22 replies on Which is the best startup manager for Windows?

  1. amber says:

    hi, thanks for the tutorial.
    i use kingsoft pc doctor which has a very useful my startup feature, it can display the exact time each startup item takes.
    Can you add it to the tutorial to make a comparison?


  2. John Sparks says:

    I’ve used Kingsoft PC and it’s terrible, sorry. All of the above are way better.

  3. ron says:

    Good article, thanks. I’ll be passing it on.

    One suggestion, could you change you hyperlink style to confirm with standards and underline it. I only discovered that the product titles were hyperlinks. I was going to suggest that you include a link to one of the product reviews you mentioned, but it was there, hidden in plain sight.

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Underlining a link is not a standard. Very few websites have underlined links. However, I will add more links to the products being mentioned, to make things easier.

  4. Adithya Uday says:

    Nice article. I like the way you explain things in depth. I always use autoruns from sysinternals(now microsoft i belive) but this delayed startup is something i should try..

  5. serafin says:

    Ccleaner user here

  6. Gaurav says:

    I use TuneUp Utilities. Hey! I have a request. Can you review some PC Maintenance and Utility Programs such as The TuneUp Utilities itself, System Mechanic, IObit Advanced System Care and few others..
    BTW, this article is amazing and I’ll definitely give a try to “Autoruns for Windows” 😀

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Thanks for the appreciation. Regarding your request – we will definitely consider it and see if we can do something about it. No promises though, at least not on the short term.

  7. Jack says:

    I hate Soluto, I have tried it on all five computers we have and it seems to make out boot times LONGER, even after stopping some it recommends.

    I don’t get why people like it so much. I have tried a lot of stuff after doing searches and reading guides, I probably spent more time doing that than I will save on boots in the next 2 years.

  8. Pat says:

    Ciprian, thanks for putting together this review. It was very helpful. I was looking for something to delay the load up of two services which were frequently crashing. Based on your review, I chose Soluto and Startup Delayer to try out. Both programs worked to delay the two services sufficiently so that they didn’t crash anymore. However, I like Startup Delayer so much better. It wasn’t even close. The problem with Soluto is that it adds 3-4 startup processes on its own! So it’s a real resource hog. The interface was also slow and clumsy. Startup Delayer, on the other hand, just adds 1 startup service and it consumes very little resources. It’s a basic utilities interface — nothing fancy but perfectly functional.

    So now my startup services don’t crash anymore. Thanks again. And thanks to the makers of Startup Delayer who have made their free version pretty powerful.

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Glad to be of help Pat. Thanks for leaving this comment. It’s great to receive feedback from our readers.

  9. John Newmarch says:

    Have you looked at PC Magazines Startup Cop? I like it

  10. Louise says:

    Thanks very much for your input. You explained everything very well, even for an ADD mind. I am looking forward to read more posting from you. Take care.

  11. Ola says:

    Great, thorough review; well argued and satisfying read. However, like Pat above, I tried Soluto and removed it – for the same reasons; it was a resource hog, and got in the way of what I wanted to do. I use BOTH Autoruns and Startup Delayer, the first for removing processes and services that have been orphaned for one reason or the other, and the second for delaying processes while I get on with other things. Perhaps you should re-examine the resource consumption of Soluto. Thanks.

  12. BinaryHacks says:

    Useful review. Would like to see a larger list of products assessed. Thank You 🙂

  13. mikmik says:

    Hasn’t anyone ever heard of Kingsoft PC Doctor????
    It is far, far better than soluto and way easier than using autoruns. Everyone I know, and mcomputers I work on, has PC Doctor installed.

    Every boot it gives boot time (like soluto) and gives you a selction of start-up optimizations. You can slook throught them, or just pick ‘optimize.’

    Anyways, I don’t want to try and explain it all here, but it is starting to p*ss me off that now one seems to have ever heard of it.
    Sheesh, soluto isn’t that great, not what I’ve found anyway. It’s cool, definitely easy and capable in it’s own way, but the… it’s almost useless, if you ask me. I get all these warnings about system crashes and start up problemsw, but when I click to ‘learn morew,’ it never has any solutions at all.
    PC D has all the stats on what programs do, whether it is safe to remove them from start-up, and stats on how many users choose to keep, or disable start-ups.

    Man, I’ll just go write an article for gizmo, I think.

  14. George Melendez says:

    I may not a GEEK but i do know enough to configure my start-up programs. But why should i use a program where i have to analyze what can be delayed or removed from boot when SOLUTO does it for me??? I’ve been using SOLUTO for over 2 years and i have to say that it’s the best way to configure what you want to delete or delay from Wins 7-64 boot. It also provides many other features and options which are excellent even for the advanced so i would advise all to give it a try and it’s also FREE

  15. tazmo8448 says:

    I prefer CCleaner

  16. James Pittman says:

    I appreciate the tests performed an the advice s it really helps me make decisions about what i want to try

  17. George says:

    Excellent, detailed comparison. Thank you.

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