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Advanced Registry Doctor Pro is capable of scanning for, diagnosing and curing multiple registry problems.
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Fix your registry & improve your PC's performance! Is your system becoming increasingly slow and unstable?
If so, you need a professional registry cleaner and repair tool. Advanced Registry Doctor is the answer!

Advanced Registry Doctor Pro is capable of scanning for, diagnosing and curing multiple registry problems, which averts possible malfunctions and crashes, and significantly improves the speed of computer loading and performance. In addition, the program comes with a set of advanced options, like registry defragmenting, built-in scheduler, backup and restore feature, history log and many other perks - a registry toolkit, for example.

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Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003 and Windows7, Vista


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Earlier versions of programs did not write to the Windows Registry. Therefore you did not have to do an uninstall as well, you could get away with deleting the program folder and all files in it! However today, you simply cannot do that, as most self-respecting programs think it is important to write their own two piece into the Windows Reistry!

Products like Norton Go Back or Windows own in-built System Restore are more instant fixes, when you install something and your PC crashes immediately. However, this is not so common, unless you have been careless and have let lose a virus on your HDD! But what is certain is that your Registry will slowly and surely, day-in-and-day-out, get bloated with orphan/ broken entries. For this, doing a System Restore/ using Go Back is like using a hammer to kill a fly!

We installed Elcor's Advanced Registry Doctor and we give it our Thumbs Up! If you have not purchased a Registry Optimizer yet, this is the one you should spend your money on! Unfortunately, we have invested in Elcor's other Registry product, PremiumBooster, and so, what with the economic downturn still not going away, we'll not be replacing PremiumBooster with Advanced Registry Doctor, yet...

We especially liked the feature of Advanced Registry Doctor, where you can optimize the Registry across different Hard Disk Drives/ Partitions. We have a single HDD with 2 partitions, one running XP and the other Windows 7: Advanced Registry Doctor checked and optimized BOTH! You have the option of not checking both too, if, for some reason, you do not want to optimize all the Windows Registries on your machine!

So Yes, Advanced Registry Doctor is, if anything, even better than it's sibling PremiumBooster, although it is also a wee bit more complicated. You even have the option of optimizing the Security Hive of your Registry - something that the Registry Doctor advises you NOT to, unless you know exactly what you're attempting!

Damian, sorry to read about your experience - you seem to be a pretty cool and open-minded guy too... If you would like to contact Nick at Elcor, do e-Mail me - rather than post his e-Mail here, I shall e-Mail it to you. Nick will solve your problem, I'm sure!

However, as far as we are concerned, Advanced Registry Doctor is the Registry Optimizer to buy, with its support for Windows 7, ability to Optimize the Registry (apart from cleaning and fixing it) and the advanced ability to edit the Security Hive!

Reply   |   Comment by WellOiledPC  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Why is it so many people tell about other products that are similar alternatives instead of just leaving a simple comment about the program being offered after they've tried it? I do not care what you think about the offering if you haven't tried it yourself.

I think it is a slap in the face of a developer(s) trying to market their application and offer it for free for a day to try and get their product/name known just to have someone list a bunch of other alternatives all the time. Before you list a better alternative, try writing a better app yourself and offer it as an alternative.

I appreciate the offering here from time to time, and am very thankful to those who have gone to the trouble to share their work.

-Sorry about the rant, but along with the good posts here, there are several posted with bad advice that's almost comical, except you know someone is probably going to make things worse for themselves believing in the wrong post.

Reply   |   Comment by TTL Logic  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

My short review using XP Pro SP2 + all hotfixes...

Downloaded (of course)
Installed (no duh)
Activated (no prob)
Executed (successfully)

Ran proggy and had no issues whatsoever EXCEPT when I cold booted (several times to verify), my good old laptop PC (512mb ram, 1.6 Intel Centrino M), took longer to boot than I have ever experienced before! I mean like 3 times longer - OUCH!

I personally don't shy away from reg cleaners/optimisers/etc. but in this case I'd definitely turn the other cheek.

Peace - D

Reply   |   Comment by Damian S  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

There are tons of these registry cleaners that do a decent job for free. There are also tons of them that can harm your registry or remove things that will leave some of your programs broken. I do run one occasionally, but they're generally not necessary. I have RegCrawler, RegSupreme, and RegVac, all which seem to do a decent job.

Reply   |   Comment by SloppyGoat  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

#38, mike, the Microsoft Installer is required for Windows certification. It's actually pretty good. What you do with an installer is up to the programmer, that's not the installer's fault.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

#30, J., GoBack was written by Wild File, purchased by Adaptec, which spun off Roxio, which sold it to Symantec, which discontinued it. It never took snapshots; essentially, it continuously tracked all disk writes (I'll skip the details, it used a clever algorithm).

There isn't anything remotely like GoBack (despite some claims). For near-continuous (every five minutes) backup with an extremely limited subset of GoBack's features, you can try Acronis Nonstop Backup in Acronis True Image Home 2010 (currently in beta).

