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Windows 7 Manager

CNET Editors' review

Windows 7 Manager is an all-in-one system cleaner, tweaker, and maintenance tool that, among other capabilities, incorporates a wide range of "fixes," many of them built into Windows, yet tucked away in odd corners that make them difficult for ordinary users to access. That's sometimes because inexperienced users who misuse a fix or a tweak can cause more problems than they started with. Windows 7 Manager is a good example: It probably packs more features than any tool of its type we've seen thus far. Yet with so many things to run, inexperienced users can end up "fixing" their systems for good. Used carefully and regularly, though, Windows 7 Manager has much to recommend it. It's shareware that's free to try for 15 days.

A nag screen counting down the 15-day trial is the only inconvenience we encountered when we opened Windows 7 Manager for the first time. As with similar tools, Windows 7 Manager starts by creating an (optional) System Restore Point and scanning your system. Windows 7 Manager uses a series of separate windows for each tool, each displaying a lot of information, and sometimes too much, such as the tree view displaying the Process Manager's scan results, which is quite detailed but a bit overwhelming. But there's no doubt that this program's individual tools tend to offer more in terms of features, options, and capabilities than their freeware counterparts. Windows 7 Manager divides its features into broad categories: Information, Optimizer, Cleaner, Customization, Security, Network, and Misc. Utilities. There's too much to summarize, but some standouts include the ability to enable AHCI on existing systems (handy if you want to boot from an SSD) and an Optimization Wizard that walks users through a variety of tweaks.

One thing, though: The Registry Optimizer tool froze our system twice on the Analyze phase. Our test system goes boldly where yours should tread carefully, though. Likewise one of Windows 7 Manager's best features, easy access to built-in system restoratives, should be used with care and only to shoot actual trouble (don't go looking for it!). We suggest trying Windows 7 Manager for yourself (carefully) to see if this extensive array of system tools is for you.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Windows 7 Manager 4.2.4.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's One of the Best"

    January 11, 2013  |   By shodan816

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 4.1.9

    Pros

    At least a couple of people have rated this multi-faceted utility poorly and said that those of us who like it surely don't know what we're talking about. Well, I've been in the computer business since the '60s in everything from maintenance to Support Manager at Microsoft, so I would suggest it is they who need to take a second look. This tool has tons of utilities and tweaks, far too numerous to list here, and a registry backup utility that I use daily because I find it more reliable that Microsoft's own. Seriously, give it a try.

    Cons

    I agree with not running registry defrag as one user suggests. Other than that, it's simeply a great bunch of tools and tweaks rolled into a single utility.

    Summary

    You really have nothing to lose by trying it. Backup first, so you can always go back if you don't like it. My guess is that you won't be going back. I've been using it for at least 4 or 5 years now.

    Updated on Aug 8, 2013

    This utility just keeps getting better and better. I use it to make daily registry backups and it has come to my rescue on many occasions. It is surely one of the best tools of all I have on my PC.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A GREAT Windows Utility"

    July 14, 2012  |   By shodan816

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 4.0.9

    Pros

    I have been using Windows 7 manager for a long time, and prior to that, Windows Vista Manager. This utility has many, many custom Windows settings, tuning utilities and backup features. I backup my system registry daily with Windows 7 Manager and have used it to restore my registry many times. It works flawlessly.

    Cons

    None that I have found. It has NEVER caused me to lose data or cause any files to be deleted accidentally.

    Summary

    This is one great system utility. Well worth the price and I recommend it highly.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "as long as it stays free"

    April 30, 2012  |   By fisheye

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 4.0.4

    Pros

    multi speed up clean up repair- all you ever need for maintaining your Windows Wow
    finds 100's of useless files every time I use one click.

    Cons

    None so far. I have had the windows 8 version one week.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible just like EVERY other one."

    March 4, 2012  |   By peptobismal88

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 4.0.1

    Pros

    Personally, nothing.

    Cons

    Slow GUI.
    Automated Registry Cleaner.
    Registry Defragger.
    Disk Clean up.
    Whatever else.

    Summary

    Okay, everyone on here that seems to rate these things doesn't really know what they are talking about. I was directed here from a forum post while tweaking my registry manually.

    I did the dumb thing of downloading this and allowing it to do nothing but file extensions, not touching DLLs or system files. After install things on the computer were running horribly slow. Start up is crap, etc.

    Fact of the matter is DO NOT EVER DEFRAG or "OPTIMIZE" your registry with a program! There are EXTREMELY dangerous things to mess with. So, if you're not willing to get your hands dipped into the registry leave it alone.

    Any/Every automated registry cleaner IS BAD! May not be the first run or second, but trust me you are causing more damage to your operating system and things will get worse and worse over time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "BEST WINDOWS 7 MANAGER"

    February 21, 2012  |   By wagyi

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 4.0

    Pros

    JUST ONE CLICK CLEANER,YOUR COMPUTER WILL BE INCREDIBLE.

    Cons

    ALWAYS RESTART AFTER ONE CLICK,BECAUSE IN TRAY THERE'S ONLY REMAIN BLUE TOOTH ICON.

    Summary

    Advice to try it.As for my experience,this tool is best one.My nick name in my family is "Mr Cleaner".

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Bought it a year ago and still using it"

    January 20, 2012  |   By yduuz

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 3.0.7

    Pros

    A lot of tools in just one application.

    Cons

    Its a bit hard to find the needed feature some times.

    Summary

    Highly recommend!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not recommended"

    January 14, 2012  |   By Zentie

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 3.0.7

    Pros

    Probably something, but never checked it out.

    Cons

    The fact that you have to pay for a program to keep software, which you have already paid for some exorbitant amount, acting sanely.

    Summary

    Will not buy or recommend, unless a version with less bells and whistles is made available.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "ok but slows computer down"

    June 1, 2011  |   By brianbe

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 2.1.2

    Pros

    does thorough job

    Cons

    feel like its takeing over my computer

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Many functions"

    May 10, 2011  |   By Danne_Mannen

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 2.1.1

    Pros

    Can really speed things up if you use it right

    Cons

    Be careful and backup your registery..and ignore 1-Click Cleaner

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great really great"

    April 8, 2011  |   By ronw318

    Version: Windows 7 Manager 2.1

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none really an great product

    Summary

    recommend for all windows 7 users

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