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TweakVI looks cool, is it worth subscribing?

by Tris Hussey on April 13th, 2007

Slowly but surely more tools to tweak Vista are coming out.  For those of us who just aren’t happy until we know we can tweak and tune our whole desktop experience, this is great.  Today I came across TweakVI.  Here’s the description from Lifehacker:

The software provides a wealth of tools for messing with Vista’s guts, including a boot-configuration manager, a CPU optimizer, browser-settings managers and tons more. I particularly like the addition of Windows-shutdown and -restart icons to both the desktop and Quick Launch toolbar. Granted, the freeware version gets you only so far; fully half the features require you to subscribe to one of the premium versions. But for anyone who links to tinker with Windows and wants easy access to various Vista underpinnings, Tweak VI Basic is a great place to start.
Source: Download of the Day: Tweak VI (Windows) - Lifehacker

Now this sounds awesome and I’ll be downloading it in a minute.  The one problem I have with it is the paid versions.  It’s not that I don’t think that there should be paid versions, or even that they have two tiers of paid version (I think it’s a little kooky, but okay), it’s that it seems to only be good for a year.  What happens at the end of the year?  I think the free version might be enough for me.  Sure the full-on versions are cool, but I don’t know if they are cool enough to pay $40 USD a year for.

What’s your feeling on software like this?  Should you pay once and get updates for free until a major version change?  Should all software be free?  Should it all be pay?

Let me know in the comments.

POSTED IN: Cool downloads, Cool tools, Vista, Windows

1 opinion for TweakVI looks cool, is it worth subscribing?

  • Therese
    Aug 30, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    You are paying once for the software, and renewing to get access to support/updates. If you don’t want support/updates, then you don’t have to pay in future years, just pay once for the software.

    What I don’t like is that I have to pay for the software to find out if it will do what I want (which is to move default items around into folders of my choosing in the Start Menu beyond what Vista allows as a “default.” It’s too cluttered with individual programs and I want to group them by categories to reduce visual search time. I have already managed to clean up my desktop and feel the start menu is an eyesore.

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