TuneUp Utilities 2012 User Manual

TuneUp Utilities 2012 User Manual
TuneUp Utilities
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Table of Contents
1. Welcome to TuneUp Utilities 2012!
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New features in TuneUp Utilities 2012
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System Requirements
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Help & Support
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2. The Start Center
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Changing TuneUp Utilities Settings
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Turbo Mode
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Economy Mode
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The Optimization Status
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3. Status & Recommendations
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1-Click Maintenance and Automatic Maintenance
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Increasing Performance
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Fixing Problems - Details
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Undoing Changes
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4. Optimizing the System
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Disabling Programs
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Disabling Startup Programs
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Displaying and Uninstalling Programs
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Configuring Live Optimization
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Cleaning the Registry
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Defragmenting the Registry
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Remove Broken Shortcuts
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Optimizing System Startup and Shutdown
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Defragmenting the Hard Disk
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5. Gaining Disk Space
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Cleaning the Hard Disk
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Finding and Deleting Large Amounts of Data
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Securely Deleting Data
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6. Fixing Problems
Fixing common problems
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Checking the Hard Disk for Errors
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Managing Running Processes
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Restoring Deleted Files
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Showing System Information
7. Customizing Windows
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Personalizing Options and Behaviors
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Personalizing the Appearance of Windows
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8. Overview of All Functions
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Editing the Registry
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Checking for Updates
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Displaying the TuneUp Optimization Report
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9. Rating Function for Programs
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10. The TuneUp Utilities Gadget
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11. TuneUp Utilities in Taskbar Notification Area
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12. Index
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1. Welcome to TuneUp Utilities 2012!
Congratulations on choosing TuneUp Utilities! You have just acquired a comprehensive collection of over 30 different tools to optimize your PC. Use this software to revitalize PCs, notebooks or netbooks with a minimum of
effort!
With TuneUp Utilities, you can restore the full performance capabilities of your operating system, games and
programs. TuneUp Utilities can also automatically run important maintenance tasks, such as cleaning up your
hard disk and registry for you, or you can run them yourself manually. A slow and untidy computer is now a
thing of the past for you. TuneUp Utilities recognizes whether there are any problems on your system and offers
simple solutions. You can also use TuneUp Utilities to customize the appearance of your Windows system to
your personal requirements.
This version's new feature is the TuneUp Economy Mode. You can use this to save energy on your home desktop PC and to extend the battery life of your laptop or netbook while you are away from home.
We hope you enjoy using TuneUp Utilities and your new, revitalized PC!
The TuneUp Team
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New features in TuneUp Utilities 2012
With TuneUp Utilities, you can make sure your PC, notebook or netbook is in the best of health - all without any
expensive upgrades! Below is an overview of the most important new features in this version:
TuneUp Economy Mode
Does your laptop battery go flat just before the end of a film? Is your desktop PC pushing up your electricity bill?
TuneUp Utilities is putting a stop to all greedy energy-guzzlers! The brand new TuneUp Economy Mode
improves the energy management on laptops and even helps desktop PCs to turn green.
The Improved TuneUp Program Deactivator™ with Automatic Function
With almost every program installation, a degree of performance and stability is lost – nearly every PC user is
familiar with this exasperating problem. The improved TuneUp Program Deactivator™ re-enables disabled programs while they are in use and then disables them again automatically so that the load on your PC is always
kept as low as possible.
The new TuneUp Utilities settings
TuneUp Utilities gives you full control over the key functions and modules of TuneUp Utilities with the new
central settings dialog, all in a single window.
The New-Look Start Center
The new-look interface makes TuneUp Utilities sleeker and easier to use than ever before. The new look brings
together effective optimization functions such as the Program Deactivator, Economy Mode and Automatic
Maintenance in a single location.
The Improved Overview of All Functions
The new version of TuneUp Utilities is characterized by a quick program startup and rapid access to over 30 optimization tools.
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System Requirements
To be able to install and run TuneUp Utilities, your computer must meet the following requirements. These
requirements aren't high - most computers used today have these features:
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Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows Vista or Windows 7 (all 32-bit or 64-bit versions)
Min. 300 MHz processor
256 MB RAM
Screen resolution at least 1024x600 pixels
Online version: at least 150 MB of free disk space
CD version: at least 400 MB of free disk space (and CD-ROM or DVD drive)
Internet Explorer 6 or higher
If you have bought the CD version of TuneUp Utilities, but your netbook doesn't have a CD-ROM drive, you can
download our trial version from www.tune-up.com and activate it using the product key given on the CD case.
Help & Support
TuneUp Utilities has been designed to be as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. This manual provides you
with an overview of TuneUp Utilities. Taking the layout of the Start Center as a guide, it explains what the many
different functions do and how to access and use them.
Online at www.tune-up.com/support, you will find more information, tips & tricks, the Program Help in PDF
format with lots of additional pictures, frequently asked questions about TuneUp Utilities and TuneUp Support.
You can reach TuneUp Support by calling +1 312 9629996 (Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. CST) or via the TuneUp Support website. It will help support staff greatly if you know your TuneUp Utilities version number. You can find
this by going to the Help & Support menu in the Start Center and selecting About.
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2. The Start Center
The new TuneUp Utilities Start Center is the central access point for all functions and optimization options.
The five categories
The main area in the TuneUp Utilities Start Center comprises five categories, giving you fast access to the key
features of TuneUp Utilities sorted by topic.
Status & Recommendations
The Status & recommendations category shows you an overview of the current condition of your system and
gives you recommendations on how you can improve the system's health. On the far right, you can see the
status of your system protection.
(For more information, see Status & Recommendations, p. 29.)
Optimizing the System
Under Optimize system, you can disable or uninstall unwanted programs and clean up your system and your
data.
(For more information, see Optimizing the System, p. 41.)
Gaining Disk Space
Under Gain disk space, you can delete unnecessary data systematically from your system.
(For more information, see Gaining Disk Space, p. 75.)
Fixing Problems
Under Fix problems, you will find simple solutions for any problems that might occur.
(For more information, see Fixing Problems, p. 90.)
Customizing Windows
Under Customize Windows, you have many opportunities to customize your working environment to suit you.
(For more information, see Customizing Windows, p. 104.)
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Overview of All Functions
To the right of the categories, you will see the Overview of all functions. This lists all the functions that are available in TuneUp Utilities - clearly sorted by application area.
The three PC optimization modes
In the PC optimization mode area, you can decide which mode should be turned on for your Windows operating system. There are three switches here: one for Economy Mode, one for Standard Mode and one for Turbo
Mode. Click the relevant switch to turn a mode on. Following installation, Standard Mode is turned on by
default.
Economy Mode
You can use TuneUp Economy Mode at any time to save energy on your computer and reduce your electricity
costs.
TuneUp Economy Mode is an intelligent module of TuneUp Utilities for saving energy. TuneUp Economy
Mode provides immediate energy saving whenever you need it. When you switch your computer to Economy
Mode, it reduces the energy used by hardware and the tasks, programs and features that are running in the background and not strictly necessary. They are turned off, which can reduce energy consumption considerably.
For more information about this, see Economy Mode, p. 22
Standard Mode
In Standard Mode all functions of TuneUp Utilities are available without restriction.
Turbo Mode
You can use TuneUp Turbo Mode to give your system an additional performance boost at any time and adjust it
to suit you.
TuneUp Turbo Mode provides an immediate performance boost whenever you need it. When you put your computer into Turbo Mode, an analysis is performed to see which of those programs and functions currently running in the background are not strictly necessary. These programs are stopped or slowed down, allowing the
additional processing power gained to be used exclusively by the programs you are actually running.
For more information about this, see Turbo Mode, p. 16
Optimization Status
The Optimization Status is your personal indicator of optimization progress, i.e. it shows you how well you are
already using TuneUp Utilities and where there is still potential to optimize your system further. The Optimization Status shows you details of both the Completed optimizations and the potential you have exploited.
The Optimization Status also helps you to recognize the remaining Unused potential and make use of it.
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The Menu Bar
In the menu bar, you have access to the central settings dialog of TuneUp Utilities and to information about the
program and individual modules.
The "Settings" Menu
Clicking on Settings takes you to the central configuration dialog of TuneUp Utilities. Here you can adapt the
program to your requirements, apply maintenance settings and configure TuneUp Live Optimization, TuneUp
Turbo Mode, the update check and many other modules of TuneUp Utilities (for more information, see Changing TuneUp Utilities Settings, p. 11).
Clicking on Settings takes you to the central configuration dialog of TuneUp Utilities. Here you can customize
the program to suit your needs, apply maintenance settings, and configure TuneUp Live Optimization, TuneUp
Turbo Mode, the update check and many other modules of TuneUp Utilities.
The "Help & Support" Menu
The Help & Support menu provides you with access to the extensive program help with detailed instructions
and program information. You can also click the link there and go to the TuneUp website directly. Clicking on
Check for updates starts the TuneUp Update Wizard module, which checks whether there are any new updates
for your TuneUp Utilities.
If you are using a trial version of TuneUp Utilities and already have a product key, click here on Activate product and enter your product key. If you do not yet have a product key, you can click Buy product to go directly
to the TuneUp Shop website and buy a full version.
If you want to register your product, click Register product after you have successfully activated it. Enter your
name and your e-mail address.
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Changing TuneUp Utilities Settings
The following chapters explain how you can adapt important settings and TuneUp Utilities modules to suit your
needs.
Introduction
The central settings dialog of TuneUp Utilities contains a convenient list of the most important settings and
modules of TuneUp Utilities and their associated configuration options.
You can use the settings dialog to specify, among other things, how TuneUp Utilities is integrated into your
Windows operating system, which notifications should be displayed automatically and whether TuneUp Utilities should automatically check for updates.
In addition, you can configure the various modules, such as Live Optimization and Automatic Maintenance
and change the settings for Turbo Mode and Program Deactivator.
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How to Configure your TuneUp Utilities
There is a menu bar at the top right of the Start Center. Clicking on Settings opens the central TuneUp Utilities
settings dialog, which contains a list of the key settings for TuneUp Utilities and their configuration options conveniently sorted by area.
Alternatively, you can open the settings dialog by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Settings entry under TuneUp Utilities.
Integration
Here you can specify which desktop icons and context menu entries for TuneUp Utilities should be displayed
and whether the Windows Task Manager should be replaced with the TuneUp Process Manager.
Notification area icon
Here you can specify when you want to be informed by the TuneUp Utilities icon in the notification area of the
taskbar.
Notifications
Here you can specify when notifications about TuneUp Program Deactivator™ and maintenance measures
should be displayed.
If the notification that appears once automatic maintenance is complete disturbs you, you can switch it off here.
Remove the tick from next to Notify me when Automatic Maintenance is complete.
Updates
Here you can specify when and whether TuneUp Utilities should automatically search for available updates and
inform you about them.
For more information about this, see How to Check for Updates, p. 149
Rescue Center Protection
Here you can specify which modules should be protected by TuneUp Rescue Center, so that changes can be
easily undone.
For more information about this, see How to Undo Changes, p. 38
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Password protection
Here you can specify whether password protection should be enabled for TuneUp Utilities to protect your
TuneUp Utilities from being used by unauthorized users. You need to set your personal password for this.
You also have the option of setting a password hint.
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How to Configure TuneUp Utilities Modules
In this area of the central settings dialog, you can change the settings for the various modules of TuneUp Utilities. Click on a module name on the left of the navigation bar to open the page for the module concerned.
You can configure the following TuneUp Utilities modules here:
Live Optimization
In this area, you can change the settings for Live Optimization.
For more information about this, see How to Configure Live Optimization, p. 54
1-Click Maintenance
In this area, you can change the settings for 1-Click Maintenance.
For more information about this, see How to Change Maintenance Settings, p. 33
Automatic maintenance
In this area, you can change the settings for Automatic Maintenance.
For more information about this, see How to Change Maintenance Settings, p. 33
Turbo Mode
In this area, you can change the settings for Turbo Mode.
For more information about this, see How to Configure Your Own TuneUp Turbo Mode, p. 19
Disk Space Explorer
In this area, you can change the settings for Disk Space Explorer.
For more information about this, see How to Configure TuneUp Disk Space Explorer, p. 84
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Program Deactivator
Here you can make various settings for TuneUp Program Deactivator™.
Specify whether programs that have been re-enabled by starting them manually should be automatically disabled again after they are closed. You can also specify for programs that are scheduled to be disabled the time at
which this should happen.
For more information about TuneUp Program Deactivator™, see Disabling Programs, p. 42
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Turbo Mode
In the following chapters, you will find out when it can be useful to do so and what exactly happens when you
turn on the TuneUp Turbo Mode. On top of that, you will receive instructions on how to switch on and configure TuneUp Turbo Mode.
Introduction
TuneUp Turbo Mode provides an immediate performance boost whenever you need it. When you put your computer into Turbo Mode, an analysis is performed to see which of those programs and functions currently running in the background are not strictly necessary. These programs are stopped or slowed down, allowing the
additional processing power gained to be used exclusively by the programs you are actually running.
When should I switch on Turbo Mode?
Using the Turbo Mode can, for example, speed up computer games, make it easier to work with performancesapping programs or prevent videos from flickering or freezing when they are played. Note however that when
you enable Turbo Mode, you also turn off some functionalities that will not be available again until you turn off
Turbo Mode.
How Does Turbo Mode Work?
The following graphics illustrate the internal workings of your PC with the programs that you are currently using
(green) and those running in the background (blue). Here you can see how your PC is assisted as soon as you
enable Turbo Mode:
The green circles represent those programs that you wish to accelerate using the Turbo Mode. The blue diamonds are all the programs and functions that are not required at all when Turbo Mode is on (see How to Configure Your Own TuneUp Turbo Mode, p. 19). These are therefore turned off so that all of the PC's processing
power is available to the required programs.
In addition to those programs that you are currently using (green), many others are also running in the background that are really not that important for your work (blue). If such background processes suddenly start to
require a great deal of processing power, they are assigned a lower priority so that your other programs can continue to run smoothly.
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How to Put the Computer into Turbo Mode
On the bottom left, in the TuneUp Utilities Start Center, you will see the Turbo Mode switch. Once you click
this switch, the computer is put into Turbo Mode. The TuneUp icon then appears in the notification area of the
taskbar, notifying you that Turbo Mode is on.
Alternatively, you can access the switch for Turbo Mode directly via the TuneUp Utilities icon in the notification
area of the taskbar. Left-click on the icon. A flyout window opens, showing the Turbo Mode switch on the bottom left.
When you start Turbo Mode for the first time, a wizard will appear to help you create your own customized
Turbo Mode. The Turbo Mode wizard is integrated into the new central configuration dialog of TuneUp
Utilities.
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How to Switch to Turbo Mode
At the bottom left of the TuneUp Utilities Start Center, in the PC optimization mode area, there is a Turbo Mode switch. Clicking on this
switches your computer to Turbo Mode.
Alternatively, you can start Turbo Mode by going to Overview of all
functions in the Start Center and selecting the Turn on Turbo Mode
entry under Windows.
Another alternative for switching on Turbo Mode can be found in the Turbo Mode switch in the TuneUp Utilities Gadget.
How to find out if Turbo Mode is switched on
If Turbo Mode is switched on, a TuneUp Utilities icon appears in the taskbar notification area (in the bottom
right-hand corner beside the time), which tells you that Turbo Mode is switched on. You can also recognize this
from the switch in the Start Center.
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How to Configure Your Own TuneUp Turbo Mode
Start the wizard for configuring the TuneUp Turbo Mode by clicking on Settings in the menu bar of the Start
Center and selecting the Turbo Mode area. Alternatively, open the window for configuring TuneUp Turbo
Mode by going to the TuneUp Utilities Start Center and clicking on the small wrench icon at the bottom left in
the PC optimization mode area.
Set up your own Turbo Mode in six easy steps - simply select which tasks, programs and functions can be disabled temporarily to give a performance boost while Turbo Mode is enabled. The more you allow to be switched
off, the better the gain in performance will be. You can always temporarily turn off all functions and tasks suggested here. None of your software features for Internet security or virus protection will be turned off.
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More about Your Settings Options
Step 1: Postpone automatic maintenance tasks until later
Maintenance measures that start automatically in the background are important for the maintenance of your
computer, but are not usually urgent. They can be carried out at a later date to free up the resources needed for
your programs.
In this step, you can configure the following settings:
Postpone scheduled defragmentation: This will prevent the scheduled hard disk defragmentation by Microsoft
or other well-known manufacturers from starting when Turbo Mode is on.
Postpone scheduled maintenance tasks: This will prevent automatic maintenance tasks and scheduled tasks for
Microsoft and other manufacturers from being carried out when Turbo Mode is on. This includes TuneUp Automatic Maintenance and the automatic creation of backups.
Postpone automatic updates: If you select this option, you will be notified that program updates are available
but these will not be automatically downloaded or installed while Turbo Mode is on.
Step 2: Limit connection with external devices.
Every computer has many services running in the background that detect connected devices and provide you
with the necessary functions to use these devices. You can limit this support and have more resources available
for your programs.
In this step, you can configure the following settings:
Turn off synchronization with mobile devices: This setting will prevent synchronization of addresses, e-mails,
music files, etc. with your cell phone or portable media player and the related program will not start automatically when the device is connected while Turbo Mode is on.
Limit support for digital cameras and scanners: When Turbo Mode is on, you cannot import images from your
digital camera or scan images.
Step 3: Reduce visual effects
Visual effects provide a graphical display of Windows but take up valuable space in the memory. Particularly
with a low performance graphics card you can increase the computer's performance by turning off visual
effects.
Tip: This is a popular way of increasing the performance of netbooks on a sustained basis.
In this step, you can configure the following settings:
Turn off visual special effects: This setting turns off transparency effects and shadows of windows, the preview
window in the taskbar and three-dimensional navigation between windows when Turbo Mode is on.
Switch to classic window design: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance of windows,
menus and buttons when Turbo Mode is on, and transparency effects and thumbnails of windows in the taskbar
are disabled.
Switch to classic window design: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance of windows,
menus and buttons when Turbo Mode is on, and the colorful Windows XP interface is disabled.
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Step 4: Configure computer resources for optimum performance
Your computer's resources are in demand. A clever sharing solution for the resources will help increase your
computer's performance enormously.
Tip: Since this does not limit any functions, this setting is also highly recommended for the long term.
Ensure optimum performance regardless of energy use: This setting uses the "high performance" Windows
energy-saving plan when Turbo Mode is on. This ensures maximum performance regardless of the amount of
energy used.
Step 5: Disable background functions
The operating system performs many more tasks than most users are aware of. Many programs and services run
permanently in the background, although they are not strictly necessary and use valuable resources. If you never
use some of these functions you can disable them and permanently increase your computer's performance.
Disable media library share in local network: This setting ensures that other network devices cannot access
your images, videos or music in the media library when Turbo Mode is on. However, Turbo Mode does not affect
the share of folders in the network.
Turn off quick search using index creation: This setting ensures that Windows does not create an index of your
files and e-mails when Turbo Mode is on. Please note that turning off this function significantly slows down the
search.
Turn off error reporting: This setting ensures that no data will be gathered regarding errors and there will be no
communication with Microsoft about crashed programs or other errors when Turbo Mode is on.
Turn off support for virtual machines: (This option is only available if your computer has software for virtual
machines installed on it.) This setting turns off background functions for the use of virtual machines when Turbo
Mode is on.
Step 6: Additional performance boost
Every time Windows starts up, it starts up services that are used rarely or never. These services can occupy a large
amount of the system's resources and slow down your PC. To prevent these services from not working when you
need them, you should only turn them off temporarily for an added performance boost.
Turn off rarely used services: This setting turns off services that are only needed in specific circumstances (e.g.
company networks) or situations (e.g. installation of new programs) when Turbo Mode is on.
Turn off special encryption services: When Turbo Mode is on, this setting turns off services for logging onto a
domain.
Turn off network communication services: When Turbo Mode is on, this setting turns off network communication services that are rarely used, e.g. fax or peer-to-peer services.
How long should Turbo Mode stay switched on?
The Turbo Mode can either be switched off automatically when the computer is shut down, or stay on until you
switch it off manually. If you leave Turbo Mode on constantly, this can also speed up the startup process.
However, please note that for the system performance increase, the features that you selected in the configuration wizard must be switched off. If, when Turbo Mode is on, you are missing a required feature, turn
Turbo Mode off and modify your settings so that when you restart Turbo Mode, this feature is available again.
Click Finish to close this wizard.
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Economy Mode
In the following chapters, you will find out what exactly happens when you switch to TuneUp Economy Mode
and when it can be useful to do so. You will also receive instructions on how to turn on and configure TuneUp
Economy Mode.
Introduction
TuneUp Economy Mode provides immediate energy saving whenever you need it. When you switch your computer to Economy Mode, it reduces the energy used by hardware and the tasks, programs and features that are
running in the background and not strictly necessary. They are stopped or turned off, which can reduce energy
consumption considerably.
When Should I Switch to Economy Mode?
Using Economy Mode, you can considerably reduce the energy consumption of your desktop PC or extend the
battery life of your laptop, if there is no power socket available. Note however that when you switch to Economy
Mode, some functionalities are switched off and will not be available again until you turn off Economy Mode.
How Can I Tell How Much Energy Has Been Saved in Economy
Mode?
The Economy Mode configuration wizard uses a traffic light system to show you how much energy you are actually saving with your settings. If the bar to the right of the total saving is green, your energy savings are high. A
yellow bar represents moderate energy savings and a red bar represents low energy savings.
The actual level of energy savings in the Services area, for example, can be seen from the color of the bar that is
shown to the right of the area in the navigation bar.
How to Switch the Computer to Economy Mode
At the bottom left of the TuneUp Utilities Start Center, there are three switches. The left-hand switch is for Economy Mode. When you click this switch, the computer is switched to Economy Mode. The TuneUp icon then
appears in the notification area of the taskbar, notifying you that Economy Mode is turned on.
Alternatively, you can access the switch for Economy Mode directly via the TuneUp Utilities icon in the notification area of the taskbar. Left-click on the icon. A flyout window opens, showing the Economy Mode switch
on the bottom left.
How to Switch to Economy Mode
At the bottom left of the TuneUp Utilities Start Center, in the PC optimization mode area, there is an Economy Mode switch. Clicking on
this switches your computer to Economy Mode.
Alternatively, you can start Economy Mode by going to Overview of
all functions in the Start Center and selecting the Switch to Economy Mode entry under Computer.
The first time you turn on Economy Mode, a window opens that
allows you to make your own settings for Economy Mode. Decide here whether you want to use the default settings for Economy Mode or whether you want to configure them yourself for your own requirements.
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An alternative way of switching to Economy Mode is the Economy Mode switch in the TuneUp Utilities
Gadget.
How to Find Out if Economy Mode is On
If Economy Mode is on, a TuneUp Utilities icon appears in the taskbar notification area (in the bottom righthand corner beside the time), which tells you that Economy Mode is on. You can also recognize this from the
switch in the Start Center.
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How to Configure Your Own TuneUp Economy Mode
Open the window for configuring TuneUp Economy Mode by going to the TuneUp Utilities Start Center and
clicking on the small wrench icon at the bottom left in the PC optimization mode area.
Alternatively, you can configure Economy Mode by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Configure Economy Mode entry under TuneUp Utilities.
Now prepare your own Economy Mode by selecting which hardware components, services and features may be
temporarily turned off in order to save energy when Economy Mode is turned on. The more you authorize to be
turned off, the more apparent the energy saving will be.
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More about Your Settings Options
General Settings
Here you can specify whether configuration functions should also be offered that reduce the performance of
the system and turn off visual effects. You can also decide whether Economy Mode should remain turned on
when the computer is restarted.
Screen
Your computer's screen may use more energy even than hardware components such as the hard disk or the processor, for example. Reducing the screen brightness or turning off the screen after a short time if you are not
using the computer will reduce energy consumption considerably.
Screen brightness (only for laptops)
General: This setting determines how much the general screen brightness should be reduced when Economy
Mode is on.
When dimming: This setting determines how much the general screen brightness should be reduced when the
screen is dimmed when Economy Mode is on.
Screen behavior
Turn off: This setting determines the period of time until the screen should be switched off when Economy
Mode is on.
Only for laptops:
Dimming: This setting determines the period of time until the screen is dimmed when Economy Mode is on.
Hardware
If you turn off hardware components temporarily, the energy consumption of your computer will be reduced.
