Automatically optimise, tweak and enhance your PCs performance in just a few clicks
Keeping a PC running at its peak performance can seem a time-consuming and complicated process. There are endless junk files to clean up, services to be tweaked, startup programs to eliminate, and hundreds of Windows settings to optimise: it's hard to know where to begin. Unless, that is, you get a little expert help from SpeedUpMyPC 2013.
Launch the program, click Start Scan, and it'll crawl over your PC and its settings, looking for speed-related problems and recommending potential fixes. We tried SpeedUpMyPC 2013 on a test PC and found it delivered all kinds of advice, from the obvious (clear the Recycle Bin, delete temporary files), to the intelligent (disable 6 unnecessary startup processes and 8 surplus services), and the seriously geeky (speed up your browsing by increasing your DNS Cache Size).
You don't have to worry about the technicalities, though: in fact these low-level details aren't displayed unless you go looking for them. All you need to do is click the Speed Up Now button, and SpeedUpMyPC 2013 will automatically apply all its selected optimisations in just a few moments.
And as a bonus, you'll probably also find the program has enabled three new speedup tools of its own. "Software quick-starter" helps speed up the launch of applications via the Start menu; "Proactive thumbnail generator" improves Explorer navigation speeds by generating the thumbnails you'll need in advance; and "CPU manager" monitors the PC, and makes sure that runaway programs aren't allowed to hog all your processor time.
If you're a Windows expert then you may occasionally be concerned about the lack of control here. There's no way to see exactly what CPU manager is doing, for instance. And SpeedUpMyPC 2013 might tell you it wants to disable unnecessary startup programs, or turn off particular services, but nowhere does it say exactly what's going to be dumped.
However, if you just want a quick and easy way to speed up your PC, then SpeedUpMyPC 2013 really delivers, giving you plenty of advanced tweaking power with the absolute minimum of hassle.
Review by Mike Williams.