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Repair, Optimize & Improve Your Computer.
Member Name: boredindunoon
Advantages: Quick & Easy To Use. Can Really Help.
Disadvantages: Expensive, Memory Intensive,
This is Registry Mechanic 2009, the latest edition from pctools licensed to protect up to three computers for one year. An award winning utility that's designed to safely clean and repair the Windows registry in an heroic attempt to keep your computer crash free, as well as optimizing your systems performance and increasing stability. Registry Mechanic works by scanning your registry and removing outdated, invalid or corrupt entries.
I had two computers on which to try this utility. The first was my 'main' home computer which is running Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor, 4Gb of DDR2 RAM, and a 500Gb SATA hard disk drive. The second was my Hi-Grade Laptop running Windows XP Professional with an Intel Celeron M 1.5, 512Mb DDR RAM, and a 60Gb hard drive. The former computer is running like a dream machine, and I'm perfectly happy with its performance, so I doubted that Registry Mechanic could make much of a difference there. However when it comes to my laptop (some four years of age) it's a different story. The laptop will freeze and hang every now and again, or even spontaneously reboot, especially when I'm watching, or attempting to watch a DVD with Nero Showtime. But it even misbehaves when it comes to simple things, like opening add/remove programs (where you can be waiting for several minutes for the program list). So eager to set things right, I got to work installing this software.
Installation on both computers was easy and straight forward. I was then greeted with an impressively streamlined interface which was well laid out and again easy to use. I set about scanning my systems registry. On both computers I did notice that the software seems rather memory intensive and will grind your system to a halt while it's doing its job. But I'm not exactly a patient person so it's forgivable. After the scan was complete on my home computer the software reported that I had a total of 18 errors all of which were fixed with the click of a single button. But as expected I saw no improvement system performance or stability (but as I said my computer already runs like a dream). It took three times longer to scan my laptop but in this case the software reported a massive (and slightly embarrassing) 630 errors. Registry Mechanic wasn't able to repair all the errors in a single go, like it was with my home computer, it only managed some six hundred and required another go to repair the remaining problems. But the question is has it helped my laptop in anyway. My answer - yes, it really has. An instantly noticeable increase in my systems performance and stability. It's now considerably quicker in terms of start up time and the time it takes to open documents. Plus my add/remove program list now appears in a few seconds.
The only part of the program I wasn't sure about was the Compact Registry function, which seems a bit pointless. After all how much of a difference is it going to make by reducing the size of the registry by a few percent. One thing that's worth mentioning is the fact that Registry Mechanic wants to run in the background, which I don't see the point of, unless your planning on running the software every single day. Plus to me anyway, for what the software does it seem rather expensive. Yes it really did help my laptop, but at the same time so would a system recovery (granted it would have taken longer but it would have been free).
I would definitely say that Registry Mechanic is more suited for the novice user, one who is as scare of their registry and they are of their BIOS, and while I don't claim to be an expert, I still know and more to the point understand the system registry. Therefore to me, the software isn't of the greatest use. Mainly because I believe if it's not broke don't fix it, or you could end up breaking it in the first place. While the software was of good use on my laptop, it's not a program I would use frequently and therefore I can't justify the asking price. But I would still strongly recommend it for the reasons above, and to someone who wants a quick and easy way to speed up their computer.
Current price on Amazon.co.uk: £24.98
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
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