Screenshot Tour: Soluto speeds up your Windows boot time with help from the crowd
One newly launched app which is perfect for neophytes is Soluto. Just launched at TC Disrupt, Soluto calls itself "anti-frustration software," though at this point the only frustration it can tackle is slow Windows boot times.
But that's a task it handles with aplomb, and its interface provides plenty of information to help guide even the most casual user through the process of trimming down a sluggish startup process.
After performing a somewhat lengthy initial scan of the software installed on your system (mine took somewhere between ten and twelve minutes) and first-run boot analysis, Soluto displays startup items in three categories: no-brainers, potentially removable (recommended for more advanced users), and required. Pick a program, view its description, see how much time it adds to your boot process, and decide whether you'd like to pause or delay it to help speed things up.
Soluto will even tell you what other users chose to do with a specific program -- as long as someone else has tinkered with it already.
(more screenshots after the break!)
I'd also like to see an automatic mode -- a one-click tune-up -- added as more user data is collected.
Soluto is an excellent concept, and it's a program that casual users could definitely use on their own to help speed up Windows reboots. That said, I hardly ever reboot anymore -- my system is always asleep or hibernating -- so I'm not sure how much frustration it's really going to alleviate.
If you'd like another perspective on Soluto, check out Ed Bott's post on ZDnet.