Clean, Optimize and Customize Windows
There are dozens of utilities to clean up, customize, and optimize Windows. But Optimizer clearly stands out. Compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11, this free and open source tool presents itself as a real toolkit, particularly complete and rather simple to handle. Take a closer look: it allows you to rid the system of software preinstalled on your PC and which you never use (the famous bloatware), to deactivate functions that are just as useless, to manage the automatic launches of applications at startup, to clean bulky files, to check that the DNS is working properly, to know the components of your PC, to customize the contextual menu or even to quickly install basic and useful applications and software. A handy multifunction tool that brings together all the essential settings in a single interface, to be kept in a corner on your computer, or even on a USB key since it does not need to be installed in a way permed.
Remove pre-installed software
This is one of the strengths of this free software: removing bloatware, this pre-installed software that is useless to you and that is sometimes difficult to dislodge.
Launch Optimizer and choose French as the main language. The software window has several tabs. By default, the first to appear is Universal. It includes several settings to disable telemetry functions (data collection to analyze the use of your PC or certain software), as well as other functions such as fax, print service, multimedia player sharing, etc By hovering the mouse pointer over the proposed changes, you can know their usefulness and thus know whether or not you should apply the setting.
First, click on the UWP Applications tab (for Universal Windows Platform). This is where you will find the list of applications that the manufacturer of your PC has installed from the outset with your system, but also applications and software installed by Microsoft. Check the boxes of the items you wish to part with. Be careful, if in doubt, do not delete software. It may be a utility provided by the manufacturer of the machine which may be useful to you (to update components for example). When your choice is made, click on the Uninstall button.
Disable Windows Features
Windows has a lot of features that are hard to easily disable even when you don’t need them. Optimizer takes care of that for you.
Click on the Windows 11 tab. The tool now offers to deactivate or even uninstall certain functions such as OneDrive, Xbox Live, the Cloud clipboard (the online clipboard) or even Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant. Check the boxes of the items you deem unnecessary. For details on each of these functions, hover the mouse pointer over its name.
Note that the activation or deactivation of certain functions is sometimes visible immediately. This is the case for elements placed at the bottom of the window (left alignment of the taskbar, disabling chat, etc.).
Clean Windows and browsers
Optimizer offers some fairly basic cleaning functions but which will save you from having to search the menus of Windows and your browsers to do so.
Click on the Cleaner tab. Optimizer offers you to delete Windows temporary files as well as error reports and debugging information (minidump). It can also clean up your Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Brave browsers by eliminating cookies, histories, cached files, etc. Click Select All at the bottom left of the window, then click Analyze. The software then displays all the items you can get rid of and presents the disk space gained with such an operation. If you’re okay with that, click Clean.
Add functions to the context menu
Do you find the Windows context menu quite poor? Optimizer can let you add shortcuts as you see fit.
Click on the Integrator tab. At the bottom of the window, click Ready Menus. Optimizer comes with a few ready-made shortcuts to add to the context menu. Activate the desired switches.
But you can also add whatever you need to it. At the bottom of the window, click Add/Edit. Then use the drop-down menus to make your choices to add a program, a folder, a link, a file or, why not, a command. You can even set the location of the item to add to the context menu. When you’re done, click the Add/Edit button.
Optimizer still contains many functions that you can discover in the other tabs. Including adding applications or missing software from the Common Applications tab, or the complete identity card of your machine (in the Hardware tab).
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There are dozens of utilities to clean up, customize, and optimize Windows. But Optimizer clearly stands out. Compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11, this free and open source tool presents itself as a real toolkit, particularly complete and rather simple to handle. Take a closer look: it allows you to rid the system of…
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