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    Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    The current Windows Secrets newsletter has a story about these types of software: These speedup utilities aren't worth your money (Top Story)

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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    Let's hope a subsequent issue finds the same for Registry Cleaners 'speeding up your PC' !

    What other snake-oil variants are there?
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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    Given the size of today's disks, I'm slowly convincing myself that a third party defragger is not worth the money. Vista has a defragger that runs in the background and is probably sufficient for the vast majority of users. There are hardly any of us who could tell the difference in day to day usage with or without a third party defrag tool. I'm sure that when I migrate to Windows 7 I'll use the builtin defrag tool only.

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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    I saw it, but thought: Are such programs still around (stupid question I know, since if there are people willing to pay, there will be someone providing it)? Tinkering with different settings, perhaps the network related also (such as Window Size et al); I have never seen any use for such speedup programs.

    Start with what you have and install no more than you need; if more is needed (umph, that is), upgrade hardware.

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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    Hi Jo

    It may be just an illusion but I am convinced that when I run Defraggler free!! that my machine runs much better and faster, 'sigh' if only I could find defraggler for humans V1

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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    Hi Steve,
    I would say that defrag tools are a slightly different animal than what I guess the aforementioned speedup tools are.

    I don't use a third party defrag on XP, but I agree with you that; if I have installed (which mostly happens at the PC setup anyway) large program suites it works a little faster after a defrag. But usually just leaving it to the OS will work. It do keep it in pretty good shape, updating the optimal layout of the files.

    So XP keep track on both system boot and application launch, as you know, and is in that sense "self-tuning". But a defrag every now and then (some times per year or so) don't hurt.

    If I may add to Joe's comment that would be "Given the size of today's disks" and the more sophisticated OS (XP, Vista and onward) there is no need for a third party defragger. But I digress.

    It doesn't mention much what these tool in the article above does, but given what is already there in the OS, I don't see any need for such tools.

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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    I was surprised that the so-called #1 system tune-up tool was omitted, since that would be a suitable item for comparison purposes. The things he did review I had never heard of.

    We are comparing apples and oranges in much of the rest of it, since some utilities may be more successful than others, and applications are getting smarter than they once were. From FAT to FAT32 to NTFS there is a progression of The Smarts, and utilities, native or third-party, have to keep up. End Users may be at a disadvantage without threads like the present.

    I think the toughest time for both your registry and fragmentation is during a significant installation, as you install program after program, yet that is the very time some of us are reluctant to run utilities. Restore points and backups are the order of the day.

    Virtually everyone uses a third-party backup or imaging program, I am very pleased with my download accelerator, and certain other specialized or all-in-one programs or suites have their legitimate niche. Not only do I use them, but I would hate to see them written off (unless Microsoft offers a superior native application).

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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    BigAl,

    1. I don't waste my valuable time reading "Windows Secrets" as I wouldn't trust much they have to say. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    2. I would agree that most Utility Suites, so-called, are a waste of money and/or time. In my work, I have had to undo what many of these TuneUp programs have done.

    3. We could debate the merits of Registry cleaners and Defraggers to the cows come home and not come to any agreement. I for one do use a Registry cleaner; actually 2 of them: CCleaner and RegSupreme Pro on a very regular basis; the latter once per month. I trust these two programs to do what they are designed to do and to do it safely, i.e., without deleting something essential. So far over several years of usage, neither has caused one problem on my or anyone else's machine which I have run them on. Re: defraggers, I do use a 3rd-part Defragger, Perfect Disk on my Vista system and Puran Defrag on my XP system. They are both excellent and I would be hard-pressed to choose between them. And, they DO make a difference on my systems; a noticeable difference. Perhaps it is how I use my PC compared to others who see no difference? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Speedup/Enhancement Utilities?

    Joe's post regarding defraggers begins with 'given the size of today's disks'. I am writing this on a Vista machine with a 60 GB drive, with 2.20 GB of free space, and you bet I use a defragger, which I run manually and I run often.

    This is as close to the wire as i ever get, but the amount of free space you have makes a huge difference in how casual you can be about fragmentation. I do plan to uninstall a space hog or two, but the machine works surprisingly well in its present state.

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