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Review: UniBlue PowerSuite performance maintenance tools

UniBlue PowerSuite contains three products that were previously marketed individually: RegistryBooster, SpeedUpMyPC, and DriverScanner.

UniBlue PowerSuite contains three products that were previously marketed individually: RegistryBooster, SpeedUpMyPC, and DriverScanner. These three products have been combined make a suite that will keep your systems - whether home, work, or at a client's office - running fast without extensive management.

RegistryBooster scans the registry, recommends items for cleanup in the system, user, or third-party categories. SpeedUpMyPC finds tweaks in system services, Internet browsers, and other Windows features as well as containing three built-in speed tools. Finally, DriverScanner searches for out-of-date drivers, downloads newer drivers, and runs the updates for you.

Specifications

Who's it for?

Uniblue PowerSuite is an easy-to-use tool that can be used in either a home or business setting. Network Administrators will find this tool to be self-managing, while home users will be able to install it and practically forget it.

What problem does it solve?

UniBlue PowerSuite cleans up a computer's registry, tweaks the system to make it run faster, and checks for and updates hardware drivers. All of these, combine together to form a suite that does an excellent job of keeping your PC running at optimum performance.

Standout features

  • Suite of Products: Many similar products are available, however most are single function products. PowerSuite is a collection of three powerful maintenance programs.
  • Easy to Use: After activating the regular system scans, PowerSuite will inform you when fixes need to be made.
  • Safe to Use: RegistryScanner does a backup of the registry before changing anything. SpeedUpMyPC gives you the ability to undo any actions. DriverScanner only uses drivers created by the hardware manufacturers.

What's wrong

  • Bulk Purchases: There does not appear to be a way to buy any more than one license at a time on the Website. Contacting the publisher may reveal more options, however.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

With many companies downsizing their IT staff, technicians are stretched thin to keep their systems running well. UniBlue PowerSuite can minimize system downtime and user complaint tickets, as well as increase users' productivity for a relatively low price and in a simple program.

User rating

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14 comments
ExNavy
ExNavy

I bought it recently. Registry Booster lets you see what changes it wants to make. SpeedUpmyPC list generic groups and only gives you the choice to "Fix Issues" or not. This can lead to unexpected changes in Start Menu, Desk Top and Services but so far none of these have been big problems. I have a home office with two computers and after installing I wondered whether the license agreement allowed more than one installation. In "About Power Suite" there is a stern warning about unauthorized reproduction or distribution possibly resulting in severe civil or criminal penalties but there was no where to see the license after installation and none on the web site. I sent a note to their support facility asking for the license agreement and got the answer that the license is available only when installing. Not terribly useful. I will send another note pressing the matter.

patfoley
patfoley

How well does it work with Windows 7 64 and associated applications such as Office 2010 64?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

How do you maintain consistent performance on your systems? What tools do you use for the task?

ExNavy
ExNavy

Here is their answer: "Thank you for getting back to us. As a valued ActiveProtection customer you can install your Uniblue software on up to 3 PCs. This offers a massive cost saving available only to ActiveProtection customers. Please follow the below link for more info regarding our Active Protection service. http://active.uniblue.com/benefits.html Use the same download link and serial number provided on your order confirmation email if you would like to install on a second and third computer. You can also access your order information through our website using the following link: http://www.uniblue.com/support/myorders/ Please let me know should you require any further assistance."

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

With you on the option of previewing those changes, but I didn't have trouble with them either. I did, however, go back in and re-enable some of the aero stuff that it disabled simply because I know my system can handle it. I got the impression that the license was per-computer, but I don't know for sure.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

for the demo and it worked great, but I'm not sure what Office 2010 x64 would have to do with what it cleans. What are you referring to?

calumcmacleod
calumcmacleod

Does ASC not rate even a mention? Much cheaper. Ships with a free version. The pro version runs very lightly in the background and leaves very little for other utilities to mop up.

janly
janly

I used to have Registry Booster, however, it's gotten somewhat pricier so I stopped using it and went with ccleaner. My only gripe with RB is the fixed window size. I would like to be able to maximize but it doesn't allow it. Also, it would be nice to be able to click on each of the registry entries it found so I could go directly into the registry and take a better look at. I have used Registry Mechanic which allows for this. Other than this, it does a good job of cleaning the registry. It doesn't catch everything, but then I don't think any of the registry cleaners can.

patfoley
patfoley

Many third party applicatons are not fully 64-bit compatible. Questions that come to mind are: does it reconginize Office 2010 64-bit Registry entries as non-problems, does it optimize 64-bit applications as well as 64-bit systems, and does it check for 64-bit drivers?

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

If not hundreds or applications similar to one of more of the products in this suite. I simply chose a few of the most popular to include as alternates.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

It does check for 64-bit drivers - whatever you currently have it tries to update. As for Office 2010 x64 registry keys, I doubt it would see those as garbage. I get the impression it's working off of a "blacklist" as opposed to a "whitelist" type of algorithm. As to the optimization of applications, it doesn't really do that ouside of web browsers.

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