About Computers for Newbies & Everyone Else

June 29, 2010

Stop Computer Frustration

Filed under: Columns — Tags: , , , , , , — Ron @ 4:41 am

Your computer continues to start up slower than you remember it doing when you bought it.  You may have already run Disk Cleanup, Error-checking and Defragmentation but things still frustrate you about its operation.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have some "anti-frustration" software on your side?

It may just be here now!  Soluto created by a new software company in Israel has been available since the end of May, 2010.

What Soluto currently does is relatively simple.  It monitors your computer’s start up boot sequence and suggests ways to speed it up.  I run Windows 7 which already runs pretty fast but as you will see below it still sped my computer up.  Some people have reported going from more than seven to less than two minutes to start their computers

After you install Soluto it will ask you to restart your computer so that it can begin gathering information.  Once rebooted the software will give you a graphic of all the programs that start in the background, some of which you may have no idea are even there.  They are then rated as to those you cannot remove from the boot, those you may not want to remove from the boot sequence and the "no-brainers" which should be removed.  It gives you details on each program so that you can decide what to do.

On my notebook it advised me that it took 2:40 to complete the start up with 82 programs starting.  The number one, no-brainer it suggested to remove was Snagit.  When I hover over the advice window it tells me what Snagit does and that I could choose to either delay or pause it.  If delayed, a program will start up after everything else is finished when you are using your computer.  If paused, a program will start when I manually start the program as it may not need to run all the time in the background.  I chose "pause" so now it runs only when I need to use it. 

I ended up removing all but one of the "no-brainers" and several others that were suggested.  My computer now boots in 1:53 minutes with only 67 applications running when it starts.  Many of them also took up RAM running in the background so now I should get a slight increase in overall speed, but not so much that I notice.

If your computer hangs up or frustrates you while Soluto is running you can right click on its icon and choose, "My PC just frustrated me".  It will then see if it can figure out what bugged you, look for a fix and send that info to the Soluto database.

Soluto is brand new software and is still improving.  It will continue to run as a background service which watches your PC while it is running.  It will be analyzing any frustrations that hit your system and trying to figure out "why" by comparing information they continue to gather from other users.  Over time Soluto may be able to suggest solutions you can resolve with just a few mouse clicks. 

After you have rebooted a few times you may want to hide the Soluto graphics from showing on your desktop.  If so, right click on the Soluto icon and uncheck "Live Boot Progress".  If you want to see it again later just recheck it.

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