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  • 2.0 stars

    "Sometimes it works"

    September 17, 2011  |   By haf canadian

    Pros

    Half the time it is handy for alerting you that some software, that isn't set for its own automatic updates, actually needs an update downloaded.

    Cons

    The other half of the time it is totally wrong, because you've already updated to the software version TechTracker seems to think you still need.
    On an older computer (2002 XP Intel 4), it can slow things down while it scans at boot-up, etc.

    Summary

    I guess it's better than nothing, unless you are willing to search each piece of installed software online for possible updates, at least those you haven't preset for automatic ones. Since I have hundreds of software titles onboard, TechTracker saves at least that much hassle, assuming it recognizes and catches all possible titles and updates.

    One particular gripe is that the first place it sends you online, when it says you have available updates, is not the webpage with the update list; you have to log in for that. Okay, but if the TT software is on my computer and just scanned my computer, shouldn't it know it's me and take me first to my logged-in page, where it shows the list of updateables? Instead, it confuses things by immediately going to a page with a giant green "download" now button, trying to get me to download the TechTracker I already have, and that routed me there in the first place! Not to mention all the other rif-raf on the page that does not get my updating done, and my day back on track.

    Then I discover, when I finally get to my list, that I already have the latest version of half of the titles it says I need, and I usually have updated to those new versions within the last few days. Then, if I actually wonder if I could be wrong, and click on a title's update download button, a rescan of my system afterwards by TT says I still need the update! Go figure. Sometimes for days afterward, TT tries to say there is a newer version available. Recently there was an issue where it wants me to download, say a version 7, when the software's update feature (on the software version 6 itself) says I have the most current version. Trying to download version 7 off TechTracker, I get a window that says I already have the most current version. It's nuts. And one big waste of my day; especially when I give to much faith to TT, and stupidly try multiple days in a row to satisfy TT's daily insistant reminder that there is a version newer than 7!

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