RegCure is a very popular Registry cleaner for the Windows operating system. It can help optimize your PC, improve performance, reduce crashes and get rid of errors. RegCure will also fix problems with Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, Media Player, DLL Errors, EXE Errors, Script Errors, Invalid Entries, Missing Keys, Blue Screen Errors and much more. The big question is: "does RegCure work?". Well, we have tested and reviewed RegCure below. Read on.
We tested RegCure on our old Windows XP file server and this PC is loaded with junk. This computer is very slow and takes a huge 3 minutes and 35 seconds to boot. It really is a boat anchor.
Getting Started With RegCure - Installation
The first step is to install RegCure. Just follow the RegCure download link and click install. Don't worry, it's completely Spyware and Adware free. The file size is relatively small at 1.97MB. Follow the on-screen installation wizard and you will be up and running in less than a minute. You just need to click "next" a couple of times.
Once installed, you will see the main menu screen, with the scan option to the left highlighted. We recommend that you keep all the scan options checked and just click on "Start Scan" to get things rolling. This will perform a full scan and initially there will be quite a few errors detected. Because this is the first scan, it may take a few minutes to run. This will also depend on your PC speed and CPU power. But assuming your Registry is probably cluttered, just start the scan and grab a coffee.
Once the scan is complete, it will identify all of the existing Registry errors, missing keys and much more. Don't be alarmed if you have a ton of errors. We are about to fix them.
After the initial scan on our test system, a total of 1409 errors were detected. Personally I think this number is overstated by probably 10-20%. But one thing is for sure, it did detect all the errors we knew about plus a few more we weren't expecting. So far so good! Now we just need to get rid of them.
After the scan is complete, you just need to click the "Next" button. On the following screen you can choose which of the errors to fix, then you just need to click the "Fix Errors" button. We are going to attempt to fix everything.
At the end of the repair process you will be taken to the pretty reports section which gives a nice overview of everything that has been fixed, cleaned or ignored.
So did RegCure actually do anything? Let's find out!
Results of Using RegCure
Prior to running RegCure, this old XP box was very slow (it sucked) and had an extremely slow boot up. After using RegCure, there was definitely an improvement in both start up and response times. Not only that, the computer was left on for 24 hours and it didn't crash during that period. It used to crash every few hours, to the stability has improved dramatically. We also cut about 2 minutes off of the boot time, that is a nice result. Everything else seems to function much better, with a lot more responsiveness when switching applications and using Explorer.
Our Final Thoughts on RegCure
We like RegCure and think it's a nifty piece of software. Editing the Registry manually is almost impossible, so products like RegCure do save a ton of time when optimizing computers. There are many competing products, but RegCure always provides the best results and with each update it keeps getting better. What I should also mention, is the support of RegCure. They answer questions very fast and they are always friendly. I like good support, so this is pushed RegCure over the line above some of the competing products that do perform just as well.
What We Liked About RegCure
The easy to use interface is great. You don't need to be tech savvy and the program runs super fast. The automated features also make life easy. Just set and forget. Then you can have a fast PC all the time.
The other feature we didn't really mention is the "Startup Manager". This allows you to get even better performance by switching off startup programs that just bog down the system.
Being able to schedule the running of RegCure is also extremely useful. You can automate RegCure to run on a schedule of your choosing. This way you can keep your PC optimized all the time and you can set RegCure to run at times that won't cause you any inconvenience.
This is an easy to use program that anyone can have running within minutes. There is probably no better way to optimize your PC, other than buying a new one.
What We Didn't Like About RegCure
The program does have a tendency to overdetect errors. So it might detect a few hundred errors, when in reality you might only have about 80 errors. This is not really a concern, because the errors will get fixed anyway. It doesn't matter how many are reported, but just note that they are over reported.
One of the coolest things about RegCure is that it is lightweight and fast, but I would like to see some extra features. A services manager would be very useful and this could bring even better performance gains. I have let the guys at RegCure know about this, so fingers crossed that the next version will have it.
July 2010 Update:
We just ran a test of RegCure on a 64bit Windows system running 8GB ram. We didn't expect to see much gain since the PC is fairly new and pretty well optimized. But funnily enough, there was a decent gain in responsiveness and there were still many entries in the Registry that needed to be cleaned. Again, there was probably some over-reporting.
The biggest help was in optimizing the Windows startup options. This shaved a good few seconds off the boot time. Overall, I was pleased with having Regcure work well on a 64bit system. I had heard of some incompatibility problems, but all seems well now. You can use the same download above for 64bit versions of Windows.