Reviews and Problems with Iolo System Mechanic Premium
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Iolo System Mechanic 12
22 November 2012
Conclusion: The latest version of Iolo System Mechanic still whips lethargic PCs back into shape with aplomb but there are free option that offer similar—and even superior—performance-enhancing abilities.
Pros: Plenty of tune-up tools. Excellent explanation of PC problems. Unlimited installs. Useful desktop widget.
Cons: Included NetBooster grants marginal Internet-connection performance boost. Free competitors offered similar performance.
Summary: Verdict: Iolo's System Mechanic 10 is a competent utility that can, in most cases, revitalise your rig. The software is very easy-to-use and doesn’t require any real expertise so it’s great for novices as well as for hardcore users.
Pros: Easy-to-use and intuitive interface, comprehensive repair tools.
Cons: The application will need to restart your PC a fair bit to get its work done, you'll need an Internet connection to activate it.
Summary: The focus on utility and choice makes System Mechanic 8.5 useful, and it presents itself in a way that's as clutter-free as you wish. If you want one-touch optimisation, this is your path to happiness. But if you can't keep yourself from tweaking everything that's tweakable, you'll be a very happy geek. System Mechanic remains the best bang for the buck, even at its full price. Norton Utilities pales by comparison.
Summary: Iolo System Mechanic 8.0 isn't perhaps the miracle worker Iolo claims it to be, and many of its features can be accessed elsewhere, but it does do a good job of fixing the many startup and registry problems that afflict many PCs.
Summary: If you're not comfortable delving into Windows utilities the regular version of Iolo System Mechanic can easily pay for itself, helping you avoid forking over big bucks for a professional to clean up an aging, sluggish Windows installation. More-advanced users should spring for the Iolo System Mechanic Pro version to get their money's worth.
Summary: It is a fact of Windows life that your computer’s performance will decrease directly proportional to the use to which it is put – much to the delight of those who develop software to remedy this situation