SystemWorks Offers a Helping Hand

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-12-06 Print this article Print

Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 2005 helps more than hinders day-to-day computing activities.

PC utilities are notorious for providing inadequate information and heaping cumbersome procedures on users. So its a compliment when I say Ive been using Symantecs Norton SystemWorks 2005, and, overall, it has helped more than hindered my day-to-day computing activities.

The newest addition to SystemWorks is Norton GoBack, a utility that resembles Microsofts System Restore feature built into Windows XP. However, in addition to restoring the system, as System Restore does, GoBack can restore data.

SystemWorks 2005 let me test new programs in a SafeTry Mode. I install a lot of utility applications on my laptop, so the SafeTry Mode has been a real help to me. In fact, Ive avoided some hairy uninstalls of dicey desktop utilities by simply rejecting proposed changes to my system after I got a taste of how my latest software toy didnt work.

SystemWorks 2005, released in September, costs $70. Go to for more information.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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