enable this. It aims to let you fine-tune every detail of Windows 10, and the app comes with several tools to help you achieve that objective.
Here’s a small selection of what you get in the package:
- A registry cleaner for removing old and corrupt entries (though I would advise to only use registry tools if you're sure of the consequences).
- A menu that reveals more than a 100 hidden Windows settings.
- A startup manager.
- Support for up to four virtual desktops, each of which can be customized according to your project and/or needs.
- In-depth analysis of your computer’s vital components such as the processor, memory, and video adapter.
- A track cleaner that removes tracking data left by old, uninstalled apps.
Buy from, £12.53 (Price correct at time of publishing, Demo/Trial is available)
Fences is a small simple idea, but so powerful thanks to the amzing array of options. As we know, good organisation improves productivity. So to have a feature to group the apps and folders on the screen for easy access, seems like a common sense idea! But not with your base installation of Windows, but fear bot, Stardock has you covered.
Fences allow you to do just that, it helps you create groups of apps and folders on your computer. You can even customise your created groups on your desktop with different icons, colours and effects. This app is great for those who have lots of software and files installed on their computer and want to organise their desktop.
Buy from, $9.99 (A 30-day trial is available)
3 Rocket Dock
One of Mac OS X's best and striking features is its "Dock" sometimes referred to as a launcher, a bar of icons at the bottom or side of the screen that lets you run frequently used programs, and that you can easily customise to your liking.
This tool lets you replicate that same look and functionality to pin shortcuts anywhere on the desktop. You can add shortcuts for apps, programs and even folders in a small sized dock using RocketDock tool.
It also has several addons you can use for various functions within the dock, including my personal favourite, the stacks feature. Worth a look, especially as this tool is a free download.
Free Download (Updates no longer supported)
Ok, so this is a big one! Rainmeter is arguably the single most customisable tool for Windows to completely rethem your desktop with widgets and skins. Imagine memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop!
Many widgets are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favourite applications, and control your media player – all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customise to your liking. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
It has an enormous community with thousands of free downloadable widgets and packs, with more customisations than you could shake a stick at. All customisation of each widgets settings are handled in text files, which are really simple to edit. It's lightweight approach and doesn't bog down your system, and you truly can create some wild desktops!