Since I am playing around Windows Registry, tweaking it is an integral part of testing. Many tools don’t remove their registry keys even after they are uninstalled. Once the registry becomes cluttered, there comes a time for cleaning all junk keys and optimizing it for faster performance. I covered Auslogics Registry Cleaner before, but it only cleans the registry and does not optimize it.
Registry Life is a tool that does the job of both cleaning and optimizing the registry. Unlike other tools, which come with build-in registry cleaner along with other programs, this tool focuses on solving the Windows registry-related problems.
It contains two main functions – Registry Cleanup and Registry Optimization. Both can be accessed from the main window.
Hit Run Registry Cleanup link to bring up the cleanup dialog. Here click Start to begin.
Now it will scan all parts of the registry and find the problems.
Once the problems are found, they will be listed in the next step.
To view full details of the problem(for advanced users) hit the Show invalid entries link.
Note the number of Useless keys residing in my registry in the above screenshot. To fix the problems, hit Fix button and you are done.
Did I forget to mention that it creates automatic backup of the registry before performing the cleanup operation?
Cleaning up Registry is one matter, but optimizing the registry is what actually helps. It optimizes the registry by first performing defragmentation and then compressing the registry to save space.
Hit the Run Registry Optimization link on the main window to open up Optimization dialog. Here you can select to either run the optimization process or schedule optimization.
Note: Optimization of Registry requires computer restart.
Next it will ask if you want to perform a quick or full scan. In Quick scan it will only defragment the registry but won’t compress it, whereas in Full scan both defragmentation and compression takes place.
Note: In Full Scan, the computer restarts two time.
In the settings you can define which parts of the registry it should scan, by default all parts are checked.
So the question is, did it help? In my case it fixed 416 registry problems and saved around 8MB of registry space which is quite worth the try.
It works on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003/2008. Enjoy!