At the end of October, we told you about PC Manager, a curious PC optimization tool “à la CCleaner” developed by Microsoft. At that time, the application still did not work on our computers and seemed limited to the Chinese market. But it’s over!
Microsoft has launched the public beta of the application in the West (which you can download from its website by following this link). We have already tested it and we will tell you how it works and whether we recommend installing it on your computers.
Microsoft PC Manager: all its features
PC Manager is a very easy to use tool. Microsoft wanted to build a simple, lightweight and intuitive application. The goal is to replace other third-party tools such as CCleaner or AdwCleaner, which are not only more complex, but sometimes do the opposite of what they promise, recommending actions that do not benefit our computers’ performance and can even make them worse (for not to mention their privacy and data transfer policies).
PC Manager has the following functions:
Improve your PC performance with just one click
The “Boost” button located at the top right of the application will delete temporary files and help us free up memory. He can give us a hand at times, but it’s nothing special. It is especially interesting for computers with 4 GB of RAM, which suffer from the high memory consumption of Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Analyze the health of your device
If we click on “Health Check”, PC Manager will perform a quick analysis of our PC’s health, recommend files to clean and, more interestingly, applications to disable at startup.
One of the biggest reasons why our computers run slow, especially on high-end PCs, are apps that run alongside Windows startup. Often, when we install a program, we inadvertently accept that it runs with Windows startup, unnecessarily loading the operating system with processes.
We recommend disabling all apps and programs that you don’t need to run at startup. But be careful! You have to do it with your head. If you’re not sure what something is, it’s best not to remove it. If you use OneDrive backup, don’t delete the OneDrive app. If you use Microsoft Edge as your primary browser, don’t remove it from this list either. This is useful for removing programs like Discord, Skype, Teams, Spotify, etc.
Lack of disk space can also slow down our computers. If we have not formatted our PC for many years and have installed many programs and created a lot of files, this tool will be very useful. In the “Storage management” option we find a blue bar that represents the space used on the disk and below 4 options to manage our storage:
- Deep Clean – This option scans your system files and web cache to help you save disk space. Again, we appeal to logic: you don’t have to delete everything they suggest. In fact, we don’t recommend it. Some of these things serve to make your computer run faster, e.g. Windows Prefetch. We recommend that you only delete the parts that take up a large amount of MB space, such as Windows Update files, temporary files or the Recycle Bin.
- Large file manager: Here you can search your explorer for files larger than 10 MB, 50 MB, 100 MB or 1 GB, so you can filter by file type (documents, videos, images, etc.). Deleting large files that we don’t need and don’t remember having on our PC can be very useful to free up disk space. But don’t forget to empty the trash after deleting them if you want them to disappear immediately and forever!
- App Management – This option is nothing more than a shortcut to the list of apps in the Settings app. We recommend that you go through all the apps you have installed to uninstall the ones you don’t use
- Storage Sensor: This is another shortcut that will take you to Windows Storage Sensor, a very useful tool to help us manage our storage automatically. We recommend that you enable it and configure it as you wish. We configured it as follows (the one recommended by Microsoft in Windows 11 22H2):
This tool is interesting, but you need to know how to use it. We don’t recommend you go in here and start disabling processes like crazy. Observe. Examine the processes that use the most memory, identify them and search on your PC or on the web which program or program they come from.
Once done, we recommend disabling this program from the start (as we have seen earlier) or directly removing it from your computer if you do not use it.
At the bottom right you will find the “Security” tab. Here we can do the following:
- Quick scan of our PC for security threats.
- Check for updates in Windows Update (Windows and Drivers).
- Browser Protection: Here we can enable an option to prevent non-Edge browsers from being fraudulently set as default. It also allows us to change the default browser between Chrome, Edge and Firefox.
- Pop-up control: allows you to enable an option that blocks all pop-up ads in applications.
The application is still in the beta phase, but we found no bugs during testing. Microsoft will surely improve it over time and add new features. So far, we think it’s a good, safer alternative to third-party software that promises to do the same. You can try!
Download PC Manager