We took a look at Uniblue’s Registry Booster a few months ago, an application designed to find and repair registry issues on your computer. Now, the same company have brought you a complete suite of three utilities in one program: Uniblue PowerSuite 2010.
The suite is comprised of three self explanatory components: RegistryBooster, which ensures that there are no registry issues on your PC; SpeedUpMyPC, which is designed to fine tune your machine to speed it up; and finally, DriverScanner, which is there to make sure that all of the drivers on your computer are up to date.
I found the user interface of PowerSuite 2010 to be extremely minimalist, and efficient. It is simply split into three, convenient tabs: Overview, Scheduler and Settings.
By default, the window appears on the ‘Overview’ tab, which allows you to see, at a glance, the status of your system. Each application has schedule information, and a report of the automatic check. From here, you can also launch each individual application to fix any problems that you may have.
The ‘Scheduler’ tab also provides important information about each application at a glance. From here, you can choose how often PowerSuite performs a scan using each application. By default, each setting is different for the applications, but you can change them to your liking, with the option of performing a scan daily, weekly, every two weeks or every month.
There are various settings in the application that you can tweak using the ‘Settings’ tab. By default, PowerSuite launches with Windows, so if you don’t want it to be launched automatically, you’ll want to turn this off in the settings.
Other things you can tweak include navigation options, language settings and even proxy settings. Everything is designed in an easy to navigate manner, with sub-options provided in the sidebar to the left of the window.
When you select to ‘Launch’ any application, it will open in a separate window, giving you a more in depth view at any problems on your machine. I enjoyed using Registry Booster when I first tried it out, and I still think that it’s a great standalone application to have. Nothing’s changed here, as the application included with Power Suite is identical to the one we reviewed a few months ago.
Speed Up My PC
I was slightly more hesitant about the ‘SpeedUpMyPC’ component than any other in the suite. A lot of applications such as this on the market are usually found to be bloatware, and have a tendency to slow down, not speed up your computer.
With this application coming from Uniblue, however, I was a little more hopeful than usual. The standalone application is split into 4 tabs, allowing you to look at an overview of your system, see in depth results or manage your settings.
Following a scan, speed loss on my machine was reported as ‘critical’, with 2956 issues being found. Fortunately, everything was still intact once the clean-up operation was over. Admittedly, I didn’t notice too much of a bump in speed and performance, but I never felt that the machine was sluggish in the first place.
There is definitely one positive here: my machine didn’t perform any worse after the issues were fixed, which can only be a good thing!
Another great feature available on this application is the ability to accelerate system performance in real time. This includes three options, enabling you to manage CPU resources more efficiently, utilise a proactive thumbnail generator for quicker navigation and launch applications from the start menu quicker.
The final utility in the suite is the driver scanner, which scans all the drivers on your machine, and reports back if any are found to be outdated. I was surprised to find that the oldest driver on my computer was over 4 years old! Considering my computer is less than a quarter of that age, it shows how important such a utility can be in ensuring the smooth operation of your system.
Navigating around this window is extremely simple, and you can choose to download all new drivers for your system at once, saving you from doing each manually. Download speed varies depending on your connection and the size of the driver, but my updates downloaded in no time at all. Note that all downloads must complete before you can install them, so this process takes as long as your largest download.
Unfortunately, the installation process isn’t as automated as the download. You have to manually install each driver, and at each installation, a restore point is created, which adds more time on to the whole process. In addition to that, the vast majority of installations threw an error when trying to install. Clearly, this application needs a few bugs ironed out, but it has great potential if, well, it did what it should do!
During my testing of PowerSuite 2010, I found it to be an extremely capable and efficient application. It’s great to have a utility suite that doesn’t install a lot of bloatware on your computer, giving you just what you need.
The only disappointing factor was the driver scanner application, which could be made a lot simpler at installation, and much more functional.
If you’re looking for a utility suite, Uniblue’s PowerSuite 2010 could be a good option, available to purchase for £39.95. It’s compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 users.