TuneUp Utilities 2012 Review

by Rafael Hernandez on December 16, 2011 · 2 comments

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If you’re the sort of person that ignores the routine maintenance that a PC needs, odds are that you’re either running into errors or experiencing the random slow downs. The other side of the coin has users that are meticulous in their upkeep but growing tired of constantly keeping track of what they’ve done to their system.

Where is a Windows PC user to turn?

TuneUp Utilities 2012 packs several automated tools and features that will take all of that nasty guess work out of dealing with tweaks and system tuning. We’ll be taking a look at how the software goes about its business and whether it’s up task.

We evaluated last year’s version of TuneUp Utilities and came away impressed by its myriad of features that dig deep into your Microsoft Windows OS and its various hidden settings that only a dedicated tweaker with a large collection of tools could poke around in.

TuneUp Utilities 2012 refines what worked so well on their previous versions. The software feels more responsive and sports a better layout, which lets you see various settings and levels of tuning at a glance. Its layout is easy to navigate and the bulk of the software’s features are no more than two clicks away. For instance the program’s main window shows you which optimization steps you’ve taken. It also provides quick access to the functions overview page that directly links to the distinct utilities it offers.

One point to note is that you can make a large number of changes to the way TuneUp operates so that it’s not doing things without your knowledge. And they include an extensive help system, so you shouldn’t be in the dark as to what specific options do.

A wealth of features

There’s a dizzying array of utilities at your disposal which can be intimidating to new users. Since it’s so packed full of features, it’s difficult to pinpoint its most compelling ones, but Live Optimization, Automatic Maintenance, and PC optimization mode, which contains the helpful Turbo Mode, are at the top of the pile as far as go-fast juice is concerned. Their prowess at managing settings and cleaning up a system automatically is the reason they get so much attention.

Live Optimization monitors your system’s programs and can automatically lower a processes’ priority level if it begins to act unruly by taking up a large chunk of your system’s CPU time. It’s also capable of giving applications a temporary boost in priority once you start it so that it’ll load up a bit quicker than normal. If you’ve ever encountered an application causing your system to lock up or slow down everything else on your machine you’ll find these features extremely helpful.

Automatic Maintenance does exactly what you’d expect it to do. It can run your choice of system cleanup steps including hard drive defragmentation, cleaning your Windows registry, and removing unnecessary temporary files. They’ve also made changes to their maintenance software that will skip running the tasks on solid state drives, which have a limited number of write cycles so as to save wear on that class of storage device.

The Turbo Mode is a simple, yet powerful, button that will disable all manner of disruptive and resource-hungry Windows features. That way, every last bit of system performance for your applications and/or games is made available without worrying about your system crawling to a stop because an automatic update or other highly annoying task kicks in when you least want it to.

Zero-guesswork, hands-free PC maintenance

Honestly, it would take a few solid pages in order to dig into every last bit of TuneUp Utilities 2012 has to offer. You’d be hard pressed to find a more complete collection of system utilities that can take care of a bulk of system maintenance tasks without your intervention while providing all the information you need to make the right system tuning decisions.

The automated features are especially useful if you tend to ignore your system cleanup duties. TuneUp has been generous enough to allow you to install the software on up to three PCs with one software license. That way you can spread the easy PC maintenance joy to friends and families so you can duck the responsibility of being their IT guy or gal… at least for a little while.

Since there have been several improvements under the hood, and some nice additions to the interface while maintaining a high level of quality throughout the software suite — not to mention the fact that it actually works above and beyond what you’d expect from a system tweaking application — we’ve decided to give TuneUp Utilities 2012 our Editor’s Choice Award.

Software provided by TuneUp Corporation

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