WinUtilities Professional Edition giveaway has been canceled – no more free updates

For the past 6 months dotTech has been running a WinUtilities Professional Edition giveaway, allowing dotTechies to grab WinUtilities Professional Edition for free. Recently, because of a disagreement between dotTech and YL Computing (the developer of WinUtilities), YL Computing has canceled the WinUtilities Professional Edition giveaway and dotTechies will no longer receive free updates. If you have WinUtilities Professional Edition currently installed using dotTech’s registration information do not update the program or else it will revert to the trial version.

Furthermore, it seems like YL Computing has also canceled the giveaway with other sources like Softpedia, so you can’t grab it from there anymore either.

Update: I got a hold of WinUtilities Professional Edition 9.81 installer (the latest version that works with dotTech registration code); I uploaded it so dotTechies that want WinUtilities Professional Edition can use it (dotTech’s registration information works on it). Download it from http://dottech.org/downloads/WinUtilitiesPro_9.81_dotTech.org_Giveaway.exe. After installation, right-click on the system tray icon, go to “Settings…” and uncheck “Automatically check for updates”.

For those that feel the sting of no longer receiving free WinUtilities Professional Edition, dotTech has featured many system utilities freebies (Glary Utilities Pro [now expired], WinOptimizer 6, TuneUp Utilities 2008, jv16 PowerTools 2009 [v1.9.0.590], Advanced SystemCare Pro) that one can use and there is WinUtilities Free Edition that is always available for free. Plus, I am currently trying to get dotTechies some lucrative system utilities for free, so stay tuned.

I apologize for any inconvenience!

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33 comments

  1. benhenry

    I’m going to miss WinUtil. I was just thinking that I might go ahead and buy the thing when it last updated to 9.81. I’ve been using it since I joined up here and thought I might go to the website and see if it was reasonable. I never use an “automatic” or “one-click” anything and WinUtil made it easy to avoid that module. Oh well. I might still consider buying a future version someday if they ever want to play nice with dotTech again.

    This might be a good time to mention that almost all of the utility programs I’ve seen don’t perform any better than the native window functions and many of them are just calling the windows api from a pretty gui.

    CMD.exe is so much better than the old command.com that a few simple batch files can do most of what they can do. You just don’t get the pretty buttons to click on. :-)

  2. Jyo

    I wouldn’t blame or hold grudges against YL Computing. They were generous enough to offer this freebie for such a long time. I especially appreciate their quality product, and we should all be thankful for them and Ashraf no matter what happened.

  3. whizzy

    @Ashraf good that you found it, better that people download from you then from me ;)
    For those fearing their key won’t work anymore…as long as you keep (or reinstall) 9.81 your key will work

  4. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Everyone: To be completely fair, YL Computing wasn’t really being “dishonest” with their dealings with dotTech… they just didn’t agree with me on a point and that lead to the end of our cooperation. No malice there, although I would have appreciated an easier way to get a hold of v9.81 (I got lucky Softonic still had it). I am just saying this so people don’t get the wrong idea about them… that wouldn’t be honest on my part.

  5. blue

    Considering that YL has (had) been giving away their product for the last 6 months via here and Softpedia, it probably isn’t unrealistic to expect this to end.
    There really isn’t anything special about WinUtilities, anyway, that you can’t find in freeware, ala ccleaner, advanced windowscare, and the like.

  6. vika6

    I was using  WinUtilities Pro Edition from Softpedia. 
    On Saturday I allowed the program to update and it reverted to trial !!!
    I`ve downloaded Ashraf`s installer right now, but  realised that my Softpedia registration information will probably not work with it !!
    As Softpedia is not so caring as Ashraf is – would somebody help and send me the dotTech’s registration information for use instead of Softpedia`s.. 
    Email me direct at  argiw6 AT  gmail  DOT  com.  
    It is important to me because I already got used to this program and don`t want to learn some other again.
    Thanks in advance

  7. Mark

    Well, Ashraf, we all know your word is good as gold, so these YL guys are ***out***.
    I suspect that whatever mentality led them to sever their relationship with you indicates a mindset that would eventually cause me and them to exchange some harsh words as well. Who needs that kind of aggravation?

