Question about Iolo Technologies System Mechanic: Windows
After installing System Mechanic 8.5.2, SM corrupted my Registry (XP Home, Service Pack 3) and caused software loading problems. SafteyNet failed to undo the changes and so I had to reload XP. I emailed Iolo who referred me to an article on how to exclude items in the Registry, but I found this impossible to understand. I reloaded XP, reinstalled SM and the same thing happened.
Is there some Registry-maintenance software out there that does not itself screw up the Registry?
I use nCleaner and have had absolutely no problems for over a year now. I find System Mechanic has too large a 'footprint' and, like you said, is pretty incomprehensible to use out of the box.
The only thing that took me unaware with nCleaner was that it cleaned out My Received Files by default, so all the photos I had been mailed through Messenger were deleted, so make sure you copy them into another folder first :)
I have never had any software problems after using it though, and I install and uninstall programs pretty regularly!
So it comes highly recommended. It's a bit like CCleaner (if you have heard of that) but with more functions like Registry Clean.
I would reinstall XP first though as SM seems to have messed up, and you want a clean start. Also remember to reinstall all the XP drivers for your motherboard too.
Hope this helps
Posted on Dec 26, 2008
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