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TuneUp Utilities 2013: 3 User (PC)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 November 2012
Platform: PCEdition: StandardVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
With Windows 7 and Windows 8 managing to do a number of the functions of these type of software packages it is often stated in magazines that they are not really necessary. I, however, do like them.
I have used this particular one since the very early versions which seem to find numerous registry and other problems no matter how often you do a scan.
It did correctly identify that my C:\Drive is a Solid State Drive (SSD) and correctly did not offer to run the disk defragmentation utility as these are not recommended for SSD drives.
The PC always seems to run OK either with or without Registry Cleaners and Tune Up Utilities but I routinely like to use it anyway.
I prefer not to select the automatic maintenance option as I like to see what it is recommending before I go ahead.
It would be a good idea to have a "benchmark test" built in to prove the validity of running the software as having tried the Turbo Mode I do not notice any difference but as I am using a fairly high specification PC this is probably understandable. A good thing is that the software is not following the trend of only running for 12 months before you need to pay up again and continues to use the "up to 3 PC's" licensing system.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Tune up Utilities 2013

I run a design and IT business and have an IT degree and access to loads of computers in my business so I can give this software an exaustive test.

What is it for ?

This package helps clean up and make your Windows PC more efficient and reliable, less blue screens. Over time Windows (all versions) collects all sorts of junk from duplicated files, old software, partly deleted software, poor disk housekeeping by Windows, junk from the internet which auto installs to name but a few sources of Windows bloat. All of this causes Windows to slow down and sometimes become unreliable with frequent crashing, slow response and lots of disk activity which is unnecessary and power consuming. I have used it over the last few years with a fair amount of success.
Tune Up Utilities is designed to delete and correct this build up of items which slow a machine down.

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Loading Tune Up is quick and easy. It has two modes, the first is auto which scans your computer for you and finds all the problems and recommends automatic fixes for them. The other mode is one where the user can tweak the optimisation of the system and it is quite easy to use even with basic knowledge. The one step tune up mode is probably all most people will need. I strongly recommend that you do a system backup before using this software.

So far so good but does this sort of software work, would it not be easier just to re-install Windows and all your files every six months or so when the slowdown of the system gets in the way of productivity ? For most of us this is not an option because we are only mere humans and loose disks and as for backups, I must find out about them!! So unless you have a tiny amount of data and know where all your disks (back ups) are, let alone serial numbers then this type of software is the only real option to restore performance.

The version of Tune Up I have is for 3 machines so I decided to try it on an old XP laptop, a Vista desktop (which is very unreliable, frequent blue screens) and a top end Windows i7 based machine with the latest hardware and 64Bit Windows 7 Ultimate on it which has 3 x 1TB hard drives and boots of a 64 Gb SSD drive with 16Gb of RAM so it should fly (even being only six months old this machine has slowed down especially on start up). I also have a Windows 8 based laptop and the 2013 version of Tune-up Utilities works with Windows 8.

XP machine

On the XP laptop with a single core CPU and 2Gb of RAM it definitely improved start up times and fixed loads of registry errors and cleaned up and defragmented the hard drive. It is now working much faster and seems very reliable although this machine is due for retirement now.

Vista machine

Now to the Vista based desktop with an old quad core CPU, 4Gb of RAM and a 1Tb hard drive. It took quite a long time to run on this machine in the auto mode but it found a huge number of problems with the system. I clicked the 'fix it all' button and it took over an hour to go through and do its work. I then rebooted the machine expecting to see a blue screen but not this time it went right into the Vista start screen and the system was ready to use after about 45 seconds, marvellous as it normally took 10 minutes to boot and every operation seemed to take ages. Opening Word took over a minute but now almost instant on with it. Stability has been good to.
Vista was always a bad product but Tune up has made this system useable again so full marks here.

Windows 7 64 bit machine with SSD

Now onto my main machine which I use for photo , Video editing and design work (hence the top end spec). This machine running Windows 7 has never crashed or given any problems really only a slowdown in start up time by about 10 seconds and the odd RAW photo file taking a long time to open in Photoshop. I ran Tune Up 2013 and it went through the system in about 30 seconds and did not find much wrong except for some start up problems and that the main storage hard drive needed defragmenting (it is full of 1000's of photo files). I ran the fix routine and it took 2 minutes to complete (much faster than last years 2012 version of Tune Up). I rebooted the machine and Windows 7 was up and ready to go in a few seconds. Photoshop opened in under 15 seconds and the lag time opening large photo files had all but gone. I then went into the manual mode and had a detailed look at this system to find that I could get a little more speed out of it by letting Tune Up alter some of the main Windows routines to achieve what it called Turbo mode.

Windows 8

I ran Tune up Utilities 2013 on my new Windows 8 laptop. It found very little wrong, just a few broken registry entries. I will rerun this in 3 months after this newish machine has had a chance to build up some internet and Windows derbies.

