A recent mention of Soluto’s utility (also called Soluto), which can semi-automatically reduce PC startup times, brought a flood of reader mail.
Here are some commonly asked questions and comments about the app, with my responses.
Soluto: What it is and how it’s used
Here’s what I said about Soluto in the July 11 Top Story, “House Call 2012: One family, four PCs”:
- “We used Soluto (site), a free, automated tool that works on all current Windows versions, to streamline Helene’s startup. Once installed, Soluto monitors the startup and figures out which background apps really need to load — what’s essential and what’s not. It displays its findings in a graphical interface that tells you what should be left alone, what’s known to be removable from the boot process, and what is potentially removable.
“Soluto lets you remove an item from the boot process (called a pause because you can still launch the software normally later on) or delay selected items, which still lets the software load itself — just not during the initial boot.
“This article isn’t a review of Soluto, which actually has many additional functions and features. There’s plenty of information available on the Soluto site, and Lincoln Spector covered an earlier iteration of Soluto in his Jan. 6, 2011, Top Story, ‘Four free programs to help control Windows 7.’
It’s rare that so brief a mention — just 160 words! — of a utility evokes so much reader e-mail.