While freeware maintenance applications are readily available for download (and, many of them are very capable), finding a good, solid, freeware system repair application, suitable for less technically inclined computer users, is always a challenge.
One of my favorites in this application genre is Tweaking.com’s Windows Repair – a super all-in-one repair tool which has undergone 30 revisions since I last reviewed it. This small tool has plenty of functionality, including the ability to fix registry errors and file permissions – as well as issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Update, Windows Firewall, and more.
Windows Repair can even restore Windows original settings which have been changed by malware – a common occurrence.
Fast facts – Windows Repair can do the following:
Reset Registry Permissions
Reset File Permissions
Register System Files
Repair Windows Firewall
Repair Internet Explorer
Repair MDAC & MS Jet
Repair Hosts File
Remove Policies Set By Infections
Repair Winsock & DNS Cache
Remove Temp Files
Repair Proxy Settings
Unhide Non System Files
Repair Windows Updates
As the following screen captures show – Windows Repair is not only simply to operate but, it “holds the user’s hand” while working through the repair process.
Note: All screen shots can be expanded to the original size by clicking.
For those users dealing with a malware infected system, the application directs to a number of anti-malware freebies so that the repair process can begin on the right footing.
Previous users will note that both Avast and ComboFix (a specialty antimalware tool), have been added to Step One.
As the application points out in the following screen shot, there’s nothing to be gained by completing a repair sequence if there are errors in the file system.
While the system file check is optional, it makes good sense to run this tool.
Likewise, with the file version checking tool.
Prior to starting the repair process both a System Restore Point, and a Registry backup option, are available.
A quick piece of advice: Never allow an application to make system changes, without creating a System Restore Point first. It takes only a minute, or two.
The updated application dispenses with the old three level system of repairs. Instead, all repairs have been combined into a single window – as illustrated in the following screen capture.
In the above screen capture, I’ve highlighted a single repair – Repair Winsock and DNS Cache. For the Geek crowd this is a simple repair.
The Geek way:
Go to “Run” in the Start menu (“Search” for “Run” if you can’t see it).
In the Run box, type CMD (doesn’t need to be capitalized).
At the command prompt, (not in the Run box), type – ipconfig/flushdns.
Hit “Enter”, and that’s it. The DNS cache has just been flushed.
Looks pretty simple – if you are a Geek. With Windows Repair, there’s no need to have all the esoteric system info that geek’s carry around in their heads – one click and the job is done.
Let’s take a quick look at repairing a problem I have on this machine – Windows Update is acting a little wonky.
I’ve selected the Repair Windows Update checkbox.
The following screen capture illustrates Windows Repair running the routine.
Time to complete the repair – 14 seconds – not including the required restart. How’s that for speed?
Here’s what regular readers have to say about this super application – based on a previous review.
September 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm
Excellent program. Just featured it twice in a week because it really saved us. I’m so use to re-registering files or doing fixes it is second nature. We just ran into a computer that the answer and suggestions on the web just didn’t work. The program re-registered over 1000 files and the pc was fixed. Ironically I had worked with it for two hours and remembered your review! SFC and every solution became fruitless.
September 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm
I just wanted to let you know that my brother talked to me about problems on his computer where registry entries were apparently messed up. He could not open any word documents at all because they were all garbled with numbers and letters.
I didn’t know exactly what to tell him how to fix it and then I remembered you posting this so I told him to download this and try it out. Sure enough after using the registry repair at tweaking.com his computer is back to normal….without a reformat.
I just figured you would like to know. It saved me some headaches
Thanks for posting this.
Using Tweaking.com – Windows Repair by MajorGeeks.com (Click on graphic to play video).
System requirements: Windows XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, Win 7.
Download at: MajorGeeks
For those users who prefer to carry their utilities on a Flash drive – a portable version is available here.
Windows Repair makes it easy to repair common Windows problems and, its ease of operation should make it ideal for less experienced users.