I have been an advocate of free Windows utilities for years. One of the recommended free products I personally use is Glary Utilities. Glary Utilities provides a combination of different resources that is designed with both the novice and advanced Windows user in mind. The software is easy to use and includes a ‘1 Click Maintenance’ button that does all the primary cleanup procedures for you.
In addition the user can select which maintenance modules to use manually which include the following features:
Disk Cleaner – Removes junk data from your hard drives and recovers disk space
Registry Cleaner – Scans and cleans up your Windows registry to improve your system’s performance.
Shortcuts Fixer – Corrects the errors in your Windows Start Menu & desktop shortcuts
Uninstall Manager – Uninstalls programs completely that you don’t need any more
Startup Manager – Manages programs which run automatically on startup
Memory Optimizer – Monitors and optimizes free memory in the background
Context Menu Manager – Manages the context-menu entries for files, folders…
Registry Defrag – Defrag the Windows registry to speed up your computer
Glary Utilities provides an additional 11 other features to keep your Windows PC operating at its peak performance. Two of these additional features, which I believe are very useful, are:
Windows Standard Tools, which for the novice user, provides an easy way to access the built-in tools that are included with Windows. I also like the System Information tool which is handy for those of us who are repairing an unfamiliar system, in order to determine the hardware and software that is installed on the PC.
So how helpful are all of these tools?
Last Saturday I picked up a computer from our local food bank, that they had had problems with. It seemed that the system would not boot properly, and when it did, the monitor would flash on and off after the system warmed up. I determined that the video card was the culprit and replaced it. After a normal boot and updating of the video driver, I installed the free edition of Glary Utilities.
From the System Information I determined the CPU speed, the amount of memory the system had, plus that Service Pack 3 for Windows XP had previously been installed. From the information I obtained it was apparent that Windows XP was a good fit for the hardware and that the system could not be upgraded to Windows Vista or Windows 7. The food pantry coordinator had asked me if this could be done and armed with the information obtained from the System Information utility from Glary, I had a ready answer to the question.
I then ran the Disk Cleaner, Registry Cleaner and Uninstall Manager modules to tweak the system. I followed this by using another free tool, Auslogic’s Disk Defrag program, as well as installing 25 Windows updates. I also installed the free version of Avast anti-virus plus definition updates.
Once I completed the cleanup chores, defragmented the hard disk and installed the updates, the system purred like a kitten. All of this was done with free software and the only expense incurred was my time.