System Restore Points are only designed to protect certain things. Vista will create a Restore Point daily, but only if it's left on, and unlike XP, it stores a month's worth, but resets near the start of each month (really stupid).

#32, StarLight Dreamweaver, nobody at Microsoft knows anything about Windows. Seriously. They have 22,000 or whatever programmers, each working on their own little projects. It's not possible for any human to know everything inside software as large as Windows (tens of millions of lines of code, hundreds of millions for Linux). Microsoft had to hire Mark Russinovich, an outsider, because there wasn't anyone left at Microsoft who had a big-picture view of some of the internals of Windows.

Windows Live OneCare is trying to compete with all of the other security/cleaner applications. It's not written by the people who write the internals of Windows. I seriously doubt that the OneCare people even know that registry "cleaning" is useless, and in any event, it's easier for them to provide their own "cleaner" than to try to explain to the public, who now think that "cleaners" actually do something, that they're useless.

#33,37,38, mike, I'm sorry, but you've gone off the deep end today. Unused registry entries which are left behind are just that--unused. They can't and don't impact Windows performance. About the only thing which might slow down Windows startup would be an unused startup registry entry without a path. The Path environment variable is an obsolete concept from the DOS days. Any decent Windows program will always use explicit paths in registry entries. Miorosoft Sysinternals AutoRuns will tell you if startup entries can't be found (only relevant if they don't include a path, which is very rare), and you can disable or delete them. You can't "clean" an in-use registry entry. If its target is invalid, an error will occur when a program tries to use the entry. If you delete the registry entry with a "cleaner", then an error will occur when a program tries to access an entry which no longer exists. As for your statement that the registry is just a big list and that you can muck with it and fix it back if something breaks, I'm sorry, but that's the most ridiculous thing you've ever said. Read through the registry. The entire registry. Then tell me how it is you're going to know if some entry which you haven't used recently is broken, so that you can fix it back right away.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

#30: You talk about Go-Back... There are a few similar apps out there nowadays, plus Paragon's coming out with a version of their backup that does close to the same thing.

"Bottom line, when my Registry is “beyond the help of the OS’ internal housekeeping routines”,"

There really is no such thing as Windows keeping the registry clean -- it's impossible for Windows to know which reg entries are good or bad when they're put there by 3rd party software that no one outside that company has the source for. Besides, Microsoft's own msi installer is one of the worst offenders ever written! And they're not going to get rid of their own junk.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Shedding a bit of the mystery & dread that fills some posts about the Windows Registry, as long as you have a good, current backup image of your drive(s), the only lasting harm you can do in Windows is to your hardware, from overclocking, & possibly your sanity. I probably should add that personal relationships can suffer. ;-)

As long as you can fairly easily put things back, there's really very little potential or possible long-lasting harm you can suffer by installing & running ARD Pro 9, or many other registry cleaners. It's like trying a new dish -- if you don't like it you can spit it out. If it helps your PC run better, or makes you feel better to clean out some junk, great. If not, you put things back. I'm not going to say you should eat PB&J all your life, but if that's what you want, cool. I'm not going to say everyone running Windows needs to run ARD Pro 9 this afternoon, but I think it rather silly to invoke images of the grim reaper to anyone thinking about it. :-)

The Windows Registry is a big list -- nothing more, nothing less. Software including Windows looks in the registry to find things like which decoder to use playing that video, or what colors to use & where to place the program's window. Lots of software puts too much data in the registry, lots of software puts wrong data in the registry, particularly when you have teams of coders, lots of software somehow bungles the stuff it puts in the registry, and almost every app ever written, if it uses the registry, leaves something behind after an un-install. Other than going through sections line by line, the only way to clean up some of this garbage in the registry is with apps like ARD Pro, or a re-installation of Windows. No registry cleaner will get rid of all the trash, or even most of it, but it can get some.

Now it's not cost effective for most corp. IT folk to bother with the registry on the machines they're responsible for, unless it's to correct an error, so they don't. The casual user might get away with never touching the registry -- the average user will have to at one time or another, if only as part of a fix -- more advanced users have played with the registry enough that editing it doesn't give them a moment's pause. If you go on-line & research registry cleaners &/or editing, you'll see all sorts of conflicting opinions depending on which group the author belongs to. None of that trumps simple logic: 1) if you can put things back, what harm is there in trying? It's purely a risk/reward calculation on your part, with the risk being the time to restore, & the reward being how much you want some portion of the garbage in the registry gone.

Some people demand things are as clean & neat as possible, while some could care less. Some want every ounce of performance out of their PC -- some just want it to start. Such is life. If your PC's Windows' registry is mucked up enough that cleaning the registry makes a *huge* difference, then frankly you might be better off with a re-install because there's a lot of crud no registry cleaner will get rid of. Otherwise you're realistically looking at (at best) a slight improvement, or maybe just the satisfaction of knowing you took out the trash. No one else can say how much that's worth to you.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I've used registry cleaners for quite a few years now and it's a mixed bag of results. The most memorable event was when I used Registry Mechanic to do a full sweep, about 2 years ago:

SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

The fix for this was probably not what you might think. Yes, I pressed F1, then F2 out of curiosity. I got the results I expected...nothing. I attempted to restart it but got the same error message. Then I remembered one more strategy: Turn off the computer and then back on. It worked!

