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WinUtilities 6.2 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — WinUtilities 6.2

Repairs, Optimizes, Protects! Comprehensive tweaking utility suite for Windows Vista/XP/2003 Server/2000/NT/98
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 698 86 comments

WinUtilities 6.2 was available as a giveaway on December 28, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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A duplicate file management tool that can help you find and delete duplicate.

WinUtilities is an award winning collection of tools to optimize and speedup your system performance. this suite contains utilities to clean registry, temporary files on your disks, erase your application and internet browser history, cache and cookies. You can control startup programs that load automatically with windows, find duplicate files, fix broken shortcuts and uninstall unneeded software. other features include secure file deletion, recycle bin shredding, cleaning tasks scheduling and undelete deleted files.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista, 95, NT4, 98, Me, 2000, XP, 2003 Server; Graphics mode 800x600 with 16-bit colors; 10 MB free hard disk space at least; Intel Pentium or AMD K5 processor with 133 MHz; 32 MB RAM


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File Size:

5.8 MB



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Hi - great peace of software! I just have one question, after upgrading to 6.4 version it asked me for registration key. What should I do to be able to use it?

Reply   |   Comment by pascon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I recently downloaded WinUtilities from this site and have been using it and it is wonderful and has given me a lot of help. I suffered a virus crash a few days ago and had to re-format my hard drive and reload windows. When I went to re-install WinUtilities, I was prevented because the "Give away of the day" date had expired. I was wondering if I could, in some way, continue to use this program as it was very helpful to me. I cannot afford to purchase it at this time.

Al Fletcher

Reply   |   Comment by Al Fletcher  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used it for a few days and it seemed to of slowed down my XP, I used the software to removed unused files and Oh boy did it. 40K+ files and I thought wow, this thing rocks. I soon found out it removed some basic necessary files for XP. I tried recovery and didn't restore. I had to completely re-image my pc because if it. I wrote them a nasty note and removed it from my system, never to use it again.

Reply   |   Comment by Randy  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The last version of this program that was offered sent me on a whirlwind of problems. I'd say this may not be for the novice user (perhaps) because if you don't know what you are doing you'll mess everything up. The first thing I had done was mess with the registry cleaner and not knowing what it was to delete and not to I went ahead and deleted everything (without backing up- a no-no in computer geekdom but, who knows everything about that?). Next thing i know i am experiencing virus problems galore. Worms of all that. If this program came with an understandable user manual, which I tried going through and didn't understand, (perhaps) this program would have been easier to understand and apply and maybe I wouldn't have had to go through the ordeals of reformatting.

Reply   |   Comment by disappointed  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this is the worst software, it has cleaned my OS now and it deleted my .ddl files,. now lost all my files and mails....waste and it _____

Reply   |   Comment by dexter  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Don't know if this is specific to my system, but clicking the Winutilities History Cleaner button and using Erase Now deletes all my Firefox 3.0.5 bookmarks. Firefox did load noticeably quick afterwards, though I sure could do without this feature .

Reply   |   Comment by MRN  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

WOW!! Thanks for this one. This helped restore my computer to where it was before my roomate got a hold of my computer!!!!! thanks alot!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Eric  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Don't bother using this. I used the file duplication and deleted a .dll file required to boot, and I had to format the computer -_-

Reply   |   Comment by SomeH0w~©  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I for one am very pleased that GOTD repeated this offer as I missed it the last time. Some people need to be reminded that not all of us live on our computers and some of us miss some very good deals.

I have heard a lot of good things about WinUtilities and am very excited that I get to finally try it. It was easy to install (win XP) and appears to be very user friendly.

Thank you GOTD for this little gem!

Reply   |   Comment by Elaine  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I finally got this downloaded and activated, and I love it. Thanks, GOTD. However, when I first tried to download it, I was redirected to another page which downloaded a different product. That product scanned my computer's "C" drive, and then tried to charge me $29.99 to "clean" my "C" drive. What's up with that?