What is more, every computer has many services running in the background that detect connected devices and
provide you with the necessary functions to use these devices. You can restrict the amount of this support in
order to reduce the energy consumption of your computer.
Hardware components
Hard disk standby: This setting determines the period of time until the hard disk should go into standby mode
when Economy Mode is on.
Processor energy-saving settings: This setting determines the extent of energy saving for the processor when
Economy Mode is on.
Only in Windows Vista and 7:
Wireless adapter energy-saving settings: This option determines the extent of energy saving for the wireless
adapter when the Economy Mode is on.
Connection to external devices
Synchronization with mobile devices: This setting will prevent synchronization of addresses, e-mails, music
files, etc. with your cell phone or portable media player and the related program will not start automatically
when the device is connected while Economy Mode is on.
Support for digital cameras and scanners: This setting means that you cannot import images from your digital
camera or scan images when Economy Mode is on.
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Services
The operating system performs many more tasks than most users are aware of. Many programs and services run
permanently in the background, although they are not strictly necessary and use energy needlessly. If you never
use some of these functions you can disable them and permanently reduce your computer's energy consumption.
Background functions
Network sharing of media library: This setting ensures that other network devices cannot access your images,
videos or music in the media library when Economy Mode is on. However, Economy Mode does not affect the
share of folders in the network.
Quick search using index creation: This setting ensures that Windows does not create an index of your files and
e-mails when Economy Mode is on. Turning off this setting slows down any searches significantly.
Error Reporting: This setting ensures that no data will be gathered regarding errors and there will be no communication with Microsoft about crashed programs or other errors when Economy Mode is on.
Support for virtual machines: (This setting is only available if your computer has software for virtual machines
installed on it.) This setting turns off background functions for the use of virtual machines when Economy Mode
is on.
Various services
Rarely used services: This setting turns off services that are only needed in specific circumstances (e.g. company
networks) or situations (e.g. installation of new programs) when Economy Mode is on.
Special encryption services: When Economy Mode is on, this setting turns off services for logging onto a
domain.
Network communication services: When Economy Mode is on, this setting turns off network communication
services that are rarely used, e.g. fax or peer-to-peer services.
Display
Visual effects provide a graphical display of Windows but take up valuable space in the memory. Particularly
with a low performance graphics card you can increase the computer's performance by turning off visual
effects.
Tip: This is a popular way of increasing the performance of netbooks on a sustained basis.
Visual effects
Visual special effects for windows: This setting turns off transparency effects and shadows of windows, the preview window in the taskbar and three-dimensional navigation between windows when Economy Mode is on.
Classic window style: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance of windows, menus and
buttons when Economy Mode is on, and transparency effects and thumbnails of windows in the taskbar are disabled.
In Windows XP:
Visual special effects for windows: This setting turns off transparency effects and shadows of windows, the preview window in the taskbar and three-dimensional navigation between windows when Economy Mode is on.
Classic window style: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance of windows, menus and
buttons when Economy Mode is on, and the colorful Windows XP interface is disabled.
Desktop background
Slideshow: This setting stops the slideshow for the desktop background when Economy Mode is on.
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The Optimization Status
The Optimization Status uses a graph and associated notifications to show you how extensively you are already
using the options of TuneUp Utilities to increase performance and maintain the system and what potential for
optimization still remains.
You can find the TuneUp Optimization Status on the TuneUp Utilities Start Center next to the PC optimization
mode area. The Optimization Status is your personal indicator of optimization progress, i.e. it shows you how
well you are already using TuneUp Utilities and where there is still potential to optimize your system further.
The Graph
In the graph, the blue sections on the left represent the modules you have used to make your optimization progress so far, and the dark gray area on the right represents open optimization options. A message is assigned to
every section of the graph: the figures in the white boxes next to Completed optimizations stand for messages
about optimizations that you have already carried out. And the figures next to Unused potential represent messages about the optimization potential that can still be exploited.
Messages
Above the graph, you can see the current messages about optimizations already completed and about untapped
potential. If you click on the blue underlined text in the messages under Unused potential, this opens the precise TuneUp Utilities module that you can use to achieve the unused potential.
By clicking on the figures, you can click through the individual messages. If you click on the white box with the
blue lines, the window containing the overview of all Optimization Status messages opens. This displays a complete overview with all of the current messages on both the Completed optimizations and Unused potential
areas together with the corresponding graph sections and figures.
Even if your system is perfectly optimized today, anything could change tomorrow that could present
areas for optimization, e.g. the installation of new programs or a change to system settings. Pay attention to the messages on unused potential in order to keep your system optimized for the long term and
therefore maintain a good Optimization Status.
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What is Used to Calculate the Optimization Status?
TuneUp Utilities performs an analysis to see which optimizations it can perform on your system. This potential is
displayed in a graph showing you how close your system is to having 100% optimization. You will achieve 100%
– the perfect Optimization Status and therefore a fully filled out graph – when you implement the recommended optimization potential for your system as much as possible.
The graph is made of different sections. The sections on the left-hand side represent optimizations completed
and the sections on the right-hand side show optimization potential still remaining. The Optimization Status is
calculated based on the analysis results of the following sections:
Automatic Maintenance, 1-Click Maintenance and Manual Maintenance
For this section to be considered as optimized, one of the following conditions must be fulfilled:
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Automatic Maintenance must be activated with all the necessary maintenance tasks enabled or
TuneUp 1-Click Maintenance is carried out within 14 days of use with all the necessary maintenance
tasks or
TuneUp Registry Cleaner and TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner are run within 14 days and Temporary files are
deleted within 14 days of use.
To delete Temporary files, open the Gain disk space category in the Start Center. Click on Unnecessary files
under Clean hard disk and check the Temporary files box.
Live Optimization
For this section to be considered as optimized, the two Live Optimization options should be enabled. These two
options have the same weighting.
Increasing Performance - Details
Please note that you must answer the questions on your profile in order to receive appropriate recommendations for your system.
For this section to be considered as optimized, the following condition must be fulfilled:
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You have either accepted or hidden all recommendations.
Recommendations that you have hidden for 30 days will cause the status to be reclassified when this period
expires and the recommendation will be displayed again.
Fixing Problems - Details
For this section to be considered as optimized, the following condition must be fulfilled:
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You have either fixed or hidden all problems.
Problems that you have hidden for 30 days will cause the status to be reclassified when this period expires and
the problem will be displayed again.
Program Deactivator and StartUp Manager
The Optimization Status analyzes how many of your existing programs are using up your system's resources
and recommends that you optimize these through TuneUp Program Deactivator™ or TuneUp StartUp Manager. In doing so, the Optimization Status takes into account the fact that you have classified some of your programs as important despite their system load and that they should remain active. Therefore this section of the
graph is considered as optimized after a certain number of programs have been disabled.
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3. Status & Recommendations
The Status & recommendations category displays the current status for the three most important function
areas provided to you by TuneUp Utilities. In the event of warnings or recommendations, you can use the Show
details link to immediately address the problem behind the warning or view the recommendations. In the fourth
area, you can see whether the TuneUp Utilities Rescue Center protection is enabled, so that you can undo any
changes at any time.
Maintain System Area
The status in the Maintain system area shows how often your computer is maintained. This
takes into account whether Automatic Maintenance is carried out regularly with the most
important maintenance tasks or whether you have manually run 1-Click Maintenance
recently.
Under the status indicator is the Start 1-Click Maintenance button. If you click on Start 1Click Maintenance, 1-Click Maintenance will be carried out with the default TuneUp Utilities settings or the changes to the maintenance settings made by you.
When you click on the wrench icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the Start 1-Click
Maintenance button, the central configuration dialog opens, where you can specify the maintenance tasks that
should be carried out by Automatic Maintenance and 1-Click Maintenance. You can also specify when Automatic Maintenance should be carried out.
Increase Performance Area
The status field in the Increase performance area shows whether TuneUp Utilities has
detected options for increasing the performance of your computer. For example, you may
receive recommendations for increasing the speed of your Internet, uninstalling programs
that haven't been used for a while or upgrading your hardware.
However, in order to get the most out of performance recommendations that are personalized to your requirements, you must first answer some questions regarding your
usage profile. Click Create profile.
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If there are recommendations, you can view these by clicking Show details or the link to the recommendations.
Each recommendation has a detailed description and you can apply most recommendations with just a click of
the mouse. You can also hide individual recommendations. Once all recommendations have been applied or hidden, the status for this area reverts to green.
Fix Problems Area
The status in the Fix problems area shows whether everything is working fine on your computer or whether critical problems have been detected which may affect the system's
health. For example, a check can be carried out to see if key Windows settings have been
configured correctly, if there is enough free space on your system drive or whether important security programs have been installed.
If problems have been found, click Show details. For each problem, you will receive a
description and can choose if you want to solve it now or hide it until later. Once all problems have been solved or hidden, the status of this area reverts to green.
System protection
On the far right under System protection, you can see the current status of TuneUp Rescue Center. By simply
clicking on Undo changes you can undo any changes made with TuneUp Utilities at any time.
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1-Click Maintenance and Automatic Maintenance
In the following chapters, you will find out how 1-Click Maintenance or Automatic Maintenance can help you
to maintain an optimized system performance and a clean computer.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Maintenance Tasks
1-Click Maintenance and Automatic Maintenance make sure that your computer is always kept clean, so that
the system runs quickly and reliably.
As its name suggests, Automatic Maintenance regularly and automatically performs the most important maintenance work on your system to ensure that Windows remains fast and stable. 1-Click Maintenance does the
same - except that just one click is necessary: The link for starting 1-Click Maintenance can be found in the
status field of the Maintain system category in the Start Center.
The Automatic Maintenance is particularly useful for all users who would rather sit back or do other things than
worry about the maintenance of their computer.
1-Click Maintenance is particularly suited to those users who would rather set the time for maintenance themselves and wish to monitor its progress. After maintenance has been performed by 1-Click Maintenance, further
details on any problems found are also displayed.
By default, 1-Click Maintenance performs the following tasks for you:
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1-Click Maintenance ...
... cleans your registry
Over time, the central Windows registry becomes filled with hundreds of superfluous entries. These include references to non-existent files, backlogs of programs deleted long ago and faulty entries. Your registry is cleaned,
making your Windows system fast and problem-free. For more information about this, see Cleaning the Registry,
p. 56.
... defragments your registry
Even after the registry has been cleaned as described above, it is not automatically smaller because the disk
space that is freed up is not released. This feature compresses the registry by deleting these gaps. For more information about this, see Defragmenting the Registry, p. 63.
... removes broken shortcuts
1-Click Maintenance checks whether there are any broken shortcuts on your desktop or in the Start menu or
Quick Launch taskbar and then automatically deletes them. At the same time, a search is also made for faulty
entries in the history lists of various programs such as Windows Media Player or Microsoft Office. For more information about this, see Remove Broken Shortcuts, p. 66.
... frees up disk space by deleting unnecessary files
So-called "temporary" files are something of a nuisance. Windows and programs create temporary files on the
hard disk, in order to temporarily store certain settings or data. If the program in question is closed, these files
should really be deleted from the program. However, the program in question often "forgets" to clean up after
itself so that over time your hard disk can be filled with a lot of unnecessary data. 1-Click Maintenance reliably
deletes all temporary files and folders from your hard disk. For more information about this, see Cleaning the
Hard Disk, p. 76.
... optimizes system startup and shutdown
Some programs that are run each time you start your system slow down the startup process to an unnecessary
extent. Such known programs that are definitely not required are turned off here. For more information about
this, see Optimizing System Startup and Shutdown, p. 68.
... defragments your hard disk
In the background, TuneUp Utilities changes the arrangement of files and folders so that they can be read more
quickly. Regular defragmentation is paramount - especially if the data structure of your hard disk changes
frequently, for example because you move or delete files or install new programs. Defragmentation is, however,
only carried out when necessary. And you can even choose whether - if it was determined that defragmentation
was necessary - a thorough or a quick defragmentation should take place, or whether this should depend on the
result of the analysis. For more information about this, see Defragmenting the Hard Disk, p. 71.
Solid-state drives (SSD) are detected by TuneUp Utilities. They are not analyzed or defragmented, as it is not possible to optimize solid-state drives through defragmentation and they could be damaged by defragmentation.
The Automatic Maintenance function is also configured so that it performs all these maintenance tasks. However, it is run in the background and only the notifications tell you when it was carried out.
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How to Change Maintenance Settings
In the Start Center, click on the Change maintenance settings link in the Maintain system area of the Status &
recommendations category. The central TuneUp Utilities configuration dialog opens, with an area for Automatic Maintenance and one for 1-Click Maintenance. Configure your settings here.
Alternatively, you can open the maintenance settings window by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Settings entry under TuneUp Utilities. Or click on Settings in the Start Center menu
bar and select the Automatic Maintenance or 1-Click Maintenance area.
Performing Maintenance
You can specify whether and when Automatic Maintenance should run automatically in the background. You
can even have automatic maintenance run only in idle mode, i.e. it only starts when you are not currently working on your computer and no programs are required in the background. This way Automatic Maintenance will
never interrupt your work. If you select this option, following the number of days specified by you, maintenance
will be attempted as soon as your computer is in idle mode. Three days is selected by default.
If, after a period of a week, it was not possible to perform full maintenance because your computer was not in
idle mode for long enough then - if you enable this option - maintenance will be carried out anyway. This prevents your computer from not being maintained over a long period of time.
If you choose scheduled maintenance, the procedure is similar: If your computer is not switched on at the time
of scheduled maintenance, Automatic Maintenance is performed 5 minutes after you next start your PC. This
option can also be disabled.
If you work with a portable computer, you can also specify - in addition to the other options - that you don't
want maintenance to be performed when the computer is running off the battery, so as not to reduce the battery life unnecessarily. This option is enabled by default.
Maintenance Tasks
Because TuneUp Utilities preferably wants to provide comprehensive maintenance for your computer, all maintenance tasks are activated by default for both Automatic Maintenance and 1-Click Maintenance. However, if
you do not want certain maintenance tasks to be performed, you can exclude them from maintenance. For example, if you would rather defragment your hard disk manually, simply clear the Defragment hard disks checkbox.
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Increasing Performance
In the following chapters, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use Increase performance to increase the performance of your system, by turning off unnecessary tasks and services.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Increasing Performance - Introduction
You can improve your system performance by turning off tasks and services that run in the background and
that you rarely, if ever, need for your day-to-day work. For tablet PC compatibility (i.e. the option of operating
the computer by moving a stylus across the screen) or network server technologies. You can also increase the
performance of your computer by uninstalling programs. A search is therefore run for programs that have not
been used for a long time - programs that you may not even remember you had and which slow down your system unnecessarily. TuneUp Utilities also recognizes when your computer hardware is not powerful enough.
Your Internet settings can prevent Windows from using the bandwidth of your Internet connection optimally.
Downloading two files at once or downloading data from websites can be slowed down by Windows default settings. You will also be shown the potential for optimization here too.
Should your computer be slowed down by superfluous visual effects, this will be identified.
TuneUp Utilities checks your computer for such performance-sapping visual effects and provides recommendations for increasing performance.
To enable TuneUp Utilities to provide you with comprehensive recommendations, you must complete the profile before running the software for the first time. The way is then clear to a rapid and simple performance boost.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
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How to Increase the Performance of Your Computer
In the Start Center under the Status & recommendations category, you can see whether you have any recommendations in the status field of the Increase performance category. If you have hidden some recommendations, these do not impact the status any more. Open the details window by clicking on the Show
details link.
When you open this window for the first time, you must answer the short questions from the profile wizard, so
that the optimization can be precisely tailored to your situation and needs (see Increasing Performance - Profile,
p. 36).
Overview
The details window opens on the Overview tab, where you can find out whether there is any potential for
increasing performance. In the areas Internet settings and Visual effects, you can perform all the optimization
recommendations found by clicking Optimize all. This will not restrict any of your important functions.
The recommendations in the Hardware and software area on the other hand depend heavily on your usage
behavior. This is why you can only apply them one at a time.
Switching Tabs
Click on a recommendation or on the Details button to move to the other tabs, where you can view the details
of each recommendation. Alternatively, you can click on the name of the tab you want.
Applying Recommendations
In the Internet settings and Visual effects tabs you can perform all the optimization recommendations found
by clicking Optimize all. Alternatively, you can click on a recommendation in the left column. In the right-hand
area of the window, a detailed description will appear and you can apply the recommendation by clicking on the
button on the bottom right.
In the Hardware and software tab you must answer a few simple questions on each recommendation in order
to receive suitable options to continue. If you can't answer a question or want to postpone the decision, you can
hide the recommendation by clicking on Hide recommendation on the bottom right.
Please note that you cannot of course simply accept the recommendations concerning your hardware, but can
only hide them.
Hiding and Showing Recommendations
If you do not want to accept a recommendation, click Hide recommendation. Now you can select whether you
want to hide it permanently or only for 30 days. The number of hidden recommendations is always displayed in
the taskbar on the right. By clicking on the number displayed, you can easily show these recommendations
again.
Changing a Profile
Selecting Change profile on the top right takes you to the profile, which shows the basis for your optimization
recommendations (see Increasing Performance - Profile, p. 36).
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Increasing Performance - Profile
The first time you use TuneUp Utilities, you are prompted to complete a profile, so that it can provide you with
tailored recommendations for increasing performance. This profile contains the following questions:
How is your Computer Usually Connected to the Internet?
Select the type of connection from the list so that your network, Internet and browser settings (for example
packet sizes) can be adapted as best as possible to your Internet connection.
What Criteria Should be Used to Optimize Visual Effects?
If you select Maximum performance (irrespective of display quality), all effects and the colorful Luna theme are
turned off. This is highly recommended, especially for slower computers, because the display of these sophisticated interfaces really eats up resources.
If you select Maximum performance (irrespective of display quality), all effects including the Aero glass theme
are turned off. This is highly recommended, especially for slower computers, because the display of these sophisticated interfaces really eats up resources.
If the interface on your computer flickers and it takes a while for windows to open, choose the option A balance
between performance and display quality. The attractive interfaces are retained but the performance-sapping
effects are switched off.
If you have a high-performance graphics card, your system performance will not be improved by turning off the Windows Vista Aero desktop experience.
How Many Days Should a Program Remain Unused Before We Recommend Removing it?
Your computer is checked for programs that have not been used for a long time. These are then displayed with
the recommendation that they are removed so that they do not slow down your computer unnecessarily. Based
on your user behavior, you specify here after how many days a program that has not been used is considered to
be potentially unnecessary and displayed with the recommendation that it is removed.
Changing a Profile
You can change the settings for your profile later at any time, by going to Increase performance in the Status
& Recommendations category of the Start Center and clicking on the small wrench icon under the Show details
button on the right-hand side.
Alternatively, you can click on the Change profile button at the top left of the Increase performance - details
window.
Note that you cannot confirm your profile until you have entered all the necessary information.
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Fixing Problems - Details
In the following chapter, you will find out how to use the Fix problems – Details feature to fix problems that
affect the health of your system and why it is important to do so.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
How to Fix Problems
To find out whether there are problems affecting your system's health, go to the Start Center in the Status & recommendations category and look at the Fix problems status field.
For example, checks are made to see if key settings have been set correctly in Windows, if there is enough free
memory on your system drive, if important security programs are installed and if there are any new Windows
updates. If you have hidden some problems, these do not impact the status any more. Open the details window
by clicking on Show details.
Overview
The details window lists the problems found. When you select a problem from the list, the detail panel gives you
a short description of the problem and a suggestion for a solution.
Fixing Problems
For each problem, you can decide whether you want to solve it straightaway or hide it. The easiest way is to fix
problems by clicking on the link for the suggested solution.
Hiding Problems
If you don't want to fix a problem immediately, click Hide problem. Now you can select whether you want to
hide it permanently or only for 30 days.
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Undoing Changes
The following chapters explain how to use the TuneUp Rescue Center module to undo changes that you made
with TuneUp Utilities.
You can also use TuneUp Rescue Center to perform system recoveries, i.e. undo changes that you did not make
with TuneUp Utilities.
Introduction
Since you can make comprehensive changes and edits to your system with TuneUp Utilities, it can often
happen that you want to undo a change at a later time.
You can do this with the TuneUp Rescue Center.
System Recovery
The TuneUp Rescue Center even lets you undo changes made not by TuneUp Utilities but by other applications. TuneUp Rescue Center offers integration with the Windows system recovery function for this.
Windows regularly creates restore points. Should your system stop behaving as it should , you can revert at any
time to one of the restore points. The previous system status is then restored and any changes made after this
point are lost.
Where Can I Find the TuneUp Rescue Center?
The TuneUp Rescue Center is always within reach: To access the TuneUp Rescue Center, press Undo changes at
the bottom left of the TuneUp Utilities Start Center. This button is also found in the individual modules.
How to Undo Changes
Start the TuneUp Rescue Center module by clicking Undo changes at the bottom left of the Start Center.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Undo changes entry under TuneUp Utilities.
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Undoing Changes
In the right column, TuneUp Rescue Center shows you a list of all saved backups arranged by module or date
and specifies for each entry the number of modified settings, time of change and the disk space freed up by the
changes.
Showing details
The Details button takes you to an exact log of the changes carried out. However you can only view this log.
You cannot undo only selected changes. For this reason you may have to restore a number of superfluous files
before you can use just one file again that you deleted by accident.
Delete
If you are quite certain that you no longer need a backup, you can delete it permanently using this button.
Restore
Use this button to restore the system to its status before the selected backup.
System Restore
In the right-hand column, TuneUp Rescue Center shows you a list of all stored backups and also the time at
which each entry was changed.
For more information, see: Introduction, p. 38
Create Backup
Use this button to create a system restore point. Give this point a name by which to remember this system status
at a later time.
Since a system restore point saves the status of your configuration and system files, you are advised to create a
system restore point before making any significant changes to the system (such as installing a program). If something goes wrong during installation or your computer no longer works the way it used to, you can always
restore it back to its original status at any time.
Delete
If you are quite certain that you no longer need a backup, you can delete it permanently using this button.
Restore
Use this button to restore the system to its status before the selected backup. You will need to restart your system.
This function is useful if your computer no longer functions properly following a change to the system.
First, select a restore point that is as recent as possible, in order to avoid undoing too many system
changes.
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Changing Settings
You can change some of the settings of the TuneUp Rescue Center. In the TuneUp Rescue Center click on the
Settings button.
Alternatively, you can enter these settings from the Start Center. In the Settings menu, select the Generalentry
and open the Rescue Center tab.
Rescue Center Protection
Every TuneUp Utilities module is protected by TuneUp Rescue Center as standard. You can disable this support
for individual modules by clearing the relevant checkboxes.
Backups
Here you can set how long the individual backups of TuneUp Rescue Center should be stored for. The standard
setting is for backups to be automatically deleted after two weeks and for a maximum of 60 backups to be
stored.
Do not restrict the TuneUp Rescue Center protection too much in order to save disk space. In the event of problems, the protection function is very useful as a last resort and generally more important than saving a small
amount of space on your hard disk.
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4. Optimizing the System
Your computer does not always work quite how you would like it to. Often it seems to take an eternity to call up
individual programs or to save files and you start to doubt the performance capabilities of your computer. But in
many cases this has nothing to do with the hardware. The problem is caused by the programs that are started,
without you being aware of them, or remnants of programs that were not completely removed from your computer during an uninstallation process.
Reducing System Load
The Reduce system load area is devoted to dealing with your installed programs and services. Its functions
extend from disabling startup programs that have no impact whatsoever on the actual program, and manually
uninstalling individual programs, to automatically turning off entire function areas. But that is not all! In this
area, you will also find a link to an unprecedented function. Have you ever had an intelligent alternative to uninstallation? Now you do - TuneUp Program Deactivator™ the unique module that uses our patented TuneUp
Programs-on-Demand Technology™.
Manually Running Maintenance Tasks
Being able to disable or uninstall programs is an important criterion for optimizing system performance. But this
may not achieve a great deal if your Windows system is still full of "relics", i.e. remnants of programs that were
uninstalled long ago but were not fully removed. You can use our cleanup program to only keep entries on the
computer that really belong there - then complete your tidying with a more intelligent arrangement of the system entries and data to ensure a quicker startup of programs and files.
