Uniblue Registry Booster 2010 Review
Reviewed by: ajmatson
Reviewed on: March 24, 2010
Like everything else around, computers start slowing down after a while. As you lose that "new car" feel, you generally start trying to figure out what's going on and try to speed it up again. There are a few ways that I would do this. Firstly, I would defragment the hard drive. Then I would go through my programs and make sure I don't have a virus or something similar. Finally, I would find an application to clean up my registry and this is where Uniblue's Registry Booster 2010 comes in.
Your registry is where all of the ones and zeros come into play keeping your system running and happy. All of your settings and preferences are stored here for every program and every feature. This means that if you really want to screw something up, start here! One issue with the registry is that while every program accesses here and every program edits here, sometimes, strings of code are abandoned such as with an uninstalls and so forth. These abandoned strings add up and eventually begin to slow things down when programs have to plow through them all when trying to start up. Registry Booster 2010 claims to safely alleviate this problem by backing up your registry, scanning for excess code and then fixing all of the errors thus increasing speed. OCC reviewed Registry Booster back in 2007, where it garnered an 'Editors Choice' award for extraordinary performance, so I am excited to see how the 2010 edition performs!
Registry Booster 2010 is distributed online through Uniblue's website. The box-shots look nice and judging from the blurbs, this is a fairly useful and popular program.
Not much to see here, so on we go!
Downloading and installing Registry Booster 2010 is pretty straight forward, you have the option to start with Windows and whether or not to place an icon on the desktop.
When you launch Registry Booster 2010, the program automatically begins a scan of your computer detecting all of the errors. Once this scan is complete, you click 'fix errors'. However, instead of fixing, you are greeted with a popup window giving you the option to either fix errors for free, or purchase a serial number to register the product.
The interface of Registry Booster 2010 is very simple and straight forward. Four tabs are seen across the top of the window and subsections are navigated between on the left. The entire setup is clean and well laid out. On the first tab, 'Overview', you can see the overall health of your system from the perspective of your registry. You can see exactly how many errors were found on your last scan, as well as being given the option to begin a new scan. Along the bottom you can register the product as well as check for updates.
Up next, you have the 'Registry Scan' tab, which is where everything of performance value is placed. Here you will find controls for scanning, fixing, and defragmenting your registry files. You can view logs of your previous scans and configure your 'ignore list' in case there are any known compatibility issues that you would like to circumvent.
Wow, all of these features fill up a page quickly. Let's continue!
Now we have come upon the 'Restore' tab. Here you will find everything needed to access Registry Booster 2010's backup features. This is extremely important, because your registry is where all of the important strings of code that keep your computer healthy live. Screw it up, and you're toast. Before each fix, the program backs up the files to be edited and lists each backup here for you to fall back on.
Finally we have the 'Settings' tab. Disappointingly barren, the tab only lets you customize the window buttons, change the language, and adjust start-up settings. A subsection here allows you to view your system information.
Okay, on to the features.
Here is what Uniblue wants you to know about their product, Registry Booster 2010.
- Updated styling
- To ensure that Registry Booster is now even easier to use.
- An enhanced scanning engine
- Allowing Registry Booster 2010 to detect more system problems than previous versions.
- Compatibility with 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Registry Booster 2010 is fully able to scan and fix the very latest versions of Windows.
- An improved backup and restore procedure
- By simplifying the process of backing up your registry, Registry Booster is now even safer.
- A faster download and install process
- To let you download and install Registry Booster 2010 on your system more quickly and easily.
- The new “Damage level”feature
- This feature clearly indicates Uniblue’s assessment of the harm done to your computer by errors in the registry.
To test this software, I will time various start up and shutdown times on two computers. The first one is a high-end desktop system that is used on a daily basis by several members of my family. It is constantly having software installed and removed and hardware swapped out, so it is quite 'dirty'. The second is a lower-end netbook, where we all know every bit of power we can get back, makes a world of difference. Again, the netbook is used daily for work, school, and social time so it gets dirty as well. Let's put Uniblue to the test!
Test System 1:
- AMD Phenom II X4 965
- ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 Motherboard
- OCZ Spec Ops Urban Elite 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
- NVidia GTX 260 (216)
- Seagate 750GB 32MB Cache 7200.11 Hard Drive
- Lite-On SATA DVD-RW Burner
- Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Test System 2:
- Samsung N130 Netbook
- Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6GHz
- Samsung 1 x 2GB DDR2 667MHz Memory
- Integrated Intel GMA950 Graphics
- Samsung Spinpoint HM160HI 160GB SATA Hard Drive
- Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
Once you register your copy of Registry Booster 2010 you can scan for errors and after, the scan the program will tell you how many errors are found and it breaks them down by type. After the scan is done, then you click on the "Fix Errors" button and the program works its magic. The program then recommends that you restart your system and places a restart button in the bottom right corner. Once you have restarted, you can defragment your registry which, once started, take a little longer than the fixing but is still rather speedy. You then restart and are good to go.
While some times were improved only a bit, others, such as the system start and shutdown, show a huge improvement.
I have to admit I was a bit shocked on how well the Uniblue Registry Booster 2010 performed. I know that in a Windows OS that the registry plays a big part on the load times of the OS and more especially when overly crowded and full of unused junk from old programs and more. The biggest improvement was to the Windows startup and shutdown times form both systems. The desktop computer started a full 14 seconds quicker, which when you are wanting to get into your computer and start working, this extra time makes a big difference. The netbook gained an 18 second improvement, which is even more impressive, since everyone knows a netbook takes a long time to accomplish any task. There was not much improvement on the other tests, because quite frankly, with the exception of the Microsoft Word test on the netbook, the others didn't have much time to take off. However, they only take a couple of seconds to start, so there is not really any room for improvement there. Overall the program does what it is designed to do and improved the system speeds a bit. Though at the normal retail price of $39.99, it is a little bit much for the improvement times we saw, albeit an effective piece of software.
- Improves Windows boot and shutdown times
- Runs quickly
- Cleans and defragments the registry
- A bit pricey