Reply   |   Comment by Freddyb  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Phaedron, I forgot to grouse about the restricted shell window, which makes as much sense as ButtonShop3's idiotic mandatory full page screen. (which I note they corrected in their new version 4) Executions might be a little drastic for this kind of user-unfriendliness... but if you hold 'em down, I have a croquet mallet and a filename & path convention update the size of a fence post I could deliver with pinpoint accuracy. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Runesage  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm calling for support here - support for enacting a policy against any programmer found alive on the planet who writes an application THAT DOESN'T ALLOW RESIZING OF ITS MAIN WINDOW!

I propose that any programmer who doesn't allow window resizing - at the risk of godwinning this day's topic - be taken out and shot, with no prospect of salvation nor rescue.

WHY would anyone want to restrict a visual control that has horizontal and vertical scrolling requirements in its internal panels?? This Is A Serious Flaw.

If you agree with my drastic recommendation for WinUtil's culprits please signify your concurrence with a click on the -no- link.
Hey! It's looking good already..!!

[Sorta joking..]

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Every time I run into a developer who still employs user-unfriendly microscopic pop up results windows that force users to scroll sideways and rejigger column sizes to see the entire file name, I'm tempted to cram a file name convention update right up somebody's whazoo! We're no longer restricted to 8-character file names, so why not test for monitor widths and resolutions and provide an adjustable pop up window that'll expand - up to the width of the user's monitor? It's great that WinUts catches registry errors, but being forced to weed through them one by one scrolling back and forth inside such a tiny window is preposterous.
The export to an HTML file option isn't helpful either, IMHO, since the resulting table jams the file names into a narrow column, creating a "file paragraph" that's not as easy to read as it could be. I'm staring at 10" of wasted white space on the righthand side.

Reply   |   Comment by Runesage  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you so much. I'm already using it on our slowed-to-a-crawl Vista. I greatly appreciate the teams efforts in bringing this to us; I am cautious about downloading new software, but get your daily list just in case there is a do-no-miss. This is one!
Also a big thank-you to those (like Ashraf) who share such solid and helpful reviews. All of you are making life better for those of us who would love to learn. (I do some pretty awesome things in life to help others medically, but I'm not "that" tech savvy...). Thanks again!

Reply   |   Comment by Nikki  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Even though I already have Ace Utilities, TuneUp Utilities 2009, and Advanced SystemCare Pro installed on my PC, I decided to evaluate WinUtilities. WU's Shortcuts Fixer found over 60 invalid shortcuts. I checked each one and they were all legitimately worthy of deletion; most were for garbage trial software preloaded by HP which I'd uninstalled long ago.

After running the other three programs to clean my registry, I scanned with WU's Registry Cleaner. It found over 100 additional registry items warranting removal. Some of these weren't as easy to verify as the invalid shortcuts but, after making some backup images, I deleted them and my PC is still working fine. WinUtilities isn't my favorite multi-function utility and I wouldn't pay $50 for it, but it's worth installing for free. I'm certainly glad to get rid of residual junk from HP preloaded software I thought had been completely removed a year ago.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


I suggest also trying "DTweak Free", an advanced tweaker and optimizing tool designed to enhance the performance and the speed of your PC and its processes especially for PC running VISTA as OS.

You will be surpised at the speed your PC will be having after you use this little GEM.

With DTweak you can:

- defragment disks and registers,
- clean registry sistem,
- tune computer performance,
- optimize and increase the speed of your system without manually modifying registers or ini files.



As you can see it got VERY GOOD RATING from users in both sites.

But if you want to know what is wrong with your computer and what needed to get it fixed so as to optimize its performance and gauge its security, please check out this little FREE GEM:



Good night from Italy (it's 1.40 am here now)!


Reply   |   Comment by giovi 69 (the original one)  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've just posted Monday's games over in the forums. They are a Polish made game called Retrofire an unusual space shooter as well as a remake of that classic game called Gauntlet, though it's called Gauntlet Revisited. You can download both via the following link:


Have a great last few days of 2008.

