At a Glance
- Subscription-based components, duplicates Windows functionality
WinZip System Utilities Suite: 20+ tools for a better performing, faster PC!
If you’re going to sell a suite of system utilities when Windows
already contains so many of its own utilities, and freebies such as
Piriform’s CCleaner exist,
that suite had best be good, with useful and unique capabilities.
In this case, I’m calling it close, but WinZip–a new player in
this space–falls short of that goal.
Like others of its ilk, such as System
Mechanic and the Norton Utilities
15, WinZip System Suite brings a number of useful capabilities
under one friendly roof. Among them: Disk optimization, hard drive
S.M.A.R.T. data retrieval, a drive benchmark, file cleanup,
duplicate file removal, file undelete, file encryption and secure
delete, registry cleaning and optimization, backup of key system
files, a driver updater, and a startup manager.
WinZip System Utilities also provides a PC Fixer which will fix
common registry problems that you may choose by symptom. There are
also Security and Performance advisors, which can be useful, but
don’t blindly click through–some of the advisor’s recommendations
were, at least in my case, unwarranted. I’m perfectly aware of the
vulnerabilities caused by sharing folders–my network is private
and I shared them for a reason.
One feature unique in my experience is the game optimizer, which
is a sort of virtual machine that takes over from Windows and
allows you to run your game without a lot of other processes
You may schedule most of the maintenance and optimization tasks,
however, here lies one of the great questions concerning
optimization software–does the background application negate the
performance benefits garnered by the optimization? I’ve always
leaned towards yes. In most cases, you’ll gain more
apparent speed by disabling unnecessary startup and background
applications using msconfig.exe than you do by running memory and
The WinZip System Utilities are easy to use and the interface is
well-designed, though you should close each utility opened from the
launcher before moving on to something else-otherwise, you’ll be
faced with a daunting stack of windows. There’s some duplication of
functionality under the various headings, e.g., the driver updater
may be found both under Windows Optimizers and Regular Maintenance.
All in all, though, it’s a professional looking package.
WinZip System Utilities is subscription-based. Most of the
utilities will work forever, but certain modules such as the driver
updater will not function after your $40 yearly subscription
expires. Winzip will automatically email you then renew your
subscription for another year, every year, until you tell them not
Without the subscription fees, I might recommend the Winzip
System Utilities simply for the twin reasons of its good
performance, and the convenience it provides in having a strong set
of utilities in one place. I find it at least as capable and
comprehensive as System Mechani or the Norton Utilities. However,
as I said up top, there’s just not a lot that any of the utility
suites can do that you can’t accomplish with Windows itself
(especially Windows 7) and a few well-chosen freebies.
–Jon L. Jacobi