System Mechanic Free
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"It ripped out my installer"
I used System Mechanic for several years and generally really like it. I've used it On multiple computers. it seemed very solid, comprehensive, and safe. Not any more.
Some months ago, the MAPI server connections to Outlook began failing. Only a repair to MS Officer would bring it back. I learned it was a registry goof on the part of System Mechanic and I had to do a manual block in SM not to blow the registry key away. Not good. I think it got fixed in an update. In recent weeks, I have had the same experience of having the MS Installer partly deleted, registry keys removed, completely crippled. Outrageous. Forum postings immediately showed this to be a System Mechanic issue. I removed System Mechanic from my system and spent hours over several days researching a fix, which I eventually did find thank God. I do have backups but the idea of a full image reinstall made me ill.
This used to be a wonderful program. Now it sucks. Don't use it. If it is true that the company is not taking responsibility, remember Tylenol? My subscription runs another six months, so I could change my mind but it won't be easy. Not with screwing up my MAPI services and then blowing the MS installer away. No way.