Ashampoo StartUp Tuner User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A useful tool to have"

    December 7, 2009  |   By John at Wagga

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    It does everything they claim, and it's free

    Cons

    I couldn't find any

    Summary

    VG

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Just OK, does nothing that dozens of other programs do."

    November 8, 2009  |   By jdg1956

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    Comprehensive look at the programs and services that open on startup.

    Cons

    Have to register(i.e. buy) the program for it to be really useful.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT freeware - "shareware" version has a trial period"

    October 13, 2009  |   By flanjerka

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    None I know of

    Cons

    NOT Free, requires email registration!

    Summary

    Didn't finish the install as I didn't want to "register" for their service or whatever. Cnet should really do a better job of no allowing shareware being listed as "free". This is NOT a free program - registration required.

    Updated on Oct 13, 2009

    OK, I couldn't find a better alternative, so I installed StartUp Tuner 2 without the registration. Now I get an error message 10 times, every time I touch the program:

    "There is no disk in the drive, please insert a disk into drive ." (SIC)

    I had a feeling this is related to my Memory Stick drive on this laptop, so I disabled the drive in device manager, and it fixed the problem. Since I can't go disabling my Memory Stick reader every time I want to use this program, I can't use it. The error messages are making the program unusable. Pretty lame BUG! These guys should be identifying the type of drive their program is examining and "skip" solid state hardware like Memory Stick drives when they have no media inserted. So, my first suspicions were correct. I should NOT have installed this non-free "shareware with registration" piece of junk. It doesn't even work with memory stick drives!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Mthan just a Startup tuner, but good in all it does"

    October 6, 2009  |   By TheMilkybarKid

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    I does what it says on the tin and more

    Cons

    Nothing really

    Summary

    Worth having especially as it is free to download, free to register and free to use

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Effective. Cut my start time to about 15 seconds."

    September 27, 2009  |   By ultimategooglesupporter

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    Extremely in-depth scan of elements to turn off. Found more startup elements than other free programs, including the vista startup thing. Cut my start time to about 15 seconds from 45 seconds. Easy to use.

    Cons

    The explanations often do not reveal whether or not it is necessary to leave item on startup... but that is easily bypassed by jumping onto Google and looking up the application or plugin.

    Summary

    If you are decently knowledgeable with computers, by all means, this is the product for you; if you need to ask somebody what version of Windows you are running, then you might be a bit too naive. The outcome of this program is amazing, and worth the few minutes it takes to go through the results. Overall, it's one of the most effective startup-cleaning programs I have used.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Recommended"

    May 27, 2009  |   By MrBender

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    Had a problem with my icons in XP loading ridiculously slow. I found nothing in my startup process was causing it. I used this to disable some Win Services I did not use. The problem went away. Now I know it was Windows itself causing the problem.

    Cons

    Getting the free registration key (which is only to disable the annoying startup dialog) through their process of giving your email.

    Summary

    Worthwhile, if all you use is just the Windows Services function. Plus, it's free. Can't complain there.

    Updated on May 27, 2009

    Program didn't fix my problem. Jumped the gun. Ignore my review.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "easy to use"

    May 17, 2009  |   By 4ty8er1

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    simple and unintrusive.

    Cons

    none known

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Trial Version, not Freeware"

    May 1, 2009  |   By ETJorg

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    It looks like a nice product, but...

    Cons

    This product claims to be freeware. It's not. It's a 10-day trial version.

    Summary

    If they're going to provide a trial version it needs to be identified as such. Otherwise it's just "bait and switch".

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best video player yet"

    April 22, 2009  |   By skoobbarnesdl

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    If it does not have the codec, it finds it most of the time.

    Cons

    IT does not find some codecs, but over all is a great software.

    Summary

    Way better and faster than WMP

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Pretty good, with minor annoyances"

    April 1, 2009  |   By levydav

    Version: Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2

    Pros

    Generally clear user interface, presentation and useful information. Information on OS services in particularly helpful

    Cons

    1) Transposed wording in services tab ("deactivated"/"deactivate") leads to confusion. 2) Awkward delay in populating applications list. 3) Describing function/utility of applications would be welcomed. 4) Where's the "accept changes" button?

    Summary

    Better than the alternatives, but still room for improvement

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