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Registry Mechanic -What's the big deal?
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The big deal is - regardless of your version of Windows, one thing remains constant. The registry is the engine that makes Windows run. Like your car, Windows has many separate parts that work together to get you where you want to go. But, beneath the hood, is the most important part of your car - your engine. If that engine doesn't start or doesn't work right, you're not going very far.

The whole of Windows depends on the registry. Every setting, every start menu item, every reference, every shortcut, every nuance of Windows is there. If it become full of junk or errors, Windows might grudgingly start but it isn't going to run very well.

You're probably aware there are several different registry optimizers and cleaners out there. And there are even some free ones. Between us (EB and I) we've tried a couple dozen of them. Most of them either didn't work or messed up our computers so bad we had to go back and do a restore. That's the truth. Of course, you're quite welcome to test drive any that you find if you like and see what happens. It may be that you won't have the problems we had - or it may be that you'll have worse problems than we had. Every computer is different and every computer's reaction will be different.

One day I tried Registry Mechanic. I expected the worst and what I got was the best. I wrote EB and said "you've got to try this". As usual, my advice was ignored But, I'm not one to give up easily. I like to harp on things - so after a few weeks of harping, EB finally tried it and the rest is history. Neither of us would ever go without Registry Mechanic again.

While we're pretty good with Windows, maybe even experts :-), one thing we don't have is a lot of extra time to be fussing around with registry settings and fixing errors. The great part about Registry Mechanic is - it's so easy to use a beginner can use it without even reading the instructions - and it's so advanced that professionals can configure it just the way the want it. It's a rare program that offers this sort of versatility. We didn't spend a lot of time configuring Registry Mechanic because we don't have a lot of time to mess with it. When we were testing it we put it through its paces and did configure many advanced settings. But, honestly? Now we just use it in its default mode. It's quick and easy and it works. What more do you want from a program. It makes a real difference - a difference you can actually notice.

Being that we've been using Registry Mechanic for many years now, we thought it was about time to review it thoroughly again, specifically for this article. With that in mind, we put the latest version of Registry Mechanic through its paces and here's what we've found:

The current version of Registry Mechanic (Version 8) is the most simple and yet most powerful version of all. It's easy for novices to use yet customizable enough for professionals. The program navigation is beautifully designed and intuitive. Registry Mechanic offers many conveniences 0 for instance resizable dialogue screens.

The latest version of Registry Mechanic scans faster and detects more registry errors than any previous version. You can automatically scan the registry for errors, scan sections of your hard drive, and even scan the Windows add/remove list for errors.

Registry Mechanic helps you find ways to speed up your computer and gives you multiple ways to solve problems. For instance, instead of just removing a bad link, Registry Mechanic can, if you choose, search and find what the link should connect to, and then make corrections and automatically repair the bad link.

Registry Mechanic won't lead you directly to errors in the registry - this is the safest for novices. Professionals might find this a drawback - but we find that in all cases Registry Mechanic errors on the side of safety and when dealing with registry - this is a big plus. Registry Mechanic does show the path to the error so professionals can navigate to the location of the error if they want to dig further into it and see exactly what the errors are and what they relate to. Luckily, neither pros or novices have to do this - Registry Mechanic can repair most all registry errors with just a click. Still there are those purists out there who want to see what makes things tick - Registry Mechanic gives those that need to know what makes things tick the option to do that.

The current version of Registry Mechanic's help and documentation is much improved. It gives you virtually instant access to a new help manual through the convenient Help key. Registry Mechanic's online documentation is also vastly improved including updated FAQs, forums, and good email support. Registry Mechanic's live update feature lets you obtain software updates easily - even automatically.

Registry Mechanic version 8 is the most powerful yet easiest to use Registry Mechanic ever. We continue to be impressed by its beautiful interface, ease-of-use and powerful features. There is no other registry optimizer that we've tried that offers the power and safety of Registry Mechanic. We continue to think it's one of the best things you'll ever install on your computer - and one program that we will continue to use on all of our personal and business computers - and one we will continue to give our highest recommendation.

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