  8. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Jyo: That is an old version.

    @Everyone: I got a hold of WinUtilities Professional Edition 9.81 installer (the latest version that works with dotTech registration code); I uploaded it so dotTechies that want WinUtilities Professional Edition can use it (dotTech’s registration information works on it). Download it from http://dottech.org/downloads/WinUtilitiesPro_9.81_dotTech.org_Giveaway.exe. After installation, right-click on the system tray icon, go to “Settings…” and uncheck “Automatically check for updates”.

  9. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Everyone: I apologize but I really can’t give specifics on what happened. I may be ticked off at YL Computing, but revealing confidential details wouldn’t be very professional of me.

    @Jyo: I believe older versions will still work. I don’t have an installer of the older versions tho… so dumb of me to not download it and upload it so you all can use.

  10. Jyo

    Is it just the updates no longer working, or can I still register an older Pro version with the dotTech key?

    In other words, will all the versions 9.8 and lower still register with the dotTech key?

  11. cwc7268

    @Harlan:

    Harlan:
    I did the same thing but had saved 9.8 installation.  I reinstalled it and used the GOTD id and key number and it worked okay.  I then set it to not update auto anymore.  It is a good program but as someone said above it is their loss not dotTech’s.  Again THANK YOU Ashraf for everything you make available.  For those of us on fixed incomes it is nice to enjoy various programs for free.

  12. Shueygal

    Thanks for the warning Ashraf.  I have enjoyed WinUtilities, but as you say, you have many others available to us, and we know they are trustworthy.  Thanks again for all your work.  I truly appreciate your help.

  13. Shueygal

    Thanks for the warning Ashraf.  I have enjoyed WinUtilities, but as you say, you have many others available to us, and we know they are trustworthy.  Thanks again for all your work.  We truly appreciate your help.

  14. Harris

    after allowing winutilities to update my program yesterday, having it revert to the trial version with no explanation and then wasting my time uninstalling the program, cleaning out the registry and reinstalling thinking perhaps that the update needs to be installed fresh i now, in retrospect find this a positive. like me, i am sure there are many of you running several of these utility programs, trying to figure out which one gives you the best results. recently i found that i was only using winutilities to do a registry search so this unexpected policy change from yl computing is a plus. i now have one less redundant program on my computer.
    i recently discovered a nice no-install program called reg scanner from nirsoft which works great for cleaning up the remaining remnants left in the registry from crappy uninstall programs.
    thanks for the great site ashraf….harris
     

  15. JohnD

    Too bad for YL, loss of many potential customers.
    I would recommend jv16, I originally bought Regsupreme years ago for probably $10, lifetime license.  Then Regsupreme went away and I was upgraded to full jv16 2009 for free.  Just a few weeks ago, I was upgraded to jv16 PowerTools 2010, again for free.  Macecraft is a good company, IMO, when they say lifetime license they mean it.

  16. cwc7268

    Patrick:

    Go to settings (arrow down button on top left hand of screen) and unchecked the Automatically check for updates box.  At least with it off it does not tempt me to click on update.

  17. Emrys

    It’s not my business what happened. Your ethics and morality are so well known as evidenced by prior actions I need no explanation. As mentioned, several other programs are available and I feel that this one will not be missed. Too bad there had to be bad feelings, but I’m sure we will all live to byte another day. :)

  18. Patrick

    Hi Ashraf,

    I have the free Pro edition 9.44 as from GAOTD installed. Whan running this version today it wants to “trick” me into installing the update to the 9.82 version.

    As far as I understand I had better not accept this then?

    Well… Seeing all the alternatives – some of which I also use, depending on what exact task I want to get performed ànd whether some tasks are better perforemed by dedicated tools (which in some cases do perform better) – I don’t consider it as a major loss!

    Good thing to receive this warning, though! I guess YL Computing doesn’t provide this warning when one were updating inadvertedly?

    Thanks!
    Patrick.

    PS: is there no real top techie who could blurr or remove this “in-program update messages” (or whatever they may be called)? Perhaps change the invitation-message to a warning-message (in red in stead of in green)? Or is there some setting in WinUtilities itself that takes care of that (not that I’ve ever seen one)?

    Thanks again.
    P.