I have received this error message on and off for at least 2 years and the only thing that I can attribute it to is this theory about a wrangled up registry key occasionally referring to a RAID configuration (I don't use RAID but it shows up in the Device Manager...is that normal?).

Use a registry cleaner if one of these apply to you:

1) You have a lingering error message, you like to tinker and don't mind a catastrophic failure of some sort.

2) You are trying to fix a minor problem that, if not solved, will cause you to resort to reformatting your hard drive and reinstalling the operating system because you just can't stand nonfatal error messages.

In my experience, the only way you gain more speed is by removing an actual error, not by getting rid of the debris left behind by programs that didn't uninstall properly.

By the way, I still use Registry Mechanic 7 in that I allow it to check for stuff but I don't permit it to "clean" anything anymore. I'll do that myself, when I have time.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Registry fixers are universally BAD news. If you must use one I recommend to stick with the excellent Wise Registry Cleaner freeware. Splits fixes into "safe" abd "possibly unsafe" therefore conservative and very unlikely to screw up the system. http://www.wisecleaner.com/

Reply   |   Comment by ASL  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

In all honesty, I have tried most every registry cleaner, and the only one I trust and use now is "Registry Winner" it's a complete system tool, that optimizes and cleans as well as many other utilities for maintenance and all around pc up-keep. It's a pay to play program, and with good reason.

Reply   |   Comment by StanDP  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Along with death & taxes, Windows' Registry getting mucked up is something you can count on. Software often does stupid things to the Registry, Installation Software (used by the folks who wrote whatever program) usually adds loads of entries, Un-Install is rarely complete, and errors running Windows happen. The good news is that when it comes to the Registry, Windows is pretty fault tolerant... probably millions of users run an install of Windows for years without bothering about the Registry at all -- to the point many don't even know it exists.

With GOTD offering ARD Pro 9, a good question is why bother with the Registry at all? The main 2 answers: A) the larger the Registry grows, the longer it takes to read, & B) it slows things down when Windows looks for something the Registry says is there, & it's not. Now things have to be pretty bad for you to notice a big difference after cleaning the Registry up a bit, but with PCs we're often dealing with nano seconds, & to some any lag time matters (if only in principle)... many gamers use only wired mice rather than risk any lag from a wireless design for example.

The site for ARD Pro 9 is pretty straightforward about it all, as their FAQ lays out just what all registry cleaners do -- every time a registry entry points to something else, they look see whether it's actually there or not. While it seems a very common sense approach, things aren't really that clear cut, because software can (& does) look for registry entries that point to non-existent targets. Often the value that looks like a Class Name (something a registry cleaner might try to verify), is only used internally by a program, so what separates ARD Pro 9 from every other registry cleaner is the logic & filtering that hopefully weeds out any false alarms. Otherwise registry cleaners look for & remove history data, which while a boon for anyone really worried about privacy, is more of an easy target of opportunity to inflate the number of problems the registry cleaning software detected. According to the FAQ, ARD Pro 9 goes a step further scanning your drives for missing targets, which may or may not be helpful... when you upgrade an app, an older registry entry might point to an older version file in another place, so repairing it only takes time with no benefit afterwards.

Background info & backing up the Registry [FWIW ;-)]:
The Windows Registry is one of the places Windows & most of your installed apps store data, it's spread across several actual files, is constantly being read & written to, & parts of it are only read when Windows starts, so changes might not show up til then. There are 3 ways I'm aware of that you can count on to back up the registry: 1) as part of a disc image backup, 2) using ERUNT, & 3) using Windows' System Restore. RE: the Registry, System Restore is inaccurate in XP, & ERUNT is imperfect in Vista & 7 [it works, but the older the backup is the more likely it is to cause usually minor problems after restoring]... since you can restore an ERUNT backup when Windows won't start, it's still a valuable precaution along with setting a Restore Point in Vista & win7, but only when/if you have at the least your Windows Install disc so you can boot to a command prompt (Recovery Console).

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

A lot of "in-fighting" and name calling with today's offer. My system is an AMD X2 3000 with 4GB RAM and 2XSeagate 750GB HDD's booting into Microsoft XP SP3. I downloaded and registered the product. I ran it once and uninstalled it. Verdict. This software does not have self-opening copies of the system's registry, and if on a reboot, the operating system does not load, it requires a "manual" system restore to a previous date. Final thought: I dont trust programs that can alter my computer's registry without an automatic system recovery console.

Reply   |   Comment by Argonaught  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

It is not my intention to say yes or no to anything anyone has said on here because everyone has differing levels of expertise and experience plus personal preferences.

However having said that I think anyone who has Windows and wants to optimise and clean up their PC, especially the Registry, should check out the Windows Live One Care Safety scanner before they do anything else they might regret.

