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Reviewed by: CNET staff on June 04, 2009
Free Window Registry Repair is a
refreshingly simple tool for cleaning up your Windows Registry. It lacks the
bells and whistles offered by some programs--such as special features for
uninstalling programs or managing the Start menu--but thankfully so. This is
a program that does something well and doesn't stray from that success.
The application's straightforward presentation and clear menu make this
program appropriate for most users. The program opens to a window with very
simple, step-by-step instructions. You can perform a full scan or select
areas to examine. Scanning is quick, and the results list shows the data and
key, sorted by problem type. The right-click menu lets you open the Registry
to a specific item. Each time the program fixes a set of errors (you uncheck
the ones you don't want fixed), it automatically creates a backup. This
seems like a sensible and safe feature, making us wonder why most other
repair makers make you manually create a restore point. Each backup is saved
with a unique filename, allowing you to choose which one to reinstate via
the Restore menu.
In addition to scanning, fixing, and restoring, Free Window Registry Repair
offers an Options menu where you can choose keys to exclude from scanning as
well as choose to create a system restore point prior to fixing errors. The
program isn't perfect--the name of the program itself has a typo, and the
Help file is actually not a help file--but overall, this is a great, speedy
program for all but the most novice user.
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