|"How about learning how to tune a system yourself?"|
Jam, TuneUp Utilities doesn't have anything to do with actually "tuning" a computer. It is a suite of applications for controlling and repairing minor problems on the OS/software level, maintaining the system, and giving advanced information about the system it's installed on. A few of it's applications are:
-TuneUp Registry Cleaner, for finding a repairing various problems in the registry (Invalid ActiveX/COM entries, shortcuts that point to missing applications, etc.), which, to date, has fixed a total of 19000 problems on the Windows XP computer. (Finds about 2000 a month.)
-TuneUp Disk Explorer, splits the contents of the hard drive or a directory into a pie graph, which shows what files/subdirectories are using the most space.
-TuneUp Disk Cleaner, which has found more junk files on my PC's then Windows's Disk Cleanup has.
-TuneUp Drive Defrag, although I don't know if it's better or worse the Windows's Disk Defragmenter. TuneUp Drive Defrag never wants to finish on my Compaq Presario, though...
-TuneUp system control, basically an enhanced version of MSCONFIG.
-TuneUp styler, which lets you change a lot of appearence settings, including the Windows boot screen.
-And TuneUp System Optimizer, which adjusts your visual effects and internet settings based on what the system is used for.
It's actually a pretty small and budget-oriented suite of programs, but it's received a ton of praise in reviews.
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