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Windows 7: should tuneup stay or should i kick it out?

18 Aug 2010   #1

7 all the way!
should tuneup stay or should i kick it out?

i am planning to get rid of my tuneup utilities but i still have some things to check before uninstalling it. today, i opened the disk cleanup utility provided by windows. it says i could save 135MB of space if i delete the files it recommends. i opened tuneup and it says i could save 3.9GB of space. which one should i believe? i have been an xp user for years and i used tuneup to maintain it and tuneup delivers. that is the reason why i installed in on my 7. but i've searched the forum and read posts and was once even told that 7 does not need it anymore. i did not uninstall my tuneup then but i took note of it. last week, my friend told me he uninstalled his tuneup since it is interfering with his gaming pc. he uninstalled it and his 7 works fine now.

im really now contemplating whether or not to uninstall my copy since he told me his experience with tuneup. just a little background of what i do with my tuneup. the main programs that i use are the gain disk space, defragmenter, 1 click maintenance, live optimization, configure system start and check hard disk for errors. i do not delete things in the registry nor try to defrag it. the only thing that might interfere with the registry is the gain disk space app but im not so sure about that.

of course, i could do all those with the built in programs provided by windows (except live optimization) but it is less of a hassle since it is already found in one place and is a good eye candy. and also, i tried to compare side by side windows defragmenter and tuneup's. on my laptop, i analyzed C using window's defragmenter and said it is 2% defragmeted while a quick scan on tuneup's revealed 7%. i defragmented C using the windows utility first and after a while, reported 0% fragments but i did a quick scan using tuneup and revealed it is still fragmented. i also, tried replicate my process on my desktop but i used tuneup first before windows defragmenter. a quick scan using tuneup revealed 4% of fragmentation and windows 0% fragments.

my process was not scientific at all since both pcs do not have the same hardware and fragmentation level but it just tells me that tunep works better than the utilities provided by windows. as of now, i am still leaning on tuneup utilities. could someone tell me if i should uninstall it or keep it? i accept harsh or gentle feedbacks - just no trolling or whatsoever (not that we have that here) because i might defend my beloved tuneup. i just want to clarify my doubts about the program.

and by the way, i posted snips i dont know if that will help

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18 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

With disk cleanup you have to manually select the types of files you want to have erased (if you put a check next to temp files, you will see a major increase in the amount you can gain back). With that tune-up software, it looks like it just deletes whatever it wants to with out asking exactly what you want to have erased.
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18 Aug 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

The best way is to do it manually. Otherwise you do not really know what is happening.
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18 Aug 2010   #4

7 all the way!

@petey7 i know i could check those other boxes but i do not understand what will happen if i delete them. and also, tuneup will show you what it will delete (see attachement 4, show elements option) but i also dont understand what they are. when i click problem reports on tuneup, it shows me a bunch of wer, tmp, mdmp, xml and dhmp files i dont understand. it will show you details of what it will delete but i dont understand them. im not a noob but im not a computer geek/nerd also (no offense meant to you and others who will read this).

@rich646 those are the commandments of maintaining a computer and i practice them. as i've said, im not a noob so atleast i can do those "commandments" im just in a point where i want to assess tuneup whether it wills stay or not.
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18 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Jaypels, deleting temp files will not have any negative effects on the computer at all. Deleting mdmp and dmp files will only make it where you can not have someone analyze why you may have gotten a BSOD. If you want to understand what something is, the description pane will some it up pretty well.
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18 Aug 2010   #6
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Most pros use CCleaner - "Run Cleaner" followed by Registry tab. It is the single-most reputable genius app for cleaning an OS and works as well with Windows 7 as it ever did.

I follow this about monthly with Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers to keep the HD perfectly clean and ordered.

It is true that Windows 7 needs no tweaking beyond normal system settings, as those of us who beta tested it found out increasingly over a year's time. Most of the worthwhile tweaks are achieved in the engineering of the OS. Tweaking ends up working against you in the long run.
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18 Aug 2010   #7

7 all the way!

i see. thanks for all your opinions. im still waiting for other opinions before i come up with my decision.
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