It can be found with lots of interesting and informative facts at this link in Microsoft's Website:


"Get a free PC safety scan

Windows Live OneCare safety scanner is a free service designed to help ensure the health of your PC.

Check for and remove viruses
Get rid of junk on your hard disk
Improve your PC's performance"

And if you are only interested in whether or not you should clean up the Registry, why and how you should do this or not can be seen at this link on the same Microsoft website:


"Speed up your PC with our free registry cleaner"

If you have Windows then I would say that 99.9% of the time you should listen to the people who make the stuff and seriously consider that as they make it and have done for years and years that they might just have a pretty good idea of what they are talking about!

And best of all it's competely free, today, tomorrow or in six months it can be used whenever you want! I use it regularly and it works for me!

I have to say to today's GAOTD for me personally;

"Thank you very much, but no thanks GAOTD"

I'll stick with the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner!

Reply   |   Comment by StarLight Dreamweaver  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

One thing I neglected to mention, & haven't seen anyone else here say anything about, is that with the "older" versions of Windows, there was one "sure method" of "fixing" a Registry that had gotten so large & messed up that it was bigger than the Pagefile on the machine:

(1) Backup the HDD, then the entire Registry, (and remember, there are two Hives that DON'T get backed up when you think they do, because the machine's using them, and so they're "locked", so if possible, back up your Registry from DOS, before Windows has had a chance to even START to run);

(2) Delete your Registry (yes, I said "Delete you Registry", crazy as it sounds);

(3) Restart Windows (you may need to Shut Down the machine, and restart it, letting it boot through to Windows);

(4) According to my dog-eared Microsoft manual on I-forgot-which-version-this-was-recommended-for, Windows will rebuild the Registry "on the fly"!

And the "new Registry" will be unfragmented, "clean" of any & all "junk" & even most "malware" that may have been hiding in there, etc.

I don't know if this works on "modern" versions of Windows, so as always, "Backup your HDD by Imaging it FIRST", but if your version is one that this applies to, then it sure was a lot easier than trying to read a 4"-thick book to figure out the Registry, "An Encoded, Encrypted Database which tells Windows how to run" (according to Microsoft's description of the Registry).

Just thought I offer up that "oldie but goodie", if you're still running a version that it'll work with; It used to save me hours of work, and it DID work;

...if only I could remember WHICH versions of Windows it worked ON...

Sorry for my bad memory, but "just in case", I figured that those running a version that this method works with, and saving a day's work, (and getting all of your apps working & your data back too, without having to really "do" anything to retrieve it), was worth it!

If you try this, "Image your HDD first", and if it DOES work for you, please post your results in the Forums, (unless you can get it on here today), so that others can benefit from the details that I forgot from "the ravages of age"...

Good Luck!

Reply   |   Comment by J.  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Just wondering, since this post IS related to the overall subject of "Registry Cleaners" (and other apps that can "kill" a system if things "don't go right"):

There used to be a product, called "Go-Back", (Roxio took it over some time ago), which I liked so much on all of the machines at the local retail store, (who set them all to "Reset machine to Initial Settings after every logoff", same setting that "Internet Cafes" use), that I bought it, and ended up getting paid 1-cent;
(I paid $49.99, and ended up getting a rebate of $50);

They sent me the link to upgrade it when it finally needed one, (there was only one update to that app, as far as I know), and I STILL use it on my Win2000 machine;

Advantages over everything else I've seen for Imaging & Backups: It works within the first 15 to 20 seconds of bootup to "make a snapshot" of everything important (incl. Registry), so it doesn't waste your time;
When you boot, you have the option to let the boot continue, or to run the "Wind back the clock" mode, and then you have several "Restore Points" to choose from
(This was out long before Windows had "System Restore Points", which I found only work when I DIDN'T need them, but "Go-Back" saved my assets many times over);
It even tells you which files you got back OK, & which ones it was unable to restore; (That was kind of "overkill", since nothing that it couldn't get back was ever "important" on my Win2000Pro system);
Overall, after I'd tried one "Registry Cleaner/Fixer/etc" after another, and they'd "trashed" my system, "Go-Back" got it back to the state it was in, just before I'd tried the Registry Fixer (or other system-level s/w) again, 99.9% of the time.

If that app is still available, I recommend it; (And if I'M willing to pay retail for something I've only seen once before, you can be sure it's good; the rebate was just a "happy coincidence" bonus).

Like the last "Registry Cleaner/Fixer/whatever", I avoid them, since every review I've ever seen says that 2000, XP, & Vista ALL "take care of their Registries better than almost any 3rd-party program available"...
(I'd give you the source I'm quoting, but it may be one of three large respected mags/reviewers, and I don't want to say it was one and end up saying the wrong one, but if I actually spend money on a mag sub or even an eZine, they're worth it, too);

Bottom line, when my Registry is "beyond the help of the OS' internal housekeeping routines", I get out my stack of 4"-thick books and spend a half-day "doing it by hand", AFTER I've "Imaged" the HDD, because I'm as likely to make a mistake as the next "Old Code-Scribbler".

