A cluttered Registry can slow Windows to a crawl, but cleaning it up effectively isn't easy. We've looked at some of the leading Registry cleaners, and have found some tips to help you get your Registry down to size and improve your PC's performance.
RegSupreme, only $13 (£6.50), is definitely a basic, no-frills tool. It includes a Registry cleaner as well as a Registry compactor, and is essentially a scaled-down version of its bigger sibling, jv16 PowerTools.
In RegSupreme you get only two levels of error detection, safe and aggressive, as opposed to four in jv16 PowerTools. And the program has almost no extras; the only one of value offers a way to search for specific keywords in the Registry (e.g. RealPlayer). On the other hand, the inexpensive RegSupreme has a built-in backup tool and gets the job done. So if you like jv16 PowerTools but you don't need the extra functions - and you want to save some money, RegSupreme could be perfect for you. Like jv16 PowerTools, RegSupreme supports every version of Windows and comes with a full-featured, 30-day trial.
RegSeeker is free, and alongside a Registry cleaner it has a handful of other Registry-focused utilities. The tools include a keyword finder; a utility to examine installed application Registry entries, assorted histories (for instance, Internet Explorer and Start-menu items), and Startup entries; and a tool to tweak about 24 XP settings.
This Registry cleaner is confusing because its interface sports a strangely labelled 'OK!' button that doesn't really give you a sense of what the program will do next. On the same screen, the app presents a dangerous option: Auto Clean, which I encourage you to avoid. The screen provides little help or guidance, though RegSeeker warns that to back up the Registry, you must make sure to check the 'Backup before deletion' option, another oddly labelled feature. The program has no automatic restore function, either; you'll need to find the saved .reg file yourself and click on it to restore your Registry.
On my production PC, RegSeeker picked up 1108 problems. Unfortunately, the program offered no assistance in determining which of the errors needed deleting; it also didn't provide categories, such as invalid path or shared DLL, in order to help me decide whether items were safe to delete. RegSeeker isn't for novices. It supports Windows 2000, XP, and Vista.
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