To get started with Registry Mechanic and see if you think it might be right for your system, head here and follow the installation instructions. The process is all very straightforward. Just know up front that the evaluation version you download for free will only repair the first six sections of the twelve sections of Windows that the software analyzes. As you might expect, most detected problems fall in the latter six.
For example, we installed Registry Mechanic 9 on a heavily used Windows 7 64-bit system loaded with dozens of apps and over six months of routine installations and uninstallations. Our first run with the trialware version of Registry Mechanic detected 306 issues in just one minute. Over 250 of these occurred in the last two scan sections, Custom Controls and Deep Scan. A click of the Repair button brought up a screen offering to let us Purchase Now or Continue with repairs.
Continuing resulted in 15 items being repaired, but that left us with the feeling of having had a teeth cleaning while knowing that we really needed a root canal. So off we went to PC Tools’s shopping cart and paid the $29.95 for a license and complete functionality. One license actually covers three systems for one year, bringing the cost for each to under $10. As of this writing, PC Tools is offering 20% off on a two-year upgrade for $47.92. You can order the program on CD for $9.95 (shipping included), but if you’re interested in this, know that we found Registry Mechanic 9 on disc for $22.24 at Amazon.com, and the package is eligible for free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, though. One of the first things you’ll notice about Registry Mechanic is that the graphical interface looks like it was pulled straight from the days of Windows XP. Truth be told, there are many times when we prefer this look. After all, if the application is supposed to be improving system performance, shouldn’t it have the least impact possible on the graphics processor and other components?
At the very top of the application, you’ll see links for Smart Update and Help. Smart Update simply polls the PC Tools servers and downloads any available Registry Mechanic patches or upgrades. The Help link spawns a new window containing the Registry Mechanic Quick Start Guide.
In the bar running down the left side of the UI, you’ll see five links: Optimize, Monitor, Windows Tools, HelpCenter, and Options. Let’s quickly deal with these individually so you can see that there’s more to Registry Mechanic than just registry cleaning.