Does anyone have experience with TWEAKING v4.0.12. ?

  1.    13 Feb 2018 #1

    Does anyone have experience with TWEAKING v4.0.12. ?

    I have unintentionally created some problems for myself with permissions.  I don't understand permissions and networking very well (a question for another day). A friend told me to use "tweaking program" to repair my system issues with permissions. Before I just let-r-rip, I wonder if you have any experience with this program and if it works well. Thanks.
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  2.    13 Feb 2018 #2

    Why wouldn't you use the latest version ... .13? I've not heard of anything bad about this program, though you can do yourself harm with tweaking on stuff you don't know or understand well.
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  3.    14 Feb 2018 #3

    Assuming you mean this - Windows Repair Free/Pro

    then I would advise you be cautious- before doing anything more create a disk image. That way you can always recover to the same state.

    The tool is very cautious in itself, but give yourself the best protection you can. Indeed, had you been in the habit of using disk imaging routinely, you probably wouldn't be struggling to repair your system now. E.g. Macrium reflect (free) + external storage for disk image sets.

    Turning to's tool.... observe the cautious preliminary stages, and choose the minimum repairs you think necessary. Don't simply choose everything by default.
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  4.    14 Feb 2018 #4

    Yes, when tweaking one's system it's generally safest to avoid whatever one can, and do only what one must. Bear in mind the old tongue-in-cheek saying "Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD." But FWIW, everything I've read about the Tweaking program says it does a pretty good job of cleaning up permissions-based messes (as long as too many drive moves aren't also involved).
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  5.    15 Feb 2018 #5


    For resetting permissions this is what I use:

    Once installed you can then create and run a batch file which you execute as admin:

    @echo off
     title Resetting ACLs...
     cd /d "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Resource Kits\Tools"
     echo Resetting ACLs...
     echo (this may take several minutes to complete)
     echo ==========================================================================
     echo System Drive...
     subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
     echo Windows Directory...
     subinacl /subdirectories %windir%\*.* /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
     echo ==========================================================================
     echo FINISHED.
     echo Press any key to exit . . .
     pause >NUL
    That should work for folder and file permissions in Windows.

    Tweaking tools can be dangerous in the hands of people that don't understand the consequences of the actions taken. Just be careful and make sure you have means to revert your actions if need be.

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  6.    15 Feb 2018 #6

    Give me an example of what is dangerous about Tweaking tools, please.

    Here is what I did that prompted me to want to run Tweaking software to clean
    things up. I created a home network and wanted to share a folder on my machine
    with 2 or 3 other computers in my home. Each computer has an adminitrator
    account which they use regularly as a "user account". I noticed that when I
    shared c:\users\public folder on my machine, the users on the other computers
    could also access my personal folder. Not good. So I changed the permission on
    my personal folder, excluding administrators. In the process of deleting admin
    access, I noticed that I get error when the process tried to remove access
    from "\users\ed\appdata". I think that's a problem, so I am thinking of
    using Tweaking to fix the problem. Would that help? Or, could you suggest
    another way for me to fix the problem? Or maybe I don't have a problem. I'm
    not sure.
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  7.    16 Feb 2018 #7

    The same kind of general warnings that you usually hear/get about editing the registry -- which all boil down to 'Be careful, or you'll do yourself more harm than good' -- also apply to's Repair tool. If you just use it for its built-in repairs, most users report good results, including many TenForums members (see for example, this thread from last November: Windows All in one Repair Utility). But because the potential for self-harm is there, you get warnings to "Be careful" as well.
    Hope that makes sense,
    Last edited by EdTittel; 16 Feb 2018 at 09:39. Reason: Shorten URL
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  8.    17 Feb 2018 #8

    Learn Networking

    Hello Ed, Could you recommend a book that will help me learn simple networking. Things like - how to setup a network of 3 to 5 computers, each sharing a specialized folder on each computer; the difference between a workgroup or a homegroup; File permissions and networking. Thanks!
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  9.    18 Feb 2018 #9

    Darril Gibson's book (he's a well-known and -respected author on certification topics, too, including the CompTIA Network+, Security+ and more. He took over for me on the CISSP Study Guide when I got pulled to work on other stuff) is worth a look: You can find a used copy for just over $10. It is dated 2011 and won't directly address Windows 10, but the information is solid, applicable and good.
    OTOH, this Guide from Network World is free, and may tell you most of what you'll need -- especially if you also go digging around online for more information from Microsoft.
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  10.    22 Feb 2018 #10

    In terms of using Windows Repair, I regularly disable some of the tweaks whenever I run it, as I maintain those things myself and don't want them reset:

    03 - Reset Service Permissions (have a powershell script for this)
    09 - Repair Hosts File (have this customized)
    16 - Repair Windows Update (don't need this done)
    25 - Restore Important Windows Services (have a powershell script for this)
    26 - Set Windows Services To Default Startup (have a powershell script for this
    28 - Repair Windows 8/1 Component Store (Do this manually using DISM)
    It also doesn't take long to do, as it does not get hung up on the Component Store.
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