Rose City Software Registry First Aid
Registry First Aid is eager to help you fix and compact your Registry, and it does a terrific job, too.
- Good interface, handles problems well
- Clutters the system tray, not free
Registry First Aid is about as good a Registry cleaner as you can get — but unfortunately, you have to pay for it.
Price$ 28.00 (AUD)
Note: the pricing for this product is in US$.
Of all the Registry utilities we've tested recently, Registry First Aid inspired the most confidence, both from a safety perspective and in the way it handled Registry problems.
The Registry First Aid interface is clean and easy to navigate, and the program includes a Registry defragger, a Registry searching tool, and a built-in automatic backup module. Registry First Aid supports all versions of Windows.
The only drawback is that Registry First Aid costs US$28; the trial version lets you see everything the program does, and is fully diagnostic, but fixes only 14 entries at a time. We're hoping that won't dissuade you from trying Registry First Aid.
Registry First Aid found 2161 faulty entries in a 20-minute scan, a high number that may be explained by the program's relatively liberal definition of what constitutes a faulty entry. We were comfortable with the way it listed problems, either by category (such as invalid file or DLL, invalid path, or unused software entries) or by safety level. All of the entry issues that were safe to fix were automatically checkmarked, and we liked having to check the ones labeled 'Caution' or 'Extreme Caution' manually.
Most problems that Registry First Aid found were marked 'Delete the entry', but some had other choices. We could cut the invalid substring or, in some cases, repair the entry. Unfortunately, the program's Help function wasn't too helpful, so we opted to use the default. While the program was scanning, we were able to examine each listing, check or uncheck it, or open the specific entry in the Registry.
A great feature, and one worth Registry First Aid's price of admission: with one click, most of the problem entries popped open my browser and conducted a Google search on that Registry key. Very cool, and ideal for determining whether a risky entry should be removed.
One quibble: we weren't happy that the tool attempted to find a home in our PC's system tray, unnecessarily adding clutter just to check for new versions. We disabled it in the settings.
Join the newsletter!
Toys for Boys
Get advanced, high-end features at an affordable price with this 4K PRO-UHD Epson EF-100 projector.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel 4 XL review (2019): Full Resolution
- 2 Samsung Galaxy A70 Australian review
- 3 Google Pixel 3a review: Less is more
- 4 Moto G7 review: The new gold standard for budget buyers
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Parallels 15 lets you turn an iPad into a Surface tablet
- Bitdefender refreshes consumer cybersecurity offering
- Apple Music is now streaming on Alexa in Australia & New Zealand
- Windows Lite: what it is and when it might be released
- Freeview relaunch 'FV' website
PCW Evaluation Team
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
- Google Pixel 4 XL review (2019): Full Resolution
- Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Show Off
- iPhone 11 Pro review: Identical looks, superlative cameras
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies