Free registry repair software has become increasingly popular in recent years. But as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”. And if the price of your computer optimizer is free then there is usually a catch. Here, we’ll look at how to fix computers using free registry repair tools and free registry cleaners (a.k.a. regedit cleaner) and show you how to protect yourself from damaging your computer and improve slow startup speeds and increase PC performance.
It is crucial to research the registry software that you use for making any system changes, so as to not worsen a registry problem. It doesn’t take much searching to find some tools that are best left alone. For example, Error Doctor has now been ‘Google slapped’ effectively flagging it as a product that could damage your PC, making it impossible to recover hard disk data at all.
Of the genuine free registry repair applications the one that is most widely used, and possibly the best of the free registry cleaners is CCleaner. The product allows you to clean, optimize and backup your registry. This works as a Windows 2000/Windows 7/Windows XP registry cleaner.
Making a registry backup should be the first step you make when using this or any other application or attempting any form of error fix. CCleaner does have its own backup feature but this does tie you to using this tool if you ever need to reimport the file into the system. The Microsoft Support site (http://support.microsoft.com/) has details of how to do a registry backup that does not require third-party applications.
The application can also be used as a startup optimizer by allowing you to select which applications get initialized at system reboot.
The fact that CCleaner has been downloaded and used already by thousands of people is testimony to the fact it is a stable secure product that won’t destroy your computer.
One extra consideration is to wonder if you need to make a Windows registry repair at all!
- If your computer is running fine, then there is really little need to start messing around with the registry. Only fix PC errors as they arise.
- If you find that you are thinking “my computer is slow, think I’ll tune-up the registry”. You should realize that registry optimization might only make a 5% to 15% performance gain depending on your hardware. You would gain more by freeing up some disk space, reducing the number of running applications and/or adding more RAM memory.
Top-Tip: The cost free approach is to run a free scan from one of the good commercial products as these provide an analysis report which will tell you if there is anything in fact wrong with your computer. Of the popular commercial tools, Registry Easy, Reg Tool, PC Booster and RegCure have a free registry repair scan that you can run from their websites. If the scan doesn’t detect any issues then you’ve saved yourself the cost of a license key.