Try&Decide: typical use cases

The Try&Decide feature can help you in various circumstances, for example:

Software testing

There are known cases when installation of antivirus software cripples functionality of some applications or they may even refuse to launch after antivirus installation. The Try&Decide utility can help you to avoid such a problem. You may proceed as follows:

  • Download a trial version of the antivirus software from the Web site of the vendor whose product you wish to try.
  • Turn on the Try mode.
  • Install the antivirus software
  • Try to work with the applications installed on your computer performing your usual tasks.
  • If everything works without any snags, you can be reasonably sure that there will be no incompatibility problems and can buy the antivirus software.
  • If you encounter any problems, discard the changes in your system caused by installing the antivirus and try antivirus software from another vendor. The new attempt might turn out to be successful.

File recovery

You have accidentally deleted some files and then emptied the Recycle Bin. Then you have remembered that the deleted files contained important data and now you are going to try to undelete them using the appropriate software. However, sometimes you may do something wrong while trying to recover deleted files, making things worse than before trying to recover them. So you can proceed as follows:

  • Turn on the Try mode.
  • Launch the file undelete utility
  • After the utility scans your disk in search of the deleted file or folder entries, it will present you the deleted entries it has found (if any) and offer you the opportunity to save whatever it can recover. There is always a chance that you might pick the wrong file and while recovering it the utility may overwrite the very file you are trying to recover. If not for the Try&Decide, this error would be fatal and the file would be lost irretrievably.
  • But now you can just discard the changes made in the Try mode and make one more attempt to recover the files after turning on the Try mode again. Such attempts may be repeated until you are sure that you have done your best in trying to recover the files.

Software uninstalling

It is well known that the “Add or Remove Programs” component of the Windows Control Panel cannot give a complete guarantee of cleanly uninstalling applications. This is because most applications do not provide enough information for it to be able to uninstall them without a trace. So almost every time you install a trial program and then remove it, you have some garbage left on your computer and after a while Windows may get slower. Even use of special uninstaller utilities cannot guarantee complete uninstallation. The Try&Decide feature, however, will ensure complete and perfect uninstallation of any software quickly and easily. Here’s how:

  • Turn on the Try mode.
  • Install the software application you want to evaluate.
  • Try using the application.
  • When you want to uninstall it, just discard all the changes made to your computer in the Try mode.

This may come in handy not only for those who, for example, like to play a lot of games but for professional software testers as well – to use on their testing machines.

Web privacy

Suppose you do not want anybody to know, which Web sites you have visited or which pages you have opened – we all have the right to privacy. But the problem is that to make your Web surfing more comfortable and fast, the system stores this information and much more: cookies you have received, search engine queries you have made, URLs you have typed, etc. in special hidden files. And such information is not deleted completely when you clear your temporary Internet files, delete cookies, clear history of the recently opened Web pages using the browser’s tools. So snoopers may be able to view the information using special software. Well, there are third-party programs that can wipe all your Internet activity tracks, but most of them will cost you money and time required for learning to use them. Now you have a much easier way – to use the Try&Decide feature.

Just make a couple of clicks to turn on the Try mode before launching your Internet browser. When you turn on the Try mode, the program creates a virtual disk. While the Try mode works, all changes to your system including those made by the system itself will be saved on this virtual disk. So you can surf the Web as you please. After you have finished using the browser, make a couple more clicks to discard the changes accumulated in the system in the Try mode and the system will be rebooted and reverted exactly to the state it was in prior to turning on the Try mode (including all those hidden files).

Try&Decide: typical use cases