Do Registry Optimizers Really Work?

Gnomie Alonte J. Samuels asks:

Do registry optimizers really work? If so, where can I find a good one?”

This is one that comes up a lot. There are lots of registry optimizers for Windows on the market — from well-meaning freeware to low-priced shareware to full-priced suites — that promise to organize your computer’s registry and bring its running speed back to brand new, out-of-the-box quickness. If there are so many options out there for registry optimization, then there must be a demand for it, right? Well…

Do Registry Optimizers Really Work?LockerGnome’s official stance for quite some time has been that no registry optimization software out there — whether it’s priced anywhere between zero to hundreds of dollars — poses any significant benefit to your system. Sure, there may have been a time when computers packed less of a processing punch and registry optimization software may have offered a very, very tiny improvement to their running speed, but computers nowadays can handle quite a bit of registry conflict without human observation noticing any difference in their performance.

And really, you’re just as likely to screw up your registry by trying to “fix” it as you are to actually “fix” it; you stand to lose more than gain just by pressing that pretty little “optimize” button in whatever software you’ve been suckered into downloading.

Better ways to optimize your computer’s performance include reinstalling Windows from scratch if you notice it running painfully slowly, and not running 90 different memory-hogging processes at the same time. Not using a program? Shut it down! Simple as that. As Chris says in this video:

“Optimize your workflow, not your registry.”

How do you feel about registry optimizers? Do you agree with our assessment, or do you swear by registry optimizers and strongly disagree with our stance? Have at us here in the comments!

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