A computer is unlike most other pieces of electronics you may have around your home. Once you’ve have your TV set up, you don’t expect to have to look after it much beyond giving it a wipe down every now and then, and the same is true of your radio, refrigerator and countless other household goods. Your computer, however, is more like your car – it needs regular, on-going attention to ensure that it continues to run smoothly.
Left unmaintained for too long, your PC will start to slow to a crawl, boot times may dramatically increase and all manner of other problems can star to creep in. Windows includes a number of tools that can be used to ensure the health and performance of your system, but Puran Utilities is a collection of tools that can help you to maintain any version of Windows without the need to hunt high and low for different utilities.
Introducing Puran Utilities
Upon launching Puran Utilities for the first time, you’ll be presented with 23 icons, each of which provide access to a different tool. Despite the fact that many of the tools are related – Disk Check, Disk Cleaner and Puran Defrag are all components that many people will want to use in combination with each other, for example – they are listed in something of a strange order; an order that is not even alphabetical.
There are some tools here that are duplicates of features of Windows – such as the defragmenter and the disk checker – but there are plenty more unique options as well. The Uninstaller component enables you to free up disk space by removing programs you no longer need, and there is a helpful Force Uninstall option for anything that proves troublesome to get rid of. If you encounter a program that does not clean up after itself properly, you can remove it from the Add / Remove Programs list without the need to edit the registry.
Windows’ built in registry editor includes very few options beside the ability to edit and backup sections of the registry. There is much debate about just how much the registry has a bearing on the performance of Windows, but Puran Registry Cleaner is on hand to clean out unnecessary and invalid entries. Because anything involving the registry is potentially dangerous, it’s good to see that a backup is made before any changes are made. There’s also a defrag option that can be used to optimize Windows’ central database.
The suite of utilities includes a number of tools that are designed to help you to work with your files and disks. Rather than using Explorer, Disk Files can be used to closely analyze the files on your drives. The Disk Cleaner does very much what you would expect, hunting down unnecessary files that you can safely remove, and the Duplicate File Finder is also self-explanatory. For the security conscious, Wipe Disk can be used to completely erase the contents of a disk you are intending to sell, and you can opt to overwrite data up to seven time to prevent recovery of sensitive files.
Conversely, there is also a Data Recovery component that enables you to retrieve deleted files that have not been overwritten. While this is useful, it is nowhere as effective as a dedicated recovery programs and has really been designed for attempting to extract files from scratched or damaged optical discs.
While there is nothing to stop you from working through each of the component of Puran Utilities on a weekly basis, the time and effort involved is likely to be off-putting to many people. The Maintenance Wizard is one solution to this problem which guides you through using ten of the most helpful tools.
Starting with checking for disk problems moving onto cleaning up startup items and services, this wizard is not an automated process, but it is helpful for anyone who is unsure about which tools to use and what order to run them in.
The Batch Fix option can be used to automate the maintenance of Windows. There are eight tools that can be included in the automated mode of Puran Utilities and perhaps the most useful feature of the suite is the ability to automate the running of the tools you select here. There are two way in which you can use the Batch Fix option – you could select which tools you want to run and then opt to have Windows shut down automatically when everything is finished, or you can create a schedule so maintenance is performed for you on a regular basis.
For the serial procrastinator, automating system maintenance is the way ahead. While this does not give you access to all of the features of Puran Utilities, all of the basics are covered so you can help to maintain the performance of your computer with a minimum of effort.
This is a great collection of tools, and one that is well worth adding to your software collection. While some of the tools are simply duplicates of features that are found in Windows, the fact that everything is available in one place is useful in its own right – everything else should be seen as a bonus.
There are also plenty of extras to explore – the Minimal PC and Gaming PC options can be used to minimize the number of running programs and services to help ensure that game or other hardware intensive applications have access to all the resources they need, and there are plenty of nice little touches such as a shutdown timer and a file splitter. Looking after your computer is incredibly important if you want to avoid getting frustrated at ever-reducing performance, and this is a free solution you should take a look at.