Maintaining an operating system to get that last ounce of performance is reasonably easy, but again – you need to know where to go within the system to do so.
But that’s the rub – you need to know where to go. This may be easy for a competent techie; but definitely not easy for a typical user.
In most cases, an average user does not have the skill set required to drill down through complex structures to get that “just so” look, feel, and performance from an operating system.
Not surprisingly, most typical users that I meet, run computers that under perform in virtually all areas. They could get so much more out of their system, if they only knew how.
Tweaking utility developers, along with system tool developers have long recognized that typical users need help in tweaking and maintaining their computers. As a consequence, the Internet is awash in both commercial and “free” applications that help users meet these challenges.
Regular readers here, are accustomed to reading software reviews that are based primarily on free, or open source applications, and occasionally a commercial application which may not have a competitor in the freeware marketplace. And that brings me to TuneUp Utilities 2010.
TuneUp Utilities 2010 is one of the very few commercial applications that I have, or would recommend. Despite the fact that I’m a huge fan of free software, there are times when only a commercial application will meet all of my needs in one interface.
System maintenance for maximum performance is a critical issue for me, (and it should be for you), and I simply don’t have the time to launch 6/7 freeware applications to do so. Don’t get me wrong, free applications are terrific, but every one I’ve ever tested has limitations of one type or another.
Here’s an example where a freeware application, of this type, would have fallen short – on my Win 7 machine, TuneUp Utilities pointed out 5 critical security issues I had overlooked. It embarrasses me to disclose that, but I’m still in the process of tuning my Win 7 machine. No excuse really, not when it comes to security, but…..
I’ve been using TuneUp Utilities since 2003, and I’ve come to rely on it to help me get the very best out of all my machines. Take a free test run on TuneUp Utilities 2010 for 30 days, and see if you don’t agree that this is one commercial application that offers excellent value.
* Maintain system
* Increase performance
* Fix problems
* Customize Windows
* Launch Turbo Mode
* Configure Live Optimization
* Displays your PC’s health directly on the Desktop
* Gives you direct access to key functions
* Runs under Windows Vista and Windows
1-Click Maintenance and Automatic Maintenance
* Fixes PC problems automatically with one click
* Improves the performance of programs and games
* Turns off unnecessary programs
* Reduces the time you spend maintaining your computer
* Cleans up your PC automatically in the background
Optimize system startup and shutdown
* Allows for a quicker startup and shut down of Windows
* Disable Windows services that make your computer slow
* Optimizes system and program settings
* Reduces the number of autostart programs that drain resources
Defragment hard disks
* Reduces program loading time
* Accelerates file opening and copying
* Lets programs and games run more smoothly
* Repairs structural defects
* Reduces the size of the registry
* Improves overall system performance
* Reduces errors in Windows and programs
* Lists existing problems in detail
* Cleans the registry with only a few clicks
* Concentrates the entire performance of the PC on active programs
* Turns off unnecessary or processes specified by the user
* Provides a smoother working or gaming experience
Configure Live Optimization
* Manages resources efficiently
* Improves program response speed
* Accelerates program startup times
Configure system startup
* Shortens system startup
* Turns off startup programs
* Provides easy and clear explanations and recommendations
Display and uninstall programs
* Displays a list containing all installed programs
* Helps to search for programs no longer used
* Performs easy and clean uninstalls
Fix typical problems
* Recognizes and fixes the most frequent Windows problems
* Restores Desktop icons
* Fixes display errors
Restore deleted data
* Restores deleted files
* Finds deleted data with just a few clicks
* Also works with USB sticks and memory cards
Check hard drive for errors
* Finds errors on your hard disk
* Proposes actions to fix the errors
* Provides more security for your data
Manage running programs
* Precisely shows the processor capacity and memory utilization
* Provides complete control of the active programs
* Improves program management
Personalize Windows appearance
* Offers more design possibilities for windows and buttons
* Customizes the startup and log-on screens (XP™ and Vista™)
* Provides free download material for styles
Change Windows settings
* Neatly displays 400 different Windows settings
* Explains each setting clearly and understandably
* Reliably performs complicated optimization steps
I could go on here since there are additional important features that are included in this application but, I think you get the point. This program is overwhelmingly inclusive, and provides virtually every tool and applet, that a computer user is ever likely to need.
Is it worth $49.95 US for a 3 machine (many of us have more than one computer), license? In my view the answer is a definite – yes. TuneUp Utilities 2010 is simply the best application of its type that I have ever used.
System requirements: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Download a fully functional 30 day trial version at: TuneUp Utilities
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