Article, October 2008
Uniblue Registry Booster 2
By Terry Currier, Vice President & Webmaster, WINdows usERS (WINNERS), CA
Iíve tested a number of programs on my secondary test computer over the years. Iíve also installed and uninstalled a number of programs. At start up the computer loads up my anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, UPS monitor, motherboard monitor, QuickTime, Intel graphics monitor, Maxtor storage monitor, printer software, TV software, and others. It takes a while for it to boot up. I turn it on when I need it, go away to do other things, and come back after itís ready.
Rebooting is even longer with it shutting down everything and restarting. So I thought Uniblue RegistryBooster 2 would be something good to try. Rebooting took 4 minutes 45 seconds. When I first ran RegistryBooster it found 459 Problems/Errors. The vast majority being Missing or Invalid Path.
The Windows Registry in a broad sense is a database of the hardware and software on your computer. It contains all your settings for windows and other software. Whenever you install new software it creates new settings in the registry. When you uninstall software it removes all those registry settings associated with the software, right? Well it does uninstall the programs, removing it from the hard drive. Most really do very little removal from the registry. So the software is removed, but the settings are still in the registry and you have a bunch of orphan links.
Even before I installed RegistryBooster 2 I did a backup, for safety sake. It also can create a backup of the registry before you have it do any repairs. It can create up to eight backups, keeping the most recent. Before running it my reboot time was 4 minutes 45 seconds. After running and fixing what it said were problems I also used it to defrag the registry. Using RegistryBooster 2 (twice) my reboot time was down to 3 minutes 39 seconds, saving 66 seconds. Okay thatís great, but for a program like this you want to make sure there are no problems later. So Iíve used this for two months now and I can say Iíve had no problems. Iíve run it about ten times total. Each time I chose to trust the program with what it said was a problem.
RegistryBooster 2 is very easy to use, and at $29.95 it is a good value.
Windows 2000 Windows XP
Windows Vista 32-Bit
Intel Pentium 4 1GHz or Equivalent processor
512 MB RAM
200 MB free hard disk space
Graphics mode 1024x768 true color (highest 32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (32-bit)
Internet Explorer 6
Terry Currier is currently Vice-President & Editor of WINNERS Ė WINdows usERS which meets in Fountain Valley, California. He has been a member of computer user groups since 1984 (months before he even brought a computer.)
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