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Jim Hillier
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February 5, 2010 - 6:51 am
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Win Utilities is a suite of cleaning/maintenance utilities and system tools from YL Software which includes lots of goodies and has a good rep. This from the site:

[i:3ebtucps]WinUtilities Pro is an award winning collection of tools to optimize and speedup your system performance. this suite contains utilities to clean registry, temporary files on your disks, erase your application and internet browser history, cache and cookies. it also supports to defragment your disk drives and improve computer performance and stability. built-in StartUp Cleaner allows you to control startup programs that load automatically with windows, find duplicate files, fix broken shortcuts and uninstall unneeded software. other features include secure file deletion, recycle bin shredding, system maintenance tasks scheduling and undelete deleted files.[/i:3ebtucps]

This is the latest full Pro version which is currently available for free (normally $49.99us), visit this page for details: http://www.ylcomputing.com/con.....t/view/351

NOTE: I found the download information on the Softpedia site somewhat confusing plus there have been some comments about the file being v9.4 rather than v9.41 so I ended up downloading the latest version from CNET here: http://download.cnet.com/WinUtilities-P ... ?tag=mncol

Installed the program and first time running it asked for registration details. I input the 'regname' and 'regcode' as per the YL Software promotion page and all good.

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If you've ever installed this from a Giveaway of the Day promotion, be sure to uninstall that one from your computer first. Not with Windows' Add/Remove programs applet, either; use something like Revo Unistaller Free http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uni ... nload.html. Then use Crap Cleaner or jv16 Power Tools Lite to scrap out anything Revo might have missed. http://www.macecraft.com/ptlite/

Finally, do Search for any folders, etc., and delete them. [b:1a9lp6om][i:1a9lp6om]Then[/i:1a9lp6om][/b:1a9lp6om] go ahead and install the promo.
(Note: all this is only necessary if you've gotten the software previously from GOTD)

hth

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My comment has to do with [i:29woirli][color=#0040FF:29woirli]Power Tools Lite [/color:29woirli][/i:29woirli]. Tried it out, and am disappointed this what this product finds, reports, so it's gone (purged).

In a nut shell, it gave me a shore of 100% and 99%. Tried to find what's that 1%, and the information it reported about my registry was total [color=#FF0000:29woirli]bull crap[/color:29woirli]. I've just recently started fresh, so I know there is no such user name in my registry. Did a scan, and was unable to find what this program was showing. Don't want to cause a panic, but use caution ([b:29woirli]maybe even extreme caution[/b:29woirli]) before you try and [i:29woirli]FIX[/i:29woirli] anything this program finds, Mindblower!

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Hmmm, that surprises me a little MB because Power Tools Lite is based on the same engine as jv16 PowerTools which has a really good rep.

Anyway, the proof of the pudding is in the eating...as they say. Thanks for the heads up.

JIM

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My comment has to do with [i:214eti7z][color=#0040FF:214eti7z]Power Tools Lite [/color:214eti7z][/i:214eti7z]. Tried it out, and am disappointed this what this product finds, reports, so it's gone (purged).

In a nut shell, it gave me a shore of 100% and 99%. Tried to find what's that 1%, and the information it reported about my registry was total [color=#FF0000:214eti7z]bull crap[/color:214eti7z]. I've just recently started fresh, so I know there is no such user name in my registry. Did a scan, and was unable to find what this program was showing. Don't want to cause a panic, but use caution ([b:214eti7z]maybe even extreme caution[/b:214eti7z]) before you try and [i:214eti7z]FIX[/i:214eti7z] anything this program finds, Mindblower![/quote:214eti7z]

Power Tools Lite [i:214eti7z]is[/i:214eti7z] a little opaque in what it does. CCleaner should be plenty, but if you want to take it that extra step, Easy Cleaner is really benign for this kind of work. http://personal.inet.fi/busine.....cleane.htm

As always, ymmv.

Ron

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The only reason I tried out the utility in the first place was because of this statement.

[color=#8040FF:bhlu8sz9]"Then use Crap Cleaner or jv16 Power Tools Lite to scrap out anything Revo might have missed. http://www.macecraft.com/ptlite/ "[/color:bhlu8sz9]

I have my preferred utilities in cleaning, but that does not mean my mind is closed to others. Thanks for the recommendations, Mindblower!

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@ Mindblower - I do not generally recommend Easy Cleaner because the program does not include any backup function. IMO, that is a serious omission when recommending a registry cleaner for the average user.

That said, Easy Cleaner has proven, historically, that it does not generally create problems. It also includes a list of 'registry values' that must not be cleaned under any circumstances, which is updated from time to time.

Fine for someone like yourself who has the knowledge and the nous to manually backup the registry prior to any changes made but I would prefer software which includes an easy backup function for general recommendation.

Cheers....JIM

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@ Mindblower - I do not generally recommend Easy Cleaner because the program does not include any backup function. IMO, that is a serious omission when recommending a registry cleaner for the average user.

That said, Easy Cleaner has proven, historically, that it does not generally create problems. It also includes a list of 'registry values' that must not be cleaned under any circumstances, which is updated from time to time.

Fine for someone like yourself who has the knowledge and the nous to manually backup the registry prior to any changes made but I would prefer software which includes an easy backup function for general recommendation.

Cheers....JIM[/quote:25irem32]

Agreed, the lack of a back up feature is surprising, but Easy Cleaner's been around a long time. If the author got enough user feedback about it, he might try to include backups. One of my most-used softwares in this and many, many other instances is Erunt. http://www.larshederer.homepag......de/erunt/ About once a month, I erase the old backups.

Ron

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February 6, 2010 - 10:54 pm
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Ron - Erunt [i:20rzbh61]is[/i:20rzbh61] a wee ripper!! I just wish more of the 'average' users would use it and employ a registry backup strategy similar to your own.... a very wise precaution indeed!!!

Cheers mate....JIM

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When it comes to Registry cleaners or Registry defrags, nothing comes close to this Freeware utility called TweakNow PowerPack 2009 (which as the name suggests contains more than you'd expect). The truly remarkable feature is it's built-in Restore Backup, which keeps a copy of the important stuff, date and time stamped.

BTW, this program started out as Freeware, then had a Pro version with added features, and now is Freeware once more. You can check it out at http://www.tweaknow.com , Mindblower!

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February 7, 2010 - 3:38 pm
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Hey MB - Have you read the latest issue of the DCT news letter, in particular the Freeware Focus section? Just shows to go you, great minds do indeed think alike.....well sometimes anyway!

Cheer....JIM

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I just downloaded it from the link ozbloke provided and during the install it shows as version 9.41 as it should

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