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Registry Mechanic 8.0 review

£29 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PC Tools

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 3 out of 10

Registry Mechanic 8.0 is a Windows Registry cleaner from PC Tools, designed to improve PC performance by cleaning and optimising your PC's Registry.

Registry Mechanic 8.0 is a Windows Registry cleaner from PC Tools, designed to improve PC performance by cleaning and optimising your PC's Registry.

For the uninitiated, the Windows Registry is a complex database that stores settings and options for your PC's operating system.

Within the Registry is information and settings for all hardware, software and user settings. If the Registry contains broken entries, or is simply cluttered, PC performance will suffer.

Registry Mechanic 8.0 aims to solve Registry problems, eliminating crashes, slowdowns and error messages. It does this by scanning for and repairing invalid Registry entries, and tuning the database so everything works efficiently. Click here to download Registry Mechanic.

If that sounds complex, it is. (The first thing they teach you in tech journalism school is: 'if you're not sure what you're doing, you must never, EVER mess with the Registry.')

Fortunately, PC Tools says Registry Mechanic 8.0 is 'designed with simplicity and functionality in mind', and the user interface is indeed clean and easy to follow. You get smart updates and customer support for a year after purchase.

Registry Mechanic 8.0: 'extras'

System Optimizer is one simple feature of Registry Mechanic. In essence it switches off startup programs that aren't required. You know, the kind of things Microsoft just assumes everyone wants to have running from the start - network printing for example, is unnecessary if you're not on a network. We like System Optimizer - it's intuitive and works well.

Registry Mechanic 8.0 has plenty of such features, some as useful System Optimizer, others not so much. Windows Management Tools, for example, seems a little pointless. In essence, it's the Windows Control Panel, plus Ctrl-Alt-Del, Task Manager, but with PC Tools branding.

But cleaning the Registry is RM8's raison d'etre, and boy, does it clean a Registry. For your peace of mind Registry Mechanic 8.0 also backs up the Registry each time it makes changes.

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Registry Mechanic 8.0 Expert Verdict »
Windows 2000 SP4/XP (Home and Pro) SP21/Vista
300MHz CPU
128MB RAM
12MB of free hard disk space
Super VGA 800 x 600 video adaptor
internet access is required to register product and receive product updates
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Registry Mechanic 8.0 is intuitive, packed full of features and is an excellent Registry cleaner. Whether that's worth £29 of your money when PC Advisor Downloads has lots of free Registry cleaners will depend on how comfortable you are using such clunky shareware and open-source programs, and whether you need RM8's extra features. Registry Mechanic offers the best option for those seeking peace of mind and ease of use.

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