Manual mode

I ran the tuning utilities and quite a few Windows settings were amended (I did a full restore point before carrying this out just in case my faith in the software got tested!). I did a reboot and noticed a tiny bit more speed as it had adjusted some of the SSD timings. Overall this software does work but certainly excels sorting out Vista which many people still use as it came with their machines. As for Windows 7 it does help but Windows 7 is a much better system all round compared to Vista or XP (some may disagree but that's my view) so I was not expecting huge gains here but got more than I expected. I wish they made a version of this software for the human brain as I am sure my registry and memory really need sorting out and my data retrieval is terrible with so much clutter gained in life! only joking of course. If your machine is much slower and unreliable than when you bought it then I can recommend giving this a try before reaching for the Windows install disk.

One flaw this software has is that it does not do an automatic system back up before it changes the Windows system files -this could lead to problems as I see that some reviwers have had - always do a system restore point before using this type of software !!!!

Overall

With older machines this software will give you back some speed and reliability. With newer machines and operating systems there is not so much to gain except a few tweaks to speed. It seems to recognise SSD drives now and never offers to defragment them which is correct practice. I expect different machines will give varied results with this software due to the many combinations of hardware out there. It's useful if you have a machine that is playing up.
Like any software which alters Windows or offers to repair it you should always create a restore point before using this type of software.
The main compeititor for this software is 'Fix It Utilities' sold by Avanquest which does much the same thing and is listed on Amazon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Platform: PCEdition: StandardVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
'TuneUp Utilities 2013' is great piece of utility PC software and at a great price. You can use this software on 3 PC's or laptops which makes 'TuneUp Utilities' a real bargain.

We installed the software with ease onto my newish laptop (Windows 7) and my
husband's 'Dinosaur' laptop (Windows XP) and sat back to await the results ... and we were not disappointed.

The first thing to comment on is the vast amount of utilities available within 'TuneUp Utilities 2013', in fact there are 30 tools in all.

Every imaginable utility is included ...

PC cleaner, optimizer, and troubleshooter.
Disk Cleaner 2013: Cleans up system-clogging clutter from 150 programs and Windows
Browser Cleaner 2013: Removes data traces from 25 browsers
Optimization 2.0: Stops performance-sapping programs
And much more ...

So did 'TuneUp Utilities 2013' actually make a difference?

Well I'm pleased to report, it certainly did. The biggest difference was to be found on my husband's archaic laptop. Not only can you hear his laptop chugging away, you can now see it working ... internet pages actually load within seconds instead of minutes.

In fact both of our laptops work consistently faster, smoother and with less problems after using the 1-click maintenance and automatic maintenance that installs with 'TuneUp Utilities 2013'

To sum up, this software is a must buy. Perfect!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
I looked at feedback before buying this product and it seemed mostly positive - I have not been disappointed - it found and cleared things I didn't know existed and my computer starts up far more quickly than ever - what more can I say
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2013
I was having problems with my computer with slow start up, it was taking 8 minutes to get stated and access the internet. I had tried to correct the problem myself using the standard Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, uninstalling programs and so on but nothing seemed to have an effect. After purchasing TuneUp Utilities 2013 and going through the simple step by step procedures my computer can now start up and access the internet in just over a minute. I had wasted a lot of my time trying to correct the problems myself visiting internet sites to get advice on how to correct the problem. The internet seems to be littered with sites wanting you to purchase their computer tune up programs… but who do you trust? After a search on Amazon and reading a few reviews of this product I thought I’d give it a go. That’s one less problem to think about:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a big fan of the Tune Up Utilities for the past number of years, using them sparingly but always effectively.

In general I don't leave them installed but use them to clean up a system then uninstall for a couple or three months until I think I might benefit again.

And there's a real problem that they have now. Windows XP and previous versions of Windows were fairly sloppy and prone to getting over-bloated and bogged down. For the most part Windows 7 just takes care of itself. Furthermore if you run an SSD system a good chunk of the disk management, de-fragmenting and load order lists become irrelevant.

The one thing that would still persuade to keep it installed full-time is the very effective program installation and un-install options that allow for almost perfect program removal with no left-overs. This is great and somewhere that unassisted Windows still falls down on.

However I can still recommend the package - it provides a smorgasbord of options and utilities to fine tune and tweak your system and unlike other packages doesn't seem to trip up the OS. I don't think I've ever had it stumble and cause a crash, which is something I wish I could say about the other, similar software I;ve used.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 December 2012
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Previously I have used TuneUp Utilities 2008 and TuneUp Utilities 2010 nonetheless, never really being the sort to learn from mistakes... I thought I should give TuneUp Utilities 2013 a go.

