Many programs install services such as update helpers that start with Windows yet are rarely needed. Turning off or modifying the startup behavior of unnecessary services can cut the time it takes Windows to boot and boost your system's performance. Power users are familiar with such tweaks, but the inexperienced user who has the most to gain is often too intimidated to even try it.
Help is available in the form of Vista Services Optimizer, a free program that tweaks your Windows PC's performance by shutting down or modifying services that you don't need or don't use. Its unique question-and-answer format helps any user reduce a computer's startup time and reclaim some of its original zip without making the wrong changes. Despite the name, Vista Services Optimizer is for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Vista Services Optimizer's interface has the typical look of a premium system utility, with large buttons and fonts and a colorful, up-to-date design. The Home Window displayed our PC's drive, memory, and CPU usage in graphs and offered some useful tips, as well as links to the program's Help menu and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
We clicked Services Diagnostic to get the ball rolling. The program analyzed our system and displayed all our Windows Services in the Diagnostic Results tab, with color codes and legends indicating whether the service needed optimizing and what if any action to take. Clicking Fix performed all the selected actions at once. Vista also offers two tune-up modes, Automatic and Manual; both do basically the same thing, only the Automatic tune-up uses your User Profile, while the Manual tune-up walks you through each step. We tried the Manual mode first. Vista asked a lot of questions, such as whether we used Windows Media Player as a default media player and whether we used a printer or network printer. We could save our tweaks as a Profile. A Gaming Mode allows for temporary optimization for maximum gaming performance.
If your PC seems slower than it used to be, try Vista Services Optimizer. It's the safest tool of its type we've tried, and the easiest to use, too.
PC Services Optimizer (formerly Vista Services Optimizer) is an open source Windows optimization solution that enables you to tweak your Windows services in an easy and safe way based on the way you use your computer and which hardware and software you use. PC Services Optimizer does not require any technical knowledge, as it provides easy to understand options to tune-up your system. PC Services Optimizer will turn off unneeded Windows services without affecting the normal function, this will make your PC run faster and more secure.PC Services Optimizer has two main different methods for optimizing your system performance. Automatic TuneUp feature which is suitable for beginners, it can tweak PC settings for best performance in an easy way according to your profile with less technical knowledge required. Manual TuneUp gives you the power to optimize Windows services in an advanced way without getting involved with Windows services technical information. Manual TuneUp is targeting experienced users who wish to optimize services in their very own way. PC Services Optimizer comes with Gaming Mode that helps improving performance during playing games. Gaming Mode will give your system an immediate performance boost by temporary turning off unneeded Windows features to free up computer resources and concentrate computer power on games you are currently playing. PC Services Optimizer also provides features to help you have more control on Windows services like Services Profiles which can save your custom settings in profiles, enabling you to apply your different settings in seconds, saving you a lot of time specially when dealing with multiple computers or users. Services Manager enables advanced users to master Windows services. It provides several tools for performing advanced functions on Windows services. PC Services Optimizer is a very safe tweaking solution that comes with Rescue Center that can undo any changes made to your Windows services settings.
What's new in this version:
- Added support for Microsoft Windows 8.1.
- Added support for high DPI settings.
- Added services snapshot creation notice.
- Improved Live Update.
- Fixed bug in Live Update.
- Minor UI enhancements and bug fixes.