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Auslogics Registry Defrag

Download Editors' Rating:
4
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Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 488 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,672,503
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 22, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    151
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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It's hard to tell if registry defraggers and cleaners work, but the Auslogics Registry Defragger looks good. It's hard to gauge if these programs are effective because once you're done using them, you'd need more than a mere store-bought machine with store-loaded programs to judge CPU speed.

When you run it, it tells you that it will perform a registry analysis, after which you will be able to review its registry report, and once that's done with you can run the registry optimization, requiring a reboot to defrag and compact the registry. It's a fairly serious program, and once you begin the analysis it won't let you move the mouse outside the program window. It also "strongly recommends" that users close all other programs while it runs, although this is a standard warning for registry-cleaning apps.

An expected change in clock speed or other performance benchmarks never materialized. Resource-intensive Internet browsers and e-mail clients may be piggish, but they're necessary and don't load any faster or slower than normal after running the reg defrag. Until a registry defragger or cleaner can demonstrate benchmarkable improvements to a computer, they'll be little more than 21st century snake oil.

 
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  • Current Version

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5 stars

"Nothing short of spectacular"

May 04, 2012  |  By grzley660

 |  Version: Auslogics Registry Defrag 6.2.1

Pros

Easy to use
Lightweight
Doesn't use a lot of resources.
fast and efficient

Cons

Absolutely None

Summary

A friend of mine told me about this and have been using it ever since. That was 4 years ago and I have been spreading the good word about this piece of software myself.

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1 stars

"Snakeoil for rubes"

March 16, 2012  |  By VanguardLH1203

 |  Version: Auslogics Registry Defrag 6.2.1

Pros

None. Responsiveness (performance) of the registry (and of Windows) will NOT change after defragmentation - because the registry is copied into MEMORY and that is from where processes access the registry.

Cons

Risks the stability of your OS for no gain in performance.

Summary

Defragging the registry will do nothing to change the performance of your Windows host. The registry gets copied into memory and it is the memory copy that gets accessed by processes. Since memory is RAM (random accessed memory), the time to access one byte from the memory is the same as to access any other byte. Because the memory copy of the registry gets accessed, defragging the registry's .dat files on the hard disk will do nothing to alter performance of registry use after you have loaded Windows.

The only savings you get is from file load time: the time to load the .dat files off the hard disk and copy them into memory. This isn't some magic defrag operation. It's the same that you do when defragmenting any other files except these system files are use when Windows loads so you cannot defrag them while Windows is running. So what does a registry defrag program do? It schedules the defrag of the registry's .dat files at the start of Windows before those files are inuse. This is the same procedure performed by, say, SysInternals' "pagedfrg" utility (which is also freeware).

So a registry defrag is of no value after Windows has loaded and has copied the registry's .dat files into memory. Once in memory, access time is the same no matter where is the byte in memory. The amount of time you save to load the registry's .dat file on Windows startup might be a grand total of 1-4 milliseconds but other processes run in parallel so it's of dubious value that the .dat files will load faster while the change in load time is so imperceptible.

Defragmenting the registry's .dat files is something of interest to obsessive-compulsive types that need to tweak even when there is no real-world change or advantage for the tweak. It's like repeatedly hitting the cross-walk button and when it changes you feel like you made a difference - except the button isn't even connected. After maybe 10 years of use of an instance of Windows (i.e., you never did reinstalls in that time) and with the gradual bloat of the registry, there might be enough fragmentation of the .dat file to warrant its defrag so you can save all of 1-2 seconds in the startup time for Windows. If you want to defrag the registry at earlier intervals, remember that you are putting your OS at risk each time.

When committing this type of brain surgery on your OS, make sure you save an image of the OS partition. Then if the defrag screws up the ability to load your OS, you can restore from your backup image (provided you have a means of booting the restore program separate of the OS). Make sure you have an escape route.

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5 stars

"Works great. Fast and efective. Easy to use."

March 09, 2012  |  By Derick Tudor

 |  Version: Auslogics Registry Defrag 6.2.1

Pros

Very easy to use. Three buttons to push on and it's done.

Cons

Nothing wrong with this one.

Summary

It works great. Highly recommended

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5 stars

"Great defrag software"

March 06, 2012  |  By ogallupe

 |  Version: Auslogics Registry Defrag 6.2.1

Pros

Fast, effective, lightweight, clear results.

Cons

None.......

Summary

Best defrag option I've seen. You should probably download this. Free helps.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.2.1
- fixed bugs
General
Publisher Auslogics
Publisher web site http://www.auslogics.com/
Release Date February 22, 2012
Date Added February 22, 2012
Version 6.2.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.22MB
File Name registry-defrag-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,672,503
Downloads Last Week 151
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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