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Disabling Programs
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Program Deactivator™ module to disable programs that place a load on your system at various times (at system startup, during operation and at shutdown) and why it is useful to do so.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Introduction
Until now, users only had two options for dealing with unnecessary programs: They could either remove them
from the system completely or accept that their background programs would continue to slow it down. After a
program is uninstalled, there is always the risk that files that were dependent on it will no longer be able to be
started. If the program is left on the computer, it is always available if it is needed, but continues to impair system performance.
TuneUp Program Deactivator™ not only reduces the load of programs at system startup, but also during normal operation and at shutdown, where the load is a result of services and tasks belonging to one program.
TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology™
Thanks to the TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology™ there is now a third option: Disable programs that
are no longer required first and see if you can continue to work without them. If you notice that you need a program again, it is no longer a problem. You can start the program as usual - the TuneUp Programs-on-Demand
Technology™ reactivates the program in the background, as if you had never disabled it. With the improved
TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology™, programs are even disabled automatically after they are used, so
that the load on your system is always kept as low as possible.
Design of TuneUp Program Deactivator™
TuneUp Program Deactivator™ is divided into three areas: the All installed programs area, the Load from
installed programs area and the Details area. You will now find the additional Introduction button in the menu
bar, which allows you to open the introduction to TuneUp Program Deactivator™ at any time.
All installed programs
In the All installed programs area, you can see an overview list of all the programs installed on your system
together with their load status. In the Name column, the programs are sorted according to their load: high,
medium or low. Programs that do not place any load on the system have the status "none" and are not listed by
name. The value for the load is always the highest value for startup, operation or shutdown. In the Status column, you can see the current status of the programs.
Load from installed programs
In the Load from installed programs area, you will find three graphs that are designed to give you a visual overview of the load on your system: The left-hand graph shows you the load on system startup, the centre one the
load during normal operation of your PC and the right-hand one the load when shutting down. A legend with
explanations is provided underneath the graphs. If a program is selected in the list, this is shown by a program
icon next to the graph.
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Details
In the Details area, you can see the name of the selected program, its current status and the load on the system
from that program. You can use the switch to enable or disable the program. If no program is selected, you will
see an overview here showing how many programs are enabled/disabled or relevant to the system. If several programs are selected, the details area shows the number of programs with the various statuses. The status shown
next to the switch is the predominant status. In the next column, you can see the current status of the program
in question.
Possible Statuses of Programs
In TuneUp Program Deactivator™, there are four different statuses for programs.
Desired status
In the Desired status column, you can see the status that you have selected for your programs. You can change
the desired status by clicking on the switch.
Enabled
The program is fully enabled and is having an impact on the load on your computer.
Disabled
The services of the program that run continuously in the background have been turned off.
Required by system
This is a program that TuneUp Utilities has classified as relevant for the security or proper operation of your system and the disabling of which could have serious consequences. Therefore, it is not possible to change the
status of one of these programs and the switch is grayed out.
Impactless
The program cannot be disabled because it does not have a negative impact on the system load. For this reason,
the switch is grayed out and cannot be changed.
Current status
In the Current status column to the right, there is further information about the current status of a program.
Permanently enabled
The program is fully functional and is causing a system load even when you are not using it.
Disabled until program startup
The program is fully disabled and will not cause any load on the system until you start it again manually. It will
be disabled again afterwards.
Disabled after idling or restart
The program cannot be turned off during normal operation; Program Deactivator will disable it automatically
the next time the computer is idle or the system is restarted.
Disabled after restart
The program cannot be turned off during normal operation; Program Deactivator will disable it automatically
the next time the system is restarted.
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Cannot be disabled
This is a program that Program Deactivator has classified as relevant for the security or proper operation of
your system and the disabling of which could have serious consequences. Therefore, it is not possible to disable
it.
Does not cause system load
The program cannot be disabled because it does not have a negative impact on the system load.
Changing Settings
If you have turned off the setting Disable again automatically when closed (recommended) under Program
Deactivator in the Settings, your programs may have the following status:
Current status
Enabled
The program is fully functional.
Disabled
The services of the program that run continuously in the background have been turned off.
Scheduled to be disabled
The program will be disabled automatically as soon as this is possible.
Required by system
The services of the program that run continuously in the background have been turned off.
Impactless
The program cannot be disabled because it does not have a negative impact on the system load.
Status description
To the right of the Current status column, the Status description column contains further information about
the current status of the program in question.
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How to Disable Programs
Launch the TuneUp Program Deactivator™ module by going to the Optimize System category in the Start
Center and selecting Disable programs under Reduce system load.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Disable entry under Installed programs.
The TuneUp Program Deactivator™ module uses TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology™, p. 42, which
reduces the load on your system and therefore increases system performance.
How to Disable Programs
1. Select a program in the list that has the status Enabled.
2. Disable the program using the switch in the status column or in the details area or click on the Disable button in the toolbar.
How to Enable Programs
1. Select a program in the list that has the status Disabled.
2. Enable the program using the switch in the status column or in the details area or click on the Enable button
in the toolbar.
How to Enable or Disable More than One Program
If you select more than one program at the same time, the possible action depends on the predominant status.
For example, if two selected programs are disabled and one is enabled, you can only enable the programs. However, with two enabled and one disabled program, you can only disable the programs.
Following the action, a window is shown in the display area to the left informing you of the result of your action.
Load Points - What Are They and How Are They Calculated?
The TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology™ calculates the load on your system based on an internal
points system. For this, TuneUp Utilities determines the background programs associated with each program,
i.e. the programs or services that were installed together with the actual program and are then continually run
without the user's knowledge, "stealing" processing power. The more background programs there are for a program, the more this program burdens the computer. The TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology™ calculates the amount of executed programs at different times: system startup, operation and shutdown. The
display in the Load column takes the highest of these three values.
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Disabling Startup Programs
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp StartUp Manager module to speed up
the startup and working speed of your computer and why it is important to do so.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Introduction
Many programs start automatically in the background when you turn on your computer. This makes perfect
sense for important functions and services like the virus scanner or the configuration console of your sound
card.
However, programs often start automatically in the background that you require only very occasionally or never.
Every time a program starts automatically not only does it slow down the Windows system startup but the
individual program parts that are always running in the background also slow down your computer. Some of
these programs can also irritate you by displaying advertising messages.
More Information About Startup Programs
When installed, some startup programs are entered in the Start Menu from where they can be easily removed.
However, most startup programs enter themselves directly in the registry and are not to be found in the startup
folder. Often during system startup and user logon, scheduled tasks are used to start programs automatically.
TuneUp StartUp Manager finds all startup programs, regardless of how well hidden their start command is. For
every startup program it also supplies a detailed description and an evaluation of the necessity of starting this
program automatically.
TuneUp StartUp Manager does not just allow you to enable or disable startup programs, it also tells you about
the individual programs and provides recommendations for every startup entry.
Note that disabling startup does not remove the program itself. It only disables the startup and therefore speeds
up system startup and the speed of your computer.
Note that disabling startup does not remove the program itself. It only disables the startup and therefore speeds
up system startup and the speed of your computer.
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How to Configure Your System Startup
Launch the TuneUp StartUp Manager module by going to the Optimize system category in the Start Center
and selecting Disable startup programs in the Reduce system load area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Disable startup programs entry under Installed programs.
Before the program starts, the startup screen may appear for the Rating function for programs. Here
you can decide whether to enable this feature and click OK (for more information about this, see How
to Turn On the Rating Function, p. 152).
When TuneUp StartUp Manager starts up a list of all Startup programs opens. When you use the module for the
first time, all entries are enabled. This means that these programs will automatically start in the background every
time the system is started.
In TuneUp StartUp Manager you can choose from the following functions:
Disabling Automatic Program Startup
This prevents the program from starting automatically in the background when you next start up the system. The
entry remains in the list however, meaning that you can turn automatic startup back on at any time.
1. Select a startup program from the list.
2. Disable it using the button or from the toolbar.
If, despite our Tips for Optimizing System Startup, p. 48, you are not sure whether or not you should disable
startup programs, we recommend that you disable one startup program only, restart your computer and start the
programs you use in the usual way. This helps you find out whether the automatic startup really is unnecessary.
If something doesn't work properly the next time you start Windows, select the check box again. If everything is
working as it should, you can disable the next startup program.
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Enabling Automatic Program Startup
This starts the program automatically in the background when you next start the system. Afterwards, you can disable automatic startup at any time again.
1. Select a startup program from the list.
2. Enable it using the switch or the button in the toolbar.
Adding a startup program
To have the system automatically run additional programs on system startup, simply add them to the list.
1. On the toolbar select the Add button. Alternatively you can right-click to open the context menu and select
the Add program entry.
2. From the list, select the program that is to start automatically each time the system is started. If this does not
happen, click Browse and select the program you want from the list that opens.
Removing a startup program from the list
If you are sure that you do not want a program to be started automatically, you can remove it from the list. You
can add it back to the list at a later stage by clicking Add or using TuneUp Rescue Center.
1. Select a startup program from the list.
2. On the toolbar, select the Delete button. Alternatively you can right-click to open the context menu and
select Delete.
Tips for Optimizing System Startup
As the name suggests, a startup program is one that automatically starts up every time you start up your computer. For this reason, it is always active in the background and occupies your system's resources, even if you
never use the program. This makes perfect sense with a virus scanner, for example. On the other hand, some
other startup programs could place an unnecessary load on your system.
The fewer the programs that start up automatically in the background, the faster your system will start up. In
addition, your computer will run faster if there are no unnecessary programs active in the background.
What Guidance Does TuneUp StartUp Manager Offer?
For each program, decide based on the following information whether it should start automatically in the background on startup.
Evaluation
For most startup programs, TuneUp StartUp Manager provides an evaluation showing you whether an automatic startup of the program is necessary, unnecessary or optional. Thanks to a database maintained by the
TuneUp team, all security-related programs, for example, will be classified as necessary. Well-known unnecessary startup programs will be classified as unnecessary. Other programs that appear incorrectly in the list will
also be considered as unnecessary. This is the case, for example, if an entry in the list refers to a program that has
already been uninstalled.
This classification can result in many programs being classified as optional. In this case, the decision is based on
your usage behavior. The description, online search or the Rating function for programs will help you further
with this.
Read more here about how the Rating function for programs can help you make the decision:
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Description
If you select a startup program in the list, the database will supply a description of the program to make the decision easier for you.
In the case of very unusual programs, TuneUp StartUp Manager might not recognize a program. If so, you can
obtain information on this program by searching online via a link.
In addition, you can also help ensure that a description of this program appears here in future, by providing
TuneUp with information on this program via the Report program link.
Rating
The Usefulness column provides you with information on how useful you and/or other users of TuneUp Utilities find the program. If you have not yet provided a rating, you can rate it now. TuneUp Utilities calls up the
ratings of other users from a serverdatabase and displays them. These ratings are automatically updated regularly.
If you are still unsure, despite our guidance, whether you should disable a startup program, we recommend that
you disable just one startup program, reboot the computer and start up the programs you use in the usual way.
If something does not work properly following the restart, all you have to do is select the checkbox again. If
everything is fine, you can disable the next entry and enjoy a faster system startup.
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Displaying and Uninstalling Programs
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use TuneUp Uninstall Manager to display the programs
installed on your computer, why you might want to uninstall them and how to do so.
Introduction
Over time, you accumulate a large number of programs on your computer, many of which you probably do not
even use. So that your Windows system can run quickly and smoothly, you should regularly remove unused or
unnecessary programs.
Each time you install a program on your computer, it becomes deeply anchored in the Windows system where it
remains until you uninstall it completely. If you no longer require a program, it is not enough just to delete the
program folder or the desktop icon that you use to open it.
Most programs distribute their files across several locations on your hard disk and also make entries in the Windows registry.
TuneUp Uninstall Manager lets you rapidly determine what programs you rarely use or which take up an especially large amount of space. You can show all installed programs sorted according to different aspects and
then, using the useful additional information about when you installed the program and how often you use it,
decide whether you still need it or should uninstall it.
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How to Uninstall Programs
1.
Launch the TuneUp Uninstall Manager module by going to the Optimize System category of the Start
Center and selecting Uninstall programs from the Reduce system load area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Uninstall entry under Installed programs.
Before the program starts, the startup screen may appear for the Rating function for programs.
Here you can decide whether to enable this feature and click OK (for more information about
this, see How to Turn On the Rating Function, p. 152).
TuneUp Uninstall Manager shows you a list of all installed programs. In the menu bar, click Organize to
sort the table by column or select a filter under View to display only selected programs. This will help you
quickly identify what programs you no longer use or which take up the most space.
2.
If you select an entry from the list, additional information about the program is display in the Details area
to the right.
You will see details of the manufacturer, installation date, date of last use, size of program files on your
hard disk, system usage and the program rating.
If, despite the statistical data that TuneUp Uninstall Manager shows you, you are not sure whether you
wish to uninstall a program because you do not know what it contains, click on Online search in the toolbar. A web page opens displaying the results of the search for the program selected in the list. This page
provides detailed information on the program. This information will also help you to decide whether you
should uninstall a program or not.
The Usefulness column is also helpful for your decision-making process. This provides you with information on how useful you and/or other users of TuneUp Utilities found the program. If you have not yet
provided a rating, you can rate it now. TuneUp Utilities calls up the ratings of other users from a server
database and displays them for you. These ratings are automatically updated regularly.
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3.
Click Uninstall to remove a program.
To remove a program correctly from your computer, highlight the entry and click Uninstall in the toolbar.
You can also double-click on the entry.
The uninstall routine that is now called up varies from program to program. None of these programs
merely deletes the files from the hard disk - they also remove all desktop icons, the entries in the Start
Menu and the entries in the registry. Follow the instructions for the uninstallation procedure to complete
the process.
If you do not want to uninstall a program and you wish to be sure that it does not appear in this list in the
future, select Remove entry from the context menu of an entry. You will then no longer be able to uninstall the program using TuneUp Uninstall Manager. Note that this does not uninstall the program.
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Configuring Live Optimization
In the following chapters, you will find out how and why you can increase the performance of your computer
by turning on TuneUp Live Optimization.
Introduction
TuneUp Live Optimization consists of two intelligent optimization methods that monitor the load your computer is under in real time and can thereby intervene if necessary to avoid sudden drops in performance. Both
optimization methods work to accelerate performance - one increases the computer's response rate, the other
the speed at which programs start up - but only when necessary.
This is done by intelligently prioritizing the programs that are running. If your computer is already working at
near full capacity and you start a program, this program will start more rapidly if it is briefly assigned a higher
priority. And if a background program suddenly gets carried away and requires a particularly high amount of
computing power, it will be assigned a lower priority so that the programs you are currently using will run more
smoothly. This enables work to be carried out quickly, even at high capacity.
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How to Configure Live Optimization
Start the TuneUp Live Optimization module by going to the Start Center and clicking on the Configure Live
Optimization entry on the right-hand side of the Status & recommendations category.
Alternatively, you can open the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Configure Live Optimization entry under TuneUp Utilities. Or click on Settings in the Start Center menu bar
and select the Live Optimization area.
Here you can select the two optimization methods. Since both of these are intelligent optimizations in real time,
they do not always take effect immediately. Rather you specify here that from now on the load under which the
computer operates is to be monitored so that both optimizations can apply if the need arises.
Select here the optimization methods to be carried out where necessary:
Increasing the Response Rate
This optimization method monitors all background processes and gives them lower priority if they take up too
much computer power. This ensures an optimal response rate and prevents juddering by windows or programs.
This intelligent optimization identifies need and ensures that the computer's response rate is always optimum.
The following pictures represent the inside of your computer before and after the Increase response rate option
is enabled. Here you can see how the load on your PC is reduced:
In addition to those programs that you are currently using (green), many others are also running in the background that are really not that important for your work (blue). If such background processes suddenly start to
require a great deal of processing power, they are assigned a lower priority so that your other programs can continue to run smoothly.
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Speed up the startup of my programs
This optimization method intervenes if you start up a program manually when the computer is already under
heavy load. For a short period immediately after the program has started, processing power is temporarily redistributed, giving the program in question a separate performance boost. This boost is achieved by temporarily
prioritizing the program in question.
The following pictures represent the inside of your computer before and after the Accelerate program startups
option is enabled. Here you can see how a newly started program receives a particular performance boost:
For a short period immediately after the program is started (orange) the processing power of the computer is
temporarily redistributed, giving the program in question a separate performance boost. This boost is achieved
by temporarily prioritizing the program in question. No other programs (green and blue) are affected.
How do I know when Live Optimization was enabled?
The great thing about Live Optimization is that it works intelligently in the background. Whenever one of these
two optimization methods is improving the performance of your PC in the background, this is also indicated by
the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.
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Cleaning the Registry
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Registry Cleaner module to clean the
registry and why it is important to do so.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Introduction
The registry is the heart of a Windows system. It is where Windows continuously stores entries (values and keys).
In addition, each newly installed program and every newly connected hardware item is entered in the registry
where it records keys and values. When you start up a program, Windows does not call up this program directly.
Instead it opens the program using a key in the registry, which was created there when the program was
installed. This entry must also be deleted from the registry when the program is uninstalled since it is no longer
required. It is often the case, however, that Windows does not delete these entries properly, which is why a great
many invalid entries build up over time.
These entries are not just created when programs are installed, but also during many other tasks. For example,
the history list of recently used documents in the Start menu works using the entries in the registry. These references become invalid when you move or delete a document. Since Windows does not clean the registry regularly, we recommend you do it yourself with TuneUp Registry Cleaner.
By cleaning your registry regularly your whole system and all your programs will be more stable. This is why this
is one of the functions that TuneUp Utilities can also run regularly as part of the Automatic Maintenance.
Before cleanup can take place, the registry must be checked for problems. You can either fix these all at once or
individually.
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How to Clean the Registry
1.
Launch the TuneUp Registry Cleaner module by going to the Optimize System category in the Start
Center and selecting Clean registry from the Manually run maintenance tasks area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Clean entry under Registry.
2.
First, your registry must be checked for problems. Select one of the two types of scan:
Full Scan
We recommend the complete scan because this checks the whole registry for problems.
You can find information about what exactly is scanned under: What is Checked?, p. 59
Custom scan
More information about what areas you can select for this can be found under: What is Checked?, p. 59
Scanning the registry can take several minutes. While the scan is in process, you can monitor its progress.
3.
If problems are found, you have two options:
Display problems
Click Display problems to display detailed descriptions and exclude any individual problems from the
cleanup (see Additional Functions in TuneUp Registry Cleaner Main Menu, p. 61).
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Fix Problems Immediately
Select Fix problems immediately and click Next to fix all detected problems immediately. Your registry is
now free from all unnecessary ballast and your system is more stable.
If after the cleanup has finished, the Check again button appears, find out more information here:
Check Again
Sometimes, the Check again button appears and the wizard recommends that you check your system
again. This always happens if new entries in the registry have been made invalid by the cleanup. This is not
an error in the module, but a chain reaction that can occur primarily in the Program components and File
types areas.
Example:
In the registry, entry A points to entry B, which in turn points to the missing file X. In the first scan,
TuneUp Registry Cleaner determines that entry B is invalid because file X cannot be found. Entry B is
deleted during cleanup. This in turn makes entry A invalid, as it points to the now deleted entry B.
1. Click Check again.
These two categories alone will be analyzed again.
2. Click Finish to close the wizard.
Repeat the cleanup as often as required. As soon as no new problems are found, you can exit the module - with the confidence that you have removed a great deal of junk from your system.
If no problems have been found, click Finish. This takes you to the TuneUp Registry Cleaner main window.
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What is Checked?
The following table shows you what areas of the registry TuneUp Registry Cleaner checks during the full scan.
You can select from these during the user-defined scan.
Area
Description
For certain system or program events such as error messages, sound files are played. These are
Audible Sigplayed by accessing the corresponding entries in the registry; however these entries are invalid
nals
once the sound files no longer exist.
Many programs start automatically together with Windows (e.g. virus scanner). This takes place
Startup Provia entries in the startup section of the registry. When such programs are uninstalled, these
grams
entries are often not deleted.
File Types
Entries in this area of the registry link one or more file extensions (e.g. .txt or .doc) with various
information (such as the program that should be used to open them). Such entries can become
invalid through the uninstallation of programs, for example.
Database
Drivers
During installation, some programs store entries on database drivers and data sources in the registry. These entries can become invalid through the uninstallation of these programs or the moving or deletion of individual data sources. Often, invalid entries are created during installation
itself.
Common
Files
This part of the registry contains references to files and program libraries (DLLs), to which several
programs normally require access. When such programs are uninstalled, these entries are often
not deleted.
Help Files
Many programs record in the registry the location of their help files. When such programs are
uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Every program leaves behind an entry in this area of the registry. The list of all programs in the
Installed ProControl Panel is compiled from these entries. When programs are uninstalled, these entries are
grams
often not deleted and inconsistencies arise in this list.
Each program installed on the computer can create entries with program-specific information in
Program Setthe registry (e.g. data or program paths). When programs are uninstalled, these entries are often
tings
not deleted.
Program
Extensions
This area of the registry contains references to extensions such as audio and video codecs or
Internet Explorer add-ons that enhance the functionality of individual programs (e.g. with new
menu entries or new toolbar entries). If these programs or extensions are uninstalled, these
entries are often not deleted.
Many Windows programs access ActiveX and COM components using entries in this area of the
Program
registry. These entries are created when programs like this are installed, but are often not
Components
deleted during uninstallation. Some programs even create invalid entries during installation.
Program
Paths
The installation folders of some programs are stored in the registry to allow these programs to
be run directly via "Start -> Run". When such programs are uninstalled, these entries are often
not deleted.
Fonts
Windows stores entries in this area of the registry for all fonts installed on your computer. Since
these entries are often not deleted when fonts are uninstalled, Windows tries in vain to load
these fonts every time the system starts up.
Windows and many programs have history lists, which log, for example, which files you were last
History Lists working on. These are stored in the registry as references. By deleting or moving the files, these
entries become invalid.
Windows
Firewall
The Windows firewall saves the programs that may accept incoming network connections and
stores an entry for each one in the registry. These entries can become incorrect or invalid if, for
example, one of these programs is uninstalled.
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It should be clear therefore that deleted files can leave behind a lot of "ghosts" in the registry. TuneUp Registry
Cleaner finds all of these orphaned entries and can delete them in a targeted fashion. We therefore recommend
that you perform the full scan.
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Additional Functions in TuneUp Registry Cleaner Main Menu
Displaying Details and Excluding Problems from the Cleanup
If you click through the various areas in the left column, you will see a detailed Explanation in the top part of the
window, describing how problems can occur in the area in question.
If problems are found in an area, a list of the individual problems also appears with further information. Select an
entry in the list in order to display a more extensive analysis of the problem.
Here you can also exclude certain problems from the cleanup by unchecking the relevant checkboxes.
If descriptions of the problems are not visible, click Details in the toolbar.
Running the Cleanup
To start cleanup from the main window of TuneUp Registry Cleaner, click Start cleaning. If you have excluded
problems from the cleanup, these will not be fixed.
If after the cleanup has finished, the Check again button appears, find out more information here:
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Check Again
Sometimes, the Check again button appears and the wizard recommends that you check your system again. This
always happens if new entries in the registry have been made invalid by the cleanup. This is not an error in the
module, but a chain reaction that can occur primarily in the Program components and File types areas.
Example:
In the registry, entry A points to entry B, which in turn points to the missing file X. In the first scan, TuneUp Registry Cleaner determines that entry B is invalid because file X cannot be found. Entry B is deleted during cleanup.
This in turn makes entry A invalid, as it points to the now deleted entry B.
1. Click Check again.
These two categories alone will be analyzed again.
2. Click Finish to close the wizard.
Repeat the cleanup as often as required. As soon as no new problems are found, you can exit the module with the confidence that you have removed a great deal of junk from your system.
Functions for Advanced Users
If you are sure that you want to exclude individual areas from cleanup, or want to look at the entries in the registry or even edit them, you will find the following functions useful:
Ignore Problems
You can remove individual problems from the list so that they are not found by the analysis.
For this, perform the following steps:
1. Select a problem from the list of corresponding areas.
2. In the Edit menu, select Ignore problem.
You can also get to this function using the list entry context menu.
Include Ignored Problems Again
If you no longer wish to ignore a problem, you can add it back to the analysis.
For this, perform the following steps:
1. In the File menu, select Ignored problems.
2. Highlight it in the list and click Remove.
Show Entries in the Registry
From the detailed problem list for an area, you can go straight to the relevant entry in the registry for every problem.
