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What does the tweak option "Fix bad tweak" mean/do and what should it be set to - should i select it at all?

Same question for the option "Disable 8.3 names for ntfs...." and "Disable last access for ntfs...."

Thanks in advance

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The "bad tweak" problem relates to a "tweak" that could be used in Windows Vista that would eliminate the arrow icon from shortcuts. In Windows 7, however, this causes major issues with the Aero application such that some icons do not display properly, and the user is unable to "pin" most application icons. There is a "tweak" that does work, and it is simply to make the icon fully transparent. The "bad tweak fix" seems to be a setting that adds this registry setting back (the "tweak" originally removed a certain registry setting), thus solving the issue related to it.


The "disable 8.3 filenames" and "last access" settings are tweaks that speed up access to files from NTFS. 8.3 filenames are backwards compatible filenames that work with the previous OS (from DOS through Windows ME). Removing these compatibility names places less stress on the NTFS partition tables, as well as frees up space therein. The tables have a limited amount of space to store file names.


The "last access" tweak simply disables the "last access timestamp" that NTFS places on every file it accesses, which "could" be of some use in some situations, but for the average user, it only places a burdon on the OS that it need not have. Disabling this allows disk accesses to be sped up (both reading and writiing), which is a very good thing.

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