That's not to say that GAOTD isn't TRYING to get us some really good s/w for free, because they ARE, and they've saved MY system with a "just-in-time" d/l & install of something like the Partition Manager, which let me "image" my "dead" XP system's primary HDD in no time flat, and then I could work on it and got it working again!

But, in my own personal experience, (and, you'll notice on this Comments forum, that some people give GOOD reviews or Comments to the GAOTD offering, so try not to just look at the bad!), the "Set System Restore point" option seems to work only when I DON'T need to rely on it for my only means of restoring my system to "back from the dead";
(Another reason why I like "Go-Back" so much, & recommend it, IF it's even still available at all anymore);

...I've never figured out why Vista doesn't make a Restore Point every day, and KEEP at least the past weeks' worth, but my Vista Home Prem. SP2 x64 never has; I have to "tell it to", and that kind of "shoots things in the foot" more than it's worth.

I'd suggest making an Image Backup of your system drive before doing anything to the Registry, & THEN run whatever Reg Fixer you want to try on it;

I've found the Free version of the "Advanced System Care" prg, available from this site's links to them, to be a very good choice, since it'll tell you what it "thinks" should be done, but doesn't DO anything unless you tell it to, and you have "item-line-veto" over everything it suggests.

For that alone, I say "Thanks Again, GAOTD; I use that one more than anything else in the "System Maintenence" Dept., and it hasn't left me "wishing I hadn't" yet!

Have a good week,


Reply   |   Comment by J.  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Registry problems start when unwanted and obsolete registry keys and values stay behind after something was uninstalled or deleted in that registry. One caveat about the GOTD community is people here are in a constant cycle of installing and uninstalling programs. You see a program you like that day, install it, use it for a while, then possibly discover that it really doesn’t meet your needs (for whatever reason) and uninstall it. So when you are always doing that you run a greater risk of getting your self in trouble.

Now I do not mean saying this as anything negative to the people here that formulate “reviews”, but a person always has to take those reviews with as they say, “A grain of salt”. The reason I say this is many times other people will post something contradictory to what was posted as bad in that day’s giveaway. When you’re installing/uninstalling a program every day to post a ”review” you run a much greater risk of running into some sort of problem then blaming it on that program.

The registry is crucial for trouble free functioning of any pc, and practically everything a user does in Windows is recorded somewhere in the registry. We all know that (at least I hope we do), so to ensure trouble-free running a user should regularly scan their registry for unwanted information. A good registry cleaner will scan the registry, find all the broken and corrupt files, and deletes them. However, you don't want to delete important files, because that will only give you more painful headaches. This is why it's crucial to get the best registry cleaner you can. There's no room for error in this process.

Reply   |   Comment by Renegade  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Registry Optimizers are essential software for anyone running a Windows PC! This is because the Registry gets written and rewritten whenever you install and/ or uninstall a program!

A non-optimized Registry causes system slow-downs, freezes and finally, crashes, when you least want it! Make no mistake: a Good Registry Optimizer is a crucial tool in your quest to keep your PC well-oiled!

Read our easy-to-understand articles on how to uninstall programs cleanly from http://www.welloiledpc.com/uninstall.htm and about the Registry at http://www.welloiledpc.com/registry.htm

We currently use Norton SystemWorks on our XP machine - its excellent Registry editor gives us the best-ever results! Unfortunately, it does not (yet) run on Windows 7. Despite its excellent results, Norton SystemWorks also does not optimize your Registry: while it cleans up your Registry and corrects/ deletes invalid entries automatically, it does not re-write your Registry in a manner that it loads fast. Norton Speed Disk, another utility in the SystemWorks arsenal, only physically places Registry fragments continuously; it does not optimize the Registry from inside it!

For our Windows 7 machine, we have installed Elcor Software's Premium Booster. It is built for Windows 7 and optimizes the Windows 7 Registry as well. We have excellent results from Premium Booster, which was given away free here, almost a year ago. We were so impressed by it, that we purchased it on the 3rd day or so!

We will try out this Elcor Registry product on a different machine, but we are starting off with the mindset that it cannot beat PremiumBooster! :)

Reply   |   Comment by WellOiledPC  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

I use RegistryFix7. It's many times much better than any of the registry cleaners I've used before.

Reply   |   Comment by Danny Cris  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

# 3 Happy Person you surprise me exceedingly! Always showed knowledge and a down-to-earth approach to comments in this forum but now you commit a major mistake mixing the best with the worst in the same breath:
Wikipedia is just a website where any layperson can write whatever he/she wants and express any opinion without any authoritative supervision. It's not the Britannica that has always gathered the most influential, world-widely awarded and knowledgeable academics in any given field.
Glary Utilities is a most serious company that has given the IT world very many excellent S/W proving that they have the capacity to offer quality, innovation and competitive price in a very tightly fought market.
Please don't put the two cats in the same bag.

Reply   |   Comment by Purrete  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

#3, Happy Person, the problem with Wikipedia is that any idiot can write anything in it. Wikipedia is making an attempt to improve the quality of its articles, so I raise its rating from "total disaster" to "questionable source". I only link to it for general explanations or other links, never as a definitive source, and only after checking the article for accuracy.

