Fix-It Utilities 6.0 Professional review: Fix-It Utilities 6.0 Professional

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The Good Provides a wide range of in-depth hard disk utilities; easy-to-navigate interface; detailed printed manual; good in-program help files.

The Bad No live phone tech support; lacks context-sensitive help menu.

The Bottom Line A strong, well-organized selection of tools, Fix-It Utilities Professional 6.0 surpasses Norton SystemWorks and runs a close second to System Mechanic Pro.

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7.4 Overall
  • Setup 7
  • Features 8
  • Support 7

Fix-It Utilities Professional 6.0

While venerable Norton SystemWorks 2005 only repackages its disk-utility tools, V-com's Fix-It Utilities Professional 6.0, like Iolo Technologies' System Mechanic Pro 5.0, continues to improve by offering new and more creative disk-diagnostic tools. Each utility suite offers a mix of strong, basic hard disk tools and features: hard drive defragmentation, data recovery, antivirus protection, and registry scans and suggested fixes. The tools included in Fix-It Utilities could still be improved; for example, it currently lacks the multiple-undo feature recently added to System Mechanic, and the addition of live technical support (either via telephone or online chat) would be a definite plus. We like System Mechanic Pro better but give Fix-It Utilities a close second, with SystemWorks falling to a distant third.

Setup and interface
V-com Fix-It Utilities Professional 6.0 is available either as a boxed CD or a download. Either way, installation offers a full or custom install (roughly 45MB of hard drive space for the full installation). With the full installation, you get Recovery Commander (a repair tool that helps with unstable, unbootable systems) and PowerDesk 5.0 (a file manager). We experienced only one glitch: a dialog box asking us to reboot while another asked if we wanted to download updates. We downloaded the updates and rebooted without any trouble.

Fix-It's main menu is easy to understand.

The Fix-It Utilities interface is simple and intuitive, with categories of utilities displayed along the left. Clicking any one of these links displays a series of buttons on the right side of the screen, each linking to a specific utility and providing a brief description.

The settings for Fix-It Utilities could be better organized. While most controls appear in the Settings menu above a specific utility screen, the settings for SpeedUp, CleanUp, FixUp, and All-in-One are one level higher, under the One-Stop Solutions category; meanwhile, the settings for DiskFixer and JetDefrag appear on the bottom-left portion of the screen. We found this layout confusing.

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