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WinUtilities Free Edition

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CNET Editors' review

In our duties reviewing software for Download.com we install and uninstall a lot of programs. As we're sure you can imagine, this creates a bit of a mess on our PC. Many programs leave files behind when they're uninstalled, and since we're constantly downloading and deleting things, we end up with a lot of invalid shortcuts, broken registry entries, etc. For this very reason, we were excited about trying WinUtilities Free Edition, a suite of tools designed to free up disk space and improve system performance. We were quite pleased with the program's results.

Some of what WinUtilities does--disk defragmenting and cleanup, for example--can be accomplished using the System Tools that come with Windows. But we liked the way the program combined these and other functions into one clean, intuitive interface, making all of the most useful Windows maintenance utilities easy to access. The program contains a full complement of features to help you manage your computer's performance and security, including a file shredder, duplicate file finder, task scheduler, and much more. The program's One-Click Maintenance feature allows users to run a variety of customizable buttons with the click of a single button. The program's built-in Help file is well written and thorough. Overall, we were quite impressed with WinUtilities, and we think it's a great tool for keeping your system in good shape and free of performance-hindering junk.

WinUtilities Free Edition is free. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 628 votes

    • 5 star: 235
    • 4 star: 213
    • 3 star: 51
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 105
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic Tool"

    February 15, 2012  |   By amentf

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    A very powerful tool. Over the years, I spent so much time focusing on malware, adware, viruses, and the like, I neglected all the clutter that accumulates on the PC over time. This tool does a fantastic job of cleaning in the "nooks and crannies" of your PC.

    Cons

    A very powerful tool. Be sure to review the options before you run any of the programs. It does have the potential to "over-clean" your PC if you're not careful.

    Summary

    I reviewed the previous version, but cnet always wants a review whenever I download a new version, so I copied and pasted since my opinion has not changed with the newer version. But, sorry for any redundancy...

    I would not recommend this tool for beginner-novice users. However, if you are charged with working on PCs that beginner-novice PCs use, it can prove useful.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, easy to use and FREE!"

    February 12, 2012  |   By eubie12

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    It does as promised, cleans junk files and speeds up my computer.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Summary

    I say to give it a try. It's free and if you are disappointed or unimpressed, simply remove. Nothing to lose. I have been impressed with this program for a long time and it keeps my start time and surfing time to a minimum.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does what it says."

    February 11, 2012  |   By spanner127

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    It is all good.

    Cons

    None at this time

    Summary

    Good to use.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, clean, fast, and effective"

    February 9, 2012  |   By angryemu

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    Works fast.
    Doesn't just find-and-fix errors but tells you what they are, and gives you an option to leave them if you want.
    Simple, clean, user-friendly interface.
    Breeze to install.
    Doesn't seem to take a lot of CPU power.
    Doesn't push you to buy the premium edition.

    Cons

    Has some utilities that are duplicates of what already comes with Windows, notably disk defrag. Duplicate functions = larger-than-necessary program.

    Summary

    I've had an excellent experience with this software. I've downloaded other "system optimizer" programs, such as Game Booster, with limited or poor results (for ex. Game Booster crashed my system and I had to do a system restore). WinUtilities, on the other hand, literally did exactly what it promised - it cleaned up and sped up my system. I mean remarkably sped it up - literally my boot time was cut by over half, my CPU is rarely maxed out anymore (leading to less overheating), and my previously unplayable games, both online and off, now run like a breeze.

    The only utility I've tried so far that I haven't found much use for is the memory optimizer...but then I don't have a lot of demands on my RAM, and I also have quite a large paging file so memory is rarely, if ever, a problem to begin with.

    Overall this is a free utility that doesn't act like your typical adware/spam-riddled junk, guncking up your system with more useless bundles of crud...this is a clean, simple, and quite effective small piece of software. Highly recommended if you're experiencing lag, start-up crashes, BSoD (oh yeah I don't get those anymore either - I was getting 4 a day until I installed this!), CPU max-out, etc.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "pitiful performance"

    February 7, 2012  |   By manningkent

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    None found but limited use because of see below.

    Cons

    Only used it for two things and it did poorly on both. Ran the computer profiler and not only did it not give much useful information it identified my CPU as an Intel when in fact it is an AMD. Secondly I ran the "Check for Duplicate files leaving the "check bit by bit" unchecked since it said that slowed it down a lot. Started it when I went to bed at Midnight and when I checked it in the morning at 10 am it was still chugging away! I only have a 500 GB disk with on 100 GB of information on it so saying this application is slow is like saying a hurricane is a mild breeze.

    Summary

    I've found that movie reviewers do not always watch the movie they review in it's entirety. I have discover many factual errors about the movies they review that they wouldn't have made if they actually watched the whole movie. I'm beginning to wonder if the same cannot be said of reviews of software from such places as Cnet. I think I will still with user reviews from now on.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This system software really works and works well."

    February 5, 2012  |   By NetPlusTech1

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    There are differant Modules for seperate issues or you can use the One Click Maintenance Module to complete the many seperate repairs concurrently.

    Cons

    I didn't find out about this software sooner.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best I've ever used !!!"

    February 3, 2012  |   By OmarBrads

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    Easy to use !!!

    Cons

    No Cons !!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works really well"

    February 2, 2012  |   By allfoursnready

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    Has all the tools and is very stable

    Cons

    If I have to think hard about this question, then no. No cons that are consequential.

    Summary

    I use other programs as well, but WinUtilities always gets the final cleaning, and usually finds things that other programs don't. Whenever I help someone with their computer, I always install WinUtilities for them. Very Stable, reliable and will not do more than what you want it to.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good-still learning"

    January 30, 2012  |   By macaye661

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    have none --

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ineffective"

    January 25, 2012  |   By 1dustpelt

    Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 10.41

    Pros

    -Cleans
    -Optimizes
    -Repairs

    Cons

    VERY ineffective when compared to similar products. Worst product ive seen.

    Summary

    Get something else

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