Bonnie asks about Registry Mechanic and Registry Commander
You used to recommend Registry Mechanic so that is what I have on my computer. It is due to be renewed by January 3rd . They are offering me 15 months to renew. I was thinking of going to Registry Command which you recommend now. Do you feel this does a better job? I have had my computer in the shop a couple of times to be completely dumped. I do not want to go through this again as it is a pain to install everything again. Thank you.
Hi Bonnie. First we want to make something clear: a registry cleaner and optimizer like Registry Commander or Registry Mechanic are not miracle cures. If your computer shop dumped your computer a couple of times either your computer had bigger problems than can be prevented by a registry cleaner — or your computer shop wanted to make a lot of money the easy way. We tend to think it’s the latter. The easiest and quickest way to “fix” a computer is to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do and it sure does fix whatever ails your computer (unless it’s a hardware issue). So GeekSquad and other computer repair places love to tell you that the only way to fix your computer is to dump the hard drive (format it) and reinstall Windows. They are 100% sure it will “fix” your computer and they are 100% it won’t take them much time. So it’s very profitable. Of course if you haven’t backed up your computer, you’ll lose everything you had on it. That’s why we stress to all of you that you create mirror image backups of your computer’s hard drive while it’s running well. If you have problems you don’t have to take it to someone and pay them $200 to “fix” your computer by doing something you could yourself in an hour or so.
If you’re having serious enough computer issues to warrant taking your computer to a repair shop, next time you should consider buying a one-year unlimited subscription to the Reimage PC Repair system. We highly recommend it and certainly advise anyone who’s thinking of hauling their computer down to Best Buy to buy Reimage and give it a try – it works in the majority of cases and costs 50% to 75% less than GeekSquad or other computer repair services. Once you buy a Reimage license you can use it as many times as you want during the one-year term of your subscription.
As far as Registry Commander and Registry Mechanic – they are both maintenance programs…they are not computer repair programs and they’re not meant to be. They help you maintain your computer and eliminate annoying Windows errors caused by issues with the Windows registry. But cleaning and optimizing the Windows registry is only one part of maintaining your computer, sort of like getting exercise is one part of maintaining good health. You can go out and walk five miles every day, but if you feast on cheeseburgers, fries, ice cream, pizza, cakes and pies, your health will eventually suffer, even though you’re walking five miles every day. Someday, eating all that junk will catch up with you and you won’t be able to walk those five miles a day anymore. It’s the same with registry cleaners. Keeping your registry clean and free of errors is an important part of maintaining your computer – but it’s only one part of it. If your computer is feasting on all kinds of adware and spyware programs – loaded down with SmileyCentral and programs which are bundled with other programs – then cleaning the registry eventually won’t do you much good. Your computer will be sick from the junk that has been installed on it.
We recommend Registry Commander for a couple of reasons, although there is nothing wrong with Registry Mechanic; we recommended it for many years. We don’t like the way PC Tools handles the renewals. We have never been big on “automatic renewals” for software programs. Also we didn’t like the direction PC Tools was taking Registry Mechanic – we felt it was becoming more and more a “suite”; you know how we feel about those.
We have been able to negotiate a special price for our subscribers and are able to offer both Registry Commander and Captain Optimizer (another great computer maintenance program) for the same price as the developer charges for one of the programs. Right now you can get both programs for $39.95. We’ll run the sale until our supply of keys runs out. We ran out last weekend but were able to get one more batch of them. Once these are gone, they’re gone. It’s a great deal if you’re thinking about changing to Registry Commander – you’ll get another great program (Captain Optimizer) free.