Living with Windows and Crashing Computers

by Steve Bennett

Fix-It Utilities 3.0
Rating 90

Ever notice that Windows doesn’t age well? The more you run your computer, the more Windows seems to bog down and become prone to crashing. Third-party products can keep systems running smoothly.

A relative newcomer to the Windows resuscitator genre, Fix-It Utilities, represents a solid collection of repair and optimization tools. Now in its third release, Fix-It Utilities sports a number of enhancements and improvements that make it even more useful than its predecessors.

Chief on the list of new features is JETDefrag. As the name suggests it is a high-speed defragmenter that rearranges data on your hard disk according to your usage, which results in faster access.

Easy Recovery Professional Lite is a software tool that can recover files even if your system won’t boot. This version recovers up to 50 files at a time.

new to this version of Fix-It Utilities, SMARTDefender provides early warning for SMART-enabled hard disks (which are becoming commonplace), and provides an option for saving data before disaster strikes.

Other welcomed improvements, though not earth-shaking, diagnostic tests for DVD drives and USB ports, a bootable CD-ROM, and the inclusion of PowerDesk 4 Pro, an indispensable replacement for Windows Explorer.

Fix-It is a solid choice with an excellent, integrated interface. Besides, PowerDesk 4.0 Pro is almost worth the price of admission.

OnTrack Data International, Inc
$50 (competitive upgrade, $20)

Pros: Solid collection of integrated utilities; intuitive; clean interface; good value; inclusion of PowerDesk 4.0 Pro

Cons: No compelling “home runs” warrant switching from competing products

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.
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