My PC is only a year old yet after running the 1-Click Maintenance, the following issues were reported after analysis ('High system interference' claimed):

Clean registry.................................... 752 problems found
Defragment registry............................ Optimisation not required
Remove broken shortcuts..................... 132 problems found
Cleanup Windows and programs............. 2,163 items found
Clean up browser................................ 18,778 items found
Optimize system startup and shutdow..... 6 recommendations found
Defragment hard disk........................... Run during next maintenance

So, full of gusto I thought I would let it do its thing after which I expected to be able to sit and enjoy the results of a 'refreshed' PC, therefore, I ran the Optimisation option which fully addressed each of the above issues with one exception; the Clean up browser only deleted 14,718 items.

I didn't have time to investigate the software further at that time so I shutdown the PC and next time I rebooted it I tried to go online... I couldn't.

I checked the power, the router, the connections - all were ok. I opened up Outlook and received my emails but my browser failed to function. I did a couple of reboots and found and discovered my (IE9) wasn't failing to work, it was just slow, very... S L O W, it took around 6 minutes for my homepage to load.

I then tried Firefox and my homepage loaded in about half that time, but 3 minutes still feels like an eternity in webpage loading time.

The situation improved slightly but IE9 was still taking roughly 3-4 minutes to load the homepage and a couple of minutes per page after that, therefore, after 5 days of this nonsense I uninstalled TuneUp Utilities 2013 on the 6th day and performed a system restore.

Immediately, IE9 started working again albeit it with some glitches which are still there but I'll address these at a more convenient date.

Software like this is supposed to take the pain out of PC maintenance, not create it. Going by my experience, I couldn't recommend this programme at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2013
Really great price for a product which has " lifetime" licence for 3 PC's. Easy to install, I have 2 laptops one is about 6 years old and uses Vista. Sturdy laptop and really needed a bit of tlc; start up and general operation is slow - not now though well pleased. The other 11 months old using windows 7, again it needed a registry clean-up and general house keeping for the OS . Had deleted a few of the programmes supplied as standard when purchased and added some new software packages. Always concerned in doing "technical" things with computers. This product did it all for me, just watched with amazement everything happening in front of my eyes. The VIsta based ACER took a while though, there was so much "junk" on it; the new laptop on W7 - very quickly sub 7 mins. The basic mode is fine for my level although I noted for those in the know you can go further. I am a long time user of AVG so when I saw the Amazon price for "tuneup" bought immediately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This PC cleaning and tune-up utility is easy to install but insists on lots of opt-ins to newsletters and the like. Once installed, it offers many tuning options via a friendly, informative interface. Its functions are clearly defined and generally easy to understand but it does betray its origins with German text sprinkled in with the English, at times.

There are two new tools this year: Disk Cleaner and Browser Cleaner. The former removes remnants of uninstalled programs while the latter eliminates browser activity tracking from Chrome, Firefox, IE and a dozen or two other browsers.

One caution: The first thing TuneUp will do, immediately on installation, is prompt you to run a scan to find registry, fragmentation and other issues, after which you can run the one-click cleanup or go to the Start Center (sic) to review all available features. My advice would be to take a good look at what it's planning to do before running cleanup - you may want to limit its scope. For example, while emptying the Recycle Bin will certainly recover disk space, it defeats the purpose of the bin! Better to choose a Recycle Bin size you're happy with and leave it alone.

Most or all of the included functions can be covered by free utilities such as ccleaner, and some are even built in to Windows, but there's a lot to be said for having them all in one suite with a consistent interface. I'd certainly rate TuneUp one of the best suites. Using it is likely to free up disk space and make your system boot and response times a little snappier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've been using Tune Up Utilities for the past 4-5 years, always updated to the newest version and on every occasion have been very pleased with the noticeably improved performance it's made to my PC. I have the 3-user licence which I share with my elderly father for use on his laptop and can enjoy peace of mind knowing that every 2 weeks it's going to automatically perform maintenance for him, keep it running smoothly - and avoid the inevitable panic phone calls to me when he feels something has gone wrong!

I always start off by keeping my own PC reasonably well maintained but it's one of those boring chores which tends to slip with time and gradually systems become cluttered and clogged up leading to a gradual deterioration in performance. Despite my reasonable diligence, Tune Up 2013 still managed to find 688 registry errors and 111 broken shortcuts and clean up a whopping 140,819MB which I wasn't anticipating! I feel this 2013 version is more thorough than the earlier versions and seems to run more speedily too.

It's a good, solid, reliable package which looks at virtually every aspect of the nuts and bolts to keep a PC/laptop running smoothly from optimising start-up programs to give fast start-up and reboot times, a clear-out of old registry entries, and optimises a computer to get the best possible performance. All tasks can be set to run either manually as required, eg in the event of a problem, or automatically in the background. Should anything ever go wrong, the 'Rescue Centre' takes a backup before making any changes so all changes made can be undone at the click of a button.

Many of the features are already built into Windows but Tune Up makes them easily accessible via a simple user-interface so that complete novice users can access them via a package which knows how to use them correctly.

I would recommend Tune Up to any user who wants to keep their computer running smoothly to give peak performance without having to think about it. An excellent product offering equally excellent value for money. I would never be without it.
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