Those looking to tune up their PCs should give a long look to the latest version of TuneUp Utilities 2010 TuneUp Utilities 2010.

TuneUp Utilities 2010 does a comprehensive job of cleaning up your PC to make sure it runs faster, more smoothly, and without problems. This suite includes everything from a startup optimiser to a driver defragmenter, from an overall speed optimiser to a Windows Registry cleaner, and more.

TuneUp Utilities 2010 adds new tools, such as Turbo Mode, which can offer an instant performance boost by turning off unnecessary background processes.

As with previous versions, the program's overall organization and interface is straightforward. All of TuneUp Utilities 2010' considerable features lie within easy reach. You get one-step optimisers - for when you want to follow a click-once-and-then-done routine - as well as in-depth optimisers that let you pick and choose among recommendations.

Particularly useful is the TuneUp Utilities 2010's automated maintenance feature, which performs a variety of tune-ups and clean-ups every three days. You can change how the length of the interval between the time it runs, as well as what maintenance to perform.

TuneUp Utilities 2010 includes a number of nice new extras, including speed-boosting Turbo Mode - although you should take care when using this feature, and configure it properly. It turns off a number of Windows features; it also makes system changes, such as turning off Windows Aero and synchronization with mobile devices.

These might be fine if you're playing a game or working in Photoshop, but it's unlikely that this particular set of tweaks will suit every person at every moment. You can, however, customise what features Turbo Mode turns off. It's worth taking some time to get to know this feature.

Also new to this version of TuneUp Utilities 2010 are tweaking features, such as changing the boot screen, logon screen, and startup logo, changing system icons, and more.

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TuneUp Utilities 2010: Specs

  • 256MB RAM
  • 40MB hard disk
  • Windows Vista/XP/7
  • 256MB RAM
  • 40MB hard disk
  • Windows Vista/XP/7

OUR VERDICT

So it will make your PC work faster and improve your gaming experience, but given that TuneUp Utilities 2010 costs £29 from the PC Advisor Software Shop, should you buy it? After all, there are many separate, free utilities that clean your Registry, hard disk, and system, and perform similar tasks to those TuneUp Utilities does. But no free utility, not even the excellent CCleaner, does them all. If you're comfortable with a mix-and-match approach that requires work on your part, you can get by with freebies. But if you're looking for a single do-it-all tool, TuneUp Utilities may well be worth it for you.

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