Review of Registry Easy Registry Cleaner

March 24th, 2011 admin No comments

Hey, Ken here.

I want to introduce you to Registry Easy and give you what I believe is the most honest review on the Web.

No fluff or hype here, just what you need to know before purchasing.

Note: This is a review, Click here to visit the official Registry Easy site.

First of all, why talk about Registry Easy?

Registry Easy is a registry cleaner and optimizer (though it does much more than that). Often, problems shutting down Windows XP are caused by errors in the Windows registry.

The registry is a huge database that contains information about the location and state of everything running on your computer, including what should happen when those running programs shut down.  If anything is amiss, Windows XP can hang up because it doesn’t know what it’s supposed to do. I mentioned this in my last post, “What Causes Windows Shutdown Problems?.”

One of Microsoft’s recommendations is to do a repair install of Windows XP, but that’s a complicated thing for most people to do and it costs a pretty penny for expert service. The good news is this: You don’t have to re-install Windows; you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to fix your computer; and, you can scan your computer for free before committing to a purchase.

Click here to visit the official Registry Easy site.

With Registry Easy you can safely clean and repair the Windows registry with a few simple clicks and more than likely get right to the source of your shutdown problems. Registry Easy also provides a backup mechanism for any repaired files so that you can easily recover any changes if required.

The Bad Points

  • No software is perfect and Registry Easy is no exception. The first time I used it to scan my system, I spent about 15 minutes navigating through the errors it found.
  • Even with the full 30-day trial version, you can only use the program once per day to repair errors.

The Good Points

  • Registry Easy reported errors that another registry cleaner ignored. Looking them over, they were mostly clutter, but this could contribute to XP shutdown problems.
  • A backup of your registry is automatically created when you use the repair function. This is very good if anything goes wrong.
  • The program can clean up junk files of many types on your computer to give you back wasted drive space.
  • You can optimize your system settings for better performance and tweak your network and memory settings for better Internet performance.
  • In addition to registry problems, you can discover and fix other system problems not related to the registry.
  • There is a full set of tools to tweak and optimize Internet Explorer.
  • They offer a free trial, so if the program doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to pay for it.
  • It works on all versions of Windows from Windows 98 to Windows 7.
  • They offer comprehensive technical support should you need it.

Conclusion

Registry Easy is an effective set of system utilities that will safely scan your system for errors, invalid and empty registry keys, and useless and duplicate files that can lead to problems shutting down windows. It improves PC performance and fixes those annoying system crashes and freezes. Definitely recommend you get a copy.

Ken

Click here to visit the official Registry Easy site

What Causes Windows Shutdown Problems?

March 7th, 2011 admin No comments

By far, the most common problem with the Windows operating system is shutdown problems. There are many things that can cause this, but typical causes of shutdown problems include the following: faulty or incompatible device drivers; system services that either do not respond correctly or send busy request messages to the system; and, faulty or incompatible programs.

According to Microsoft, here’s what happens at shutdown:

When Windows shuts down, messages are sent to the devices, system services, and programs that are installed on the computer. These messages announce that Windows is preparing to shut down. The operating system waits for responses from programs that are running to make sure that the programs save unsaved data to the hard disk and shut down correctly. Each device, service, and program that is running typically responds to the shutdown message with a message that states that the program can be closed.

If something goes wrong at any of those stages, you can experience one or more of the following: the computer hangs on a black or blank screen; the computer appears to shut down but doesn’t turn off; or, you receive an error message. Troubleshooting these problems shutting down Windows can be tedious, but I will address some solutions in a future post.

Problems Shutting Down Windows XP?

March 7th, 2011 admin No comments

Back in the early days of personal computers–before Microsoft Windows 95 required an actual Windows shutdown command–we didn’t have shutdown problems; we simply reached for the power switch and turned the computer off. Things changed when Windows 95 came along. If you turned off the computer without issuing the shutdown command, you could lose data, corrupt the hard drive or cause Windows to become unbootable. This is still true today, though XP, Vista, and Windows 7 are far more tolerant in this respect than Windows 95, 98 and ME.

Shortly after the release of Windows 95, people began experiencing problems where the computer would hang up when they clicked the shutdown button, sometimes just going to a blank screen and sitting there for a long time. Sometimes, the computer would shut down then immediately reboot instead of powering down. Troubleshooting these problems could be a real adventure, often requiring technicians to dive into the huge system configuration database known as the “registry.”

Fortunately, starting with Windows 95 Microsoft incorporated commands that you could use to forcefully shut down the PC. So, if your computer won’t shut down, try one of the commands listed below by either starting a command prompt or typing in the Run dialog.

Windows 95, 98 and ME

RUNDLL USER.EXE,ExitWindows

Windows 98/ME users have an additional option to force the shutdown no matter what is going on:

RUNDLL32 SHELL32.DLL,SHExitWindowsEx 4

Windows XP, Vista, Win7

shutdown -f -s -t 0