Tutorial: SKTools v4.45

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INTRODUCTION

    SKTtools is a maintenance toolkit for Windows Mobile. It has won several accolades including the Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008. This multi-function application allows for maintenance on your mobile devices including features such as Registry and file-system clean up, storage card maintenance, backup and restore, and others. In this tutorial, I will try to cover and describe most of the features of this utility, going by categories.

CLEANUP

   With these tools, you can remove useless data from your device and free storage space. The

Invalid Registry Entries

scanner finds and removes invalid registry entries in the registry of your device. When the scan is complete a list of the invalid entries appears, which you can simply remove through the Action menu. However, it is important to

backup your registry

if you’re not sure of what you’re deleting. You backup the registry by simply clicking the Backup Registry button from the action menu and saving it to the location which you desire. Restoring the registry is also done through the action menu and by browsing to the location you previously saved it.

   The

Invalid Registry Values

scanner is a similar tool to the registry entries scanner, but this once scans the registry for links to non-existent files. It is recommended to run the invalid registry entries scanner before running the tool.

   The

Advanced Clean

tool offers extra features to clean up your device, as it cleans up history for: Programs, Phone, and File Explorer. Once run, you can clear the listed items by clicking the action menu and simply deleting the items you’ve marked.

   Through the

Temporary and Cache Folders

tool, you can purge temporary, Internet and user-defined folders from your device, which take up temporary space.

MAINTAINENCE

    Besides

Registry Cleaner

and

Registry Search

, which you can find in the Registry category of tools, there are several neat tools in this category which help you take control of you system.

   Using the

Cookies

tool, you can view and manage data stored on you device by Internet sites.   The

Installed Programs

tool, which is sort of an advanced uninstaller for your device, lets you view and manage your installed programs with size, installation date and installed files. Using this tool you can even move your applications and remove the uninstall info for programs which have been previously uninstalled but still appear as programs on your device.

   Another relevant tool of this category is the

Storage Cards

tool, which lets you manage the storage cards of your device and allowing you to format them, however be sure to backup all data from the storage card as it gets deleted during the process.

   With the help of the

Databases

tool you can empty/export/view and delete the content of your databases such as Contacts, Appointments, Tasks etc.  

   Also in this category of tools you can manage your

Today Plugins,

view and enable/disable the

Input Methods

of your device, manage (kill, list) running

Processes

, and show activity of processes using the

CPU Usage

tool. The

Windows Startup

tool lets you view and remove programs launched when your device starts up, while under

Services

you can start/stop/delete or set on manual start services which start automatically, such as Wireless Monitor Service, Software Management Service, Software Disable Dialog Service, etc.

   Through

Device Drivers,

you can stop/set to manual start drivers of devices such as your Smartcard, Keylights, G sensor, etc, while the

File Types

tool lets you view and manage registered file types and the programs associated with them.

   Other tools in this category are the following include

Notifications Queue

(manage the operating system’s list of scheduled actions) and

Backup

(backup/restore your data).

Files, Information, PIM , System Tools and Registry

FILES
    This category includes all the tools which allow you to manage files stored on your device. Here you can find and remove files/shortcuts with identical target using the Duplicate File and Duplicate Shortcuts tools, find and remove empty folders using the Empty Folders tool. This category also includes an advanced search tool with which you can search for files by size and name with advanced filters, the Files tool, and File Information (find information about a selected file or by user defined word).

   The Move Data tool when started, displays a whole list which redirects you to the following tools: Move Application (redirects you to the Installed Programs tool), Move File, Move Folder, Move DLL (which redirects you to the Move DLL option in this category, where you can find program modules (DLL files) in the main storage and move them to another location), and Move Data (which redirects you to “TuneUP!”, where you can move cache files, temporary files and application data).


    CABs Manager finds and displays cab files found on your device after which you can view their content, unpack, install or delete them. You can also manage your Messaging Files (mail bodies and attaches) and see which files and folders occupy your device’s memory using the Storage Analyzer.  Finally, Replaced ROM Files displays ROM files replaced by new ones with the same name, which you can restore to the previous installation if you wish.

INFORMATION
     In this category you can all the information you need about your device and software. There are some tools here which have been mentioned in previous categories, like the File Information, Processes, CPU Usage, Storage Analyzer and Replaced ROM Files. However, it also includes a couple of neat and useful tools.

     Here you can run various tests to estimate system performance using the Benchmark tool. Tests such as RAM Access (a memory access speed index test), Main Storage (file system read/write speed test), file list (examines speed of reading the list of file names on the device), etc.

   If you want to view detailed information about your device, you can check it using the System Information tool. It contains detailed information about your Device, Processor, OS, Memory, Power, etc. Finally, the Events tool displays a list of events created by the system and programs.

PIM
   This category includes Contacts, Appointments, Tasks and Messaging related tools. You can find and remove duplicate contacts, tasks and appointments with the tools of the same name. If you have tasks which have already expired, you can easily remove them with the Expired Tasks tool, the same goes for Past Appointments.

   If you want a total clear out of your Contacts, Tasks, Calendar and Messaging Data you can do so by using the Delete PIM Information Tool.
In this category you can also find and delete your Messages, view and manage PIM Categories; manage text messages and contacts stored on your SIM, using the SIM SMS and SIM Contacts tools.

SYSTEM TOOLS
    Here you can find two tools to tune your system.

     The first one is “Optimize!” – includes nine tweaks which improve certain aspects of your system. Each one comes with a short description of what it does, however, if you’re not sure of what you’re doing, the tool can do it for you. In the Action menu you can find four “types” of automatic tweaking, which improve different areas of your device.  You can select Performance, Memory, Stability or Maximum Memory category and by pressing Optimize! after making your choice , your device will automatically restart with the selected optimizations applied. You can always restore your original data if you’re not happy with the changes.

     The second one is the “TuneUp!” utility, which lets you modify various system options which cannot be configured using the standard Pocket PC settings interface. In most cases, this is done by modifying the registry settings. This tool is a collection of tens of tweaks in 13 categories. These categories are the following: System Memory and Speed, System Tweaks, Network, Phone Edition, ActiveSync, Colors, Fonts, PIM, PIE, Buttons, Security, A2DP and Other.

REGISTRY

     Besides Invalid Registry Entries & Values scanners and the “TuneUp!” tool, you can optimize the registry size and structure (making your device run faster) using the Registry Optimizer.

     If you’re comfortable dealing with registry entries there’s a Registry Explorer included and with the help of Registry Search you can find, modify and delete registry data.

HOW TO GET IT

    SKTools is available for $16.99 for Windows Mobile touchscreen and $11.99 for Windows Mobile non-touchscreen. A free trial is available at both locations.

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