Microsoft's new PC management app is one step closer to release but it's not for expert users

PC Manager beta for Windows 11
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Microsoft has a new app for generally keeping your PC in good working order. It's called PC Manager, and while it's technically not fully released yet, I've given it a whirl to see what it's all about.

PC Manager is a compact application that offers more shortcuts to lesser-known or not often used features of your Windows PC. It helps clear up your storage drives, for example, or offers an at-a-glance nod to your startup time and what apps might be affecting it. You can even disable the apps hitting your boot time hardest from here. 

It also offers a 'Boost' button that cleans up all your temporary files for a session, helping to free up precious memory. You can also tailor which files you'd like Windows to eradicate on your behalf, which is where Microsoft has slyly attempted to get users to restore their default browser to Edge.

No thank you.

There's also a security section with shortcuts to Windows Update, browser security, and pop-up management. You can even run a quick scan from within this section.

It's a fairly sleek app, too, though in my use of it I did feel it's one of those things I'll use once and then never open again. But perhaps I'm not the target audience, and I dare say most, if not all, of you reading this won't be either. As a windowed application it's another app to have open on the desktop, and you can access these settings elsewhere if need be. Perhaps as a pop-up card or shortcut it'd be a touch more useful, but I don't think users familiar with what Windows has to offer will gain much from the app as it looks and operates today.

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The app has been in beta for a few months, reports Aggiornamenti Lumia (opens in new tab) (via Windows Central (opens in new tab)), but has only recently been added to the Windows Store. The listing is hidden as of today. The account also notes that it appears there are two versions of the app preparing for release, but the difference between them is not clear.

If you want to try it for yourself, you have to head to the Chinese-language webpage for the public beta version (opens in new tab). This has an official Microsoft certificate and is a subdomain of the Microsoft site, and suggests Microsoft is targeting the Chinese market with the app first of all. With a view to launching it elsewhere around the world at a later date, perhaps.

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.