Having first tried it out on my daughter’s XP SP3 system yesterday evening, I installed TuneUp Utilities 2010 on my latest XP SP3 box a few hours later.
Installation again was hassle free and slick. I like their install. It is bright, breezy and keeps you engaged. That is a PLUS in the TuneUp Utilities 2010 column. Well done.
Ran 1-click maintenance. Told me I had 265 registry errors and 2 unnecessary start-up items. It fixed my 265 registry errors. But, insisted that the registry did not need compacting. I do not agree with that. 265 fixes is a fair amount. I want my registry compacted after that.
I ran 1-click maintenance again. So all I had done was run 1-click maintenance, fix the reported errors … which told me that it fixed 265 registry errors (and two start up items) … and then run 1-click maintenance AGAIN.
Told me I had 46 registry errors!
- I had heard that this happens with TuneUp Utilities 2010. < See yesterday’s post about the stories I had heard before I ever got around to testing this product. >
- I have seen this happen with System Mechanic too, though a 17% resurgence is high. Not good. Not happy. It said it fixed all. I couldn’t have got 46 new registry errors that soon. I hadn’t run anything other than TuneUp Utilities 2010. So this has to be checked.
It still said I did not need my registry compacted. Poppycock. By now, I needed a registry compact. Could NOT get it to compact the registry. I was getting kind of frustrated.
The Tools Are There, But They Are Artfully Hidden
I just could not find a way to do a registry compact (or defrag as some call it).
Then lo and behold I found it. << smile >> You have to get to it from the START button. There are TWO (2) TuneUp Utilities entries in the START button ‘Program’ menu. One is a folder. Click on that. You get another folder called ‘All Functions’. BINGO. All the tools are there.
Lucky I found that. I was actually looking to see if they had provided an UNINSTALL ‘link.’ They hadn’t. Naughty, but neither does System Mechanic. I guess that is a part of their customer retention strategy. make it as difficult to uninstall as possible. They might not like us, BUT they also can’t get us off their PCs.
Anyway … that was bittersweet. I find the tools, when I go looking for UNINSTALL.
I did a registry compact (or ‘defrag’) as they call it. Similar to System Mechanic. Needed a restart. Not the same, but similar narrative as to what was happening during the compact. The TuneUp Utilities messages are slightly more user friendly than the more technical ones generated by SM.
Told me my registry was 7% fragmented. So why the hell did I have to jump through hoops to have it compacted. This aspect needs to be fixed.
Complete Disk Drive Check Done By Windows CHKDSK à la System Mechanic
On this system I asked it to do a full disk check. It scheduled Windows to do it, using the standard ‘DOS’ CHKDSK. This is exactly the same as what System Mechanic does.
So on that score TuneUp Utilities 2010 and System Mechanic 9.5 are on a par.
But by now I had seen a theme. TuneUp Utilities 2010 is an intentionally ‘dumbed down’ product. System Mechanic has seen the light.
TuneUp Utilities 2010 Must Cater For Power Users
I could be wrong, but I get the impression that TuneUp Utilities 2010 is focused entirely at the PC amateur market — i.e., PC users that get disk capacity and memory confused and have never heard of a registry outside of where they go for their shotgun weddings.
Nothing wrong with this. Probably 90% of Windows users fall into this. My 81 year old father falls into that as does my 9 year old daughter. They just want a tool that will do everything automatically to fix their PC and make it faster.
I have nothing against that provided that it does not violate the Hippocratic Oath for PC tools. FIRST, DO NO HARM.
Right now, I am not sure about TuneUp Utilities 2010. My PCs still work but not sure what they did. Oh, their logs need to be more detailed.
But for now, there is only one BIG thing I want. Make it easier to find and invoke the individual tools à la System Mechanic. Put it as an option under MAINTENANCE.
So that is it for now. I will do more testing. Right now I am ambivalent. Not sure whether it is good, bad or indifferent.
Next major test. I will get it to a point where it says NO registry errors. Then I will stick System Mechanic 9.5.5. If SM says it found registry errors …
Good luck. Thanks. Cheers.