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In discrete multitone (DMT) receivers, as for instance in asymmetric digital subscriber lines (ADSLs), the classical equalizer structure consists of a (real) time domain equalizer (TEQ) combined with complex 1-tap frequency domain equalizers (FEQs). Additionally, receiver windowing can be applied to mitigate the bad spectral containment of the demodulating DFT sidelobes. We focus on a combined equalizer and windowing design procedure to maximize the achievable bit rate in DMT-based modems. Whereas the combination of a TEQ with a single window treats all the data carrying tones in a common way, the presented design method can also be used in a "per group" fashion, where smaller groups of tones receive each a different equalizer-window pair. When such groups contain only one single tone, the design procedure can be linked to the performance of an unbiased minimum mean square error (MMSE) per tone equalizer (PTEQ), which then also implicitly implements a per tone window. The general framework introduced Allows us to treat equalizer-only and window-only designs as well, which appear as special cases in a natural way. This set of bit rate maximizing techniques can serve either as practical design methods or as upper bounds for existing (suboptimal) methods. We will also show that for the same achievable bit rate, equalizer taps can be exchanged for windowing coefficients to reduce complexity during data transmission.