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Registry Mechanic

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 1088 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0
  • Total Downloads:
    9,536,645
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 05, 2008
  • Price:
    Free to try (Repairs first 6 sections only); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    17.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    254
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Although not feature-rich, Registry Mechanic checks your registry for errors that can slow down and crash your computer. The utility can find a wide range of defects, including references to already uninstalled programs, missing help files and broken shortcuts, virtual devices, start-up programs, fonts, and configuration files. It also can automatically repair invalid entries at Windows start-up.

The Quick Scan has been abandoned in this version in favor of an exceedingly fast and comprehensive Deep Scan. The program also makes backups, so it's easy to restore a fix gone wrong. The left-nav-based interface is uncomplicated and easy to use, and fortunately there are some extra horses to support this former one-trick pony: other features include a defragger, a "registry compacter," and a system optimizer.

It's too bad, then, that the stringent restrictions on the trial version make it difficult to analyze the effectiveness of the program. The trialware allows for only five sections of the registry to be repaired, the compacter was similarly crippled, and the defrag and system optimization buttons had no effect. Given these handicaps, our recommendation of Registry Mechanic is also hamstrung.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 73 votes

    • 5 star 16
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 30
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 1088 votes

    • 5 star 342
    • 4 star 182
    • 3 star 140
    • 2 star 121
    • 1 star 303
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4 stars

"Fixes SERIOUS Problems in XP, Vista-XLNT Registry App"

January 24, 2009  |  By rexer727

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

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

Cons

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)

Summary

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.

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5 stars

"LOVE this product!"

March 03, 2011  |  By nhevergreen

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

Fast, thorough registry scan. Shredding unwanted files is a huge plus. Performs various tweaks to optimize Windows.

Cons

None whatsoever.

Summary

I've used Registry Mechanic for several years and have been VERY impressed with its ability to provide dramatic performance improvements on every PC I've brought back from death's door. Up until last year, I was working on an 8-year-old machine, running high-end image manipulation and web design software, and RM kept it clean and nimble. I finally upgraded to a quad core machine and the old PC is still operational as a server for therapist practice management software. Registry Mechanic delivers on its promise to speed up and improve the performance of your system...period!

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1 stars

"Unhappy customer"

March 26, 2010  |  By olderposter

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

Seems to do what it does pretty fast.

Cons

Doesn't seem to do much. What is the justification for the $30/YEAR price? The $30 I paid for it is enough, since does it NOT need to be "updated" unless (maybe) one upgrades the OS; do service pack upgrades count? And WHY isn't an upgrade OPTIONAL?

Summary

Their marketing philosophy is ridiculous. (See above.) My version is 5.0xxx. I installed it and used it for 3 years without any charge and without ANY notice of a charge pending and with the same OS. Then PCTools unregistered it remotely. When I contacted them with my concerns about their stealing my license back, they were just interested in my PAYING for it AGAIN. Mandatory. I might have upgraded but for this sleazy approach to my wallet. Forget it. I'll just use WISE instead.

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3 stars

"For me free is free not free and then pay..."

November 13, 2009  |  By kulpincan

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

I have downloaded the registry mechanic and it worked fine. Then I tried to uninstall it and I was also offered the free to have.

Cons

Claiming you will get it free when you have to pay... Sad really.

Summary

There are better programs than the registry mechanic. Maybe Pc tools has a lot of money for their advertising but I don't thinks their product is the best. I really liked the site called thebestofregistrycleaners.com where I had a choice to choose from. I was not tricked to get anything for free, except the free scan but not the product as such.

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1 stars

"NOT FREE AT ALL!!!"

August 11, 2009  |  By mikey01h

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

who knows??

Cons

Rip Off just more registry clutter even after uninstalling it.
SCAM!!

Summary

Deceitful selling practice means deceitful company!

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1 stars

"False Utilities"

June 06, 2009  |  By CaviteChapter

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

nothing at all

Cons

all of the services they have

Summary

I;am using tuneup utilities and then i try to install registry mechanic to test how it perform . the recommended of this product for my pc performance was so bad
after i optimize my system, den i go tuneup having so many error ***
and slow down my pc ***

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5 stars

"20% DlSCOUNT C0UPON found yesterday"

June 06, 2009  |  By jordanfirgusson

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

It fixed over detects over 230 registry errors! My PC is running much more faster now! And I saved a lot of money on purchase because I found 20% discount here
http://www.*********.net/registry_mechanic.shtml

Cons

Nothing negative. It's great.

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1 stars

"WARNING!!! THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION TO THE PROGRAM"

May 27, 2009  |  By lawrence2000

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

Its a great program to use...BUT

Cons

You have to pay for it once a year. when your subscription runs out you have to pay for it again or it doesn't work

Summary

Don't but it unless you want to pay 30 bucks every year for it.

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5 stars

"20% DISC0UNT C0UP0N recently found"

May 23, 2009  |  By PrettySummerKitty

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

The best registry cleaner I ever used. My PC running much more quickly after I applied Registry Mechanic. And i found 20% discount here
http://www.*********.net/registry_mechanic.shtml

Cons

I don't know what is bad...

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5 stars

"20% DISC0UNT COUP0N found on Friday"

May 09, 2009  |  By mikealexon

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

My computer is more fast after I used this wonderful soft. And I saved 20% with the discount found here
http://www.*********.net/registry_mechanic.shtml

Cons

Can't remember.

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1 stars

"is it free? just another scam!"

April 18, 2009  |  By clifforhapiness

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

Pros

nothing outstanding!

Cons

just simply another scam, that's all!

Summary

you waste your time scanning and then this program tells you to pay before it can repair problem! Tell us up front that this is NOT free!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0
Version 8.0 includes re-designed interface and new plug-in framework.
General
Publisher PC Tools
Publisher web site http://www.pctools.com/
Release Date August 05, 2008
Date Added August 05, 2008
Version 8.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 17.8MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,536,645
Downloads Last Week 254
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Repairs first 6 sections only
Price $29.95

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