Up My PC, like other software solutions, aims to make
the most of your current PC hardware and software and
keep the “blue screen of death” at bay. The
tool monitors several aspects of your PC and, via a wizard,
offers suggestions on how to improve your current situation.
The areas it addresses are CPU (processing speed), RAM
(computer memory), Internet, Startup Applications and
you install and start Speed Up My PC it offers several
suggestions on how to improve your PC’s performance.
The instructions are straightforward and the suggestions
appear to be sound. One of the first items to look into
are the startup applications. Speed Up My PC provides
an optimizing wizard and will let you pick what programs
to disable as Windows loads. The program then records
the last several startup times so you can see if your
changes have the desired effect.
next item to examine is the CPU monitor. Its primary
advantage is that it allows you to prioritize programs.
Using a drop down menu you can specify a program that
should be set to run in the background or have priority
in the foreground. Coupled with this is a system resource
monitor that enables the feature to only be activated
when a certain CPU usage level is reached.
memory monitor is probably the most active portion of
the program. When using your PC, RAM is often not made
available in the most optimal fashion. This problem can
lead to slower program operation and heavier use of the
page file (which uses space on your hard drive to temporarily
store data when you run out of RAM). In addition to being
able to use the RAM recovery application on demand, you
can also set it up to automatically activate whenever
a certain threshold is reached.
Internet monitor aims to optimize your Internet connection.
Speed Up My PC notes that the Windows system optimizes
your settings for a local area network (LAN) connection.
Using some of the same principles as some of the other
connection speed up programs, Speed Up My PC looks at
your PC’s speed and then adjusts the registry settings
to optimize your network or modem throughput based on
your current Internet connection.
recovery, in principle, works to prevent any crashes
and allows you to continue if one does. Of course the
best thing about this is that it then enables you to
hopefully save what you were working on before the whole
experience with this program has been varied. I first
installed it on my blazing fast Dell Dimension. This
turned out to be a bit of a mistake. After following
all of their recommendations I then begin to use the
computer and was faced with a computer that plodded along
at a snails pace. The computer literally became unusable.
An e-mail to technical support informed me that occasionally
some computer configurations resulted in problems such
as these and uninstalling the program would address the
problem. I, however, didn't wait to test that theory
and used XP’s restore back in time feature. Once
this was done my machine was fine. I next tried the program
on my Dell Latitude laptop.
laptop, running Windows 2000, had become quite the turtle
in the last 6 months. In preparation for testing Speed
Up My PC, I removed several programs that I was no longer
using. This alone sped up my computer considerably. I
then installed Speed Up My PC and followed its recommendations.
There were a few startup programs that I didn't need
and told Speed Up My PC to remove. I also set my IM program
to run in the background and then asked Speed Up My PC
to monitor my memory usage.
using the program for a little over a week I noticed
some improvement and only have a few complaints. The
memory monitor is the most active tool and fires up fairly
frequently. When it is activated it takes approximately
30 seconds to run and claims to free up, on average 20-30MB
of RAM. This appears to make the programs I am using
run more efficiently, but to be honest it is difficult
to assess the improvement. The only complaint here is
that I couldn't make the activity message automatically
minimize. This resulted in waiting 20-30 seconds each
time it decided to free up some computer memory.
only other problem I ran into was degradation in performance
over a couple of days. After leaving the machine on for
a couple days it appeared to slow down considerably.
Although this could be Windows, I've not experienced
this level of change in the past. Needless to say, a
re-boot solved the problem.
anti-crash utility worked as advertised, but be forewarned
that some programs which run in the system tray might
not survive a restart of the Windows shell. To Speed
Up My PC’s credit, this problem has occurred previously
in instances when Windows was able to recover and restart
its shell on its own.
those of you with a computer that already runs reasonably
fast I would say you are best off continuing to let Windows
do the monitoring. Windows, while certainly not a star
in this area, has gotten better recently. If you are
running an older machine, plagued by system crashes,
memory problems, or if you use some memory intensive
programs, you ought to take a look at Speed Up My PC.
Although improved hardware invariably gives you a greater
performance boost, Speed Up My PC may just be the low
cost alternative you're looking for.