New Utility Keeps Window Registry Tidy
- By Stuart J. Johnston
- November 30, 2005
European utility developer 1-abc.net is shipping version 1.0 of another new tool for end users, this one designed to help clean up out of date Windows Registry entries.
Registry Washer examines the Windows Registry and removes entries that are leftovers from programs that failed to completely uninstall or are no longer valid. These old and invalid entries can impact performance when Windows needs to extract information from a cluttered Registry.
Registry Washer is intended to improve Windows performance by cleaning out unwanted entries on a regular basis, say once a month, according to statements by the Oldenburg, Germany-based developer.
The product lets users search for unnecessary Registry entries on default locations (like RunMRU), as well as identify links to programs that no longer exist, and to scout out connections to old fonts that are no longer installed. All changes are logged into a Registry file that lets users undo changes, and Registry Washer can be installed on USB memory sticks, floppy disks and many other types of re-writable media.
Registry Washer runs on Windows XP and Windows 2000. It costs $14.99 and is available for download at www.1-abc.net.
Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.