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Full user review
"Cheap and Good Fix"
I bought this to replace the Norton System Works 2004 that I only used to optimize the registry.
I did not notice a significant speed increase, but this is just preventative maintenance.
After using the NSW I ran Registry Mechanic 6.0. What a surprise, hundreds (yes, hundreds) of errors that NSW did not catch.
I looked at the errors, and saw the vast majority of them refered to programs that I had uninstalled (they came with the PC). There were references to sound files, icons, DLL's and graphics that XP's uninstaller or the programs uninstaller failed to remove.
Compacting the registry is like compacting a database file (which the registry is). It is something that you do to speed access to records in the DB, not to save HD space. This is a good feature.
I suggest that you do a full backup (I used Norton Ghost) before you run RM 6 in case there is a problem that can occur with any modification of the registry.
RM 6 also creates a restore point, an added safety feature.
I did not notice a speed increase after running RM 6, but this is more of a preventative maintenance item.
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nullI have used this program for a few years and never had a problem with it trashing anything, unlike Norton System Works.
Updated on Mar 6, 2010