TuneUp Utilities 2010 Review

by Rafael Hernandez on December 1, 2009 · 2 comments

TuneUp Utilities LogoOptimizing system performance used to be about defragmenting every so often and limiting the number of applications you’re running. Unfortunately, today’s modern PC needs a whole host of support applications doing their own thing in the background in order to maintain a usable system.

TuneUp Utilities 2010 attempts to corral your PC and whip it into shape with its extensive suite of tools designed around improving performance. Does it succeed? We’ll be taking a look at how the software goes about doing its thing and its benefit to you as a user.

Ah the computer, faithful manager of all things in your life. There was a time when you could manually optimize it and things were good, but we’re far removed from those days. Today, the Windows-based PC makes it much trickier to make your way around, and any form of manual performance fixes are likely to take much more time to implement.

So you’re likely to rely on third-party tools to get the job done, the sorts of tools that tend to break more things than they promise to fix and, ultimately, are a waste of time and money.

Thankfully there are some developers who take their software seriously.

TuneUp Utilities 2010 All FunctionsTuneUp Utilities 2010 is billed as a quick and easy optimization software package designed to make the tedious task of maintaining system performance a thing of the past. That’s quite a tall order for a software package set to run you $50, perhaps they’ve cut some corners somewhere?

Most assuredly not.

Many tuning software suites tend to dig in and hook into parts of the Windows operating system they were never meant to touch, making them unstable and unusable. TuneUp Utilities 2010, on the other hand, is a lean and mean collection of software tools that doesn’t rely on such tactics.

Its installation footprint of about 57MB makes you wonder how they crammed in so much functionality into their software. The quality of the software is apparent with an overall fit and finish that most tweaking apps can’t even muster. The software supports Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, but only Vista and 7 get the handy TuneUp desktop gadget which gives you quick access to the software’s optimizers.

The software includes a ton of smaller applications that can be accessed through the start menu or by using the program’s nicely integrated dashboard software. The dashboard itself offers up their recommendations of problem fixes, system maintenance, and methods to improve system performance. It also includes extensive tools on customizing your Windows operating system appearance.

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TuneUp also features a handy Turbo Mode button which, when configured and turned on, disables background tasks that may pop up while your computer is busy gaming or running some other resource-intensive task, because we all know how annoying it is to have our gaming interrupted by a Windows task popping up out of nowhere.

Getting the most out of your PC

The handy system fixes and Turbo Mode probably would’ve been enough to sell us on its value as an optimization package but it goes even further with their very own “Live Optimization” option which keeps background applications in check by temporarily lowering their priority so as not to slow down any currently running applications. Programs you run will also receive a brief process priority boost while starting up to improve its load time.

As far as our favorite functions in TuneUp Utilities 2010, it’s a toss-up between the software’s performance increase recommendations, their very own disk defragmenter, which is quicker than anything Windows packages, and its registry cleaner and defragmenter, which removes the cruft that accumulates over the many years of operating system use.

TuneUp Utilities 2010 Gadget(optimized without breaking a sweat)

TuneUp Utilities 2010 represents a bargain in the system maintenance and performance tuning segment. It boasts a wide variety of tools to optimize Windows performance and system reporting applications that lets you know what’s going on under the hood. It does its work with a small overall footprint and doesn’t get its hooks into your PC which make other packages a pain to work with. There’s literally too much to cover but, rest assured, it doesn’t over-promise and it more than delivers on its claims, which leads us to give it our Editor’s Choice award.

techETA Editor's ChoiceSoftware provided by TuneUp.

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