WinASO RegDefrag

WinASO RegDefrag


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 171 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.7
File Size:
1.5MB
Date Added:
June 15, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
216,291
Downloads Last Week:
17
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

If your Registry is as cluttered as grandma's attic, you'll find WinASO RegDefrag a simple and free way to do spring cleaning. Just press a couple clearly marked buttons, and restart your computer if necessary when the process is completed. Don't expect a dramatic change, but you may free up a bit of disk space and slightly improve your computer's response time.

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    3.5

    out of 171 votes

    • 5 star: 98
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 60
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  • 1 stars

    "Snakeoil for rubes"

    March 16, 2012   |   By VanguardLH1203

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 2.5.0

    Pros

    None. The registry is copied into memory and that is from where processes use the registry. Fragmentation of the registry's .dat files is disconnected and irrelevant since the memory copy gets used.

    Cons

    Risks the stability of your OS for imperceptible change in startup time of Windows - the ONLY measure that will be reduced by the registry's defragmentation. When in memory, one byte is just as quickly accessed as any other byte. That's why it's call RAM - Random Accessed Memory.

    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.

    Some snakeoil peddlers even claim that the registry will be smaller in size so it will take less time to load. Yes, a 10MB sized registry will load faster than a 100MB sized one. Yet defragmentation means making the bytes contiguous for a file, not that you reduced the size of the file. Duh! Presuming the registry defragger does not increase the size of the defragged registry (some will), you cannot reduce the size of the registry because you still need everything in there. Cleanup of the registry is a whole different tweak than defragmenting the registry. They're are the same thing. One takes separate clusters of a file and makes them contiguous on the hard disk but that does NOT reduce the size of the file (the number of bytes that get loaded into memory). The other removes entries from the registry which will make it smaller (except this is a database, not a linear file of text entries so deletions may not necessarily reduce the size of the database).

    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 really well."

    November 14, 2011   |   By WinAndLinuxTutorials

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 2.5.0

    Pros

    1. Simple and easy to use
    2. Two defragmentation methods available.
    3. Free product

    Cons

    Does not provide detailed infromation about what it does.

    Summary



    Updated on Nov 14, 2011

    Another con: May be aggressive. Create a restore point before defragmenting.

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  • 1 stars

    "Product is a fraud"

    June 23, 2010   |   By DavidGPeters

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 2.0.1

    Pros

    I like the funny pictures on the GUI

    Cons

    Claims reducing the registry size always by 80% no matter what the size or fragmentation actually is. Doesn't actually do anything.

    Summary

    Product is a fraud

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  • 5 stars

    "best reg. defragger"

    November 15, 2009   |   By judokai

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 2.0

    Pros

    analyzes faster than all others, defrags a bit better than rest

    Cons

    doesn't create backup

    Summary

    best reg. defrag there is

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  • 3 stars

    "works fast, could use more features"

    November 14, 2009   |   By rossvassilev

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 2.0

    Pros

    has two options: quick reg. defrag and deep reg. defrag. the quick analyzes fast, does same job as Quicksys. the deep defrag does even better job.

    Cons

    unlike Quicksys, does not have backup reg. files feature.

    Summary

    WinASO is faster than Quicksys, though Quicksys might be safer due to backup feature.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does what it says on the can!"

    September 30, 2009   |   By nottmdon

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 2.0

    Pros

    Easy to use, fast scanning and easy to understand results.

    Cons

    None that come to mind

    Summary

    I have paid good money for similar software that doesn't do half the stuff as good as this programme does, its quick, easy and removes clutter. Dont notice any remarkable speed changes or performance but then again I find few of these utilites that do offer that amazing speed difference.

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  • 1 stars

    "krap ware - terrible - do not install this - beware!"

    January 26, 2009   |   By databaseben

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 1.2

    Pros

    none none and none

    Cons

    does not defrag, does not compress, does not work (period) except to stall the computer.

    Summary

    do not use!!!!

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  • 3 stars

    "Normally, it helps in a way. More power!!!"

    November 15, 2008   |   By luijanejan

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 1.2

    Pros

    It helps to arrange my registry and it is well enough for it.

    Cons

    Nothing, that I can say as of now... I used it once, don't know yet the "cons" of it.

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  • 5 stars

    "great software. Don't listen to the haters as they are morons."

    June 20, 2008   |   By melroseit

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 1.2

    Pros

    I am a computer technician and I use this software as part of my clean-up and optimisation routine on an almost daily basis. It helps keep machines running with stability and efficiency. I have used this software on literally hundreds of computers in many different environments. I have NEVER had a single problem with it. I am grateful to the programmers for helping me do my job well. There appears to be a long and concerted smear campaign going on in this comment space. My guess is there is some pathetic competitor, a no-talent mediocrity, looking to tear down a great product rather than improve their own. They can keep changing their email addresses but we're not fooled. The only talent you pathetic haters have is for negativity.

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  • 4 stars

    "Simple, it works like a charm"

    April 30, 2008   |   By LT4

    Version: WinASO RegDefrag 1.2

    Pros

    I like this software because its so simple and it works. Again like you may have heard, I don't understand why there's so much negative feedback. I've never had a problem with this software, and I use it regularley.

    Cons

    The only thing I can think of is that the software doesn't really show details of what was defragged or much more statistics.

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