Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:23 AM
I've spent money for registry "repair" programs only to find that free ones actually work as good if not better.
The pricier ones simply add "weight" to the program with angles designed to make it seem like you can
just press a button and "it'll do the driving" for you. Safely.
I think it's better to use one that you can count on to just identify the problems, stated clearly enough to understand, allow you to choose whether or not to act, on a individual case basis if necessary, accomplish the modification it states it will do, and quickly once you decide what to do.
A few things to keep in mind with all of these registry programs:
One value they have is in familiarizing you with the fact registry errors do occur.
The "severity" of the identified problems is not really an issue like some programs present it as.
(you can have 100's of errors and still be experiencing no ill effects at all).
It will take work on your part to understand how the application works,
none claim "fail safe" operation & several just plain put the burden
of responsibility on you by stating "conclusions found, you decide".
Others wrap the action they take in "generalities" and truly are not nearly as discriminating about "repairs"
as ones that do identify specifically ... but allow for "user determination of appropriate action".
Over time, I found I lost confidence in them because I never really knew what they did.
Bottomline imho is buyer beware.
If you want to use registry cleaners, you should want to learn why you should.
Expect it to take some time on your part to fully appreciate what is involved.
Fixing driver and atapi problems is not confined to registry "cleaning".
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...