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Registry Compactor

Type of Program: System Registry Utility
Supported Platforms: Windows 9.x/2000/NT/XP
Company Name: Elrise Software
Version: 1.0 Build 187
Price: $19.95
Installed Size: 1.69MB


Over normal use of any computer your Registry starts to takes hits over and over again. When you install a program and then later uninstall it most likely leaves fragments of it lying around in your Registry. The Registry is like a huge warehouse of information that stores everything about your system. When programs are, what you have in your computer, when any application was installed, license keys and so on. Over time the Registry can become overwhelming with information with thousands upon thousands on entries that control the behavior of your system. Soon your computer takes longer and longer to start-up, applications seem to run slower, or worse yet, things start to crash!

Because the Registry is like your central nervous system of your computer it would be wise to treat it as such and take care of it. The longer you wait to do anything about it as it continues to grow, the more likely something will happen. Although the Registry can indeed grow larger it will never shrink. Even though you may think that once you've removed a program that it too will be removed from the Registry, think again. When you remove a program the Registry simply marks it as being now blank but remains in, and on your system. When this happens the Registry could then become fragmented over time. So what is the answer? You know that you can defragment your hard drive so why not be able to do the same with your Registry?

Ok, enough with the education. Because your Registry can become fragmented and decrease your overall performance of your system, Registry Compactor comes to the rescue and will optimize your Registry, compact it and defragment it, giving you back some of your system's performance!

After using Registry Compactor your Registry will as said, be compacted which in turn allows the needed data to be accessed via your system and applications to be obtained faster, it will reduce the amount of time it takes for your system to boot (it won't be loading needless, empty entries), by reducing the size of the Registry your system's Memory will then be available for other applications and perhaps more importantly, by reducing and compacting the size of the Registry you have a less likelihood of system crashes!

Many Users may be intimidated by the "R" word (Registry) because it is so vital to any computer's existence. One mess up in there and it could temporarily doom your entire machine. In plain terms, Registry Compactor rebuilds the Registry by removing unused file space. No registry keys are deleted or modified by the compaction process and furthermore, the program backs-up the Registry before it makes any changes. You will be able to see from its graphical map your Registry in the form of "Used" and "Unused" blocks of the Registry as well as the percentage of space (both before and after). There is a "Restore" option (even from DOS) should anything go wrong that will take your Registry back to where it was before compacting it.

Registry Compactor is a nice app to keep around for those times when you know something is jamming up your Registry (you don't have to run it every day, but now and then never hurts). It is a simple program to run and will take you step-by-step through the entire process. I noticed right away an increase in boot-up time after running it to compact and defrag my Registry. The program passed the tests I put it through, the price is nice and support for the program appears to be great so go ahead and try it out yourself and see how well and fine tuned your system really can be.

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Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Robert Hall

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