Uniblue Registry Booster 2010 Review
Scanning and analysing results
Running a scan
One nice thing with Registry Booster is that most of its features are available in the trial mode, which means a user can check out the various screens and features before purchasing it. As far as we can tell, the only three features not available in the trial mode include the ability to fix more than 15 errors, perform registry defragmentation and scheduling options. So for this page, we will explore the features available in trial mode operation.
To start with, we let it perform a scan, which it automatically performs the first time it is launched. From our testing on several PCs, the scan takes anywhere between 1 and 5 minutes to complete. Once complete, it gives a summary of what it found:
As the above screenshot shows, our first test PC has a rather large number of bad registry entries, which is not really all that surprising due to how often we regularly install, uninstall and update software on this PC. What is interesting to see is that this PC does not have any third party related errors, despite it having close to 100 different software products installed.
Each section can be expanded to reveal what type of errors has been found and the quantity of each:
The following shows a break down given for user related errors:
A detailed report of the errors can be viewed in the program itself or displayed in the web browser:
Each individual error is shown in detail, such as the registry path, the key name, value and a reason this is a problem. In theory, this potentially means that an experienced user could use this report to go into the registry and fix all the errors, however, there is no way anyone is going to spend a day fixing nearly 2,000 errors one by one just to save on the registration cost!
The settings tab gives several screens to customise Registry Booster:
The settings screens contain the following:
- General Settings screen
- What to do when ‘X’ is clicked.
- Minimise Registry Booster to the notification area (default)
- Close Registry Booster immediately
- What to do when ‘_’ is clicked.
- Minimise Registry Booster to the taskbar (default)
- Minimise Registry Booster to the notification area.
- Select your preferred language:
- Choice of: English, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Français, Nederlands, Русский, Português, Norsk, Svenska, Dansk, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, Greek, Polish and Turkish
- Scan Settings
- Launch Registry Booster when Windows starts.
- Start a scan automatically when Registry Booster is launched.
- Set frequency of scheduled scans: (Greyed out in trial mode)
- Choice of: Never, Daily, Weekly, Bi-weekly or Monthly
- Proxy Settings
- Address field
- Port field
- Username field
- Password field
- Enable proxy (tick box)
- System Information
- Displays the following information about the PC:
- CPU Manufacturer
- CPU Model
- Operating System & Built Number
- Total Physical Memory
- Processor model
- Number of physical processors
- Number of logical processors
Trial mode specific
As with most commercial products installed as a trial or demo, Registry Booster tries several ways to get the user to purchase the full version.
For example, when we attempt to fix the errors it found, it displays the following:
While the option to fix 15 errors may seem daft considering the product will typically find at least several hundred on the average system from our testing, what this does is let the user try out the repair log and restore screens, which otherwise would be empty.
After it fixes these errors, it displays the following nag screen:
It is nice to see they have a 30-day money back guarantee for improved performance, especially since the only way to see whether Registry Booster does help is to actually purchase it.
Registry Booster displays one more nag screen when existing:
By default, Registry Booster starts when Windows starts and a scan takes place automatically when Registry Booster is launched, so if these two settings remain ticked in its “Settings->Scan Settings” section, the nagging will continue the next time the PC boots up. These two settings are automatically switched off when the software is activated.