Soluto is anti-frustration software. Designed to make your Windows computing life easier. What makes Soluto different to other Windows management software is the 'PC Genome '- a collective data base of all users choices made with the software.
Soluto is split into 3 major sections:
- Boot Time
- Web Browser
I'll cover those later on.
Every time you boot up your PC, the corner of your desktop wallpaper is 'peeled back' to reveal a Soluto boot time screen. Now you may think that your PC has fully booted up once your auto run programs (e.g. Rainmeter, CCC, Windows Live Messenger) have started, well that's where you're wrong. Soluto will show you the real time it takes for your PC to fully boot up, this includes the background services and programs you won't normally see, or even know are running on your PC.
You may notice that in the screen shot it is says PC ready to use. This means that all your background services have started running. While you can use your PC before this message has appeared, anything you try to do should be faster once everything is running.
There are various methods to enter Soluto: click the desktop rollup (optionally displayed for a short time on boot), access it through the system tray or your bog-standard start menu launch. When you launch the program, Soluto will run a check with the PC genome - a constantly updating database of user data on boot preferences, web browser plugins and application crash data.
This is the Soluto home screen. You can access all three sections of the program from here.
This is where I have found spending most of my time. The screen shows you all the applications and services you have running in your boot. It's divided into 4 categories for easy, intuitive, navigation. When moused over, each item gives a short description of its purpose, as well as a handy pie chart to see what other users have chosen to do - Pause, Delay or Keep.
- No Brainer - All the apps in this category can be safely removed from booting without any detrimental effects to hardware or other software on your PC. The items in this category are usually programs (that you probably didn't even know ran on your Windows boot) such as iTunes.
- Potentially Remove - Designed for advanced users, these items may not have a description and often you will need to know exactly what is running on your machine to make a choice, for example various wireless HP printer tools, Windows Indexing, Adobe setup.
- Non-removable - Soluto can't disable these. Either you'll have to enter the clunky Windows admin tools or live with these apps running. Most of them are fairly important Windows services anyway. .NET Framework or Logon GUI are just two examples.
- Removed - Simply a list of everything, paused or delayed in boot.
Accessible from the bottom left hand corner is 'History'. A visual representation of major changes you have made to your computer (newly installed programs, Windows updates, etc.) and boot times. It's quite interesting to see the seemingly random fluctuating boot times or in other cases, what may have caused them.
A useful tool (for some) which in essence, tells you why an app maybe crashing on your computer, and offers multiple solutions through analysis in the PC Genome. Stats from other users are available for more popular programs. While I haven't had a need to use this yet, I can see with user contributions and the PC Genome, that it could be very successful at solving program crashes for the basic user - something Microsoft ought to provide.
I'm sure you're aware that the more extensions you run, the slower your web browser becomes. The Web browser screen shows you which extensions you can safely disable, potentially disable and those which are disabled, for all the web browsers you use. This is done in a near identical style to the boot management screen, so there's no need for an explanation.
In fact Soluto's intuitiveness is what makes it such a great program for most users. It takes away the hassle of slogging through dated Windows admin tools, making it easy for most users to make their PC more efficient. While it can't do everything for a power-user, like myself, it does still have some benefits. The boot timer for example, is another way to benchmark 'real world' performance. I can see with the history graph how much of a difference the many hours spent defragmenting and re-ordering my HDDs data can make to a boot time. A very useful piece of software for the common user and power-users alike.