Developers of this type of applications are prone to designing tools that require more than just a passing knowledge of how computer operating systems really work.
For many users, a simple set of tools that does not require the user to be geek inclined are more appropriate than a suite of tools that does everything but clean the kitchen sink.
Pristy Utilities 2009 is a somewhat low end, but simple set of tools for new and casual computer users that includes the following fairly basic modules:
System Power Down scheduler – A fully customizable scheduler that allows the user to schedule Power down, Reboot, Sleep, Log off, Locking the desktop, etc. Includes timer presets with custom options.
PC Detector – Displays essentially the same information as Windows Device Manager but in a manner that is more new user friendly.
Web Assistant – I found this module particularly appealing since it allows a quick one click approach to multi-tab web browsing with integrated search engines including Web Search, News, and Services. Additional functions include transmitting emails and files over the Internet.
Additional modules include:
System Memory Cleaner – There are better, and more functional, free stand alone memory utilities but in a pinch this can do the job.
File Wipeout – An elementary file eraser; nothing special here.
Desktop Clock – A floating clock applet that additionally provides, date and CPU speed stats.
Vista Booster – Allows the optimization of Vista settings, CPU L2 setup, boot defrag, fonts repair and install.
Toolbar and Tray Agent – Gives instant access to all application modules.
System Requirements: Windows XP, 2000, 98, Me, NT
Download at: Download.com
For a more robust set of system utilities checkout “Glary Utilities – Perfect Collection of Free System Tools” on this site.