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Uniblue Registry Booster Review

INTRODUCTION

Today we take a look at Registry Booster from Uniblue™. Registry Booster has the ability to scan, repair, defrag, and backup the Windows registry. Your registry is scanned for errors, missing, orphaned, unused, and corrupted files, keys, ids, etc. Once the initial scan is complete, you are provided with the option to backup your registry before the repairs take place. Registry Booster does all of this, and more, via a very slick interface which is both intuitive and thorough.

FEATURES

Listed below are what Registry Booster scans for as potential repair areas as well as some of the other main features. You can find much more detailed information, screenshots, and comparisons at the Registry Booster product website.
  • Registry integrity and shell folder entries including My Documents, profiles and favorites.
  • Software locations including missing, orphaned, broken or bad application/Windows paths, and links.
  • Unwanted browser objects.
  • Corrupt Active X/COM Objects.
  • Unused, obsolete Start Menu items.
  • Redundant Start-up applications and uninstalled application schedulers.
  • Orphaned shortcuts, temporary (.tmp) files and Scandisk or Checkdisk fragment (.chk) files.
  • Missing or corrupt application IDs.
  • Obsolete shared DLLs and folders.
  • Unused help file references.
  • Residual and unused files.
  • Uninstalled software remnants.
  • Unused and unwanted drivers.
  • File extensions and associations.
  • Unnecessary fonts and recent files list.
  • Advanced Error Detection Technology
  • System Overview and Detailed Scan Results Report
  • Improved Defrag Feature for System Performance and Stability
  • Automatic Scans at Start-up to Keep Registry Optimized
  • Automatic Backups and Restore Functionality

PACKAGING/SCREENSHOTS

If you purchase a hard-copy, Registry Booster will come in a standard DVD case along with the installation CD and your registration key information on an adhesive sticker.

DVD Style Case - Front


DVD Style Case - Back


This might seem like a minor thing to some, but I was impressed with the Registry Booster help file. Help files are often very poor in quality or overlooked altogether. The Registry Booster help file was well-organized, provided comprehensive information, and was in the standard .chm file format.

Help File


System Overview


Registry Defrag

CONCLUSION

Software of this nature is kind of like insurance. It's not very exciting and is one of the last things you want to spend money on. However, the bottom line is that it's also one of the most fundamentally important tools towards maintaining a clean and well-performing Windows operating system.

Registry Booster made a good impression. I was unable to find any glaring problems with it and cannot stress how slick and intuitive the interface is. It covers all the bases by not only detecting and repairing problems but also backing up your registry and cataloging those backups in its own restore section. Sure, you can backup your registry anytime via RegEdit > File > Export but this built-in ability is a nice touch. There is also the registry defragging feature that completes the full feature set.

Performance improvements (measured in boot times) will vary greatly from one system to another. I keep my machine pretty clean so I wasn't blown away by the ~3 seconds Registry Booster shaved off of my boot time. On more unkempt systems, though, Registry Booster has been reported to take 30 seconds ore more off of boot times. So, your mileage may vary.

Uniblue™ does a nice job of comparing Registry Booster to many of the other popular registry cleaning programs. You can check these comparisons out to see if Registry Booster sounds right for you.

Thanks to Uniblue™ for providing Registry Booster for our review.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2006


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