Troubleshooting tool Soluto just added a host of new features that let you easily fix anyone's computer from a web interface, no matter where you are. You can clean up their startup menu, fix application crashes, silently push application updates, and even install new applications to their PC with the click of a button.
Soluto started off as a tool to speed up your system boot, then added a feature that magically solved all your application crashes for you. Now, there's an enormous update that lets you do all that and more — for someone else's computer, whether you're sitting next to them or not.
All you need to do is install the Soluto system tray app on their computer (Windows only for now), and you have full control over the troubleshooting of that machine without having to deal with screen sharing or other clunky options. You can open up Soluto's web interface on any computer and see all the PCs you're currently troubleshooting (up to 5 are allowed for a free account), and perform any of the following actions:
- Remove unnecessary apps from their startup menu to speed up boot time
- Get information about recent "frustrations", like freezing or crashing apps and crashes, and find out the root of the problem using Soluto's community.
- Change the default browser, get rid of toolbars, and free up memory by uninstalling browser add-ons that they don't need.
- Push silent upgrades to stop nagging apps and make sure they're safe and up to date.
- Track fan speed, temperature, and battery wear, so you can tell them when they might need to go in for repairs.
- Install apps for them with the click of a button, like Skype, Dropbox, antivirus, and more (they're actually working with our friends at Ninite to provide this feature).
This is a huge update for Soluto, and makes the app even more awesome than it already was. We've talked about a few different ways to troubleshoot remotely, but nothing beats the ease of use of Soluto's new web interface — -it gives you tons of control, without needing the other party present. Obviously, there's something to be said for teaching them what they need to do to keep their computer up, but when it seems like you're talking to a wall, it's probably just easier to push those app updates for them.
This is just the beginning of Soluto's new projejct; a lot of other features are currently in the works, including support for Macs and mobile phones. For now, the newest version is in beta. They want to get feedback from power users, like you guys, before releasing it to the general public, so to sign up, hit the link below and use the code lifehackersentme to download the new app. The invites are unlimited, so if it doesn't work, let us know — you should all be able to get a chance to try the new program out.
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