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SystemBoosterXP

By DiskTrix Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This utility speeds program access for select systems, but it offers negligible improvement to other systems, especially for novice users.

There is little to SpeedBoosterXP's Options Screen but a few selection items. The basic, but informative, Help file explains each setting well enough for novice users. SpeedBoosterXP prefetches files into memory to speed their access. The utility offers a default option set that may help some users, but many will notice little or no system improvement. The key is knowing which files to load into memory, and that is best accomplished by experienced users.

Creating a custom option set can result in a greater performance boost, and takes little time to set. You merely choose which drive, folders, or files to offer up for prefetching; then pick a priority and refresh rate. Oddly, editing the default profile offers a slightly different set of options. It will take you some time to find the options that work for your system. However, the seven-day demo provides far too little time to accurately gauge this program's benefit.

Some settings used by SpeedBoosterXP are available through normal Windows commands, provided you have the experience to know the proper settings. While we found little to no improvement in our test machines, we feel select users could benefit from this app. For that reason, we recommend testing it on your system. At worst, you'll uninstall it after a few days. At best, you'll discover enough improvement to warrant registration.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added March 19, 2006
Version 2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Popularity

Total Downloads 12,334
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

SystemBooster is a unique pre-fetching utility that speeds up file access of your Windows PC. It speeds up your old PC and makes your fast PC even faster. SystemBooster is a small footprint, system tray utility that speeds up hard disk performance by up to 200%--meaning apps and files load in only 35 to 50 percents of the time. Your applications load faster, games run better, and your entire desktop performs faster. SystemBooster is based on the proven theory of opportunistic pre-fetching. It pre-fetches certain data relating to files that you are statistically most likely to use so when it comes time to using those files data is accessed much more quickly. Your system always performs like it's in a freshly booted and very responsive state.

Version 2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.