Registry Mechanic Frequently Asked Questions

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Continuing on with our Feature Article on Registry Mechanic, here are some top Frequently Asked Questions about the Windows Registry, courtesy of

Q: " Do I really need to fix registry problems? "

A: In short, yes. If you don't fix registry problems when they arise or try and prevent them from even happening at all, then you may soon find yourself faced with sudden crashes, system stalls, or a severe degradation in operating speed. Working to fix registry issues and prevent system crashes should be a top priority whether you use your computer for business or pleasure, and you'll find a greatly enhanced computing experience by doing so. [ More | Download Registry Mechanic ]

Q: " Is my PC clean of registry problems? "

A: Keeping a PC clean isn't easy with all of the different types of hardware, software and drivers available, so it's hard to say if your PC is clean without first analyzing your system's registry. Many find this an arduous and confusing task, which is why more than 100,000 people each week turn to Registry Mechanic to keep their PC clean of registry problems or potential issues. [ More | Download Registry Mechanic ]

Q: " I've heard of a free Registry cleaner from Microsoft. How effective is it? "

A: Reg Clean is in fact a freeware utility from Microsoft that helps to repair a number of registry problems that are somewhat common to Microsoft products. While Reg Clean isn't nearly as thorough or useful as some proprietary solutions such as Registry Mechanic, it does serve the needs of millions of low-risk users. [ More | Download Registry Mechanic ]

Q: " Can I use Microsoft's Reg Clean instead of Registry Mechanic? "

A: Even with its benefits and free download distribution, Microsoft RegClean has its disadvantages. First, RegClean is not compatible with all Microsoft products, third party software programs, Spyware components, drivers, preferences, and hardware entries. [ More | Download Registry Mechanic ]

Q: " What are some basic tips for keeping my registry clean? Is it really important? Is a clean registry really that important? And if so, what can one do to keep his or her Windows registry clean of bugs, errors and harmful problems? "

A: Keeping a registry clean can be a somewhat difficult task which is why even experienced computer users opt to keep their registry clean through the use of software specifically designed for this purpose. [ More | Download Registry Mechanic ]

Past Frequently Asked Questions from Infopackets Readers:

Q: " I downloaded the full version of Registry Mechanic (RM) based on your review and have run it several times since then. Each time RM notifies me that my problems were fixed, but every time I run it, I get mostly the same errors. What is the problem, and why aren't the errors being repaired? " ~ Infopackets Reader Alexander P.

A: Excellent question.Keep in mind that all software programs are created by humans; since humans are not without fault, neither are programs which were created by humans -- including the ones that are currently running on your machine. If all programs were free from mistakes, then we wouldn't have crashes or error messages, nor would we need critical updates, patches, bug fixes, and programs like Registry Mechanic to fix the registry. If RM is reporting the same errors, it's most likely because the programs that are associated with the errors are re-injecting themselves into the registry whenever they are executed. [ Download Registry Mechanic ]

Q: " I obtained the full version of Registry Mechanic a few weeks ago and found it to be invaluable.It works so well and quickly; it really did speed up my PC. I also have RegClean and have on occasion used them both. Registry Mechanic always seems to find more errors than RegClean. I am not sure how often you should use Registry Mechanic but since I use scandisk and defrag once a week, I use Registry Mechanic at the same time.The one thing I don't understand is the majority of the errors that Registry Mechanic finds seem to be happen after McAfee has done an update. Do you have an answer for that? " ~ Infopackets Reader Diane A.

A: Based on my own experience: any time I've attempted to uninstalled McAfee anti-virus v4 or v5 on a machine, it would take (literally) 5 ~ 10 minutes just to get through the uninstall (keep in mind that almost every program capable of an uninstall is supposed to [but not required to] remove self-related values from the Registry).Based on that theory -- and the fact that your registry is continually updated, even when running the McAfee update program -- it would be no surprise to learn that McAfee update program is injecting junk into your registry when it runs. [ Download Registry Mechanic ]

Q: " I tried to download the full version of Registry Mechanic from the eSellerate web site, but was told I needed to enable java script on my browser. I don't know how or where to do this. Help? " ~ Infopackets Reader Jeanine O.

A: The eSellerate web site uses components of Java, which may be disabled on your machine. You can download a supplemental install of Java directly from Sun Labs.See this previous Gazette article for more detail.

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