For this, perform the following steps:
1. Select a problem from the list.
2. In the Edit menu, select Problem details and Go to key.
You can also get to this function using the list entry context menu.
Editing the Registry
In the toolbar, click Registry Editor to directly call up the TuneUp Utilities module for editing the registry.
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Defragmenting the Registry
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Registry Defrag module to reduce the
size of the registry by defragmenting it and why it is important to do so.
Introduction
The registry is the heart of a Windows system. It is where Windows continuously stores entries (values and keys).
In addition, each newly installed program and every newly connected hardware is entered in the registry where it
records keys and values.
This causes the registry to get bigger and bigger. However, the bigger the registry, the longer the system needs
to find certain information requested at any given moment by a program - Windows then becomes slower.
When a program is uninstalled or when the registry is cleaned up, these keys and values are usually deleted, but
despite this the registry does not get any smaller. Why is this? The space previously taken up by a deleted key
continues to exist in the registry - even if it is no longer used. At some point your registry then looks like a piece
of Swiss cheese - full of holes.
This is a real waste of space at the expense of system performance - not just on the hard disk but also in the
memory. TuneUp Registry Defrag is able to compress the registry so that it becomes much smaller. This function increases the stability of your Windows system.
TuneUp Registry Defrag analyzes the registry and creates a completely new version of it containing only the
intact data, in the correct order. The old registry is deleted following this step and automatically replaced with
the new version when the computer is restarted.
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How to Defragment the Registry
1.
Start the TuneUp Registry Defrag module by going to the Optimize system category in the Start Center
and selecting Defragment registry in the Manually run maintenance tasks area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Defragment entry under Registry.
An introductory screen is displayed.
2.
Click Next to start the analysis.
TuneUp Registry Defrag determines how heavily fragmented the registry is and whether an optimization
is necessary.
3.
Before the analysis, a message appears advising you to close all other programs. During the analysis,
TuneUp Registry Defrag turns the screen gray and displays a wait dialog. A small clock flashes in the
upper left corner of this window showing you that the module is still working. A progress bar is also
shown to inform you of the progress of the analysis. There is no need to worry if the progress bar does not
move for several minutes.
4.
Choose when you want to perform the optimization.
The module shows you the analysis results. If there is potential for optimization, you can find out here by
how many percent and how many kilobytes the size of the registry can be reduced.
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TuneUp Registry Defrag cannot rewrite the registry when it is running, but only immediately after Windows has started up. Now choose whether you would like to restart the computer now or whether you
would prefer to allow the optimization to run automatically next time Windows starts up. Please note
that optimization can take several minutes.
If you immediately decide against the optimization or were only interested in the analysis results from the
outset, you can exit the program by clicking Cancel.
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Remove Broken Shortcuts
In the following chapters, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can clean up your system
with the TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner module by removing invalid references and shortcuts.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Introduction
The TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner module helps you quickly and easily to "restore order" to your computer. The
module checks all shortcuts on your Desktop, in the start menu and in the Quick Launch bar. If a shortcut references a program that no longer exists or a deleted file, you can easily remove it. Empty folders in the Start
menu are also identified, which mostly arise after you have rearranged the Start menu manually.
In addition, TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner analyses the file history lists from Microsoft Office programs, OpenOffice©, Windows Media Player and Nero©. These lists contain references to the files most recently accessed
in the programs. These entries will also be checked here. If some point to files that no longer exist or which have
been moved, you can delete them.
This means that your system is free from unnecessary ballast; it also means that you no longer have to waste
time trying to call up broken links.
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How to Remove Broken Shortcuts
1.
Start the TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner module by going to the Optimize system category in the Start Center
and selecting Remove broken shortcuts from the Manually run maintenance tasks area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Remove broken shortcuts entry under Windows.
Your interface (Desktop, Start Menu, Quick Launch bar) and the history lists of some programs are
checked for broken shortcuts and entries. This analysis can last several minutes.
After the analysis TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner shows you a list of all broken shortcuts and references.
If no broken entries have been found, you will only receive a list of the places that were searched. In this
case, click Close to exit this function.
2.
You decide whether to delete all broken shortcuts or not.
Clear the checkboxes of those invalid references that you do not want to delete. The standard setting is for
all invalid references to be deleted.
3.
Click Cleanup.
The cleanup process normally lasts just a few seconds. Afterwards you receive a short status report on the
number of references and shortcuts removed.
4.
Click Finish to exit TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner.
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Optimizing System Startup and Shutdown
In the following chapters, you will find out how to optimize the startup and shutdown of your computer in next
to no time..
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Introduction
Here you receive recommendations for disabling unnecessary startup programs. These recommendations help to
optimize system startup and shutdown.
For example, common startup services that are not needed immediately after system startup are simply scheduled to start up at a later time. This still ensures that you will not lose these functions, but they no longer delay
system startup unnecessarily. The waiting time for services to shut down is also reduced. Services will therefore
close faster when shutting down and the shutdown procedure itself will be faster.
You can either apply all of these recommendations immediately, or look at the detailed descriptions first and
then decide one by one.
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How to Optimize System Startup and Shutdown
Launch the TuneUp StartUp Optimizer tool by going to the Optimize system category in the Start Center and
selecting Optimize system startup and shutdown from the Run maintenance tasks manually area. The TuneUp
StartUp Optimizer window is displayed.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Optimize system startup and shutdown entry under Recommendations.
You may first have to enter information for your profile at this point in order to obtain tailored recommendations.
Which services and devices do you use on this computer?
Here you can switch off functions that you do not use. It identifies which functions and services you have
already set up and only recommends those that are not being used.
For example, if you never use a printer, you can turn off all background programs that are related to print control. Simply specify this here.
If you never need to access a company network or domain, you can turn off all related background programs
and services. Simply select the applicable answer from the list.
The more unnecessary features you disable here, the quicker your computer will start up and work, because after this optimization - Windows will no longer run these background programs that start up automatically and
are constantly active.
You can change the setting you make here at any time by clicking on "Change profile" at the top right of
TuneUp StartUp Optimizer.
Overview
This view provides you with an overview of any optimization recommendations found. You can apply them all
by clicking once on Optimize all.
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Details
Click on a recommendation or on the Details link to see detailed descriptions of the individual recommendations. Alternatively, switch to the Details tab. Here you can apply all recommendations by clicking
once on Optimize all.
Click on a recommendation in the "Optimization recommendations" column. A description of the program and
the recommendation are displayed in the right-hand area of the window. If you wish to allow the optimization,
click on Apply recommendation at the bottom right.
Hiding and Showing Recommendations
If you do not want to accept a recommendation, click Hide recommendation. Now you can select whether you
want to hide it permanently or only for 30 days. The number of hidden recommendations is always displayed in
the taskbar on the right. By clicking on the number displayed, you can easily show these recommendations
again.
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Defragmenting the Hard Disk
In the following chapters, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use the TuneUp
Drive Defrag module to defragment your hard disks.
Introduction
There are many reasons why a computer may become noticeably slower over time. One of them is the gradual
fragmentation of the hard disk. This can be described as follows:
New files are first saved as a block to an empty hard disk one after the other. If you then, for example, deleted a
file in the middle, there would be a gap in the hard disk. Windows uses this gap later to store the next file that
you save to the hard disk. If this gap is not big enough, Windows then splits the file and stores the second half at
another location. Over time, more and more gaps are created and more and more files are fragmented into
pieces (fragments), i.e. the degree of fragmentation increases.
This really slows down the performance of your computer: Every time you call up a file, this has to be read from
the hard disk, which would of course happen faster if the file was stored in one place. In technical terms: If fragmentation is high, the hard disk reading heads must always be realigned in order that they can load the individual fragments of a file.
A simple way to speed up your system is therefore to defragment the hard disk. As the conventional defragmentation often takes a long time, TuneUp Drive Defrag offers you two different modes. You either decide for
yourself how defragmentation should take place, or allow TuneUp Drive Defrag to make the decision for you.
Find out below what exactly happens during the two defragmentation modes:
Thorough Defragmentation
This defragmentation mode arranges the newly sorted files particularly intelligently: system files that are used
frequently are stored at the start of the hard disk, so that Windows can find them again in no time at all.
It is clear that this defragmentation mode will take longer than simply consolidating the files. TuneUp Drive
Defrag is therefore also carried out with particularly low priority so that you can continue working almost undisturbed. This procedure speeds up the booting of Windows considerably. Frequently used programs also start
faster. This noticeably increases the performance of the computer.
Fast Defragmentation
This defragmentation mode consolidates all files again so that they can be read noticeably faster.
The advantage of this method is the speed with which it is carried out: The performance of your hard disk is
increased in no time at all.
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How to Defragment Your Hard Disk
1.
Launch the TuneUp Drive Defrag module by going to the Optimize system category in the Start Center
and selecting Defragment hard disk under Manually run maintenance tasks.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Defragment entry under Hard disk.
2.
Solid-state drives (SSD) are detected by TuneUp Utilities. They are not analyzed or defragmented, as it is
not possible to optimize solid-state drives through defragmentation and they could be damaged by defragmentation.
3.
Select which hard disks should be checked for optimization potential.
4.
Select how defragmentation should take place according to the analysis.
As TuneUp Drive Defrag offers two different types of defragmentation (see Introduction, p. 71), you must
specify whether the defragmentation type should be dependent on the analysis before you start the analysis.
Out of the four options, the first one is preselected because it gives you a personal recommendation after
the analysis and you can decide for yourself how the defragmentation should be carried out. For the
other three options, defragmentation starts as soon as the analysis is complete. If, however, the analysis
determines that the degree of defragmentation is very low, defragmentation will not be carried out for
these three options because TuneUp Drive Defrag deems it unnecessary.
Wait for result and then decide
We recommend this option for you. Once analysis is complete, you decide for each hard disk whether you
would like to run a fast or thorough defragmentation. You can also decide here to go without defragmentation.
Automatically as recommended
TuneUp Drive Defrag makes the decision for you and defragments each hard disk as soon as the analysis
is complete using the mode suited to the degree of fragmentation.
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Automatically thorough
You optimize your hard disk performance down to the last detail, even if this lasts a bit longer - regardless
of the analysis result.
Automatically fast
You would like to save time and defragment each hard disk particularly quickly, regardless of the degree
of fragmentation.
If you have selected the Wait for result and then decide option, you will see a dialog where you can
select how each hard disk should be defragmented. For all other options, you don't need to do anything
else, as defragmentation will run automatically after the analysis.
5.
Select a hard disk in the top area and select a defragmentation mode.
TuneUp Drive Defrag determines the relationship between speed and the benefits to be gained and provides you with a recommendation based on this.
6.
Decide whether the computer should be shut down after defragmentation.
7.
Ensure that you have selected a defragmentation mode for each hard disk.
8.
Click Next to start the defragmentation.
During defragmentation, you can monitor each hard disk in real time and see how the usage map
changes. You can also look at the progress bar and determine the progress and how long the defragmentation has left.
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Tip: NTFS Compared with FAT
Hard disks can either use the NTFS file system, as set in current Windows versions as preference, or the old FAT
system as supported by the first Windows versions. Analysis of drives before defragmentation is substantially
faster on NTFS drives. For FAT systems, users must wait considerably longer and can take the popular coffee
break. This is just one of several reasons why the old FAT system should be converted to the modern NTFS system.
The NTFS file system (NTFS = New Technology File System) is the file system from Windows NT and its successors (e.g. Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista) right up to Windows 7. It offers an intelligently
devised access protection to file levels, allows flexible management of privileges, accommodates file sizes above
4 GB, offers automatic error correction of the file system and can utilize the storage space of today's standard
hard disk sizes in a considerably more efficient manner.
If your hard disks still use the FAT file system, you can carry out a very simple conversion.
Although conversion is considered very secure, you should make a backup of your saved data before
attempting this.
Click the Windows Start icon to open All Programs, go to Accessories and click Command Prompt. If you enter
CONVERT.EXE C:/FS:NTFS in the command line, conversion will start.
Replace C: with another drive letter to convert a different partition. If the system partition is changed, the computer will need to be restarted. In this case, follow the instructions on your screen.
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5. Gaining Disk Space
In the same way as your home can get cluttered, your computer can also get clogged up with unnecessary ballast, which uses up valuable disk space. We recommend that you carry out some spring cleaning from time to
time and delete unnecessary files from your system.
The "Clean Hard Disk" Area
In the Clean hard disk section, you can select the drives that you want to clean. After you have selected these,
TuneUp Utilities runs a quick analysis in the background and informs you how many Unnecessary files, Old
backups and Windows functions there are on the drives and how much disk space they are taking up. You can
now decide which files you want to delete and/or which Windows functions you want to disable.
The "Analyze Storage Usage and Delete Data" Area
Here you can go a step further and search drives systematically for unnecessary data and securely delete any sensitive data.
Use the TuneUp Disk Space Explorer module to find large files and folders on your system. You can then
archive this data or delete it fully if you are sure you will not need it again in the future. This is a way of freeing
up valuable disk space in one go.
The TuneUp Shredder module allows you to securely remove sensitive data. You can use three intelligent deletion methods to ensure that even a professional could not restore your data.
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Cleaning the Hard Disk
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can free up valuable space on your hard disks under Clean
hard disk and why it is useful to do so.
Under Clean hard disk, you can see old backups, unnecessary files and unnecessary Windows functions that can
be safely removed from the hard disk without any negative impact on your system.
Introduction
TuneUp Utilities searches for many types of potentially unnecessary files that can be deleted without causing
problems. It then shows you how much space can be freed up. First you will receive a list of all files in question
and you can then decide yourself which of them you would like to delete.
Particular attention is paid to security. As a result, in contrast to conventional procedures that "blindly" comb
through the hard disk using certain patterns, no unpleasant surprises such as sudden error messages or nonfunctioning software occur.
The elements recommended for deletion are divided into three categories:
Unnecessary Files
For example, temporary files, the contents of the browser cache, temporary thumbnail views and automatically
generated log files and the contents of your Recycle Bin are all suggested for deletion.
These files take up valuable disk space that you can easily share. Of course you will have the chance to view
these files again before deletion.
Old backups
Backups are suggested for deletion that would usually be used to restore an earlier status of your system. These
include restore points and Windows Update backups. Of course you will have the chance to view these backups
again before deletion.
The most recently created restore point is always stored so you can restore the system to a previous status at any
time.
Windows Functions
Three optional functions from Windows are displayed. If you do not use these (maybe you didn't know that they
existed), you can turn them off and thereby free up valuable space on your hard disks. This includes the Windows Desktop Search, Windows Messenger and the hibernation file.
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How to Gain Disk Space
Select the Gain disk space category from the Start Center.
Under Clean hard disk, select the drive on which you wish to free up disk space.
A bar chart shows you how much free disk space you have on the selected drive. You can also see how much
disk space you could free up by deleting the individual data types.
You can now remove unnecessary files and old backups and also remove or disable Windows functions.
Removing Unnecessary Files or Old Backups
1. Click Unnecessary files or Old backups.
A clearly arranged list of the files found or old backups is opened. You see at a glance how much space you
could free up. To exclude individual file or backup types from being cleaned up, uncheck the relevant checkboxes.
For each file or backup type you can also view a description in the right-hand window area by selecting it.
2. Click Cleanup.
Cleanup may take several minutes. While the cleanup is taking place, very occasionally it can appear that
TuneUp Utilities is not responding. This is for technical reasons and is no cause for concern. As soon as the
cleanup is complete, operations will continue normally, and a message indicating that the cleanup was successful will be displayed. You can close this dialog.
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Disabling or Removing Windows Functions
Click Windows functions to view the status of the individual functions.
For every function, you receive a description that helps you decide how to proceed. The system shows you how
much disk space is taken up by an activated function.
You can disable or remove the following optional Windows functions:
Hibernation File
Hibernation mode is when your computer is shut down without needing to close any open windows, programs
or documents first. All data in the memory of the computer is saved to the hard disk. If the computer is turned
back on again, you can continue from the point at which you broke off your work. All previously opened windows, programs and documents are immediately restored.
Even if you do not require hibernation mode, the hibernation file takes up valuable disk space. It is exactly the
same size as your computer's memory. If, for example, your computer has 4 gigabytes of memory, the hibernation file will also take up 4 gigabytes of space on your hard disk. This is because in hibernation mode the
entire content of the memory must be saved.
If you do not use hibernation mode, you can disable it here and thereby free up the disk space it would otherwise use. You can of course reactivate it at any time.
Windows Messenger
Windows Messenger is a program that lets you exchange instant messages with friends. If you do not use Windows Messenger, you can easily remove it from your computer here.
Should you need it again in the future, you can download Windows Messenger for free at any time, for example
from the TuneUp Support page, and reinstall it.
Index for Windows Desktop Search
Desktop Search is a Windows function that allows you to find files and folders quickly. It creates a search index
with entries for each file and folder. When you search for something (in Windows Explorer or Outlook, for example), you search only this index instead of searching the entire hard disk. This makes the process much quicker.
Depending on the number of files on your hard disk, this index can be quite large and may require lots of memory.
If you do not use Windows Desktop Search, then you can not only free up disk space by disabling the feature,
but also increase your computer's performance.
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What Types of File are Recommended for Deletion?
TuneUp Utilities searches for the following types of file which can normally be deleted from your hard disk without causing problems.
Type
Description
Saved lost
clusters
Repair programs like CHKDSK search your hard disk for lost clusters and save them. These
backups are usually never used by users.
Google Earth™
Cache Files
Google Earth™ uses this cache to save image data.
Internet Explorer,
Mozilla Firefox,
Opera and Safari
cache
All pictures, text and animations that you view in Internet Explorer while surfing the Internet
are saved in the cache. If you visit a website again, the text and images can be loaded from
the cache more quickly than from the Internet. However, it is advisable to empty your cache
from time to time.
Thumbnails
Thumbnails of images are used by various programs to provide a quick preview. The thumbnail views used by Windows, ACDSee™ and Google Picasa™ are taken into consideration.
Recycle Bin
All files in the Recycle Bin can be deleted if you really do not need them.
Log files
Many programs write log files that can be used to analyze their behavior. This can be helpful, for example, when trying to solve problems. Any log files that you do not plan on evaluating can be deleted.
Backup files
Many programs automatically create backups of your files. These can be deleted if you do
not need them.
Memory dump
files
When problems with an application occur, Windows saves the portion of your system memory used by the application in question to a file for troubleshooting purposes. These files
are unnecessary and can be deleted.
Temporary files
Many programs create files to temporarily store data that should normally be deleted by the
program after its tasks are complete. These files can always be deleted.
Temporary help
files
Windows creates temporary help files so that it can display the help files more quickly.
These files can be deleted without hesitation.
Many Microsoft installation programs create installation files to store data temporarily that
Temporary instalshould normally be deleted by the program after its tasks are complete. These files can
lation files
always be deleted.
Windows error
reporting files
When a program crashes, Windows saves data about the program. If this service has been
disabled or if settings do not allow for information to be sent to the manufacturer, these
files can be deleted.
What Type of Backups are Suggested for Deletion?
Type
Description
Windows XP, Windows Vista
and Windows 7 Update and
Service Pack Backups
When Windows is updated, backup files are created.
Restore points
Restore points are used to save the status of system files on the computer.
They are created by the System Restore service at specified intervals and
when changes are made to the computer.
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Finding and Deleting Large Amounts of Data
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Disk Space Explorer module to obtain
a rapid overview of the space taken up on your hard disks, in order to clean them up quickly and efficiently.
Introduction
The capacity of modern hard disks and memory cards has increased tremendously over the last several years. At
the same time, the needs of the user have also increased to the point where we still manage to completely fill up
even the new larger drives.
Obviously, this development hasn't exactly made it easier to keep track of these huge quantities of data. With so
many files and nested folders, how is it possible to determine where the most space is being taken up (and possibly wasted)?
TuneUp Disk Space Explorer helps you find the largest files. You can then archive them onto a CD, DVD or an
external hard disk, for example. It might be a good idea to make sure that you do not need these files any more
and decide to delete them instead. In this way, you can free up a vast amount of valuable disk space in one go.
First, you need to run an analysis of your disk space. Then you can use many functions from TuneUp Disk Space
Explorer.
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How to Run an Analysis
1.
Launch the TuneUp Disk Space Explorer module by going to the Gain disk space category in the Start
Center and selecting Find and delete large amounts of data from the Analyze storage usage and delete
data area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Find and delete large amounts of data entry under Disk space.
2.
Choose what to analyze.
Analyzing drives
From the list of all of the drives attached to your computer, select those that should be included in the
search for huge files. The wizard shows the total size of each drive and the free space available. It is especially important to analyze the drives that have little free space remaining.
Analyzing folders
You can save a lot of time by analyzing individual folders. If you want to analyze an individual folder, you
must enable Analyze folders. Click Select to open a tree structure of all your folders, from which you can
select just one folder by highlighting it and clicking OK.
3.
Click Next to start the analysis.
The analysis may take a while depending on the size and usage of the selected drives or folders. As soon as
the analysis is complete, click Finish to display the results in the main window.
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Analysis Results
Folder Structure
After the analysis, the TuneUp Disk Space Explorer main window opens. This is divided into two areas. In the
left-hand area of the window, there is a tree view of your drives and folders, the same as in Windows Explorer.
The data for the location selected in the tree view is displayed in the right-hand area of the window. By default,
the most recently analyzed drive is displayed first.
If you have decided against the analysis and clicked Cancel, the main window still opens, but you will not see
any information on the individual drives. You can also start an analysis from here, but only for one drive each.
Displaying Information
To display information in the right-hand area of the window, you can choose between several views by clicking
on the respective tab at the top edge.
In each view, you will receive a list, and you can sort the columns into ascending or descending order easily by
clicking on the column name. Sorting according to size in particular will give you a quick overview of your biggest files.
The following views are available for displaying the disk space allocation .
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Overview
The default view Overview is an ideal first step when cleaning up your drives. The most important information
from all of the other views is combined to give you a general overview.
You can always find information about the selected element in the folder tree at the top of the window, in the
upper area with a colorful background. The size and percentage of space used is displayed for each drive.
If, however, a folder is selected, this area will show you the size of the folder including all its files and subfolders.
You also receive information on the creation date of the folder and when it was last used.
In the lower area of the window, you will see the following tables:
My Computer
With regard to the first table, My Computer represents an exception. Instead of an overview of the largest files
and folders, it will show the occupied space for each drive.
Computer
With regard to the first table, the Computer view represents an exception. Instead of an overview of the largest
files and folders, it will show the occupied space for each drive.
Computer (Windows XP: My Computer)
With regard to the first table, the Computer (or My Computer) view represents an exception. Instead of an overview of the largest files and folders, it will show the occupied space for each drive.
Overview of the Largest Folders and Files
Here you can see a graphical overview of the space on the selected drive or folder in the form of a pie chart. The
size and percentage of space occupied is shown here for up to 10 folders and files. If you would like to see more
than the 10 elements that are displayed, simply click on the link Show Contents to switch to the Contents view.
File Types
This table organizes the files contained in the selected element based on file types and shows you at a glance
which types of files (documents, music files, videos or images) are taking up the most disk space.
Please note that this view does not just include the files that are directly located in the selected drive or folder,
but also includes all files in subfolders. You can limit the amount of information being displayed by moving a
level lower in the folder tree on the left.
If you would like to see the individual files included in a given file type, simply click on the name of the file type
in the table. This will directly open the correct category in the file types view.
Top 10 Files
This table is particularly useful in acute disk space shortages. It shows a list of the top 10 files that take up the
most disk space. As with the last table, this view does not just include the files that are directly located in the
selected drive or folder, but also includes all files in subfolders. If you click on one of the files in the table or on
the link Show top 100 files, the corresponding Top 100 files view will open. There you can move, archive or
delete files.
Contents
This view shows the contents of the selected element in the folder tree on the left. In addition to basic information such as name and type, as in Windows Explorer, each element has a field that displays its size and the percentage of disk space that it takes up. A graphical representation with bars allows you to recognize at a glance
which files and folders are taking up the most space.
Double click on a folder to move a level deeper and to show the contents of the folder.
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File Types
Overview and file types
By default, a practical overview of your file types opens, showing you at a glance which ones take up the most
disk space.
The top edge of the window displays buttons for Images, Documents, Compressed files, Music files, Video files
and Other. Click on one of these buttons or on the respective entry in the overview to display all files of the
respective file type.
Advanced: Which file extensions are included?
Each file type category includes files with many different file extensions. Images, for example, includes the file
extensions .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .tif and .png. The exact list of file extensions included is adapted to suit your system
automatically by TuneUp Disk Space Explorer. Click Advanced on the top right of your window to display this
list. You can customize this easily by unchecking the checkbox.
The Other category shows you all other files that do not belong to any of the other file types.
This is where the list of extensions displayed after clicking Advanced is particularly helpful, as you can configure
which files should be shown in the list shown below.
In the context menu (displayed after right-clicking on the list of file extensions), you can quickly select everything or reverse the current selection.
Explore your own hard drive and use the available views to look for ways that you can free up more disk space.
Sorting the list by file size or date of last access can also help you discover interesting files. To do this, simply use
the mouse to click on the headlines with a gray background at the top of the columns.
Cleanup Tip
Sorting files by the date of last access in combination with limiting a view to certain file types allows you to find
objects such as older MP3 files or videos that you may not want to listen to or watch any more.
Top 100 files
For most users, this is the most interesting view. This shows you the 100 largest files in the selected location of
the folder tree, clearly organized by file size. As the contents of all subfolders are included, this view allows you
to free up hundreds of megabytes or even several gigabytes with a few clicks, depending on the size of your system.
How to Configure TuneUp Disk Space Explorer
TuneUp Disk Space Explorer provides you with some options for personalizing the appearance of your system.
To customize the available options, click File and then Settings.
Hidden files and folders
The Hidden files and folders section allows you to determine whether hidden files and folders should be shown
in TuneUp Disk Space Explorer. By default, the Windows Explorer settings will be applied. If you want to configure different settings to the Windows Explorer settings, simply click Use user-defined settings and tailor the
options to your needs. By default, TuneUp Disk Space Explorer protects all elements in system folders to prevent you from accidentally deleting or moving important system files. If you know your system perfectly, you
can disable this protection in the Protected system elements section. Check the checkbox beside Permanently
disable protection.
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Deletion method
The Deletion method section lets you decide which method TuneUp Disk Space Explorer should use as the
default when deleting files and folders. The standard deletion method Move to Recycle Bin is particularly recommended for beginners, as accidentally deleted files can be restored.
However, please note that the Windows Recycle Bin can only hold a limited amount of data. If the storage limit
of the Recycle Bin is exceeded or if Windows needs more space, the oldest files in the Recycle Bin will be permanently deleted over time.
If the deletion method Permanently delete is selected, the Windows Recycle Bin will be bypassed and the files
will be deleted directly. Restoring these files at a later time is only possible with luck and special software such as
TuneUp Undelete.
The three other deletion methods use TuneUp Shredder to make restoring the deleted files practically impossible.
You can find more information about these deletion methods and their settings in Introduction, p. 87 and Deletion Methods, p. 89.
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How to Archive Files
Archiving Files with TuneUp Disk Space Explorer
If, when browsing through your computer, you find some files that you don't actually need any more but still
don't want to delete, TuneUp Disk Space Explorer has a great solution to this problem:
Thanks to the smooth cooperation with Windows Explorer you can copy these files to a USB stick or external
hard disk before deletion, for example.
1.
Click on the selected file(s) and select Copy from the Edit menu or use the shortcut Ctrl+C.
2.
Open the selected target drive in Windows Explorer and paste the copied files using the Paste menu item
or the shortcut Ctrl+V.
Thanks to support for all major burning programs, you can also easily burn files to a CD or DVD. Simply
drag the files you want by holding down the mouse key (drag & drop) directly to the burn list in your burning program.
Deleting Archived Files with TuneUp Disk Space Explorer
After successfully archiving the files, you can delete them safely in TuneUp Disk Space Explorer and thereby
free up valuable disk space. Select a file and then click Delete in the toolbar.
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Securely Deleting Data
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Shredder module to permanently
delete files, folders and the Recycle Bin and why it is important to do so.
Securely Deleting Data Afterwards
If you have deleted a sensitive file in a "normal" way, you cannot subsequently delete it with TuneUp Shredder.
However we have a tip for you:
When you defragment hard disks, any deleted files are normally overwritten and cannot be recovered
afterwards. Simply use TuneUp Drive Defrag to subsequently increase the security of a normal deletion
method (see How to Defragment Your Hard Disk, p. 72).
Introduction
When you delete a file, it generally ends up in the Recycle Bin. In Windows, this Recycle Bin is simply a folder
that collects files for deletion. Retrieving a file from the Recycle Bin is child's play and therefore many users regularly empty the Recycle Bin or delete their files without sending them to the Recycle Bin, in order to feel that
the file has been securely deleted.
Note however that when you delete a file, Windows does not actually remove it altogether - its entire content
remains on the hard disk. Windows merely marks the file as "deleted" from the file system and releases the space
taken up by the file so that it can be used again. Until this disk space is used again, it is relatively easy to restore
this file (e.g. with TuneUp Utilities -> Restoring Deleted Files, p. 98).
However, if you want to be absolutely sure that even professionals could not restore your sensitive data, use
TuneUp Shredder to irreversibly delete files, folders and the Recycle Bin. You can choose the most suitable of
three different Deletion Methods, p. 89.
How to Securely Delete Data
Launch the TuneUp Shredder module by going to the Gain disk space category in the Start Center and selecting
Securely delete data from the Analyze storage usage and delete data area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Securely delete data entry under Hard disk.
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What would you like to delete?
Files
1. Select Files.
This option lets you search for files on your computer to select them for deletion.
2. Click Add to add a file to be deleted to the list.
The Explorer opens. Double-click on a file to be deleted to add it to the list. Alternatively, you can drag and
drop a file from your opened Explorer or from the Desktop to the list. Select a file with the mouse and drag it
into the list.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the space that becomes free through deletion,
thereby increasing security of deletion.
If you add a file to the list by mistake, you can remove it again by selecting the entry and clicking Remove.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods, p. 89).
Folders
1. Select Folders.
This option lets you search for folders on your computer to select them for deletion. When a folder is
deleted, all the files it contains will also be deleted. When you select a folder for deletion, the program
detects whether this contains subfolders and you have the opportunity to exclude these from the search.
2. Click Select.
A tree structure opens in your folder. Select here a folder to be deleted and click OK. Alternatively, enter into
the text field the full path of the folder to be deleted.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the space reserved for the files in the selected folder,
thereby increasing deletion security.
If the selected folders have subfolders, here you can remove them from the search. Do this by unchecking
the Include subordinate folders checkbox.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods, p. 89).
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Recycle Bin
1. Select Recycle Bin.
This option shows you the Recycle Bin, so that you can empty it. You receive information on the number of
files it contains and the amount of disk space taken up by the Recycle Bin. You can also display the content
before deleting it.
2. Click Show contents.
You receive information on the size of the Recycle Bin and the number of files it contains. To ensure that
there are no important files in the Recycle Bin, you can display the content before deletion takes place.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the reserved free space of files in the Recycle Bin,
thereby increasing security of deletion.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods, p. 89).
Deletion Methods
TuneUp Shredder provides the following three deletion methods that differ in terms of length of deletion and
security of deletion. Each of these deletion methods can be increased by repeating the deletion process. Note
however, that the deletion process then takes longer.
Fast deletion
Files will be overwritten with a single character. The original text of the files will be replaced with endless columns of a certain letter.
Secure deletion in accordance with DoD 5220.22-M
A procedure developed by the United States Department of Defense (Regulation DoD 5220.22-M) will be used.
Prior to deletion, the files are overwritten with special data patterns multiple times, destroying the original contents so effectively that even expensive examinations of the magnetic structure of the disk in a special laboratory
would not allow the data to be recovered.
Secure deletion, Gutmann method
This method, named after its inventor Peter Gutmann, overwrites the files to be deleted 35 times with random
values in a special pattern and then deletes them. This method is considered the most secure way to delete files
with software, but also takes the longest time.
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6. Fixing Problems
Unfortunately, things sometimes don't go quite as you expected when you are working with a computer. With
Fix problems, TuneUp Utilities offers you various functions for discovering and rectifying any problems that
occur. In addition, the program helps you to recover accidentally deleted files. Under Frequently used solution
wizards, you will find the troubleshooting functions that you use most often, which can be opened by clicking
on them.
In the Manage processes and show system information, advanced users are given the option to manage running processes or display system information.
Fixing common problems
In the following chapters, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use the TuneUp
Repair Wizard module to fix common problems easily. Simply select the problems in question and TuneUp
Repair Wizard will fix them for you.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Introduction
You keep having problems with your computer in your day-to-day work. Without warning, Windows suddenly
displays the wrong icons, hides the taskbar or shortcuts on the desktop disappear.
If you discover problems like these on your computer but do not know how to describe them, you will find this
function very useful. You select the problems that are occurring from a list of typical computer problems, and
TuneUp Repair Wizard fixes them immediately.
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How to Fix Common Problems
1.
Launch the TuneUp Repair Wizard module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start Center and
selecting the Fix common problems entry from the Check system and fix problems area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Fix common problems entry under Windows.
2.
Select the problems you have for repair.
TuneUp Repair Wizard shows you a clearly arranged list of common Windows problems. After you select
an entry in the list, a detailed explanation of this problem appears in the right-hand window area. Select
the checkbox for every problem that you are experiencing.
3.
Click Next to start the repair.
This opens a list of the selected problems opens that you must confirm by clicking again on Next. The
repairs are now carried out.
4.
Click Finish to close the module.
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Checking the Hard Disk for Errors
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can analyze your drives using the TuneUp Disk Doctor
module and why it is important to do so.
Introduction
When working with your computer, files are constantly being read and written – regardless of whether you are
editing a text document, looking at pictures or simply starting an application. Windows places all files in special
file systems to allow quick access to all necessary information at any time.
More information on system files
File systems keep track of every file and folder on a drive and save information about these objects such as their
name, size, date of last access, location and much more.
The file systems used by Windows for hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards (such as those used by digital
cameras) and diskettes are called FAT and NTFS. The newer of the two file systems, NTFS, allows you to save additional information such as access authorizations and is better suited for the size of modern disks than FAT.
Over time, errors may occur in these complicated systems - due to defects in the drives being used, power outages or program crashes. If these errors are not found and corrected quickly, this can lead to error messages,
problems with programs and, in the worst case, total loss of important data.
TuneUp Disk Doctor performs a thorough analysis of your drives and their file systems. If any errors are found
during analysis, they can be repaired automatically. This is how you guard against data loss.
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How to Check your Hard Disk
1.
Launch the TuneUp Disk Doctor module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start Center and
selecting the Check hard disk for errors entry from the Check system and fix problems area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Check for errors entry under Hard disk.
2.
Select the drive to be checked by TuneUp Disk Doctor and click Next.
3.
Select Normal analysis or Thorough analysis.
Because the Thorough analysis can take a long time for large drives, the Normal analysis of the selected
drive is sufficient in most cases – this usually takes 1-2 minutes.
However, if errors occur on your system or Windows reports problems with reading or writing data, a Thorough analysis is recommended.
You can find more information about the analysis processes in Normal vs. Thorough analysis, p. 94
4.
Click Next to start the analysis.
During the analysis, TuneUp Disk Doctor provides you with a graphical display of the progress. The boxes
displayed represent the space usage of the drive being examined.
5.
If no errors have been found, click Finish to exit the module.
In some cases it is necessary to restart your computer in order to successfully complete the analysis or
repair process. This can happen, for example, when active programs or Windows itself are using the
selected drive and thus prevent TuneUp Disk Doctor from having exclusive access.
If a system restart is necessary, TuneUp Disk Doctor will show you a corresponding message. You can
then decide if the necessary restart should be performed immediately or if you would like to restart the system yourself at a later time.
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Normal vs. Thorough analysis
Normal Analysis
Normal analysis takes approx. 1-2 minutes and is generally sufficient.
Normal analysis is carried out in several phases. The table below shows explanations of all possible steps (only
the first three lines are performed during the normal analysis).
Thorough Analysis
Thorough analysis covers all of the steps of the Normal analysis. In addition, your drives will be checked for
physical defects.
Storage space on drives is divided into so-called sectors, which are usually 512 bytes in size each. In order to
detect physical defects on a drive, the thorough analysis checks the performance of each of these sectors.
The length of this analysis depends on several factors, including the size of the drive and the degree of fragmentation. You should allow at least 5 to 20 minutes.
The following table explains all possible steps.
Analysis
step
Explanation
Normal and thorough analysis
Checking
files and
folders
(NTFS and
FAT)
Every element in the file system is checked. The program ensures that the structures of all files and
folders are correct.
Checking
indexes
(NTFS
only)
Indexes are references to folders in the NTFS file system. If any of these indexes are damaged, the
associated folders will not be displayed in the file system.
If any of your files or folders have suddenly "disappeared", there is a good chance that they will be
recovered after repairing the file system.
Checking
security
Files and folders in the NTFS file system are usually protected by security descriptors that prevent
descriptors access by unauthorized users. During the analysis, errors in these descriptions are found and cor(NTFS
rected.
only)
Only thorough analysis
Checking
file data
(NTFS
only)
All sectors of the disk that currently contain files are checked. This will ensure that no read errors
take place when working with files, If sectors are found that require multiple read attempts to successfully read the data, the file data contained will be moved to a sector that is free of errors. The
sector is then marked as defective. This prevents future problems.
Checking
free disk
space
(NTFS and
FAT)
All drive sectors that do not contain any files will be checked for error-free readability. If errors
occur during this analysis, the sector in question will be marked as defective to prevent files from
being saved there in the future.
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Managing Running Processes
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Process Manager module to monitor
and manage running processes, system capacity and open files and why it is important to do so.
Introduction
TuneUp Process Manager gives you constant control over the programs and processes that are running on your
system and allows you to monitor your system activity.
You can find out how much memory is being used by which processes, view numerous details and terminate
unwanted processes with a single mouse click.
The module also offers real-time graphs for processor and memory usage and provides up-to-date information
on what your computer is doing at any given time.
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How to Manage Running Processes
Launch the TuneUp Process Manager module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start Center and
selecting Display and close running processes from the Manage processes and show system information area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Display and close running processes entry under Windows.
TuneUp Process Manager provides a great deal of information on the current status of your system. This information is divided into three tabs:
Processes
After the module is launched, the Processes tab shows all of the programs and processes that are currently running. The table shows you the names of the processes together with their priority and CPU usage. The module
also shows you how much memory space the individual processes are taking up.
If you select a process from the list you can view more information on each application with Show details. Select
Terminate process to force an application to close. This is a somewhat drastic measure, but is sometimes necessary to close a program that has crashed, or if you want to stop an unwanted dialer.
When User Account Control is enabled, it is possible that only the processes started by you are displayed. To see
the processes started by other users and by the system, click Show all processes at the bottom of the window.
If you have selected a process in the list, you can click Edit and then Set Process Priority to specify how much
processing power Windows should assign to this process.
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Open Files
In the Open Files tab, you have an overview of the files and folders open at this time. The table will show you
what the file type is, where the file or folder is and which process has opened it at that time.
You should not be surprised if some files are shown in the list more than once. Files and folders can be opened
by more than one process at the same time. It is also normal if files that are obviously "open" cannot be found in
the list. Applications like Microsoft Word and the text editor Notepad only open a file briefly to read its contents
or to save it, but do not keep it open the entire time you are working on it.
Tip: If you try to delete a file and you get an error message telling you that it is currently in use, you can use this
tool to find out what process is using the file and end it. This will then let you delete the file.
Performance
The Performance tab shows you numerous facts about the system.
You can view the current processor usage in percent, and a graph of the processor usage for the last several seconds. A similar graph also shows memory usage for the last several seconds. You can also view the current usage
of the page file and the physical memory in kilobytes.
There is also a menu bar and a toolbar. Some of the functions here adjust the content of the active tab. These are
described in the sections above. The general functions of the File, Tools and Help menus are always displayed.
General menu bar functions
Menu "File"
In the File menu, you can use the New application entry to call up the well-known Windows Run dialog to start
a new application or open a file. Click Exit Windows to shut down or restart the computer so that new settings
can take effect.
A function of particular interest is Replace Task Manager, which works by replacing Windows Task Manager on
your system with TuneUp Process Manager. This means you can call it up using the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut, or
right-click in a free area of the taskbar to select it. If you want to use the Windows Task Manager again, simply
select the same menu item to remove the check mark in front of it.
Tools Menu
In the Tools menu you can configure how TuneUp Process Manager is to be displayed on your computer. You
can keep it always in the foreground, e.g. to monitor the processor usage for your system's uptime. You can also
display TuneUp Process Manager in the notification area on the bottom right of your desktop when you minimize the window. There is an icon there, which you can click any time in order to maximize the window again in
no time at all.
Help Menu
In the Help menu you can call up the program help at any time, visit the TuneUp website, check TuneUp Utilities for updates or display information on your version of TuneUp Utilities.
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Restoring Deleted Files
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Undelete module to restore accidentally deleted files.
Introduction
Have you accidentally deleted an important file and want to restore it? Perhaps you already looked in the
Recycle Bin but it wasn't there?
Then you will be pleased with the functions offered by TuneUp Undelete. Here you can restore deleted files, provided Windows has not yet overwritten the drive space that these files took up.
Valuable tips for rescuing data
The following rule of thumb applies: The longer ago a file was deleted and the more you have worked on your
computer since then, the smaller the chance of complete restoration. Therefore, as soon as you realize that the
file should not have been deleted, try to rescue it with TuneUp Undelete.
Never install software for recovering deleted files on your system if the mishap has already occurred. You could
overwrite important data irrevocably precisely by installing such software.
Even if you install the application on a different drive, deleted data is still at risk from temporary installation files.
Data recovery software like TuneUp Undelete should therefore always be installed and ready for use in advance.
This means you are always fully equipped to deal with an emergency situation, should one occur.
Background Info: What Happens when Files are Deleted?
For more information about this, see Introduction, p. 87. This section also provides information on how to delete
confidential files securely so that they cannot be restored even with TuneUp Undelete.
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How to Search for Deleted Files
1.
Launch the TuneUp Undelete module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start Center and
selecting the Restore deleted files entry from the Check system and fix problems area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Restore files entry under Hard disk.
2.
Select the drives you want to scan for deleted files.
Even if you want to recover a file on an external storage medium (for example a USB flash
drive), this option will still be displayed.
If you can no longer remember where the files were stored, you can also browse all drives.
3.
Restrict your search.
You can refine your search through the entry of search terms. This is recommended if you can remember
the name of the file or even just part of the name.
Search tip: Use the wildcards * and ?
When you enter search terms you can use wildcards. These function in exactly the same way as in many
standard search engines.
The use of wildcards when searching is useful if you cannot remember the precise name of the file or only
wish to search for a certain file extension.
* and ? can be used as wildcards, whereby * represents multiple characters and ? stands for an individual
character.
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Examples for the use of wildcards
l
l
l
l
A search using photo* will find all files whose name starts with photo, and of all file types i.e.
photo_01.jpg, photo.bmp, photo_paris.tif, etc.
A search for photo.* or for photo (no wildcard) will find all files called photo and of all file types,
i.e. photo.jpg, photo.doc, photo.tif, etc.
A search for *.doc will find all files with the extension .doc.
A search for photo_?? finds all files whose name starts with photo_ and which have two further
characters in their name, and of any file type, i.e. photo_01, photo_09, etc.
Why should I search for 0 byte files?
0 byte files consist solely of the file name. It is impossible to restore the content of such files. If, for example, you have deleted a file with a strictly confidential file name and want to be sure that this file can never
be found again, you can include 0 byte files in the search.
Why should I only search for files in good condition?
With files that are in good condition you stand a good chance of recovering the file in full.
4.
Click Next to start the search.
TuneUp Undelete searches every selected drive in turn. For large hard disks and if you have not entered
any search terms, the search can take quite a long time.
Search result displays the file name, the original storage location (folder), the size, file type, date last
changed and an estimate of the condition of the file.
File Restoration
Condition of a deleted file
For every deleted file, TuneUp Undelete determines its probable condition. This is of course the most important
information at this point: you receive a very accurate prediction of whether a file can be restored again in full.
Good condition
If the condition of a file is likely to be good, the place the file originally took up on the hard disk will not yet
have been replaced with another file. It is therefore highly probable that the file can be successfully restored.
Poor condition
If the condition of a file is likely to be poor, this means that the place that it once took up on the hard disk, will
have been partly overwritten by other files. However, there is still a chance that at least some of the file can be
restored. The precise result of the restoration cannot at this time be determined for certain, however.
Restoring files
1.
Select the files that you wish to restore.
Use Ctrl-click to select multiple files.
2.
Click Restore to start the recovery attempt.
3.
Specify whether the files should be restored to the original folder or to another location.
If you wish to select a different location, the folder hierarchy appears and you can select a folder or create
a new folder. Click OK to confirm your entry.
TuneUp Undelete now restores the selected files to the location specified.
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You can also exit the dialog at any time by pressing Cancel.
Was the recovery successful?
As soon as restoration has finished, you can try to open the file. If this works, the file was successfully restored. If
this doesn't work, the file had probably already been overwritten by another file.
If you now wish to use another program to recover deleted files, so as to be sure that you have tried
everything, we strongly urge you not to install this on the same hard disk as the file was stored on.
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Showing System Information
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp System Information module to display system information.
Introduction
TuneUp System Information looks into your computer and collects all sorts of facts and information about
your hardware and software and your computer's performance.
This information is important if you wish to upgrade your computer or if an engineer asks you whether certain
components are installed on your computer.
How to Show System Information
Launch the TuneUp System Information module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start Center and
selecting Show system information from the Manage processes and show system information area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Show system information entry under Computer.
The facts about your system are displayed on the following nine tabs:
Overview
The overview displays summarized information on the most important components of your computer. This
quickly shows you what processor is installed, the system RAM, the graphic card performance, the mouse in use,
and any available information regarding the disk drives.
Windows
Here you can find out what version of Windows and of Internet Explorer you are using and when you last
booted your computer.
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Display
All important information, including the supported display modes and the abilities of your monitor and graphics
card, can be found here.
Memory
Here you see current memory usage and also how much memory is being used by each of the applications that
are currently loaded.
Performance
Shown here are all facts on processor usage, physical memory and the size of the page file. This information is
displayed in three real-time graphs.
Drives
For each drive, here you are shown information on use of storage space and hardware. You can also find information about how your drives are organized under File system.
I/O Devices
This lists all the important ports, the installed printers and the audio devices.
Communication
When a dial-up connection is open, two real-time graphs show how much data is being sent and received in kilobytes per second.
System Devices
Information on the processor and BIOS memory is displayed here. Click the link Processor details to view
detailed information on the features of your processor.
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7. Customizing Windows
Using the Customize Windows category, you can specifically configure how your Windows should look and
function, thereby personalizing your computer. Under Frequently used settings, you will find the elements and
areas of Windows that you often personalize and you can open these with a simple click.
The "Modify Windows settings" area
Under Personalize options and behaviors, you will find the TuneUp System Control module, which you can use
to adapt the visual effects, user logon, desktop and much more to your personal needs and preferences.
The "Change Windows appearance" area
Under Personalize the appearance of Windows, you will find the TuneUp Styler module, which you can use to
design the Windows user interface entirely to your personal taste. For example, settings such as icons, the logon
screen, the appearance of windows and buttons and much more can be very easily modified.
If you would like a completely new design, you can download entire design packages from the Internet at
www.tune-up.com/services/styler. Simply click on the link to download new Windows themes for free.
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Personalizing Options and Behaviors
In the following chapters, you will find out how to modify your Windows system settings with the TuneUp System Control module.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by TuneUp Rescue Center and can be undone if
necessary.
Introduction
TuneUp System Control is a type of control center that allows you to quickly and easily adapt your Windows
system to your own requirements.
Regardless of whether you want to change the visual effects, the desktop, the way users log on, the security of
your system or memory management, TuneUp System Control lets you configure and optimize any setting,
down to the smallest detail.
And the program even protects your privacy if desired by disabling Internet functions that send information
about your surfing habits.
Simply browse through the individual categories - you will be surprised by how many interesting and useful settings options there are.
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How to Personalize Options and Behaviors
Start the TuneUp System Control module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize options and behaviors entry in the Modify Windows settings area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
the Modify Windows settings entry under Windows.
On the left-hand side of the TuneUp System Control window, you can see the various categories that are available for the settings options.
Each category contains subcategories. If you click on these, tabs open on the right-hand side containing the
individual settings options.
Here you will find detailed information on all settings options, sorted by the categories in the left-hand window
area:
Appearance Category
Here you specify exactly which of the Windows visual effects you wish to use, configure how file types are handled and specify how folder windows and the Explorer should look and act.
Behavior Category
Here you can enter a range of mouse and keyboard options, adapt the items of the Start menu and the speed at
which submenus open, and determine the appearance and behavior of the taskbar.
Communication Category
Here, you can configure the behavior of Windows in the network, personalize Internet Explorer and Outlook
Express and/or Office Outlook, speed up web surfing and protect your privacy by preventing data about your
surfing habits from being sent.
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Administration Category
Here you can set many internal system settings for Windows. For example, you can adapt the startup process
and user logon, configure automatic CD playing, system paths and user data, and adapt the default settings of
the command prompt.
Wizards Category
Here you will find the Copy Settings wizard. It copies your settings to other user accounts and to the Windows
logon screen.
Display Category
Here you specify exactly which of the Windows visual effects you wish to use, configure how file types are handled and specify how folder windows and the Explorer should look and act.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the window:
Animations and Effects
Effects
Here you can change settings that relate to the display and operation of the Windows user interface.
Under Settings, there are numerous options that you can enable or disable using the checkboxes.
To learn more about an option, simply select it with your mouse. Several lines of explanatory text open under
Description.
Depending on the performance capabilities of your system, switching off unwanted effects can improve speed.
Click Best appearance to select all the options that will give Windows an outstanding visual appearance. If the
performance is more important to you, select Best performance. Selecting Default settings restores the Windows default settings.
Animations
Under Window and message animation, specify whether windows or tooltips should be animated. Here you can
switch on the animation when windows are minimized and maximized.
If the Use the animation with tooltips is on, you can select the effect you want from the selection list.
Under Animation of elements, you can specify for which display and control elements scrolling and opening
should be animated. You can switch on the three options list & tree view, list boxes and dropdown lists.
Click Best performance to turn off all the options that only serve to provide showy effects. Selecting Default settings restores the Windows default settings.
Menu Appearance
Under Animation you specify whether menu items are to be hidden after the menu is accessed. You can also
select a display effect from the list.
Under Effects, you can specify whether Windows should use flat 2D menus or whether a small 3D shadow
should be displayed beneath an open window.
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Font Smoothing
To improve the legibility of text on your computer, here you can select your preferred font smoothing method.
The font smoothing type ClearType merits special attention: it is particularly suitable for flat-screen monitors
(TFT and LCD) and makes use of their so-called subpixels to effectively smooth the edges of even small fonts.
Select ClearType and click on ClearType Settings to obtain the optimum adjustment of ClearType smoothing to
your screen.
File Types
Menu Operations
Under Drives and folders, you can configure their context menus.
The Show "Open Command Prompt Here" entry opens the command prompt at the desired location. You can
execute DOS commands via the command prompt.
Under Files and folders you can specify what commands are to be shown in the context menus of files and folders. Here, the four commands Send To, Move To Folder, Copy To Folder and Encrypt/Decrypt can be displayed. The checkbox is active for commands that are already enabled.
Selecting Default settings restores the Windows default settings.
Menu "New"
Here you can select which file types should be shown in the New submenu of the context menu for the desktop,
Explorer and the "Save" dialog. Use the checkboxes to set which file types should be displayed.
Select Remove to remove a selected entry from the list completely. Select Add... to include other file types in the
list.
Under Options, you can specify whether the "New" menu should appear in the context menu of the desktop
and the free area of folder windows.
Opening Files
Here you can select how Windows should proceed when opening files with unknown extensions. Under Default
application, you can specify that either the "Open with" dialog is displayed or that a file is automatically
accessed with a certain program (for example with Notepad). To do so, write the start name of the desired program in the field. Alternatively, select a program via Edit.
Advanced
Windows XP:
Here you can specify whether a new shortcut should be automatically marked as such. By default the name of
the shortcut is prefixed with a "Shortcut to".
In the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer section, you can decide whether double-clicking on images and fax
files automatically loads them into the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Here you can specify whether a new shortcut should be automatically marked as such. By default, the text "
shortcut" is added to the end of the shortcut name.
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Folder Options
View
Here you can determine how folder windows and the elements they contain are to be displayed.
Windows XP:
Under Window, you specify whether the tree view of directories in a folder window is always to be visible,
whether the folder window last opened on logon is to be restored, whether compressed ZIP files are to be displayed as folders, and whether a details bar is to be displayed.
Under View settings, you can use the slide control to determine how many folder views should be stored.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Under Window, you specify whether the menu bar in a folder window should always be visible, whether compressed ZIP files should be displayed as folders and whether a details bar should be shown. In Windows Vista,
you can also specify whether the most recently opened folder window should be restored at logon.
List
Here you adjust the display of additional information in a folder window to suit your specific requirements.
The Pop-ups with detailed information section determines whether a tooltip displaying additional information
should be shown when the mouse cursor is moved over a file or folder in a folder window.
Under Icon arrangement, you specify whether the files should only be sorted alphabetically or whether they
should be arranged logically according to numerical values and the alphabet.
Under Encrypted and compressed files you can specify that both file types be marked with a certain color. By
default, compressed files are blue and encrypted files are green.
Windows XP and Windows Vista only:
In addition you can define the color assignment to suit your needs via the Edit button.
Thumbnails
Windows XP:
Windows can show thumbnail images in a given folder as appropriate for a collection of photos. Here you determine the size and quality of these preview images. The standard size is 96 pixels. You can enter a different value
if you wish. You specify the quality using the slide control.
The higher the picture quality, the more disk space the thumbnails take up. Under Cache, you specify whether
these thumbnails should be temporarily saved to a file called THUMBS.DB. This file is also stored in the folder
and allows the thumbnails to be loaded particularly quickly in the future.
Selection
Here you can set the color of the selection rectangle that should be used in folder windows. This rectangle
shows the progression of the clicked mouse button, if you select multiple files simultaneously.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 only:
You can also decide whether a checkbox should be displayed for selecting elements, allowing multiple files and
folders to be selected with the mouse without the need to use the Ctrl or Shift keys.
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Advanced
Windows XP:
Here you can set what elements are to be displayed on the Desktop and under My Computer. You can easily
hide entire drives and specify how the address bar in Explorer, Internet Explorer and the Run dialog should
behave.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Here you can set what elements are to be displayed on the Desktop and under Computer. You can easily hide
entire drives and specify how the address bar in Explorer, Internet Explorer and the Run dialog should behave.
Usage Category
Here you can enter a range of mouse and keyboard options, adapt the items of the Start menu and the speed at
which submenus open, and determine the appearance and behavior of the taskbar.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the window:
Input Options
Mouse Functions
Under Swap mouse buttons you can swap the left and right mouse button. You would then click with the righthand button and open the context menu with the left-hand button.
Many mice now come with a scroll wheel. In accordance with Microsoft Intellimouse and similar models, you
can specify under Scroll wheel what should happen when this wheel is used. The standard setting is scroll by 3
lines. You can change the number of lines, increase the scrolling setting to a full screen page or turn it off completely.
Under Set pointer automatically you can specify that the cursor automatically moves to the highlighted button
when a dialog box opens so that you can click this button right away.
Mouse Sensitivity
Under Double clicking and dragging you can specify how much you can move the mouse when double clicking and how far you have to move the mouse to start dragging an object. The values are given in pixels.
Tip: Try out your new settings on the Test icon.
Under Hover effect you can change the movement tolerance and the hover time of the mouse cursor for the display of the hover effect. This takes effect as soon as the cursor hovers over an item for a certain length of time.
Tip: You can also try out the setting on a Test icon. It lights up as soon as the mouse pointer is placed over it.
Active Window Tracking
Here, you can enable a little-known Windows function that could change the way you work with windows completely: Active Window Tracking.
If you enable this feature, all you need to do is move the mouse pointer over an inactive window to activate it so
that you can work with that program. You then no longer need to click on a window in order to enable it.
You can turn on the option in the Foreground section in order to pull the active window immediately to the top.
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Keyboard
Under Flashing cursor, you can set how the cursor flashes at the point at which data is to be input (e.g. in a
word processing program).
Tip: Look in the small preview to the right of your current settings and the changes made.
Use the slide control to specify the frequency of flashing. If desired, you can also set the cursor width to your liking and enter a value in pixels.
Modern keyboards are made with a special Windows key with the Windows logo printed on it. This key is used
to open the Windows Start menu and it can also be used in combination with other keys to initiate special functions, e.g. maximizing all windows (Windows + M) or showing the Desktop or, since Windows Vista, the Computer (Windows + E).
If you do not need these key combinations or sometimes hit them by accident due to the layout of your keyboard, you should turn this option off.
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Start Menu
General
Under Menu speed, you specify whether the submenus should open automatically as soon as the mouse points
to the menu entry in question or whether a click is also necessary. There are great differences here between the
various operating systems, about which we would like to go into further detail.
Windows XP:
If you opt for Display when pointed to, you can set for how long the mouse pointer is to be positioned over the
item before the menu opens.
Under Users you can specify whether your user name should be displayed in the upper area of the Start menu. In
addition to the Shut down button, you can also display or remove a Log off button by which to switch users.
Windows 7:
Under Exit a session, you can specify which action should be taken when you click the Exit a session button. By
default, the computer is shut down.
For the Hibernate and Power save modes, the current status, including all opened documents and programs, is
preserved so that after switching your computer back on you can continue working right where you left off.
Whereas power save mode still requires a small amount of power, in hibernate mode the computer can be completely disconnected from the power supply. However, putting the computer into hibernate mode and then
"waking" it will take much longer.
Alternatively, you can specify here that this button causes the computer to restart, the computer to be locked,
the current user to be logged off, or that the user should be changed. Simply decide based on your preferences.
Note than when an update is ready for installation, this button is temporarily assigned to the Shut down computer function (until the update has been installed). This ensures that key program updates are not accidentally
forgotten.
Vista only:
Under Power off button you can set what action is to be carried out when you click on the Power off button.
By default, the computer is put into Power save mode.
If you would prefer to shut down your computer quickly (or you are missing this function entirely in Windows
Vista), you are advised to select Shut down computer. This saves you from having to open the submenu and
selecting Shut down there. The third option is to put your PC into hibernate mode.
For the Hibernate and Power save modes, the current status, including all opened documents and programs, is
preserved so that after switching your computer back on you can continue working right where you left off.
Whereas power save mode still requires a small amount of power, in hibernate mode the computer can be completely disconnected from the power supply. However, putting the computer into hibernate mode and then
"waking" it will take much longer.
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Recently Used
Use the Default settings button to restore the Windows default settings.
Windows XP:
Under Recently used files you can set whether recently used files are to appear under Documents in the Start
Menu. You can also define the exact number of documents to be displayed. When logging off, you can also
automatically clear the list.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Under Recently used files you can set whether recently used files appear in the Start menu under Recently used.
You can also delete the content of the list.
Under Recently used programs you can specify whether recently used programs should appear in the Start
menu. On Windows Vista you can also use Settings to specify which programs you want to be displayed in the
Start menu. The default setting is for Windows to show all recently used programs here.
Shortcuts
Under Move and edit shortcuts you can set whether the moving of shortcuts is allowed.
From here you can also start TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner.
Advanced
Windows XP:
Here you can open the TuneUp Styler module in a new window and thereby personalize the appearance of Windows to suit you, e.g. change the icons for folders and menu items.
Task Bar
Flashing Buttons
While entering text and other content, the activation of other windows is prohibited. A flashing icon in the taskbar alerts you to the fact that other software is trying to communicate with you. If this flashing should be
retained, the option Enable flashing taskbar buttons must be turned on.
Under Flashing speed you specify how rapidly the button on the taskbar should flash. You have two options to
choose from: The first one lets a window button in the taskbar flash until it is clicked again. The second option
restricts flashing to a certain number specified by you. The default setting is 7.
Under General, you can specify how long Windows should wait after your last key press before windows from
other programs are allowed to appear again.
Button View
Here, you can specify whether and how windows should be represented by buttons on the taskbar.
Under Display you specify the desired maximum width of buttons in pixels. The default value is 154 pixels. If you
deactivate the option Show animated buttons, Windows will no longer animate the corresponding taskbar button when a window is opened. This leaves more computing power available for other tasks.
Under Grouping you can specify whether and in which cases several windows of a program are to be represented by a shared button on the taskbar.
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Minimized Windows
Sometimes, after the windows of a program have been minimized, only the title bar remains which is then automatically positioned at the bottom of the screen.
Under Position and alignment you determine the exact target position of these bars. The default setting is bottom left, where several bars are displayed side by side.
Under Spacing, you can specify how many pixels there should be between the individual title bars.
Advanced
Notifications are often shown in the (next to the clock) to inform you of important events or ask you to perform
various tasks, such as removing unused shortcuts from the desktop. Here you can specify different options for
these reminders.
Communication Category
In this category, you can configure the behavior of Windows in the network, personalize Internet Explorer and
Outlook Express and/or Office Outlook, speed up web surfing and protect your privacy by preventing certain
programs from automatically sending data about your surfing habits.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the window:
Network
My Network Places
Here, you can configure a number of settings that affect the display of shares under My Network Places. Among
other things you can prevent your computer from being displayed in My Network Places of other computers
and that (using your password) all drives on your computer can be accessed, although you did not specify any
shares.
Advanced
In the Universal Plug & Play section you can turn off the Windows service for automatically detecting network
devices. This function is a potential security risk and should be disabled if you do not need it.
Under Quality of Service (QoS) service, you can prevent Windows from reserving part of your Internet connection bandwidth for important packets. Disable Reserve bandwidth if you always want to have your full bandwidth for surfing.
Passwords
Windows XP:
Saving your passwords means that you don't have to enter your password every time you dial into the Internet,
access protected shares, etc. However, hackers may be able to access and misuse these passwords. You can
therefore disable the automatic saving of passwords here.
Internet Time
Here you can set the clock on your computer to be synchronized regularly with an atomic clock over the Internet, to ensure your computer always shows the correct time. The following option must be enabled first: Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server.
The Available time servers section lists some popular reference clocks. If you know other servers, you can enter
their online addresses into the list by clicking Add.
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Internet
Here you can determine how an existing dial-up connection should be handled when a user logs off, and you
can deactivate the integrated Windows Firewall.
Windows XP only:
By clicking on the Settings button you can also set various advanced options for your Internet connection.
Internet Explorer
Explorer Bars
Here you can set how the toolbars in Internet Explorer should behave. For example, you can have the search bar
always perform searches using Google™ and change settings for the Autocomplete feature in the address bar.
View
In the Title bar section, enter the text you would like to be displayed in the Internet Explorer title bar.
Favorites
Here you can show and hide favorites folders and their contents andthereby hide unwanted folders. Please note
that the contents of the favorites folders is not shown here and only the available folders are listed. You can also
sort the folders by name.
Menu
This is where you can customize the Internet Explorer menu bar and use the Settings button to add many useful
commands to the context menu that is called up when you right-click on any web page.
Under Show source code you can specify whether, when you select Show source code, the website should be
opened with Internet Explorer or with a different program, e.g. the Windows editor (notepad.exe).
Navigation
In the Website behavior section, you can specify how Internet Explorer should react when links are called up.
For example, you could specify that pop-ups or links opened in other programs are always opened in a new tab
in the current window.
In the Start pages section, specify which websites should automatically open when Internet Explorer is
launched. Several sites can be selected for this. Use the Up and Down buttons to change the order of the pages.
Security
This section concerns security settings in Internet Explorer.
In the User Agent String section, specify how Internet Explorer identifies with the websites you visit.
Under Download confirmation, you can specify whether Internet Explorer is permitted to download certain file
types such as videos or music files without confirmation. If you wish to be asked before such files are downloaded, you must select Always confirm before downloading files.
Performance
Here you specify the profile that corresponds most closely to the bandwidth of your Internet connection. In the
Maximum number of connections section, you can specify how many server connections can be established.
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Mozilla Firefox
General
This is where you can make the following general settings for Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
Under Text animation, you can turn off annoying text effects, e.g. constant flashing or horizontally scrolling
text (marquees). If these effects are a nuisance to you, you can disable them by selecting the options Disable
blinking text and Disable scrolling text (marquees).
Under Error messages you can specify whether error messages regarding a failed connection attempt to a web
server should be shown as a window (dialog) or as a web page in the browser window.
Under Sidebar position you can specify whether the sidebar should appear on the right or left side of the
browser window. The sidebar can contain your bookmarks, history and downloads by default.
Operation
This is where you can make changes regarding the usage of Mozilla Firefox.
Under Address bar you can specify that addresses will be automatically completed in the address bar, i.e. Internet addresses appear automatically in the address bar after you have entered the first few letters of the address
(provided that you have already visited this website).
For Mozilla Firefox 2 and more recent versions, you can also specify whether the Load address button should
appear beside the address bar.
Under Open submenus you can specify how long before a submenu automatically opens when you hover over
it with the cursor.
Windows
This is where you can specify how popup windows and links should be displayed in Mozilla Firefox and how
much influence websites can have on the display of the popup window.
In the Opening links section, you can specify whether, after clicking on a link, the contents should be displayed
in the current window or in a new window.
In the JavaScript section, under Allowed window manipulation, you can limit changes that websites are
allowed to make to popup windows. Some web sites try to hide the navigation bars in a popup window so that it
looks like a Windows message dialog. You can prevent this here.
Tabs (Mozilla Firefox 2 or later versions)
Here you can make the settings for the Mozilla Firefox tabs.
In the "Close" button section, you can specify where the Close button for the tabs should appear. You can
choose from four different positions.
In the Minimum width section, you can specify the minimum width of the tabs, from Mozilla Firefox 2 onwards.
If more than one tab is open, the width of each tab will be automatically reduced until the minimum width set
here has been reached. If further tabs are opened, a scrollbar will be shown on the right-hand side of the screen
which you can use to scroll to the tabs that are not visible.
Under Color of active tab you can use the Highlight with color option to specify which color should be used to
highlight the tab currently active in the browser. Click on the Change button to change the color used to highlight the top and bottom borders of the active tab.
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Performance
Here you can enable the pipelining feature of Mozilla Firefox. Pipelining is an experimental function through
which the web browser sends multiple download requests to a web server over a single connection. This is not
supported by all web servers.
Opera
Title Bar
Here you can configure the settings for displaying the Opera title and logo.
Under Window title, enter in the Title field the text you want to appear in Opera's title bar. If you leave the field
empty and click on Accept or OK, the field is automatically filled with the default entry Opera.
In the Opera icon section, in place of the red "O" opera icon you can select a different icon from your hard disk.
The selected icon is then displayed in the Windows taskbar and in the Opera window.
If the icon file you select is valid, the icon is displayed immediately. If the icon file you select is invalid, the standard Opera icon is reinstated.
Operation
This is where you can make changes regarding the usage of Opera.
Under Autocomplete for web addresses you can specify that addresses will be automatically completed in the
address bar, i.e. Internet addresses appear automatically in the address bar after you have entered the first few
letters of the address. If, for example, you enter just one word only, then top-level domain suffixes like ".net" and
".com" are added to the end and the prefix "www." to the beginning. completes. Disabling this function can
speed up Opera a little.
Under Show source code you can specify whether, when Show source code is selected in the website context
menu, the internal editor in Opera should be used or another program, e.g. Windows editor (notepad.exe).
Performance
You can turn on fast navigation again here, which is set to automatic mode by default in Opera 9 onwards.
By selecting Automatic mode, you can specify that the web server setting should be taken into account when
you navigate through the browser history, which informs the browser whether a site can be loaded from the
cache using "Back" or "Forward" or whether the website should be downloaded anew each time. The latter is
necessary for certain shop pages to function correctly. However the server often demands that the page be
downloaded again from the web server when it is not necessary.
By selecting Compatibility mode you can specify that, regardless of how the server is set, the sites are never
downloaded from the browser cache when you navigate through the browser history, but are always downloaded anew from the website. This setting is generally not required and is not recommended for fast surfing.
By selecting Fast mode, you can specify that the websites already on your computer are always loaded from the
cache. This not only has the advantage that the back and forward functions are suddenly very fast again, but
also that a lower data volume needs to be downloaded over the Internet connection. Furthermore, entries you
have made into form fields are generally retained during navigation in a browser. For websites to function correctly with active site contents, it may however be necessary to manually refresh the websites regularly (e.g.
using F5).
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Search
Here you can set which search engine Opera should use in general and for speed dial and how the speed dial
should be displayed.
Under Default search engine you can specify which search engine Opera uses. This is automatically selected in
the search field, in the address bar, when "Search" is selected in the context menu of selected text and when
entering several words in the address bar.
Under Speed dial default search engine you can change the search engine that is displayed by default in the
speed dial page in a new empty tab.
E-Mail and Chat
Outlook Express
Windows XP:
You can change the font here which is displayed in the application title bar. You can also decide whether the
application should show a splash screen when starting up.
Here you can also configure the security function that blocks executable e-mail attachments. If you do not wish
to have such attachments blocked, you can disable this function. But please note that such attachments may
also contain malware such as viruses that are run when you click them.
Windows Mail
Vista only:
You can change the font here which is displayed in the application title bar. You can also decide whether the
application should show a splash screen when starting up.
Here you can also configure the security function that blocks executable e-mail attachments. If you do not wish
to have such attachments blocked, you can disable this function. But please note that such attachments may
also contain malware such as viruses that are run when you click them.
Office Outlook
Windows 7:
Under Minimize Outlook you can select whether Outlook 2003/XP should, when minimizing the window, create
an icon either in the taskbar or in the taskbar notification area (beside the clock). If you opt for the notification
area, turn on the Minimize Outlook to notification area option.
Under E-Mail Attachment Security click the Settings button to open a window in which you can specify which
file attachment types are automatically blocked.
Windows Messenger
Windows XP:
Under Run, you can specify whether and for which events Windows Messenger should open automatically. If
you want to prevent Windows Messenger from running entirely, select Disable Windows Messenger.
If you do not use Windows Messenger at all, you can also remove it from your system entirely. Simply use the
Removal option for this.
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Privacy
General
Here you can configure settings for your privacy and security when working with your computer.
Under Automatic Windows Updates you can specify whether Windows should automatically establish a connection with Microsoft or not. If Enable automatic Windows Updates is activated, Windows may then establish
automatic contact with the Microsoft server as soon as there is an Internet connection, in order to check if there
are any updates for your system.
The Notify before downloading updates option should be enabled if you want to be asked permission before
Windows downloads available updates from the Internet.
Cover Tracks
Here you can configure settings to cover your tracks when working with documents and surfing the Internet.
Under Delete history lists you can click Delete now to clear the list of recently opened files in the Start menu.
Under Clear Internet Explorer cache enable the Clear Internet Explorer cache when closing option if the web
browser should clear its cache as soon as it closes. You should only select this option when maximum security is
important to you and you do not wish others to be able to find out which sites you visited on the Internet by
viewing the cache.
Internet Explorer
This is where you determine your privacy security settings.
Under Integrated SmartScreen filters you can enable the SmartScreenfilters to ensure that Internet Explorer
checks the websites accessed for suspicious and known scam websites.
Under Integrated Windows authentication you can enable the Disable integrated Windows authentication
option to ensure that Internet Explorer no longer automatically attempts to log on to websites using Windows
authentication.
Windows Media Player
Here you can configure your privacy settings for Windows Media Player.
Windows Media Player communicates frequently with the Internet. Under Settings, you can specify that neither
the list of recently played media files nor information about playback media or music files should be saved. Click
Highest security to turn all options on in one go.
Click Advanced to proceed to the data protection settings for Windows Media Player. Here you can block script
commands from running, prevent the automatic purchase of licenses, disable the automatic download of
codecs and block Internet sites from identifying the player.
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Advanced
Here you can make additional privacy settings.
Under Page file you can click Go to "Memory management" to specify that the Windows page file should be
deleted automatically when the system shuts down.
Under Internet time you can disable the automatic synchronization of the Windows system clock with an Internet reference clock.
Under Error reporting you can specify whether Windows should send an error report with your system configuration to Microsoft following a crash. Use the Error reporting button to open the various reports and disable them with a click of the mouse.
Administration Category
This category of TuneUp System Control gives you control over many internal system settings. For example, you
can adapt the startup process and user logon, configure automatic CD playing, system paths and user data, and
adapt the default settings of the command prompt.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the window:
User Logon
General
Windows XP:
Here you can choose between the Welcome screen and the logon prompt. The default setting in Windows XP is
the Welcome screen. This shows a list of all available user names, which can be selected with a mouse click. Alternatively, you can select the option Use the old logon dialog . This brings up the secure logon prompt, where
you are required to enter your logon details manually.
You can also specify here additional settings concerning the behavior and appearance of the logon screen.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
You can adjust the behavior and appearance of your logon screen and the logon prompt here. Click on the
Adjust button to set individual options.
Automatic logon
To skip logging on to the system a user can be logged onto the system automatically. If you wish to do this,
select the Enable automatic logon option and enter your logon data in the placeholders below.
Under Security you specify whether or not logon can be skipped using the Shift key. You can also have the system carry out a logon immediately after a logoff.
Messages
Under Notification before logon, you can set a predefined notification that is displayed to all users before
logon - for example a warning from the boss not to surf the Internet during office hours. To do so, first enable
the Show message before logon option and then enter the title and actual text of the notification in the input
fields.
Under Error search during logon and logoff, you can specify that detailed status messages should be shown
during the logon and logoff process.
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Tour
Windows XP:
First-time users can be invited to go on a tour of Windows XP following system startup. During this tour, the
user is shown all important Windows XP modules. Deselect the option Show Windows Tour after logon if you
do not want the tour to be activated after the system starts up. Under Scope, you can specify whether this
option only applies to the current user or to all users.
Welcome Center (Windows Vista) / Getting Started (Windows 7)
New users can be shown the Welcome Center (in Vista) or the Getting Started window when the system is
started up, which is designed to make setting up the system easier and shows links to further information and
offers on the Internet. You can turn this display on or off here.
Drives
General
Windows XP:
Here you make certain settings concerning your hard drives. For example you can enable UDMA66 support,
which can speed up access to your drives.
Under NTFS file system, you can set two options that relate to the new Windows NTFS file system: Save the
date of the last access to a file and Save short (DOS) file names. We recommend that you leave both options
enabled, as disabling them may have negative side effects on the efficiency of hard disk defragmentation and on
compatibility with older software.
Memory space
Windows automatically sounds the alarm if there is only a small amount of disk space remaining on a drive. If
this warning disturbs you, you can disable the Display warning about low disk space option.
AutoPlay
Under Media change monitoring, you can turn on the Monitor CD drives for media change option. If you do
so, Windows monitors the CD drives. As soon as a new data carrier is inserted, Windows reads it and tries to
launch its content automatically.
Under AutoPlay, you can click on Advanced to open a window in which you can specify autoplay settings for
various data carriers, such as music CDs.
Advanced
Under TuneUp Styler, you can click on Start TuneUp Styler to call up the module and use it to change the
icons of individual drives.
Under TuneUp Drive Defrag, you can click on Start TuneUp Drive Defrag to open the module for defragmenting drives and for optimally arranging files on the drives.
Windows XP:
Under My Computer, you can click on Settings to specify which drives are displayed in the Windows My Computer.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Under Computer, you can click on Settings to specify which drives are displayed in the Windows My Computer.
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Memory and Cache
Memory Management
This includes settings for managing the physical and virtual memory.
Under Virtual memory, you can specify that drivers and the Windows system core can be replaced if necessary
or are always kept in the RAM.
Under Page file, you can specify that TuneUp Utilities always overwrites the content of the Windows page file
with zeros, thereby deleting it when the system is shut down.
Clicking on Recommended accepts the settings recommended by TuneUp Utilities.
Memory Usage
Here you can set whether the computer should reserve more RAM for the programs or for the system cache.
Advanced
Clicking on the corresponding buttons here, takes you to the TuneUp StartUp Manager and TuneUp Process
Manager modules, which you can use to configure the system startup and manage running programs.
Startup and Maintenance
System startup
Here you can make general settings about how Windows should proceed when starting up the system.
Under Boot defragmentation, you can enable the Enable boot defragmentation option to specify that files
required for booting should be arranged on the hard disk so that they can be found particularly quickly.
Under Boot logo and error messages, you can enable the Do not display boot logo and error messages option
to specify that Windows should not only suppress the boot logo display but also the display of error messages
during startup.
Under Waiting time for drive check, you can specify how long the user should be given to decide against running the CHKDSK scan program. This program is launched automatically if the computer was not shut down
properly and checks the integrity of the data on the hard disks.
Exit
Windows XP:
Here, you specify what Windows should do if individual programs have crashed.
Under Waiting time without response, you can specify the time in milliseconds that the system gives the program to show a response. It will then be ended in the Task Manager or when the computer is shut down.
Under End programs automatically, you can set whether applications should be closed automatically or
whether the End program dialog should be shown.
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Desktop and Taskbar
Here you can make settings regarding the stability of the desktop and taskbar.
Under Desktop and taskbar in a separate process, you can enable the Execute desktop and taskbar in a separate process option to increase the stability of the system if Explorer crashes. This increases stability, but
requires an additional 8 MB of disk space.
Under Restart desktop and taskbar automatically, you can enable the options to ensure that both the desktop
and taskbar are restarted again automatically if they should crash. This means that the system remains operational.
Errors
Here you can specify how the system should behave in the event of errors.
Under Audible signals, you can enable the Play acoustic signal when errors occur option to specify that the system should make a sound if there is an error message or incorrect entry.
Under System errors, you can select from the dropdown list what should happen if the system has been
stopped due to a critical system error. You can also specify that the event should be entered in the system log.
Under Error reporting, you can specify whether Windows should send an error report to Microsoft following a
crash. This will communicate not only information about the error but also information about your system.
System
General
Under Windows registration, you can change the name and company of the user who registered the current
Windows version. Here you can also see the serial number and product ID of your Windows license.
Under Windows Installer - user data, enter the name and company name that should be automatically entered
into the user information when new software is installed.
Under Support information, you can use the Settings button to open a configuration window in which you
can modify the information shown in the system properties.
Common Dialogs
Here you specify the appearance of the common dialogs for opening and saving files.
Under File name, you can specify whether, in common dialogs, a selection field containing the files most
recently used is to be displayed instead of a single input field.
Windows XP only:
Under Folder navigation, you specify which navigation elements should be shown for simplified operation in
common dialogs. You can also specify whether the "Back" button should be displayed and if a navigation bar
should be displayed on the left-hand side of the common dialog.
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Search
Windows XP:
Here you can define the appearance and the behavior of the search dialog.
The Disable indexing service option prevents the system from automatically indexing the contents of your files
when the computer is idle.
The Use classic search in Explorer option replaces the modern style search dialog with the classic style.
Under Searched file types , you can click File types to specify which text file types can be searched for specific
content.
Special Folders
Here you specify the physical paths to which special folders such as "My Documents" should link. Highlight a
predefined path and click on Edit to change it to your requirements.
Command prompt
You can configure the appearance and behavior of the command prompt here.
Under Completion, you can specify which key combinations are to be used to complete file and folder names.
Under Advanced settings, you can click on the Advanced button to open a window where you can specify the
visual appearance and start folder of the command prompt.
Security
User Account Control
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
The User Account Control feature ensures that no unauthorized changes are made to the computer. It does this
by asking whether a user has administrator rights to allow any changes to be made to the system. If User
Account Control is enabled, a standard user will always be asked to enter an administrator password to make
such changes.
You can specify here how a user logged on as an administrator is to be informed of potential changes to the
computer and prompted for confirmation.
This is how Windows differentiates between changes that the user makes himself (e.g. security-related settings)
and the startup of programs that can carry out changes. You can set here in detail, which changes must require
confirmation first and whether a password must be entered beforehand.
Because this is a security-relevant setting, it is advisable to leave the user account control activated and select at
least Prompt to confirm without entering password (for Windows Vista) or For changes by programs, without password (for Windows 7).
One aim of User Account Control is to ensure that no programs start in the background without the user being
aware of it. At every program startup, Windows determines whether this program will make changes to the computer. If this is the case and User Account Control is enabled, the user will be prompted to have an administrator
confirm the program startup. This feature is a key security step in case an unknown (and potentially harmful) program starts up without the user having initiated it himself.
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Security Center (Windows Vista) / Maintenance Center (Windows 7)
The Security Center or Maintenance Center, as it is called in Windows 7, regularly runs in the background to
check the security status of your computer and displays warnings if a possible security problem is determined.
If these warnings are displayed on your computer in error or you do not want to be shown warnings from the
Security/Maintenance Center, you can switch the warnings off here.
Advanced
Under Screensaver password prompt, you can specify how long the screensaver has to be running before the
password protection is activated (if this option is enabled). The default value is 5 seconds.
Category "Wizards"
In this category you will find the Copy settings wizard. It copies your settings to other user accounts and to the
Windows logon screen.
Copy settings
You can use TuneUp System Control to make a number of settings by which to change the appearance and the
behavior of the system to suit your requirements. However, these settings are only normally valid for your current user account.
Use the Copy Settings wizard to copy your settings to other user accounts and to the Windows logon screen.
The wizard shows you a list of settings that can be copied. Make your selection and click Next.
Now you can choose where the selected settings should be copied to. A possible target (depending on the
selected settings) is the logon screen. If you have several users set up, all other users are also shown as possible
destinations. Select the destinations you want and click Next to start the copy process.
After successfully completing the copy process, close the wizard by clicking Finish.
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Personalizing the Appearance of Windows
The following chapters explain how you can personalize the appearance of Windows with the TuneUp Styler
module.
Please note that the "Boot screen" and "Startup logo" categories can only be used on Windows Vista.
Introduction
Windows would not be very useful without its graphical user interface. The importance of an attractive interface
is demonstrated by the new design of Windows Vista and Windows 7: the whole system feels immediately
fresher and more modern.
But just as in fashion, itapos;s easy to get tired of the new design, not to mention the people who have always
been bothered by what they consider a "candy" look.
With TuneUp Styler, you can change the appearance of numerous elements in Windows to suit your personal
taste. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how many changes you can make here.
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How to Change the Appearance of Windows
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Change Windows appearance entry under Windows.
The TuneUp Styler start page opens from which all adjustment options of the module can be quickly
reached.
2.
Click on the area in which you wish to make changes.
3.
Give your creativity free reign and design your Windows system completely to your own tastes.
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Boot Screen Category
Please note that this function is not available in Windows 7, as Windows 7 does not use a boot screen.
Introduction
When you boot up Windows, a black screen is displayed as standard. TuneUp Styler lets you switch this boot
screen for a different one with just a few clicks. Or let your imagination run wild and create your own boot
screen with your favorite vacation photo, for example.
This is how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
2.
On the navigation bar, click in the left-hand window area on Boot screen.
TuneUp Styler lists all available boot screens. The first time you use the module, the only screen in the list
will be the default Windows boot screen.
3.
You can add new boot screens to the list before finally accepting them. To do so you have the following
options:
To select an existing boot screen in the list, proceed with step 4.
Downloading previously created boot screens
1. In the top left, click Add under Boot screens.
2. Select the entry Download Boot Screens from TuneUp Online.
This takes you to the TuneUp Website where you can find a wide selection of different boot screens
with which you can improve the appearance of the startup process exactly how you want.
3. Click on a boot screen.
This is automatically opened with TuneUp Styler and added to the list.
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Adding Boot Screens from a File
1. In the top left, click Add under Boot screens.
2. Select Load boot screen from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select any given file on your computer. The following formats
are supported:
Type
File extensions
Description
TuneUp
boot screen
.TBS
The individual format of TuneUp Styler
Stardock
Bootskin
.BOOTKSKIN
The format of many boot screens on websites such as www.wincustomize.com
Images
.BMP; .PNG; If you select an image in one of these formats, the Create boot
.GIF; .JPG;
screen dialog is automatically called up with this image, allowing
.JPEG
you to make additional adjustments.
Ntoskrnl.exe
.EXE
files
The system core of Windows XP, in which a boot screen was incorporated. TuneUp Styler
3. Select a new boot screen and give it a name under which it will appear in the list of TuneUp Styler.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list. You
can add additional boot screens.
Creating your Own Boot Screen
1. Under Boot screens click Create new.
A wizard appears with which you can search for and adapt an image. You can select an image on your
computer or on an external storage device.
You also have the option of first transferring an image from a camera or scanner or starting a Google™
image search directly from TuneUp Styler. In both cases, you save the required image to a location
that you can easily find again and click on Search local drives to load the saved image.
2. Optimizing the appearance of your new image.
Please note that the available alignment options are only effective if the image is not yet the correct
size for a boot screen (640 x 480 pixels). Under Background, you can specify the color to be used for
areas not covered by your image.
For technical reasons, this includes the background of the progress bar. You can also set position, foreground color and edge color to suit your individual taste. Position the progress bar at a location that
does not interfere with the overall picture.
You can find out more information here: Tips for Attractive Boot screens (Windows XP only), p. 130
3. Save the new boot screen to the TuneUp Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list.
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Restoring the default
If you no longer like your new boot screen, you can restore the default Windows screen at any time.
1. Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default boot screen is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
2. Click Apply to apply it.
Steps 4 and 5 do not apply.
4.
Select the visual style you want from the list to preview it.
5.
Click Apply.
TuneUp Styler accepts the new boot screen.
Tips for Attractive Boot screens (Windows XP only)
For technical reasons, all boot screens in Windows XP may only have 16 colors, of which some are prescribed
(e.g. black). TuneUp Styler therefore has to reduce the full range of colors in your composition (normally 16.7
million) to a very few when you click Save boot screen.
TuneUp Styler uses a sophisticated algorithm for this to automatically determine the best 16 colors for your picture. If the picture contains too many different colors, the results of this conversion may not be satisfactory.
Experience has shown that the best boot screens are those that use only a few different colors. This means that
an image that consists predominantly of different blue shades and only a few contrasting colors will probably
make an attractive boot screen.
Set the foreground color of the progress bar to a color that is contained in your image. This way, you do not use
one of the precious 16 colors in the progress bar only. Wherever possible, avoid skin tones in your boot screen.
Images with skin tones normally cannot be displayed correctly with only 16 colors (ask any graphic artist). Of
course, you may be lucky. The best thing to do is try!
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Startup Logo Category
Please note that this function is only available on Windows Vista because neither Windows XP nor Windows 7
use the startup logo.
Introduction
Just before logon, a small, animated Windows logo appears. With TuneUp Styler you can replace this startup
logo without making risky interventions in the system.
This is how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
2.
On the navigation bar, click in the left-hand window area on Startup logo.
TuneUp Styler lists all available startup logos. You can now add additional predesigned startup logos or
create your own startup logo.
3.
You can add new startup logos to the list before you accept it finally. To do so you have the following
options:
To select an existing startup logo in the list, proceed with step 4.
Downloading Previously Created Startup Logos
1. In the top left, under Startup logos, click Add.
2. Select the entry Download Startup Logos from TuneUp Online
This takes you to the TuneUp Website, where you can find a wide selection of different startup logos
with which you can improve the appearance of the startup process exactly how you want.
3. On the TuneUp website simply click on a startup logo. This is then automatically opened with TuneUp
Styler and added to the list.
These attractive startup logos can also be stored as a file (with extension .tla) to a USB flash drive. You
can then transfer these startup logos to any computer on which TuneUp Utilities is installed by clicking Add and Load startup logo from a file.
Adding Startup Logos from a File
1. In the top left, under Startup logos, click Add.
2. Select the entry Load startup logo from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select any image on your computer to be used in place of the
animated startup logo. You get best results when your image is in 300x300 pixel format.
3. Select a new startup logo and give it a name under which it will be included in the list of TuneUp
Styler.
You can also enter the name of an author. The startup logo you added now appears in the list. You
can add additional startup logos.
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Creating your Own Startup Logo
1. Under Startup logos click Create new.
An Explorer window opens and you select an image on your computer or an external storage medium.
2. Save the new startup logo to the TuneUp Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The startup logo you added now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer want to use your new startup logo, you can of course restore the Windows default at any
time.
1. Click on the Use default.
The default startup logo is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
2. Click Apply to apply it.
4.
To preview the startup logo you want, select it in the list.
You can even animate the preview by clicking on the Play button.
5.
Click Apply.
TuneUp Styler uses the new startup logo.
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Logon Screen Category
Introduction
If you share your computer with other users, or if you use a password to protect your account, you will be familiar with the Windows logon screen. TuneUp Styler lets you change the logon screen to suit your personal taste.
This logon screen shows a list of all user accounts. Users must select their account from this list, enter their password (if one is set) and are then logged on to the system.
This is how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
2.
On the navigation bar, click in the left-hand window area on Logon screen.
TuneUp Styler lists all available logon screens. The first time you use the module, the only screen in the
list will be the default Windows boot screen.
3.
You can first add new logon screens to the list before you accept it finally. To do so you have the following options:
To select an existing logon screen from the list, proceed with step 4.
Downloading Previously Created Logon Screens
1. Click Add in the top left under Logon screens.
2. Select the entry Download Logon Screens from TuneUp Online.
This takes you to the TuneUp Online where you will find a wide selection of different logon screens
which you can use to give your system an individual style.
3. Click on a logon screen.
This is automatically opened with TuneUp Styler and added to the list.
Adding Logon Screens from a File
1. Click Add in the top left under Logon screens.
2. Select the entry Load logon screen from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select a file on your computer. However, only files in TuneUp
Styler format (with the .TLS extension) are supported.
In addition, all available logon screens can be directly installed with the file Logonui.exe or in Stardock
LogonStudio format (LOGONXP).
3. Select a new logon screen and give it a name under which it should appear in the TuneUp Styler list.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list. You
can add additional logon screens.
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Creating your Own Logon Screen
1. Please note that this feature is not available in Windows XP.
Under Logon screens, click Create new.
A wizard appears with which you can search for and adapt an image. You can select an image on your
computer or on an external storage device.
You also have the option of first transferring an image from a camera or scanner or starting a Google™
image search directly from TuneUp Styler. In both cases, you save the required image to a location
that you can easily find again and click on Search local drives to load the saved image. Please note
that images found using the Google™ image search may be protected by copyright. You must only
use those images that are not protected by copyright.
2. Optimizing the appearance of your new image.
Please note that the available alignment options are only effective if the image is not yet the correct
size for a logon screen (640 x 480 pixels). Under Background, you can specify the color to be used for
areas not covered by your image.
3. Save the new boot screen to the TuneUp Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer want to use your new logon screen, you can naturally restore the default Windows screen
at any time.
1. Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default logon screen is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
2. Click Apply to apply it.
Steps 4 and 5 do not apply.
4.
Select the desired logon screen from the list to preview it.
5.
Click Apply.
Most welcome screens are in English, but not all. For this reason, your system may greet you in a different
language the next time you start your computer after installing a new screen. Then, instead of "Click your
user name to log on," the screen might read "Klicken Sie auf Ihren Benutzernamen, um sich anzumelden,"
for example
In this case, you may be asked if you want to use the texts in the selected logon screen, or if you want to
use the texts from the default logon screen in your system language.
TuneUp Styler applies the new logon screen.
You can test the logon screen by simultaneously pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.
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System Elements Category
Introduction
In this category you can swap typical Windows icons for new ones.
Here's how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
2.
In the navigation bar in the left window area, click under Icons on System elements.
TuneUp Styler shows you on the right-hand side tabs for the following areas, in which you can change
system elements:
You change the icons for all elements in the Desktop, Start menu, Explorer and Control Panel. You can also
adjust the icons for the display of file types.
For some elements you can even specify new names (e.g. the Recycle Bin or My Network Places).
If you are missing the term "My Computer" from Windows XP, you could for example rename the element
now called "Computer" in Windows Vista to "My Computer".
3.
Click through the individual tabs and select an element that you wish to change.
4.
Click Replace icon.
The icon library opens in which the current icon of the selected element appears. This is usually a library
that was already installed with Windows. If you have your own icon library on your computer, you can
import its content using Browse.
5.
Select an icon to mark it for replacement.
Your changes will initially be indicated by a small orange asterisk next to the relevant elements in the list.
Any change that has not yet been accepted can be discarded at any time by selecting an element marked
with such an asterisk in the list and clicking on Discard unsaved changes made to this element.
6.
At the bottom right of the window, click Accept to carry out the change.
How to undo changes
You can discard any changes not yet accepted for an element by selecting them in the list and clicking on Discard unsaved changes made to this element.
Any changes already made to an element can be undone by selecting the element and clicking Reset element
to Windows default. Please note that this link is only displayed if the element does not currently correspond to
the Windows default.
If you should want to undo changes made to multiple items, you can click Reset category or Reset all categories. The first link only resets the elements of the currently selected tab, the second all system elements that
can be changed with TuneUp Styler.
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When you click on either link, a dialog appears where you can choose whether you want to reset all elements to
the Windows default or whether you only wish to discard any unsaved changes for these elements. The second
option is only available if there are changes that have not yet been applied.
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Managing Icon Packages
Introduction
It is of course a very laborious task to change every Windows icon individually. TuneUp Styler therefore allows
you to swap all old-fashioned Windows icons for new ones in one fell swoop.
Adding an Icon Package
1.
In the TuneUp Styler the left area of the window under Icons, click System elements. Then click Icon
packages at the bottom.
A new window opens that shows all the available icon packages. Now you can add new icon packages to
the list or install an existing one (continue to step 4).
2.
Click Add.
This allows you to add additional icon packages to the list. You have the option of using an icon package
from your computer or downloading a new package from TuneUp Online. Here you can download numerous creatively designed icon packages.
On the web pages, just click on an icon package and open it with TuneUp Styler. After just a few seconds
the package is displayed in the list.
Creating a new icon package
As an alternative, you can create your own icon package from your current icon set and either back it up or
share it with friends.
1.
Click Create new package at the top of the list.
A wizard opens to guide you through the process of creating an icon package.
2.
Information about the author: Here you can immortalize yourself, if you want, and enter your name, e-mail
address and website address.
3.
Package name and description: Enter a meaningful package name here. If you wish, you can add additional information on the package in the Description field.
4.
Optimize package size: Use the options in this step to ensure that your package is not too large, so that it
can be sent via e-mail without problems.
5.
Creating icon package: The icons are now collected and optimized if necessary, after which they are saved
together in an icon package.
6.
Finishing the wizard: The icon package has now been successfully created and will be added to the list of
icon packages when you click Finish. Clicking Open folder takes you to the icon package folder in
TuneUp Styler, so that you can copy the icon package to a different location or attach it to an e-mail.
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File System Category
Introduction
Windows assigns a default icon to every drive, every folder, every Start menu folder and every entry in Favorites.
This is how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Modify Windows appearance area.
2.
In the navigation bar in the left-hand window area, click under Icons on File system.
A tree structure of your drives and folders opens. Click through the individual elements of the tree structure to select those elements to which you would like to assign a more individual icon.
Ideas and tips
Under the first node, you could assign the drive containing your games an especially funky icon,
but a more serious one to the drive with your office programs.
l You can proceed in the same way for folders - a few well-chosen icons help you to keep track of
things, even if your drives are really full.
l The icons on the Start menu can also be swapped for more meaningful icons.
l You can even give your favorites in Internet Explorer their own icon. This will help you to find your
most favorite favorites from a usually very long list.
Click through the individual elements of the tree structure and select an element to which you would like
to assign a more creative icon.
l
3.
4.
Click Replace icon.
Please note that this is not possible for the three elements Computer, Start menu and Favorites.
The icon library opens in which the current icon of the selected element appears. This is usually a library
that was already installed with Windows. If you have your own icon library on your computer, you can
find its content using Browse...
5.
Select an icon.
6.
Click OK to apply your changes immediately.
Undoing Individual Changes
To undo a change, select an item in the list and click Reset element to Windows default.
Undoing Multiple changes
If you want to undo several changes at once, you may find the Restore backup from a previous session link useful. It starts TuneUp Rescue Center and enables you to undo the changes carried out with TuneUp Styler on a
certain date.
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Appearance of icons Category
Introduction
Here you can change the appearance of icons on the desktop.
Here's how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
2.
In TuneUp Styler in the left area of the window under Icons, click Appearance of icons.
TuneUp Styler provides a preview of some items on your desktop that you can personalize.
3.
Specify how big the gap between items on the desktop should be and whether a shortcut should be indicated by an arrow.
Specify the size of items on the desktop, specify how big the gap between them should be and whether a
shortcut should be indicated by an arrow.
