SpeedUpMyPC 2009 took about two minutes to clean up the unnecessary files and apply all suggested system tweaks. Even though some of these tasks required reboot to take effect, I wasn’t prompted or “forced" to reboot as in some other applications. Still, I decided to reboot anyway so I would be able to measure the full outcome of all of these changes.
I didn’t notice much difference in startup speed, but, then again, my startup is already pretty lean. That’s one thing that I do keep a close watch on, and I haven’t been having any problems in that area.
The first thing I did was open up Firefox, the web browser I normally use. It’s not uncommon for me to have at least a dozen tabs in Firefox open at the same time, so I thought this would be a decent thing to test first. I noticed the change immediately. Since upgrading to Firefox 3, my web browsing has seemed more sluggish than it used to be, and I was blaming that upgrade for the problems. But after applying SpeedUpMyPC's recommended tweaks, I noticed a considerable difference in performance.
It’s also fairly common for me to run 8-10 major applications on my PC at the same time, so I began opening up programs left and right to see if I could detect any other measurable increase in performance. Once again, I could definitely tell the difference.
Just to make sure that the excellent results achieved on my machine were not atypical, I spoke to someone else who recently tried the utility out on a couple of his machines, testing the software on both the Windows XP and Vista platforms. He had similar success stories and also noticed a marked improvement in the startup process for both operating systems.
While it would be nice to see some advanced reporting and settings that would allow you to check the startup process as it happens and make tweaks as needed, it’s hard to fault the excellence of the utility. As an automated process, SpeedUpMyPC 2009 certainly improves the startup time on both XP and Vista, even on those PCs which are notoriously slow because of a lack of memory, processor power, or startup bloat.