The Wikipedia "Registry cleaner" article has a serious misquote which anyone can check. Mark Russinovich's blog entry on "Registry Junk" was from back in 2005. Here's what he actually said:

"So it seems that Registry junk is a Windows fact of life and that Registry cleaners will continue to have a place in the anal-sysadmin’s tool chest, at least until we’re all running .NET applications that store their per-user settings in XML files – and then of course we’ll need XML cleaners." --He was clearly being tongue-in-cheek.

Read farther down, where Anonymous queried, "Hi Mark, do you really think that Registry junk left by uninstalled programs could severely slow down the computer? I would like to 'hear' your opinion."

Mark's response: "No, even if the registry was massively bloated there would be little impact on the performance of anything other than exhaustive searches.

On Win2K Terminal Server systems, however, there is a limit on the total amount of Registry data that can be loaded and so large profile hives can limit the number of users that can be logged on simultaneously.

I haven't and never will implement a Registry cleaner since it's of little practical use on anything other than Win2K terminal servers and developing one that's both safe and effective requires a huge amount of application-specific knowledge."

Registry "cleaners" are dangerous and useless, period. They can't improve the performance of Windows. The best way to improve Windows performance is to defragment your system files (must be done at boot time), which should be done after defragmenting your other files, as some boot-time defraggers will perform poorly if the disk as a whole isn't reasonably well defragmented. I've mentioned several times how to defrag Vista's pagefile (by default, it can't be defragmented because it doesn't exist at boot time). Using multiple pagefiles on different physical drives can improve performance. Unless you're using RAID, using a fast, high-capacity disk with lots of free space will improve performance (if it's been defragmented by a defragmenter which consolidates free space at the end). Also note that Mark Russinovich has never written anything to internally (as opposed to externally) defragment and consolidate the registry, as that's dangerous and unnecessary.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

If all the software companies got their act together, none of us would need any registry repair or registry clean & fix utilities.

Noe to lazy programmers: Remove your registry keys too in your uninstaller!!

Some programmers use the registry and deliberately leave keys in there to prevent you from re-installing software over & over as per 30 day trial versions or similar.

I probably won't be downloading todays offering as I don't trust registry cleaner program very much.

My motto: If it ain't broken, DON'T FIX IT!! Trying to tweak or clean things can often lead to more problems!!

If you really must use any registry cleaner program, do yourself a favour and back it up first.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnO  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

For all those worried about irretrievably messing up their systems with such Registry manipulators, Restore Points are an essential pre-requisite before even thinking about delving into any Registry Cleaning type of software.
Also, it is a good idea, periodically, to make a Drive Image separate from the respective computer. This to enable recovery from a drive failure.
There are many methods and software that do the above - too numerous to detail (and I am no Ashraf, hats off to his endeavours.!).
However, one GaOTD a long time back that does an admirable job is EAZ-FIX Pro. It automatically takes "snapshots" at intervals set by the user as well as through manual intervention. This has helped me do "roll-backs" many times to recover from otherwise disastrous new installation crashes.
Sadly, I cannot get the original vr.8.1 giveaway the work fully on my new laptop - so looks like I will have to buy a replacement; unless, of course, the GOATD Team can give us a run at the new (and highly recommended) 9.0 version.

Reply   |   Comment by Numer Al Wan  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

I never trust in any kind of Product that claims to be the only Answer to bail someone out of a mess or what have you let alone a Beta Version of some Software. I don't mess with my Registry too much on any of my Computers since they all run like new from the begin with. But when I do it's TuneUp Utilities 2008 to the Rescue that to me have Proved that it has what it takes to take on the job even at it's Age. As always Thanks but once again this is a Thumbs Down from me.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ High Tek  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

#1 Why put in a "Bad" as "this is a beta version..?" comment, could it be you want to mislead people into thinking it's a beta program? I also want you to name any registry program that saves the backup as an EXE. file. You know as well as I do that you restore the backup from within the program its self or by using safe mode and doing a system restore. Of course you can only do one restore at a time, because this is the norm for all registry cleaning programs. Your suggestions for "Free Alternatives" are weak to say the least. They can also mess up your registry just as easy as another if you're not careful. I'm amazed GOTD lets you link to your site where you ask for donations (in fine print at the bottom, could this be why you constantly create false or mis-leading comments)from people who come in here for free programs. Any decent tech will tell you that according to ones personal habits you can end up with anywhere from 15 to 200 items dumped into your registry daily. I suggest people in the know give this program a try as I have and they'll find it's actually a good program for keeping your system clean.

PS GOTD Why do you seek out companies to give us free programs for a day and let #1 blast them with false positives? No wonder the offers in here have dropped down in quality.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Found the program good and excellent backups that can be restored individually. A good allrounder. Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by joeg  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)


After reading ashraf's review ,i'll skip this one too. Instead try these ones:

My favorites for free registry cleaning are:

AML Free Registry Cleaner 4.18 from http://www.amltools.com/


Eusing Free Registry Cleaner from http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm

I think they are really good. check them out. And yes you can make backup's with them, just in case.

