The Settings window allows you to toggle four different settings: start the program when the system boots up, start a scan when the program launches, start minimized in the system tray, and confirm creating registry backups before repairing.Lastly, the Restore window provides a list of registry backups and allows the user to fully undo a registry change.The list is organized by dates, and each backup file can be deleted if desired.
Operating the software is straightforward and intuitive.Registry scans took less than one minute for a complete scan and does not slow down other processes.As the program scans the registry, a tally of errors is continually updated and an arrow moves through the list of selected items it is looking for.I�ll admit that I don�t pay much attention to my computer�s registry; I typically don�t touch it unless it�s broken.Upon my first scan, I was fairly surprised to find that I had over 200 invalid/erroneous registry entries.Immediately after finishing a scan, the software displays a summary of the results and provides an option to repair the registry.Not much information is given on each invalid entry; I would have liked to have seen a little more detail on what the entry was.Repairing the registry is as simple as clicking a button and does not slow other computer processes either.
The software also allows you to defrag a registry, which is supposed to improve performance and decrease boot time.The defrag process is more taxing on the computer as compared to the registry scan/repair; my initial defrag took me about 3 minutes and slowed down my other applications.After the defrag process, a reboot is required. Unfortunately, not much information is provided during this process; the program does not give an indication/statistic on how fragmented the registry is.Though I don�t have any statistics on this, I didn�t notice an appreciable difference in my boot times after defragging the registry.But best of all, neither repairing nor defragging the registry messed up the computer�s performance.
To measure Registry Booster against its peers, I downloaded a couple of trial versions of other registry scanning programs (Register Mechanic, Registry Fix, and MyRegistryCleaner) for comparison.These other programs found additional errors that Registry Booster didn�t find (not just one or two either).However, I suspect that these other programs were scanning more than just the registry, and many were rated as low priority.Also, these other programs offered additional system tools such as compacting the registry, managing Internet Explorer add-ons, and managing startup programs.However, I found the Registry Booster interface to be more intuitive and user friendly than the other, and Registry Booster was the only one to offer registry defragging.
At ~$30 USD, Uniblue�s Registry Booster program is a simple, easy-to-use program that gets the job done.Its menus are a breeze to navigate, and the program makes registry maintenance a painless chore.While it lacks some features seen in other programs, the ones the program offers work well.If you are looking for a simple program to tackle your registry head-on, Uniblue�s Registry Booster is up to the task.Overall, I would rate it a 4 out of 5.
+ Simple interface
+ Detailed help file
+ Fast scans and repairs
+ Provides defrag unility
- Missing some capabilities found in other programs
- Could have provided more information in certain areas
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