Reply   |   Comment by whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry, my stupidity, I must have downloaded this last time it was here and since I have not used it in a while did not realize I still had it, so therefore when I installed it just overwrote the oldone, which was registered anyway to giveaway
that will teach me to check my programs more often

Reply   |   Comment by Anne  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Has something changed in the activation since this program was posted, as on my computer it says it is already registered to giveaway of the day and that was without me entering anything at all.
looks like a very useful program

Reply   |   Comment by Anne  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

There's very one important note that has to be brought up about these registry cleaners and system optimizers that we've been installing the last week or so. Since we've already run these earlier programs and if they have corrected the registry entries, then running the next giveaway and the next giveaway does not give you the full effects of what each software package removes.

You either have to have 5 "dirty" machines in your house, or do a system restore after each install and clean and then install the next giveaway to "fully" determine what each program does.

Another point....More does not mean better. most of these registry cleaners remove entries in the registry that are immediately re-created as soon as you open an application. As a test, I went to Start > Settings > Control Panel, clicked on Date and Time, looked at all three tabs making no changes whatsoever. I then checked the registry and thousands of keys were created that these registry cleaners removed. The more sophisticated registry cleaners avoid deleting these entries because they fully understand how it works.

I can point you to an excellent one which has received awards from major US and British computer magazines It's called Registry Mechanic and was included in one of the comparisons among one of the registry cleaners that was just given away here. The screenshot on this page does not reflect the latest version. You can get a 35% discount by visiting this site:

Features of the latest version of Registry Mechanic:
Scan your registry
Optimize your system
Monitor your registry
Compact your registry
Tuneup services (safely by the way)
Restore function

Agree and disagree
Disagree....I've never had a problem with System restore restoring my computer.
Agree, you give some very useful utilities.
Sysinternal utilities (actually bought out by Micro$oft) can be found here:
Nirsoft Utilities (some bring up warnings about be trojans by some antivrus programs, because they include utilities to recover passwords). there site is located here:
Mitec utilities:

All programs from these 3 companies are freeware with the exception of some of the Mitec utilities.

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Doesn't matter much my previous comment can' install it anyway.

Anyone know what causes this error?

NSIS error

Error launching installer

Not the first time this has happened to me. It must be something my computer is doing. Any help will be appreciated

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Does anyone know if this program has only a 1 year license or can we use it as long as we want.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded and installed it and ran it.
What did it do?
First it scanned my computer. Then it told me all the extra stuff I can get rid of. Then it passed me to a page where I can pay $29.95 before it will do what it is supposed to do.

None of you other commenters commented on being asked for money before running your free software. Did you ante up, or were you able to use the product without paying?

Reply   |   Comment by webyourstuff  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The software has already been oferred on Oct 2008. I have downloaded it then - and use it regularly since then. It is friendly, efficient and operates smoothly.

Reply   |   Comment by DrorYval  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Be aware of the registry cleaner, like others said before me!

Self made short scout will be dead after using WinUtilities (WU).

At least WU makes a registry backup, so you can restore the registry.

After this I uninstalled it quickly.

PS I used the version promoted at Give Away from 30-Nov-2008.

I think it was version 6.2 too.

Also you go back and read the comments from there.

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Reply   |   Comment by scrapper  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@Sue when you open the zip file into its new folder, you will see a "README" file. ALWAYS open this first. When applicable, it will have the name and registry code you will need to activate the program.

I use the copy feature to get the registration code. Some of those registration codes are CRAZY to try to type in yourself.

the name that's usually used, as in this case, is "giveawayoftheday"

to use the copy/paste feature, hold down the left mouse button,

move the cursor over the registry key,

release the left button after the entire key has changed color, don't capture the spaces before or after the key because those will screw up the registration process

right-click the mouse button,

a small window should appear, left-click "COPY", if properly saved the small window will disappear,

THEN activate the setup/install program.

after the program has installed a box will appear, leave the small box that says "run WinUtilities 6.2" checked. Click the finished box.

A new window should open, click on the "register program" if this doesn't open first.

enter "giveawayoftheday" in the name section

tab down to the registry key,

when the cursor is there, RIGHT-click your mouse button, a small window should appear.