So far I have found them safe to use, and they find more than ccleaner and Advanced system care's free edition.

Good cleaning, and don't forget to clean the house too,, LOL

Peter B

Reply   |   Comment by Peter B.  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This is a little too much for my taste. I have used RegScrubXP for My Windows XP OS, and have never had a problem with it. It does what it says and shows the registry entries to be scrubbed and gives you the choice to remove or not to remove. Try it, you'll like it if you are running WinXP/NT2000 operating systems! http://majorgeeks.com/Lexun_RegScrubXP_d2048.html

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Advanced Registry Doctor Pro? Rubbish in my view. It lists large numbers of "problems", and says it will fix them, but doesn't say how. I'm certainly not going to give any tool carte blanche to chew up my registry without even telling me what it's doing. And the registry backup (I mean, how difficult can *that* be?) killed my system stone dead - I had to do a cold reboot!

Advice - steer well clear!

Reply   |   Comment by Doublebars  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

For who want to use Boost Speed from Auslogic I don't recomanded it.It must to be a good specialist.I used in one day and after that i can use only a part from my computer.I don't say that is bad,i say only that is work to deep,is too intrusive for amateurs or with medium Knowledge.So stay away if you are not specialist.It must to reformated my har drive to make possible to work with printer.Probably disable some function to work computer more fast.

Reply   |   Comment by Ignat Titus  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Hi all!!

Just for once I agree with the current USER GAOTD RATING.

Overall not a great tool to fix the REGISTRY.

So THUMBS DOWN for me!!

To fix, defragment the REGISTRY and improve your PC’s performance, besides TUNE UP UTILITIES 2008, I’d suggest using the award winning REGISTRY MECHANIC 7.

You can get 1 year licence for FREE following instructions here:


You can also grab a free 6 month licence of the award winning
IOLO SYSTEM MECHANIC 9 following the instructions set out in the link below:


But if your main aim is to SPEED UP your system dramatically why not GRAB for free the award-winning SPEEDUPMYPC2009??


LOL!! Were you aware of these special offers??

Moreover, to get rid of unused registry entries that slow down the performance of your PC, there is also a FREEWARE tool called “EASY CLEANER 2.0, which is very useful indeed to remove irrelevant registry entries, fragmented files on the hard disk and duplicate files as well as unnecessary processes in the windows startup…


As you can see from the above link it got an “EXCELLENT” rating from SOFTPEDIA EDITOR in all its key aspects such as User Interface, Features, Ease of use and Pricing/Value.

Finally another good FREEWARE application to defragment the REGISTRY and dramatically speedup your system is definetely AUSLOGIC REGISTRY DEFRAG 4.1.6:


It’s amazing that nobody never mentioned them both here and in the GAOTD forum till now, isn't it?.


Cheers from Italy!!


P.S. For ASHRAF: what if you could grab for FREE WinOptimizer 6?? WinOptimizer 5 FREEBIE is too old and outdated for me...LOL!!

I think you should UPDATE some of your FREEBIES...LOL!

Just let me know if you are interested in getting to know how to grab the WinOptimizer 6 licence key for FREE!!

Reply   |   Comment by giovanni (King of Freebies...LOL!)  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

To replace the lack of any weekend game giveaways this last weekend; reverseOrder posted a group of puzzle games on the Saturday and I posted some arcade games on the Sunday. I did post details of these yesterday, but for some reason they were moderated out of the forums.

I thought for the benefit of those who are not familiar with our remedial work in trying to post free alternatives when games are not given away (as per the title ‘Game Giveawayoftheday’) I’d remind you that there are games posted every day over in the forums (you don’t need to be a registered member to access the posts or download links, though we always welcome comments from the community [in which case you do need to register]), some of which are as good, if not better than the games we usually get via the game giveaway project (for example see B.A.S.E. a ‘base jumping’ game posted by rO on Friday (Week 50 of the freeware games project).

Saturdays Games: (reverseOrder)


Sundays Games: (Whiterabbit)


Games Discussion forums: (posted primarily by Whiterabbit, Wizzard of Ozz and reverseOrder)


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

I try now entire complex solutions:cleaner,defragmenter,reboot,etc.No problems.Is more faster at reboot,work more fast computer and navigation on web.I don't see to have some problems.Very good forme on XP SP3.

Reply   |   Comment by Ignat Titus  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

What i forget to say:always(when is possible)when uninstall soft i use Revo Uninstaler with option deep and next from time to time i use registry clener.Revo don't make a perfect registry cleaner but is good in combination with other registry cleaner.Safe at Comodo it mean backup that many registry cleaner(and Argente,etc.)can do this.

Reply   |   Comment by Ignat Titus  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

I have a fully licensed copy of ARD Pro, the earlier version, and had installed versions that GAOTD gave away more than a year ago.

Together with ATF Cleaner, CCleaner, Tune Up Utilities, and Win Utilities, I use ARD Pro and have not seen any unusual thing happening to my computers. In fact, ARD Pro has lessened the sluggishness of my six year old PCs on WinXP SP3.

