With so many registry cleaners for Windows XP available on the market today, PC users have hard time choosing the right one. This article takes Max Registry Cleaner for a test drive to see how well it performs, and if it makes our Windows XP machine run faster.
What is the Windows registry and why should you keep it clean?
Put simply, the Windows XP registry is an extensive database that stores your program settings, hardware data, desktop preferences, and much more. The problem with the registry is that it tends to accumulate lots of junk entries over time, slowing down your PC and causing your favorite applications to crash unexpectedly. Have your Windows XP ever thrown a "blue screen" on you? A common cause for this kind of behavior is errors in the registry. That's why using a registry fixer regularly to keep your registry junk-free is important -- it helps your PC run like new and at top speed.
How does Max Registry Cleaner take care of the registry problem?
Max Registry Cleaner is an easy-to-use registry repair tool designed to clean up the garbage in your Windows registry and thus improve the speed of your PC. The software fixes most registry errors that bog down your machine, including empty keys, erroneous DLL items, junk left from badly uninstalled software or spyware, bad or missing application shortcuts, and many more.
Does Max Registry make your PC run faster?
To answer this question, we first recorded the start up time of our Windows XP machine, which turned out to be 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Then we ran Max Registry Cleaner in auto-scan mode, and told it to identify all possible errors in the registry. Max Registry discovered 133 errors of all kinds, which makes sense, since the PC had XP installed for over a year, and we never did any registry housekeeping. Finally, we told the software to fix all errors, then rebooted, and measured the Windows start up time again.
Here's the results: An average Windows XP machine now booted in 1 minute and 20 seconds, which is a healthy 35% improvement. Another positive thing is that Outlook Express now launches almost instantly. (Before we repaired the corrupt registry, it used to take a full minute to launch.)
That said, we're pretty happy with Max Registry Cleaner, and will continue to test it under XP and Vista and make our findings publicly available.