Left-click on "paste". the registry key you copied earlier should appear.

press start/enter and you should be up and running.

Not knowing your level of experience, I tried to make the directions as simple as possible.

Reply   |   Comment by eldryn  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i meant i cannot activate using vist - i think it's the firewall setting but even with the firewall turned off it still does not activate?

Reply   |   Comment by jon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Alright, in addition to my last post, let me add this comment.
I re-install WinUtilities once again.

But this time, before I install, I de-activated two softwares which I think may be interfering with the registration process.
Beethink SpyDetector

While I do not think Beethink is interfering but more likely that Threatfire is, nonethelous, I de-activated both softwares before I re-install WinUtilities.

This time, installation and registration is successful.

How this is so, frankly, I do not know. Only time will tell if it is Threatfire or Beethink or both. When the next GAOTD download comes tomorrow, I will install without de-activating any of these two softwate and see if the activation works or not.

The strange thing is that in my first installation, it showed that the registration is activated but when I re-started WinUtilities, it still showed me the Unregistrated software. So, obviously, the activation routine did not get updated into the software.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i cannot register using vista. help?

Reply   |   Comment by jon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

can anyone give me any advice, please?
I have got a lot of programs and am wondering if I actually need to download the winutitlites program offered today?
list of programs I have below.
advanced system care from raymond.cc.
ccleaner setup.
a-squared antimalware
bitdefender internet security 2008
east-tec eraser
cleanse uninstaller
premium booster
o&o defrag
total privacy
which ones do I need and which ones are overkill.
I downloaded a lot and am wondering which ones are best.
thanks for advice in advance will check your answers tonight.

Reply   |   Comment by got too many programs  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

can anyone give me any advice, please?
I have got advanced system care from raymond.cc. and ccleaner setup.
also have a-squared antimalware and bitdefender internet security 2008. east-tec eraser, cleanse uninstaller, premium booster. o&o defrag. total privacy also.
which ones do I need and which ones are overkill.
I downloaded a lot and am wondering which ones are best.
thanks for advice in advance will check your answers tonight.

Reply   |   Comment by got too many programs  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I first ran premium booster reg defrag and that screwed my system. After running Win Utilities scan on just C:, it discovered 968 errors.I held my breath and deleted them and then reran the scan and now 0 errors.

Also suggested web optimization settings have greatly helped Comcast performance on Opera, Chrome IE,Luna, and Safari browsers.

Reply   |   Comment by Will Ambrose  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am having a strange happening when I register the product.
I successfully install and register the product using Reg Name and Reg Code provided in the Readme.txt file.

The splash screen also shows that the product is registered.

So, I closed the program and re-opened it again.

Yet, it still shows Unregistered.

I wonder why. Is it only me?

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I Like this tool very much. All in one packet, nothing left.
And it does a good job too.

@Giovanni from Italy: don't mind the voting. I'm sure you have many fans. At least I am one of your fans. You do a great job putting in always great effort and providing many usefull links.
Thanks a lot and keep it coming.

Reply   |   Comment by Hare  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded, ran setup. Got "activated" message. Screen shows WinUtilities, etc., "Full Version", but can't find place to register, enter Regcode. Is it registered or not? Seems to be working. Help an old guy out here, please.

Reply   |   Comment by jwchairman  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nevermind, I got it to work.
You have to click on the "Help" option on the top right corner in order to register.

Reply   |   Comment by Cow  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"Unzip the package you`ve downloaded and install the software,
then register the software using the following data."

Project team:

It doesn't say WHERE the register the software. That's why I asked.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dear users of Give away of the Day!

To register the current giveaway software, please use the information from the Readme file.

Best Regards,
GAOTD project team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a very useful software. Currently I use ccleaner but I think this is equally good. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by myhome-myoffice  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The program seems good, but is it really that 'necessary' for some?

My PC ain't broke...so my motto is: if it isn't, you shouldn't FIX

..and how much hard-drive space does it eat up?

