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If you are an old reader of this blog, then you are probably aware that I pretty much swear by TuneUp Utilities. Unlike most of the other system utilities, TuneUp mostly delivers on its promises and has saved my back on more than one occasion in the past.
The 2011 edition of TuneUp Utilities was released a couple of days back. As always, TuneUp Software is promising dramatic improvements with the latest release. I took it for a spin to find out what’s new and what’s changed. Here’s a quick summary:
Revamped Interface: Once again, TuneUp Utilities has re-skinned itself. The new interface is a mash up of the old interface and the interface introduced in TuneUp Utilities 2010. Tabs are back. However, the overall look and feel resembles the 2010 edition.
I praised the previous edition for getting rid of tabs, as it facilitated one-click access to pretty much all the TuneUp tools. However, it also made the interface appear more daunting to new users. With the new interface, it’s often easier to find exactly what you were looking for, but it might require a few additional clicks.
TuneUp 2011 also features a new Tuning Status indicator that gives you a quick overview of the optimisations that have been performed, and the amount of optimisation that is still possible.
Program Deactivator: This is quite possibly the biggest improvement introduced in TuneUp Utilities 2011. One of the biggest causes of system slowdown is installed applications. They often add new startup entries, background processes and services that consume resources even when not required. TuneUp Utilities always allowed you to remove unnecessary applications from system startup. With Program Deactivator they are taking this concept a step further.
When a program is disabled (deactivated), the services that it continuously runs in the background are turned off. However, if you ever need to use this program, TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology will automatically reactivate it.
TuneUp Utilities 2011 automatically identifies programs that can be disabled safely and those that can’t. Not only that, it also displays the impact that each of these programs is having on system start, operation and shutdown. Additionally, you can also view ratings from other users of TuneUp 2011. This ratings system is a new feature of TuneUp Utilities 2011 and is present throughout the application.
Improved Turbo Mode: TuneUp 2010 introduced a Turbo mode, which basically extracted every ounce of performance from your system by disabling aero and a gazillion of other non-essential services, and putting your system in the performance mode power plan. This is quite similar to what Game Booster does. However, I have found that TuneUp always manages to deliver a more marked improvement than the aforementioned freeware.
The already impressive, Turbo Mode has been improved further in 2011. TuneUp isn’t revealing what has changed behind the scenes, but there are a few improvements on the frontend too. There are a lot more options to configure, and now you can even put your system permanently in Turbo mode.
When it comes to improvements, that’s about it for TuneUp Utilities 2011. The list is actually quite short, when you compare it with the previous editions. I guess, TuneUp Utilities is already quite mature and there aren’t loads of new features that can be added. It already features a memory optimiser, registry cleaner, registry defragmenter, disk cleaner, disk defragmenter, disk space explorer, system tweaker, secure file shredder, deleted file recoverer (undelete), process explorer and more.
Earlier this week, PC Mag reviewed TuneUp Utilities 2011, and they noticed significant improvements in both system performance and startup after using TuneUp Utilities. Hopefully, the PC Mark Geekbench test will convince the sceptics that not all system suites are junk. However, to my surprise, Iolo’s System Mechanic 10 snagged the Editor’s choice award by the virtue of better performance and a more liberal license. Typically, one aspect of TuneUp Utilities that has always been unsatisfactory is the Drive Defragmenter. I suspect that this might be the case here too. The inadequacy of TuneUp’s defragmentation software is even more apparent to me as I use Raxco’s Perfect Disk, which is the best tool in its class.
If you haven’t used TuneUp Utilities before or have a really old version, I would whole heartedly recommend TuneUp Utilities 2011 to you. However, if you have already paid for TuneUp Utilities 2010, it might not make sense to upgrade to the latest edition. Program Deactivator is an interesting feature, but that alone cannot justify shelling out 30 bucks.
Download TuneUp Utilities (19.56 MB)
Platforms Supported: Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7(x86 and x64)
License: Shareware (30 days trial)
Cost: $49.95 (Upgrade license: $29.95)
Version Reviewed: 10.0.2011.65
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