Full-featured toolbox for optimizing Vista

Take this OS manager and optimizer for a trial ride to get the most out of Vista.

Vista Manager opens a nicely designed interface that's easy to navigate and tasteful. The tools in this package are comprehensive, with a set of utilities organized under each category: system info, optimizer, cleaner, customization, security, network, and miscellaneous doodads.

Vista Manager performed well in our tests. It quickly grabbed system info about hardware and software components, and we especially liked that it listed each installed video and audio codec. We were able to export the log easily to an HTML file. The Process Manager displayed far greater detail than its Windows counterpart, with a more useful presentation in a directory tree that provided filename, path, manufacturer, user, PID, and digital signature. We also liked that we could set a process' priority for running and watch CPU usage in real time.

This package of goodies offers a robust feature set that should please any level of user. The trial period is brief, but adequate.

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