Reply   |   Comment by Ted  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Winutilities seems like a good software if you want to keep your computer at its peak. But whether it does what it claims to do is still not known, I'm still trying out its various functions. There are many similar programs available that is free-of-charge though. I personally uses Glary Utilities and CCleaner and they both works well with my computer.

What worries me is that after running the Winutilities' registry cleaner scan it found 249 errors! While other similar registry cleaners I try out found nothing or only a few errors.(Did scan only for all the registry cleaners)
Therefore Winutilities is either more capable in finding and fixing registry errors than the other programs OR it is not being careful at what it erases/fixes. Your registry is a very important part of your system and I think everybody would want a qualified neurosurgeon instead of a village doctor to remove their brain tumor.
To find out, I let Winutilities' registry cleaner fix the 249 errors it found(only after backing up)and simply scan again after it cleans my system from errors. A few errors were found this time, but if it is a good registry cleaner shouldn't it be free from errors that it can spot by now? Unconvinced, I did another backup and scanned again, to my horror, more errors are found!
Verdict : Use with Precaution!

Reply   |   Comment by Morgan Sim  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When I downloaded it the page said it was free today only (as always with this site). When I installed the program I got a msg saying it was free for 30 days! So which is it? Will I need to pay for it after 30 days? Is there a registration key somewhere that I didn't notice?

Thanks, Kim

Reply   |   Comment by Kimberley Rivero  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I just want to say that you are awesome!!
I cannot tell you how much I value your insight into the use, value, and alteratives that you offer on a daily basis.
Your knowledge, insight, and expertise; in addition to all the time that you spend each day is appreciated so much and quite frankly, I look to your expertise each day to make a determination as to the value of the program each day.
Your advice and time is much appreciated and valued each day.
Thanks so much!

Reply   |   Comment by Thanks so much  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Good morning. I have a dumb question...how do I activate this? Where do I enter the regcode? Please be gentle, I just woke up! Thanks, y'all.


Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"but even if you delete some files that you may need, the tool can create a Restore Point for you to be able to get back to the state before erasing files. The same precautions are used when you clean the registry."

Before anyone get's overconfident, what if Windows won't start? Seriously. What if during your cleaning you remove something critical? Happens... Ideally you should be prepared & able to not only answer that question, but put your system back.

That could mean restoring a disc image, or reinstalling Windows + your software, or any one of several alternatives -- at any rate please be aware that setting a System Restore point has it's limits. If Windows won't start, restoring a Restore Point in Safe Mode might work, might not.

"However, why bother listing freeware alternatives when you can get a licensed program of this caliber today. To juxtapose alternatives and today’s GAOTD, I view as being counter intuitive."

Because some folks simply like (or dislike) 1 program more than another -- I mean, we don't all dress alike. ;?P

Also, every program has it's strengths and weaknesses -- even if an app is perfect, it can only be perfect for certain users in certain circumstances.
And, there are often freeware or open source alternatives that outperform most everything else comparable. Sometimes it's because they only do one thing, but do that one thing extremely, extremely well. Other times it's because you have a very large number of people contributing that a single developer or company simply can't compete with -- they don't have that sheer volume of resources.

My personal opinion re: alternatives, totally FWIW...
File Undelete -- several prior GOTD offers including ones that can run from a boot disc/USB stick so you're not overwriting the hdd you want to recover.

Disc Cleaner -- basic maintenance I do myself, not believing in this sort of program. Also there's the utility built into Windows.

Registry Cleaner -- CCCleaner.

Startup Cleaner, Process Manager, System Info, Registry Search, BHO Remover, System Control, Uninstall Mgr -- mostly Systems Internals, Nirsoft, & Fresh utilities. Sys Internal's Autoruns also gives the option of turning things on/off.

History CLeaner -- Firefox set to delete everything automatically on close. Also FreshUI.

File Splitter -- not since floppies.

File Shredder -- Eraser

EXE Protector, Memory Optimizer, Duplicate Files Finder, Shortcuts Fixer, Auto Shutdown -- haven't found a need so I don't use.

Registry Backup & Restore -- ERUNT & Window's System Restore

Windows Tools -- Windows Tools. ;?P

Tash Scheduler -- Task Scheduler.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Softpedia editor's review (very good, 4 of 5 stars) can be found at
Users rating Good (3.8/5) - 80 users

Reply   |   Comment by peli11  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"Automatically Creates system backups before doing any changes to registry."

Still wouldn't hurt to back up with ERUNT beforehand -- then restore from boot disc is possible if Windows won't start.

"No defrag tool."

Not it's job -- doesn't do word processing either... ;?P
Use top rated, free JkDefrag.

"Uninstaller does not scan registry/computer for left over files."

Since there is no way to tell what files or registry entries are needed by what software, that is something no software can do accurately. Even monitoring each install isn't 100% foolproof -- many program installation routines check to see if required files are already installed, and if so, skip installing those already present. When you remove software & remove files it installed in your System32 folder as well, you break any installed software that also needs/uses those files.

When it comes to the registry, again there is no perfectly safe & accurate solution. That is why people can have problems after cleaning the registry -- why all such cleaners/optimizers offer to do a backup 1st. The only solution on both counts is a combination of experience & backups to put things back when whatever you try doesn't work.

"Duplicate File scanner does not discriminate between important files and useless files."

There are no unimportant files! Every program file was important when it was installed -- otherwise the software that installed it wouldn't have installed it! Now, if/when you have 2 or more files with the same name, that in no way means that they are the same. They may be different versions, &/or they may have been modified to work with the installing program.

Here's how it works in Windows: If you have 2 or more files with the same name, & if they are not registered Direct SHow Filters or Active X etc., they can be stored inside program folders and software (A) will not know or care about software (B). If however you install another program, & it too uses a file with the same name, & it installs that copy inside your Windows (or any system) folder where Windows looks automatically, then when/if that file is needed, Windows and all software installed in Windows will want to use that particular file, instead of the ones in any program folder. If that duplicate file in your system folder is the newest version, & IF an installed program doesn't rely on a modified version of that file, you're probably OK, & the duplicate in that program's folder can probably be deleted. When that's not true, when a program needs a specific, perhaps modified version of the file, that program is now broken. That's how software conflicts are born.

Things like Direct SHow filters are a different matter -- their location, availability, priority (how strongly Windows should prefer them), even what they do is stored in the registry. Not only is it possible to have problems because you have 2 files with the same name, but you can have problems because two or more files do the same thing, have the same stated purpose. This is a huge source of conflicts, is unfortunately common, and is the reason many people have problems after installing something like Super or a Codec pack. If all the software works on your PC, & if you have duplicate files (with the same, exact name) of this sort, you can probably delete the file that's *NOT Registered With Windows*. If you delete the wrong one, if you delete the file that has it's location registered in Windows, you just broke something.

Now it's important to remember that removing duplicate files is something left over from the days when the smallest hard drive cost many hundreds of dollars [I have a small SCSI drive somewhere in the closet that retailed for over $1000!], & you simply couldn't afford to waste space... Today with 1 TB less than $100, when most people don't clean out their temp folders or browser cache, let alone delete old pictures, music, docs etc, is it really worth your time to worry about on average a couple or few meg?

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

>Cons: If your ever un-happy or if thing does go wrong ~ There is a great support team to help you in any matter what. :)

Wrong. The Gaotd version does not include any kind of support.

The program is a COPYCAT...these has been made so many before. Much better choices are for example Ace Utilities or TuneUp Utilities.

Reply   |   Comment by seijuska  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is one I recommend. I've been using Vista since it's release in 2007 but never was able to keep it together for longer then six monthe & that was just once until now.
I know, Vista, right! But no version of XP can render or display pages like Vista can. The problem was a software conflict. The culprit turned out to be Paint.net. I stumbled on the problem strictly by accident the last time I formatted Vista.
For that one prior six month install, I credit "Win Utilities" exclusively for keeping it together. To make a long story short, This is a solid program that comes from a solid publisher. And it's one I recommend you grab while it's free. But, never forget to back up your system before using this utility.
I just removed mine & installed this one because the license is newer & good for a year regardless of what it says in give aways readme.

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