August 24, 2008

Top and Worst Registry Cleaners for Windows XP and Vista


Introduction

The Windows Registry controls thousands of settings—a few for Windows itself, some for application programs. Over time, the Registry gets burdened with un-needed or inaccurate entries left behind by incomplete uninstall routines, application program errors, and even misapplied registry hacks. Problems also come up when users transfer or delete files without realizing that dozens of Registry entries aim to the old location.

In this article, we review and rank the best-selling Registry Cleaners for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems.

This, by the way, is the only Windows Registry Cleaner Review that you will need. Now we won't kid you: there are many registry cleaner reviews you will find on the Internet. However, none of them will be technically meticulous, unbiased, and comprehensive as ours. As you will see, in the following section, our testing method to evaluate the registry cleaner is second to none. While ranking various products, we have put a lot of emphasis on the ability of the registry cleaner to fix illegal and invalid registry entries. As a result, we have been able to achieve an objective, technically accurate, and unbiased ranking system.

So without much further ado, lets get started.


Our Testing Method:

Step 1
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We started with a clean install of Windows XP/ Windows Vista on a blank formatted 200 GB hard-drive. Next, we installed 100 most common Windows applications to simulate real life conditions.
Clean Install of Windows HDD
Step 2
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Then we intentionally introduced roughly ~8000 errors into the Windows XP/Vista Registry
Introduce Registry Errors
Step 3
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After that, we duplicated this hard drive on 9 additional blank 200 GB similar hard drives using Norton Ghost program to test various registry cleaners.
Duplicate HDD for Multiple Tests
Step 4
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Each hard drive was then installed into our test PC one by one. Each time a new Registry Cleaner Program (that we wanted to test) was also installed on each hard drive.
Install Each HDD into Test Computer
step 5
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Each Registry Cleaner was then ranked ONLY on the basis of the number of registry errors (that were introduced in step 2) it was able to fix. Other features and cost benefits were given secondary consideration.
Rank Each Registry Editor per its Error Fixing ability


Results:

We have classified our results on the basis of operating system:

If you are Windows XP user, Click Here.
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If you are Windows Vista user, Click Here.

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Windows XP Registry Cleaner Comparative Analysis

Editor’s Review: RegCure goes way beyond traditional Registry Cleaning software to provide a comprehensive PC Optimization solution. Not only does it include industry leading Registry cleaning and error optimization routine but it offers active monitoring of your PC system to keep it error free real-time. Additional features include scheduled registry optimization and backup functions and startup manager to improve your system boot performance and start up time by as much as 70%. This software is a steal at $39.95. Multiple PC license can be obtained at highly discounted rate. Please take the Free Diagnostic Scan of your PC before making a purchase decision.
Software Name Errors Created Errors Fixed Performance Index Rating Bottom Line
registry_cleaner_regcure
8624 8242
no1
registry_cleaners_5bars
Score: 95.6/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$39.95
Most complete solution for total registry care and PC error repair. RegCure exhibited the most superior performance with highest Registry Error elimination rate. Highly Recommended.
registry_cleaner_regsweep
8624 7847
no2
registry_cleaners_4bars
Score: 90.9/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$37.00
Excellent protection for your PC. The registry error correction routine is not as good as RegCure. User Interface is Excellent. Not a bad buy.
registry_cleaner_registryeasy
8624 7270
no3
registry_cleaners_3bars
Score: 84.3/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$34.95
Simple to Install and Use. Provides adequate protection and performance. Rated no. 3 in our internal test. OK Buy.
registry_cleaner_errornuker
8624 7244


registry_cleaners_3bars
Score: 83.9/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$39.95
This software did not perform very well in our tests and was not able to remove almost 20% of registry errors. For the same price you can purchase our no. 1 rated software, RegCure
registry_cleaner_errorkiller
8624 6541


registry_cleaners_2bars
Score: 75.8/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$29.95
The numbers speak for themselves. This software performed very poorly with success rate of only 75%. Not Recommended.

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Windows Vista Registry Cleaner Comparative Analysis

registry_cleaner_a Editor’s Review: RegCure goes way beyond traditional Registry Cleaning software to provide a comprehensive PC Optimization solution. Not only does it include industry leading Registry cleaning and error optimization routine but it offers active monitoring of your PC system to keep it error free real-time. Additional features include scheduled registry optimization and backup functions and startup manager to improve your system boot performance and start up time by as much as 70%. This software is a steal at $39.95. Multiple PC license can be obtained at highly discounted rate. Please take the Free Diagnostic Scan of your PC before making a purchase decision.
Software Name Errors Created Errors Fixed Performance Index Rating Bottom Line
registry_cleaner_regcure
8467 8322
no1
registry_cleaners_5bars
Score: 98.2/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$39.95
Most complete solution for total registry care and PC error repair. RegCure exhibited the most superior performance with highest Registry Error elimination rate. Highly Recommended.
registry_cleaner_registryfix
8467 8002
no2
registry_cleaners_5bars
Score: 94.5/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$39.95
RegistryFix is equally good in terms of its ability to detect and fix Registry Errors on Windows Vista. It has excellent set of additional features. The software is not as intuitive RegCure. Nevertheless, an excellent buy
registry_cleaner_regsweep
8467 7124
no3
registry_cleaners_3bars
Score: 84.1/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$37.00
RegSweep does not work as well on Windows Vista as it works on Windows XP. An upgrade for Windows vista is expected soon. However, at this point it does not offer the best solution.
registry_cleaner_registrygenius
8467 6306


registry_cleaners_2bars
Score: 74.5/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$39.95
This software did not perform very well in our tests and was not able to remove almost 25% of registry errors. For the same price you can purchase our no. 1 rated software, RegCure.
registry_cleaner_errorkiller
8467 6005


registry_cleaners_2bars
Score: 70.9/100
Ease of Use
Other Features
Customer Support
Purchase Price
$29.95
The numbers speak for themselves. This software performed very poorly with success rate of only 75%. Not Recommended.





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