Uniblue Registry Booster 2010 Review
Repair, defrag & restore features
Repairing the registry errors
Once Registry Booster reveals the results, repairing errors is very straight forward. Just click “Fix errors”:
It carries out a two stage process, one stage to back up the registry and the second stage to repair the problems it found.
Once complete, the repair results are shown. On one of our test PCs (#1), there were some locked registry keys it was unable to deal with:
Here we have the option to exclude these errors from future scans. After this screen, it confirms that the repair process has complete:
For those curious about the errors it could not fix, which they chose to ignore, these registry entries can be viewed in the “Ignore list” tab:
Previous repairs can be viewed in the “Registry repair logs” tab:
Like the scan results, a detailed log report can be viewed in the browser for each previous repair:
The 6th entry down above showing “blablabla.exe” is an invalid run entry we added to the registry to give an idea of how it appears in the repair log.
We will take a look at PC start up and application loading time benchmarks on the next page for before and after scans, as well as introducing a few of our own common registry issues to see whether Registry Booster catches and fixes them.
Defragging the registry
Like the file system on a hard disk, the registry becomes fragmented over time as entries are added and removed from the registry. Defragging the registry reorganises its content. This tool is in the “Registry defrag” left tab within the “Registry Scan” section:
Unlike defragging a hard disk, the registry defrag process is pretty quick, taking less than a minute on all of our test PCs. However, it cannot be interrupted:
Once complete, the PC needs to be restarted:
As Windows loads the registry into RAM, we are not sure how defragging the registry improves performance, since RAM reads at the same speed whether it is read sequentially or randomly, unlike a hard disk where it physically takes more time to move its heads to read a fragmented file than a continuous file. Either way, we’ll carry out some benchmarks of before and after registry defragmentation on the next page.
Restoring the registry
Like pretty much any clean up tool, if a registry entry is falsely detected as an error and removed, this can also lead a problem. So should a problem arise after a repair process has been carried out, Registry Booster gives the option to restore back to a previous state:
The restore operation starts immediately after the ‘Restore’ button is pushed. Once complete, it requires the PC to be rebooted: