This tiny suite of tools focuses on improving system startup with functions aimed at intermediate to advanced users. However, Ashampoo StartUp Tuner's interface is novice-friendly with simply commands and a bare minimum of nesting menus. Advanced users will find little need for help files or instructions as most commands are self-evident.
You've seen these functions in many other suites. Ashampoo StartUp Tuner's take includes helpful extras such as easy-to-call property dialogs and informational windows. The program's key component is an easy to operate Windows startup editor. Simply click which startup programs you no longer want to load automatically. We liked how well the Services editor explained the need or uselessness of common startup functions. Deactivating one took a mere click. The Add/Remove Program editor could have used sorting capabilities and a simple install directory listing.
Though Ashampoo StartUp Tuner is freeware, the trial demo will last a mere 10 days if not registered through e-mail. All the functions are helpful, if not flashy or information rich. Intermediate users looking for a simple system startup services editor should give this application a test.
Lots of programs saved in your computer do exactly as they please. Many applications consider themselves to be so important that they trigger an auto-start command in the system without being requested. That means that every time the computer is booted up, they are started together with Windows, which isn't always the user's intention. As a result of this, the start sequence becomes considerably longer and manually shutting down most of the unwanted windows immediately afterwards because they simply aren't needed, certainly isn't fun. The Ashampoo StartUp Tuner lists all auto-start entries and allows them to be individually deleted or to be deactivated. If the user proceeds with caution in this area, and at least deactivates all of the unnecessary entries, then they will be able to enjoy a clearly faster start to Windows.
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