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Repair Category
Introduction
It can be fun to change the Windows icons and to make a few personal settings here and there. However, it is
possible that the desired icons are suddenly not displayed correctly or are even swapped. TuneUp Styler has
two repair functions.
This is how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
2.
In TuneUp Styler, click Repair under Icons in the left-hand area of the window.
3.
Click Reload Icons.
This function usually clears up any problems and allows you to continue restyling your Windows system. If
reloading the icons does not resolve matters, there may be a serious problem with your icon cache. If this
is the case, continue with step 4.
4.
Click Repair Icon Cache.
The icon cache is a file in which Windows stores all loaded icons, for faster loading in the future. Should
an error occur with this file, all icons could be corrupted. Luckily, this error can be repaired directly from
TuneUp Styler.
Note that you may need to restart your computer or log on again for this repair to take effect.
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Visual Style Category
Introduction
Here you can change what is known as the visual style. This defines the appearance of windows and Windows
buttons.
Here's how it works:
1.
Start the TuneUp Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start Center and
clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
2.
In TuneUp Styler in the left-hand window area under Interface, click Visual Style.
TuneUp Styler displays a list of all available visual styles. On the right, you can see a preview and other
details of the style selected in the list.
3.
You can add new visual styles to the list before finally accepting them. To do so you have the following
options:
To select an existing visual style from the list, proceed with step 4.
Downloading visual styles from TuneUp Online
1. In the top left under Visual Styles click Add.
2. Select the entry Download Visual Styles from TuneUp Online.
This takes you to the TuneUp Online website where you can choose from a wide range of visual styles
that you can download for free at any time.
3. Click on a visual style that you particularly like.
This is automatically opened with TuneUp Styler and added to the list.
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Adding Visual Styles From a File
1. In the top left under Visual Styles click Add.
2. Select Load visual styles from a file...
An Explorer window opens and you can select a visual style on your computer or an external storage
media, if you have already saved one. TuneUp Styler recognizes and supports almost every common
format:
Type
File extenDescription
sions
TuneUp Vis.TVS
ual Styles
The individual format of TuneUp Styler
Microsoft
This Microsoft format often includes additional files that can be found
.MSSTYLES
Visual Styles
in the same folder or in subfolders.
Compressed
.RAR, .ZIP
archives
Archives are searched for all file types in this list, and decompressed
automatically if such files are found.
Self-extract.EXE
ing archives
These files are searched for compressed archives in RAR or ZIP format,
which are treated according to the description of the Compressed
Archive file type.
3. Select a new visual style and give it a name under which it will appear in the TuneUp Styler list.
You can also enter the name of an author. The visual style you added now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer like your new visual style, you can restore the default Windows style at any time.
1. Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default visual style is then automatically selected from the list and the preview changes accordingly.
2. Click Apply.
Steps 4 and 5 do not apply.
4.
Select the visual style you want from the list to preview it.
5.
Click Apply.
The display is now temporarily darkened while TuneUp Styler activates the new visual style for you. After
this brief moment, your Windows system shines with a new brilliance.
Deleting a visual style
If you want to remove a visual style from your computer entirely, select it and click Delete.
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8. Overview of All Functions
On the far right of the Start Center, you will see the Overview of all functions menu. Opening this menu gives
you a list of all functions that TuneUp Utilities offers - clearly sorted according to application area. Clicking on
the wrench icon next to an entry opens the settings for that entry, which you can adapt to your personal requirements.
Installed Programs
Disable
Allows you to disable programs that you are not currently using, but do not wish to uninstall.
(See also How to Disable Programs, p. 45.)
Disable Startup Programs
Allows you to disable programs that are automatically started in the background when the system starts up, so
as to speed up the system startup.
(See also How to Configure Your System Startup, p. 47.)
Uninstall
Shows all the programs installed on your PC with detailed information about them, and allows you to select programs to uninstall.
(See also How to Uninstall Programs, p. 51.)
Hard Disk
Defragment
Rearranges blocks of data on your hard disk, providing more disk space and quicker loading times for documents and programs.
(See also How to Defragment Your Hard Disk, p. 72.)
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Check for errors
Checks the surface of your hard disk and your file system structure for errors and fixes them to prevent data loss.
(See also How to Check your Hard Disk, p. 93.)
Securely delete data
Gives you three options for deleting your files or folders so that they cannot be restored, even by professionals.
(See also How to Securely Delete Data, p. 87.)
Restore deleted files
Searches your hard disk and mobile data carriers for deleted files and restores them.
(See also How to Search for Deleted Files, p. 99.)
Memory space
Gain disk space
Searches for old backups, unnecessary files and unnecessary Windows features, which can be safely removed
from the hard disk without any negative impact on your system.
(See also How to Gain Disk Space, p. 77.)
Find and delete large amounts of data
Allows you to find and delete large amounts of data on your storage media, so as to create more disk space.
(See also How to Run an Analysis, p. 81.)
Registry
Defragment
Rewrites the central database of your Windows system (the registry), eliminating gaps and structural errors to
create a more stable system.
(See also How to Defragment the Registry, p. 64.)
Clean
Specifically searches for faulty entries in the central database of your Windows system (the registry) and repairs
or removes them to create a more stable system.
(See also How to Clean the Registry, p. 57.)
Edit
Allows you to search quickly and easily for keys and values in the registry and make changes (for experienced
users only).
(See also How to Edit Your Registry, p. 147.)
Computer
Turn on Economy Mode
Reduces the power consumption of your computer by making optimum use of the energy saving potential.
(See also How to Switch to Economy Mode, p. 22.)
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Turn on Standard Mode
Puts all tuning services and features at your disposal, without restriction.
Turn on Turbo Mode
Allows you to temporarily turn off unnecessary background programs or maintenance processes to give your
computer a performance boost.
(See also How to Switch to Turbo Mode, p. 18.)
Start 1-Click Maintenance
Checks your system for optimization options and then allows you to implement these optimizations directly.
(See also How to Change Maintenance Settings, p. 33.)
Configure Automatic maintenance
Allows you to specify maintenance tasks that should be run automatically at regular intervals.
(See also How to Change Maintenance Settings, p. 33.)
Showing system information
Shows you important information about your hardware and software and the performance of your computer.
(See also How to Show System Information, p. 102.)
Recommendations
Increase performance
Shows you recommendations for increasing your system performance by making modifications to hardware and
software, Internet settings and visual effects.
(See also How to Increase the Performance of Your Computer, p. 35.)
Fix problems
Shows you existing problems that have a negative impact on your system's health and suggests solutions for
remedying these problems.
(See also Fixing Problems - Details, p. 37.)
Optimizing system startup and shutdown
Checks your computer for recommendations for accelerating system startup and shutdown, e.g. disabling unnecessary startup programs.
(See also How to Optimize System Startup and Shutdown, p. 69.)
Windows
Fix common problems
Shows you a list of common Windows problems and allows you to easily remedy your problems.
(See also How to Fix Common Problems, p. 91.)
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Modify Windows settings
Allows you to modify visual effects, browser options, the desktop, the user logon and much more to your personal requirements.
(See also How to Personalize Options and Behaviors, p. 106.)
Modify Windows appearance
Allows you to change the Windows user interface to your personal wishes and requirements.
(See also How to Change the Appearance of Windows, p. 127.)
Remove broken shortcuts
Searches your system for shortcuts and references that are no longer valid and deletes them. This prevents error
messages when these references are called up.
(See also How to Remove Broken Shortcuts, p. 67.)
Display and close running processes
Allows you to view your running processes and open files and to exit or close these in the event of problems.
(See also How to Manage Running Processes, p. 96.)
TuneUp Utilities
Undo changes
Allows you to reverse changes made with TuneUp Utilities or to resort to Windows restore points.
(See also How to Undo Changes, p. 38.)
Check for updates
Checks whether new updates are available for your TuneUp Utilities and installs them.
(See also How to Check for Updates, p. 149.)
Show Optimization Report
Shows you what TuneUp Utilities has optimized on your computer to date.
(See also How to Display the TuneUp Optimization Report, p. 151.)
Settings
Allows you to customize TuneUp Utilities to suit your needs, apply maintenance settings, and configure Live
Optimization, Turbo Mode and the updates check for TuneUp Utilities.
(See also Changing TuneUp Utilities Settings, p. 11.)
Configure Live Optimization
Allows you to activate two optimization measures for increasing the response rate and system startup speed.
(See also How to Configure Live Optimization, p. 54.)
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Editing the Registry
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can edit the registry using the TuneUp Registry Editor module.
Please note that this feature is only intended to be used by experienced users.
Introduction
The Windows registry is in effect a huge central database. Every new item of hardware or software you install is
"registered" here. Over time, the registry gets larger and larger, making it increasingly difficult to keep a handle
on things.
Experts in these matters searching for a suitable tool with which to get inside Windows and change a number of
settings by hand should use the TuneUp Registry Editor. It naturally also includes the TuneUp Rescue Center
protection, which allows all changes made to be undone at any time.
How to Edit Your Registry
Start the TuneUp Registry Editor module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting the Edit entry under Registry.
The registry is the very heart of your Windows system. Please note that you should be sure you know
what you are doing before making any changes here.
In the left-hand column the Editor displays the registry in a tree structure. The registry consists of countless keys
broken down by subject matter into different categories. These categories are represented by different folders
and subfolders.
Showing a Key
Double-click on a folder in the left-hand column to display its subfolders. When you get to the end of the hierarchy chain, the individual keys are displayed on the right.
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Editing a Key
In the context menu of a key, select the different editing functions. You can delete keys, rename them, and copy
them to the clipboard. You can also edit the values of a key.
In the context menu of a folder, select New to create a new key.
Browsing the Registry
From the Context menu of a folder in the tree structure, select Search to begin searching within the registry.
TuneUp Registry Editor offers you comprehensive search options here.
Showing a bookmark and setting a bookmark
Select Set bookmark from the context menu of a folder in the tree structure so that you can find individual folders more quickly in the future.
Additional functions
In the menu bar, you will find numerous additional functions for editing your registry. For example you can
export or print individual areas or indeed the entire registry. You can also edit the registry using the entries in the
toolbar.
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Checking for Updates
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Update Wizard module to keep your
TuneUp Utilities up to date and why it is important to do so.
Introduction
TuneUp Utilities is constantly being developed: individual features are expanded or adapted to suit the latest
technology and any errors are fixed. When a new version is available it will be made available to you on the Internet.
You have the option of automatically checking for updates or manually checking for updates.
Changing Settings
To change the update check settings, go to the menu bar and click Settings and then Updates. Here you can
decide whether TuneUp Utilities should regularly check for updates automatically. You can also specify here
how often you should be informed of updates that have been found.
Checking for Updates Manually
If you do not want TuneUp Utilities to check for updates automatically, you can turn this function off. In this
case we recommend that you regularly check for updates yourself.
How to Check for Updates
Start the TuneUp Update Wizard module by going to the Overview of all functions category in the Start Center
and selecting the Check for updates entry under TuneUp Utilities.
Alternatively, you can start the module by clicking on Help & Support in the menu bar of the Start Center and
then selecting Check for updates.
TuneUp Update Wizard starts and establishes a connection to the Internet to check for updates.
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If Updates Exist
You receive a list of the available updates with a short description of the new or modified functions.
Click Next to install the updates.
If No Updates Exist
If there are no updates, your TuneUp Utilities is already up to date and you can close the wizard by clicking Finish.
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Displaying the TuneUp Optimization Report
In the following chapters, you will find out how you can use the TuneUp Optimization Report to keep a constant overview of the extent to which you have optimized your computer to date with TuneUp Utilities.
Introduction
The TuneUp optimization report summarizes all of the optimization steps already performed by TuneUp Utilities. This report is particularly relevant if you use the numerous automatic background optimizations of TuneUp
Utilities. Here you can check at any time to what extent TuneUp Utilities has optimized your computer so far.
How to Display the TuneUp Optimization Report
Display the TuneUp optimization report by going to Overview of all functions in the Start Center and selecting
Display optimization report under TuneUp Utilities.
This opens a clear summary of the optimizations already performed with TuneUp Utilities and the benefits that
these have provided.
If you hold your cursor over an optimization, a small information window opens that displays details on the benefit of the optimization or details on the individual optimizations.
You can display this optimization report for the last seven days, the last 30 days or for the entire period since
installation. To do so, simply switch to the relevant tabs.
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9. Rating Function for Programs
You can turn on the useful Rating function for programs in the TuneUp Program Deactivator™, TuneUp
StartUp Manager and TuneUp Uninstall Manager modules. It shows you how useful other users of TuneUp
Utilities found the programs that you have installed. You can use the rating function to help you decide which
programs you really need in your day-to-day work.
Often, you are faced with a decision about which of your installed programs you really need for your day-to-day
work: that is why the Rating function for programs was developed.
The experiences of numerous TuneUp Utilities users will help you to make your decisions in the TuneUp Program Deactivator™, TuneUp StartUp Manager and TuneUp Uninstall Manager modules. The rating function
for programs shows you which programs have been classified as useful and helps you to decide which startup
programs you want to disable and which programs you want to disable or uninstall.
Please note: you need to have an active Internet connection to use the rating function.
Display of the Rating Function in the Modules
If you have switched on the rating function, it is integrated into the TuneUp Program Deactivator™, TuneUp
StartUp Manager and TuneUp Uninstall Manager modules as a separate column in the program list. You can
identify your ratings by the blue stars in the Usefulness column. If you have not yet given your own rating, the
column displays the average rating that other TuneUp Utilities users have given the program. If no ratings have
been given, the column is blank.
If you hover the mouse cursor over the column, a tooltip is displayed showing your rating and the rating of
other TuneUp Utilities users.
How to Turn On the Rating Function
Start either the TuneUp Program Deactivator™, TuneUp StartUp Manager or TuneUp Uninstall Manager modules. The Rating function for programs dialog is displayed. Click OK.
If you do not want to make a decision just now, you can click on Decide later. The module is started without the
rating function. You can enable the rating function at any time by clicking on Rating function in the toolbar,
then on Turn on and this time selecting OK in the dialog that appears.
How to Turn Off the Rating Function
Click on Rating function in the toolbar and select the option Turn off. In the dialog that opens, you can decide
whether you wish to archive your ratings for any subsequent use of the function. The ratings of other users are
deleted from the database on your PC and will have to be downloaded again from the server if you switch the
function back on.
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How to Submit a Rating
1.
Move the mouse cursor over the Usefulness column. When you rate a program, you must give it at least
one star. A maximum of 5 stars can be awarded.
2.
Click on the number of stars that you wish to award the program. So, if you wish to give three stars, click
on the third star.
3.
Your rating is automatically saved and transferred to the TuneUp Utilities server.
If you wish to change your rating, you can proceed in exactly the same way as for the initial rating.
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10. The TuneUp Utilities Gadget
Another function of TuneUp Utilities is the gadget. This is not supported by Windows XP and is therefore only
available to you with Windows Vista and Windows 7.
The practical gadget can be displayed on the desktop. It keeps you constantly informed of
the status of your computer. You no longer need to start TuneUp Utilities to find out
whether optimization potential has been identified in the Status & Recommendations category. TuneUp Utilities can also be launched from here.
In the gadget you can see at any time which PC Optimization Mode is currently enabled,
and you can turn on another PC Optimization Mode at any time using the three buttons.
What is a Gadget?
Gadgets (or widgets) are small programs that are permanently displayed on the desktop and which provide the
user with up-to-date information.
What is the TuneUp Utilities Gadget for?
The TuneUp Utilities Gadget tells you the status of your computer at all times, without you needing to start
TuneUp Utilities separately. The gadget is integrated in TuneUp Utilities and notifies you of the current status
of the Status & Recommendations category.
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Clicking on the icon in the top left corner of the gadget opens Status & Recommendations in the TuneUp Utilities Start Center. Here you can address the problems or recommendations directly.
PC Optimization Modes
The TuneUp Utilities Gadget also allows you to turn on the various PC Optimization Modes with its three buttons. It also shows you which of the three PC Optimization Modes is currently enabled at all times.
So you can see that the TuneUp Utilities Gadget is, on the one hand, a constant source of information about
the status of your computer. In addition it offers practical direct access to the Start Center of TuneUp Utilities.
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How to Display the TuneUp Utilities Gadget
You can display the TuneUp Utilities Gadget on your desktop at any time.
In Windows Vista, proceed as follows:
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Open the Accessories folder under All Programs in the Windows Start menu.
Then click on Windows Sidebar. A list of all the gadgets installed on your computer is shown.
Activate the TuneUp Utilities gadget by double-clicking on it.
In Windows 7, proceed as follows:
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Select TuneUp Utilities Gadget and enable it with a double-click.
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11. TuneUp Utilities in Taskbar Notification Area
The notification area is the area on the right-hand side of the Windows taskbar. This displays, for example, the
time, status icons or program shortcuts. TuneUp Utilities has a notification area icon that shows you the current
status of your system and provides an entry point to TuneUp Utilities.
When you double-click on the notification area icon, TuneUp Utilities starts up.
When you click on the icon with the left mouse button, a flyout window opens with detailed information about
TuneUp Utilities functions.
You can configure if, how and about what TuneUp Utilities you would like to be informed in the taskbar notification area.
System Status
Under System status, you can see whether the TuneUp Utilities Start Center currently shows the optimization
potential. You can open the Start Center using the Start TuneUp Utilities link.
You can find further information about the Start Center in: The Start Center, p. 8
Live Optimization
Under Live Optimization, you can see the most recent activities of the two Live Optimization methods. A link
takes you to the Live Optimization configuration dialog.
More information about Live Optimization can be found in How to Configure Live Optimization, p. 54
Automatic maintenance
Under Automatic Maintenance, you can see when automatic maintenance was last performed. A link takes you
to the Automatic Maintenance configuration dialog.
More information about Automatic Maintenance can be found in How to Change Maintenance Settings, p. 33
PC optimization mode
In the PC optimization mode section, you can see whether Turbo Mode or Economy Mode is currently turned
on. You can switch between the two modes as necessary here, or switch to Standard Mode. A link also takes
you to the configuration wizard.
More information about Turbo Mode can be found at: How to Configure Your Own TuneUp Turbo Mode, p. 19
More information about Economy Mode can be found at: How to Configure Your Own TuneUp Economy Mode,
p. 24
Settings
You can configure if, how and about what TuneUp Utilities you would like to be informed in the taskbar notification area. For this, perform the following steps:
If the icon is displayed on your computer, simply right-click on it. Now select Configure notification area settings in the context menu that appears. This takes you to the configuration dialog, where you can configure
your settings. In addition to the icon, you can choose to have messages displayed in the form of balloons.
If the icon is not displayed on your computer, call up this dialog by going to the Settings menu in the TuneUp
Utilities Start Center and selecting the Notification area icon entry.
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12. Index
Fast Defragmentation
156
115
71
File Restoration
100
31, 33
File System
138
Administration
120
Files Types
59, 108
Animations
107
Finding and Deleting Large Amounts of Data
80
Animations and Effects
107
1-Click Maintenance
Firewall
59
Archiving Files
86
Fix Problems
37
Audible Signals
59
Fixing common problems
90-91
Automatic Maintenance
31
Fixing Problems
30, 90
Boot Screen
128
Flashing Buttons
113
Button View
113
Flashing Cursor
111
Cache
122
Flyout Window
155
10, 149
Checking for updates
Folder Options
109
Checking Hard Disks for Errors
92-93
Folder view
109
Cleaning the Hard Disk
75-76
Folder Window
109
Font Smoothing
108
Cleaning the Registry
Common files
Communication
Computer Resources
Configuring System Startup
Customizing Windows
56-57, 59, 61
59
106, 114
21
46, 48
104
Fonts
Gadget
Gaining disk space
59
154
75, 77
Help
10
Help Files
59
Database Drivers
59
Hibernation File
78
Defragmentation, Hard Disk
72
History Lists
59
63-64
Defragmentation, Registry
Hover effect
110
Defragmenting a Hard Disk
72
Icon cache
140
Defragmenting the hard disk
71
Icon Packages
137
Defragmenting the Registry
63
Increase Performance
Defragmenting, Hard Disks
74
Increasing Performance
Deletion method
Destroying Data
Disabling Programs
85, 89
89
42, 45
36
29, 35
Increasing Performance, Details
34
Increasing the response rate
54
Input Options
110
Disabling Startup Programs
46
Installed Programs
Disk Space Allocation
82
Internet
115
Internet Explorer Menu
115
Display
139
59
Displaying and uninstalling programs
51
Internet Explorer Navigation
115
Displaying and Uninstalling Programs
50
Internet Explorer Security
115
Drives
121
Internet Explorer View
115
E-Mail and Chat
118
Internet Time
114
Economy Mode
9, 22, 24
Keyboard
111
Editing the Registry
147
List Options
109
Effects
107
Live Optimization
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Load points
45
Logon Screen
133
Maintenance
31
Maintenance Center
125
157
Processes
96
Processor usage
95
Profile
36
Program Components
59
Maintenance Tasks
31, 33
Program Extensions
59
Managing running programs
95-96
Program Paths
59
Program Settings
59
42
Manually Running Maintenance Tasks
41
Memory Management
122
Programs-on-Demand-Technology
Memory Usage
122
Rating function for programs
152
Menu Appearance
107
Recently Used Files
113
Menu Bar
10
Reducing System Load
41
57
Menu Operations
108
Registry
Minimized Windows
114
Removing broken shortcuts
66-67
Mouse functions
110
Removing Broken Shortcuts
66
Mouse Pointer
111
Restoring Deleted Files
Mouse Sensitivity
110
Scroll wheel
110
Mozilla Firefox
116
Security
124
My Network Places
114
Security Center
125
Network
114
Settings
New Menu
108
Shortcuts
113
Show Optimization Report
146
Showing System Information
102
Normal Analysis
Notification area of the taskbar
NTFS vs. FAT file system
Old backups
Open files
94
114
74
76-77, 79
98-99
6, 10-12, 14, 155
Speeding up the startup of my programs
Standard Mode
55
9
97
Start Center
6, 8
Opening Files
108
Start Menu
112
Opera
117
Start process
47
Optimization Report
151
Startup
48
Optimization Status
9, 27-28
Optimizing program startups
Optimizing System Startup and Shutdown
Optimizing the System
Organizing Files and Folders
Overview of All Functions
Passwords
PC optimization mode
Performing Maintenance
Personalizing options and behaviors
55
Startup and Maintenance
122
Startup Logo
131
68-69
Startup programs
47, 59
41
Startup Programs
46, 48
81-82
6, 9, 143
Support
System Elements
7, 10
135
114
System Maintenance
31
9
System requirements
7
33
System Restore
39
104-106
System Startup
47
Personalizing the appearance of Windows 104, 126127
Taskbar
Thorough Analysis
94
Postponing Automatic Maintenance Tasks
Thorough Defragmentation
71
Privacy
20
119
Thumbnails
123, 155
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Tips for Boot Screens
TuneUp 1-Click Maintenance
TuneUp Disk Doctor
TuneUp Disk Space Explorer
TuneUp Drive Defrag
130
Windows Functions
76
31
Windows Messenger
78
92-93
75, 80-82, 86
71-72, 74
TuneUp Economy Mode
6, 22
TuneUp Live Optimization
53
TuneUp Optimization Report
151
TuneUp Process Manager
95-96
TuneUp Program Deactivator™
42, 45
TuneUp Programs-on-Demand Technology™
TuneUp Registry Cleaner
TuneUp Registry Defrag
TuneUp Registry Editor
42,
45
56-57, 59, 61
56, 63-64
147
TuneUp Repair Wizard
90-91
TuneUp Rescue Center
38, 40
TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner
66-67
TuneUp Shredder
75, 87, 89
TuneUp StartUp Manager
46-48
TuneUp StartUp Optimizer
68-69
TuneUp Styler
TuneUp System Control
TuneUp System Information
TuneUp Turbo Mode
TuneUp Undelete
TuneUp Uninstall Manager
104, 126-127
104-106
102
16
98-100
50-51
TuneUp Update Wizard
10, 149
TuneUp Utilities Gadget
154
TuneUp Utilities settings
11-12, 14
Turbo Mode
Undo changes
9, 16, 18-19
146
Undoing changes
38, 40
Unnecessary files
76-77, 79
User Account Control
124
User Logon
120
Visual effects
158
20
Visual Style
141
Widget
154
Window Tracking
110
Windows Desktop Search
78
Windows functions
78
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
108
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