Home users would benefit a lot from downloading and installing this giveaway! And please, do it while you still have enough time to do so. This is surely a keeper!!!

Reply   |   Comment by LEO O FORTUGALEZA  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-28)

I needed a registry in my computer so I downloaded this... now I have one! Thank you very much Gaotd!

Reply   |   Comment by Phillip P. Wilklebottom  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-66)

XP SP3 32 bit.
I have used registry cleaners sparingly when problems manifest, but often selectively choosing which categories are checked. That is to say something like broken shortcuts are safe to delete. I use Registry Mechanic which seems to find fewer problems than some others. I also subscribed to RegCure advertised on a Microsoft site and on the two occasions I used it had to undo the changes it made which really messed up my system.
My advice is before using a registry cleaner always backup your registry (in a form you can replace your changed registry with) or far better still make a drive image.
I cannot comment on today’s download as I know even using proven propriety registry cleaners can wreak havoc and I will not be downloading it.

Reply   |   Comment by roj  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

This is from same company that does Premium Booster If You Have this as I have, why bother? Reg cleaners are like spyware hunters they look at registry from different angles I use about 6 or 7 and as long as you can make a backup that you can restore, in safe mode, I can see no objection to giving a reg cleaner prog or progs " a Run " on your system

Reply   |   Comment by Bill Cameron  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)

Happy Person: As long as you know what you're doing, and remember to make back-ups of the registry when you're fiddling with it, and steer clear of "fixing" any "problems" that could result in your Windows taking a permanent vacation (the key to knowing what you're doing), then it's fairly safe to use a good or at least decently functioning registry cleaner/repair program.
Today's offering, in my opinion, doesn't fit the good or decent categories.
What already turned me down on it is the description in which it lists as advanced extra's a few things that, in all honesty, should be expected to be standard in such software.
Then there's Ashraf's solid review, which pointed out a few deal-breakers for me - it's a beta, it's buggy, tweaking is all-or-nothing, back-ups/restore points aren't made on standard and not self-executing so if this software fries your Windows, you're in a royal mess (unless a previous restore point actually will fix it at start-up).

Reply   |   Comment by Stupicious  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

I like this soft,is very fast but at modules where find for shorcut is slow if you have many programs on computer.More languages please.Thank.Free altenatives:Advanced System care free with Iorbit 360 and:Argente Registry Clener or Auslogics Registry Cleaner.This are more good from my point of view.Argente utilities is not for amateurs,is in spanish and is beta.Don't try if you are not sure what you make.For me not problem because spanish is very similar with romanian.Here are url:
Argent Utilities and Iorbit 360 are very similar with this.Argente registry Cleaner is in more languages and is not beta product.

Reply   |   Comment by Ignat Titus  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)

Sorry GAOTD Team I will pass Advanced Registry Doctor. I have once used Advanced Registry Doctor in past resulting in a crash in my system. I have no courage to try it once more.

For registry cleaning and stuffs I always use Comodo System Cleaner. I do not trust any other software as they do not have what Comodo System Cleaner has. Comodo System Cleaner utilizes the revolutionary innovation of SafeDelete™, a feature that allows users to safely recover any files deleted in error.

And its a freeware from COMODO (one of the best known company in internet security). You can read my Review on Comodo System Cleaner.

Reply   |   Comment by Agent 001  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

Cool Software....Thnx GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Sukhi  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-78)

Hi all,

Per Ashraf's review and Fubar's ongoing advice recommending that everyone stay away from (and not use) registry cleaner/repair programs, I am not downloading today's GiveAway. That said, below are 3 helpful links, for everyone's benefit:

Wikipedia Article About Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Registry Cleaner/Repair Programs.

Wikipedia Article About Rogue Security Software Programs (Including Fake/Scam Registry Programs).

Glary Utilities Reputable Freeware PC Utility Program (with a Registry Cleaner Component)-CNET User Rating 4/5.

Reply   |   Comment by Happy Person  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+49)

Hang in there folks, something good is going to come here sooner or later. I am skipping this one cause I got tons of registry fixer uppers that keep make me wishing i had set a restore point to get my dlls and drivers back.

Reply   |   Comment by Slipper  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-53)

The Good
* Has registry management (scan, repair, defrag, backup).
* You can undo the 'repair' or 'fixes' you make.
* Ability to apply tweaks to Windows.
* Has preemptive protection against malicious ActiveX malware.
* There is a startup program manager.
* Fairly small footprint in terms of system resource usage.

The Bad
* This is a Beta version...?
* You cannot choose individual Windows tweaks to apply. It is all or nothing.
* Registry backup files are not self-executing (you must have a program that supports the backup format to restore your registry).
* You can only undo one 'fix' or 'repair' at a time.
* Very buggy (interface and feature-wise).
* By default automatic backup of registry is not made before any 'fix' or 'repair'.

Free Alternatives
Perfect Utilities
WinOptimizer 5
TuneUp Utilities 2008

For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+213)
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