The price of new PCs may continue to drop like a paralysed falcon but it’s still a big investment, so if you can keep your old machine trundling along for a bit longer, it’s probably worth splashing out £30 – isn’t it?
BoostSpeed 5 is designed to clear out junk files, fix registry errors, defragment disks and optimise the settings of whichever version of Windows you’re running, thus extending the life of your current setup.
Lazybones can use the System Advisor, which ferrets out the bad news and then lets you fix it with a single click, while the more technically curious can explore the individual tools to defragment disks, fix disk errors, recover files that may have been deleted accidentally, find and remove the files that are hogging your disk and monitor which programs are eating up all your processing power.
On our first run-through, BoostSpeed identified 5,045 problems with our six-year-old Dell (almost, but not quite ready for the scrapheap) – all registry errors and junk files – and then fixed them without fuss.
Advanced file tools
For the more computer-savvy, there’s s the advanced System Advisor. This has a good rummage around your PC, and then based on what it finds, offers plenty of sound technical suggestions such as disabling Vista’s ReadyBoost and Smart Card services to free up some memory. There are also easy-touse tools for defragmenting both your hard drives and the registry.
Among the Advanced Tools on offer are file recovery, de-duping, file shredding and it also automatically creates restore points when you carry out a destructive task such as dumping all those junk files. Elsewhere, the Tweak Manager lets you get at a range of Windows’ features more easily (adjusting Aero effects in Vista, for example) which is useful for eking out that extra dab of performance.
- Easy of use and effective, even for novices.
- Subscription-based, so you'll need to renew every year.
BoostSpeed is lightweight and has a clean, simple interface - except for the Resource Usage page, unfortunately, which is confusing. It's also disappointing to find that a product like this is subscription-based and requires you to renew every 12 months.
We'd also have liked the program to make it clearer that it does create restore points before wading into important services like the registry.