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"Fixes SERIOUS Problems in XP, Vista-XLNT Registry App"
Extremely FAST working; fixes very SERIOUS Registry issues/problems in XP & Vista; Accurately explains/notes problems heirarchically; works @ System Start-up and as an independent Reigistry fixer; Deep Scans *after* System scan, is logical & precise
Expensive @$30 cost, w/Annual Fee(!), just like expensive Anti-Virus programs; somewhat confusing interface w/extras that are unnecessary; sometimes leaves important details unexplained; hasn't been updated but once this year (2008-9)
These comments are coming from a PC neophyte, so with all due respect to my fellow Windows users, I am usually on a Mac of some kind or another in my photography studio, and I do NOT consider myself an expert on Vista Home 32-bit SP1, or XP/XP Pro SP3...but I do have a lot of tech expertise on both platforms, ie hardware, so I do fee qualified to comment on how Registry Mechanic works with respect to the various components of a PC, ie the HD, system, and the all-important Windows Registry componentry. On a Mac we have something called "The Directory", which is the integral structural component of a HD's 'identity' or its 'software identification' vs all the other HD's in a given computer. If the Directory of a Mac's HD becomes disassembled, fragmented, or otherwise compromised for various reasons, mostly just normal 'wear and tear' will suffice for this example, the Mac begins to exhibit symptomatic behavior irregularities, and if you don't fix the Directory some bad things begin to happen. On a PC, be it one with XP, XP Pro, or Vista, the HD componentry includes the all-important Registry, which encompasses its virtual ID, its system identifiers, and other key ingredients, and if you don't take care of it on a regular basis you're in deep, deep trouble. Enter this utility, Registry Mechanic, and I think I can safely say that it's certainly one of the best Registry fixers in the business, and it has kept my PC HD's in good stead/shape for the past year or so, and it's also safe to state that it's pretty danged good at doing what it does. I do not like the fact that you have to shell out a yearly stipend to the nice people who invented it, but so be it, because it works so effectively that it can be considered to be worth it in the long run, in the big picture of keeping your PC functioning well. I recently "restructured" and "re-arranged" virtually 100% one of my PC's HD's, because I upgraded one of my notebook's HD's from the OEM 320GB HD to a real fast, roomy, and highly regarded Samsung SpinPoint H6 500GB HD, and Registry Mechanic performed very admirably after I was done re-arranging the HD's various Vista partitions and components with another very highly regarded utility called Paragon's Partition Manager Pro v9.0. In order to re-arrange a Vista HD's partitions, especially enlarging the "Drive C Boot Partition" from a measly 120GB size to a whopping 390GB size, you've got to do some very serious work with the partition manager, which just rips the guts out of the various structures inside of the HD and causes some amazingly complex things to happen. I cannot believe that I pulled off the job, it being the 1st time I'd done such a thing within the Windows environment, as doing that hat trick involved shuffling the partitions around (all 4 of them in an Acer notebook running Vista Home 32-bit) until you have the objects of your affection virtually right next to each other so that the enlarging can take place. To make a long story short, after Partition Manager Pro was done with its work, and I mean it re-arranged the boot partition's inner workings virtually 100%, and the PC went into some "black screen voodoo" for about 40 minutes upon the new HD's 1st boot process happening, I just knew that I'd be giving Registry Mechanic a very good test, and so I did. I turned loose the utility on the newly restructured HD so it could get the Registry in order, and it found more than 1400 items to "fix"! I'd seen up to about 300 or so before in a badly fragmented Registry, but never anything like that! So, I hit the "go" button and let it rip...and sure enough, in less than a couple minutes RMechanic had repaired the whole jumbled-up mess, fixing all of it with all due ease, so it seemed. I'd found a new utility "friend' after that, and I've been using it with religion on all my HD's in my PC's, and it has become my No.1 "fixer" after installing a new program, updating the OS, or key programs like my anti-virus and firewall suite by Trend Micro...in fact any time I do any virtual "work" with my HD's, I let RMechanic do its thing, and so far, so good. You can also set up your prefs in RMechanic so that it performs a 'Silent Scan' during start-up of your PC, and I find that valuable also, as it often "finds" serious problems early, and allows you the option of fixing them before they can cause more issues...a very nice feature of the utility. To wrap up this review, I think I can safely write that Registry Mechanic is a very valuable resource for maintaining your HD's integrity, and also it's great in terms of preventive maintenance for any XP, XP Pro, or Vista system/HD. I pretty much look at RMechanic like I do DiskWarrior for the Mac, and I use it accordingly whenever the prospect of the Registry of any of my PC HD's becomes damaged, or has a great change happen to it for one reason or another. This is a thorough, effective, and FAST Registry fixer. Try it out...you just might be impressed into buying it.