I am trying to find out.
I have never really used TuneUp Utilities though I kept on hearing about it in the last few months vis-à-vis tools for tuning up PCs running Windows 7. Yesterday I got an email from the TuneUp Utilities folks (actually their PR firm) asking whether I would check out TuneUp Utilities 2007. With six PCs running Windows in the house it wasn’t a bad idea to check out a new tool, especially since the System Mechanic license on my daughter’s XP system is ready to expire next month.
Now, remember I do not use System Mechanic Pro. I only use System Mechanic; i.e., I do not rely on System Mechanic for anti-virus or spyware protection. I use Avast! 4.8 Professional on my systems (despite the hiccups), while the other PCs have various flavors of AVG. [My wife prefers AVG to Avast. What can I say?] So in my case TuneUp Utilities could be a viable alternative — given that TuneUp Utilities, true to its name, only does system tune-up functions and stays away from the anti-virus stuff.
I downloaded and tried it a few minutes ago on my 9 year old daughters XP SP3 system. That system is old and needs all the help it can. So in a way it was a good system to start on. [There was NO WAY I was trying it on this my production Windows 7 machine until I had a good handle on it … running on a couple of ‘non-critical’ machines.]
The install was quick and painless. I am still not used to it. I tried the new Turbo option. Clicked around a bit before I found the 1-click optimization. Tried it. Told me that it found and fixed 430 registry errors. Hhhmmm. Hhhmmmm! I have System Mechanic on that PC and I had cleaned it out, myself, just two weeks ago. Find it hard to believe that there could have been 430 new registry errors in two weeks … on a system that is not that heavily used … and used mainly for Web browsing. I will have to see. Yes, I have heard folks tell me that TuneUp Utilities finds registry errors ‘missed’ by System Mechanic.
The Two-Step Tango Of The Tune-Ups, One Step Forward, One Step Back and Shake Your Head In Wonder
You can already see it coming. Yes, I fired up System Mechanic … which was now at 9.5.5. 65 registry errors for a start.
I knew that that was coming. I had heard stories about System Mechanic and TuneUp Utilities never being able to agree when a registry was fixed. People tell me a lot of stories like this.
I decided to start with a level playing field. I restarted … since a lot had happened.
Then, this is what we did:
- I ran TuneUp Utilities. It said 16 registry errors. OK. I see that with System Mechanic. Windows itself creates invalid entries. So I was cool. I looked at the supposed errors. TuneUp Utilities, as far as I can work out at present, doesn’t show me the complete string as does SM. So, I was a bit at sea. With SM I kind of know the ‘strings’ and what to expect.
- Did 1-click Maintenance using TuneUp Utilities and told it to fix everything. Fixed the registry. Said it wanted to check the C-drive. Said OK. A bit confused. It showed a DEFRAG type graphic though it wasn’t doing a defrag. It was just checking the drive. But, I can live with that. It was kind of 1960s psychedelic and I am a product of the 60s. When it finished it said, drive was fine. Which is what I had expected. I had really cleaned out and optimized this system for my daughter on Dec. 30.
- Ran TuneUp Utilities and 1-click Maintenance AGAIN. Came back and said NO PROBLEMS. Bingo.
- Guess what. I ran System Mechanic 9.5.5 Deep Analysis. The suspense must be killing you. Sorry. System Mechanic told me that my PC was in Poor Health. I am glad it didn’t tell me to take it to the nearest PC doctor. Eight (8) problems. Yes, the C-disk was fragmented. I had the inescapable SM clutter. My C-drive had a fault! And I had 76 errors. Not Funny. It is the registry errors that bug me. I don’t put much stock in System Mechanic’s reporting of disk fragmentation — any more. I think they are using the old metric. They have also given me too many ‘false positives‘ on disk errors — though that was pre 9.5.3 with Windows 7.
It was like watching MSNBC and switching over the Fox News (which on my cable are on adjacent channels). Same news story different numbers. But at least when it comes to MSNBC vs. Fox News I know which numbers I would trust.
Next step. Going to install TuneUp Utilities 2010 on my latest (refurbished) XP. That is nice machine. Fast. Clean and I have a fully-paid up System Mechanic 9.3.3. [I haven’t powered it up THIS YEAR.] So stay tuned. I will get to the bottom of this.
So as Churchill used to say to FDR, I have no choice but to ‘KBO’. Good luck.