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Registry Distiller

CNET Editors' review

This utility scans your system registry to locate and remove invalid entries, but it's not as versatile as similar apps.

Registry Distiller has a clear-cut and clean interface that even novices can easily navigate. Unlike similar applications in this category, this program doesn't allow users to choose the areas they want to scan for errors or invalid entries. Registry Distiller efficiently displayed the type of error, the registry key error found, and recommends actions for resolving the error. The program's saving grace is that Undo files are created as you change the system registry, so you can reverse the process if it doesn't work as expected.

This is a must-have for less registry-savvy users. Unfortunately, it's missing defrag and compression tools, features fairly common in apps of this type. Though experienced users may find it a bit light in features and flexibility, novices will surely find this freeware easy to understand and use.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good but...it is a Behavior.BrowsersettingsChange"

    July 29, 2011  |   By MCmember

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    Find a lot of errors.

    Cons

    Behavior.BrowsersettingsChange
    Quarantine Emsisoft. Changes in Internet Explorer.

    Summary

    I must say, I was not sure, I simply uninstall this program unfortunatly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Danger! Will Eventually Lead to Computer wiped out"

    November 3, 2008  |   By sharpken

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    For 2mo I was fooled, it didn't seem to cause problems & got some registry junk out... Until eventually wiping out my entire Hard drive... I traced it back to this program with 100% positive ID, Yep, this program's the culprit... Disk cleanup bug.

    Cons

    First, you can't set an ignore list, 2nd it gives a ton of undeleteable feedback to sort thru, 3rd If you let it fix what it wants to, it'll create a disk cleanup bug which will wipe out your entire hard drive, have your OS recovery disks handy!!!!!

    Summary

    If you let it fix all, it'll delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\VolumeCaches\Windows Error Reporting Queue Files: Expandable String Value: Folder>%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportQueue which when you later run disk cleanup will wipe out your system if you clean "per user queued Windows Error Reporting Files" say good bye to everything, hope you got your recovery disks handy!! THIS PROGRAM IS NOT WORTH IT!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great and Fantastic!!!!"

    September 22, 2008  |   By Romeo0072009

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    Its very simple and any user can use it.

    Cons

    None. I don't have any.

    Summary

    Its very fast and makes PC work fast too!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very Cool software"

    September 5, 2008  |   By ashwyn_m

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    A very simple GUI and finds good number of errors. For comparison of free registry cleaners go to http://ashwynm.blogspot.com/

    Cons

    Does not clear all unwanted shortcuts etc.

    Summary

    Safe you won't repent!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Goog Basic"

    June 17, 2008  |   By Richard Forester

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    A good small program, nice interface, easy to use.

    Cons

    Could use more features

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Interface primative, Finds Different Reg issues"

    March 29, 2008  |   By devans00

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    Very fast scan. Can do an 80 GB computer in 2 minutes. Found registry issues Ccleaner didn't.

    Cons

    The interface looks raw, like it's either a draft version or someone not trained in optimizing space on a screen.

    When it does scans and finds issues, doesn't always fix issues. Kept finding the same two issues over and over. Said they were fixed but issues kept coming up after scans.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Effective at detecting redundant registry keys."

    January 28, 2008  |   By edred.uk

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    see above.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the user has to decide which keys to delete. It is more suitable for the advanced user.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works Great!"

    January 14, 2008  |   By Mr.sunji

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    I love the easy to use interface, Myself, can find no use of this program but, as for my clients i can refer them to this program and they can maintain their systems with ease.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast scan and aggressive."

    December 5, 2007  |   By Zane77

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    This registry cleaner scanned my computer in 36 seconds, and found 390 registry errors. So before removing any of the registry errors that it found. I took the time to read all of the registry errors, and only selected 40 real registry errors.

    After the registry errors are removed, there is an undo registry file created in my documents. Named my registry distiller logs from there, I can recreate the removed errors with a right click and click merge. Or with a right click the errors can be deleted, I knew the 40 were real registry errors so I deleted them.

    Cons

    Finds too many registry errors, the interface needs a make over. And it would be better if, I could select areas of the registry that I want to scan.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Average"

    July 17, 2007  |   By doctorsmell

    Version: Registry Distiller 1.03

    Pros

    Free

    Cons

    You can find similar applications which do their job better than Registry Distiller, for example, Advanced WindowsCare Personal V2.

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