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Free Registry Defrag 3.0

Safely optimise your Registry without deleting a single entry with this free tool 

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 November 2010
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Developer: iExpert Software
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Free Registry Defrag
Analyse your Registry for the potential to optimise it

Registry cleaning tools are dangerous beasts: they present themselves as the solution to all of your woes, and while it’s true they can fix problems and improve performance, it’s also true (but not mentioned anywhere near as much) that they can introduce problems of their own, and because you can’t trace the problem back to its origin, having been merrily deleting hundreds of Registry entries over a period of time, you’re left with the unpalatable thought of potentially reinstalling Windows.

The fact is, simply deleting Registry entries on their own doesn’t do anything to speed up your computer – deleted entries are simply replaced by empty space which, like your hard drive, becomes fragmented as new entries fill the space recently vacated and get scattered all over the Registry hive.

Most Registry cleaning tools will also compact and defragment your Registry, shrinking the file and boosting performance as a result – it’s here the performance gain (however slight) is made, and unless you’re happy to play Russian Roulette with your PC’s health, it’s all you’ll ever want to do.

This is where Free Registry Defrag comes in: it won’t clean out so-called redundant entries, but it will analyse your Registry with a click and then tell you if it’s worth defragging and compacting: if it is, click the button, reboot your PC and you may see a performance fillip. But take a System Restore point first – and locate your Windows installation or rescue disc, just in case… 

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Does exactly what it says on the tin: uncomplicated, unfussy, and simple to use. Shame there’s no backup option, though. 

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.19.20 

• You can now reply to a group message privately in your 1:1 chat. Tap and hold a message in a group chat and select "More", then "Reply Privately".
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