Tweaking.com’s Windows Repair Tool (WRT) is a free program (for For Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 & 7 32 or 64 bit) that will easily and quickly repair a multitude of common issues on your operating system.
Conceived with a vision to have “a repair tool that can save someone from having to do a reinstall”, WRT is very simple to use, and quite effective without damaging other parts of your system or causing instability issues.
When I first started getting into computers, I never dreamed that the software known as my “Operating System” could, and often would, cause more problems and issues than any bit of defective or broken hardware.
Unfortunately, my knowledge and expectations were irrelevant, and as anyone who has dealt with the kinds of issues that I am talking about can tell you, these kinds of issues arise all the time. Sometimes they are due to user error, like messing around in your registry when you don’t know what you’re doing. Sometimes they are caused by an oversight, such as downloading a malware program that you thought was something benign. Sometimes they are just weird, unexpected results of the complex interactions between all the different programs you install and uninstall over the life of your computer.
In any case, the problem can often be so bad that the easiest (though not always the best or most efficient) solution is to simply wipe the operating system drive and start all over. For this reason, in those early stages of my computer education, my father taught me to partition my drives and always keep my OS on a drive by itself, and everything else on separate drives. I have much to thank that man for, and that bit of advice is the least of it.
I have tried many different programs that claim to ‘clean’ my Windows, ‘restore’ my registry, and other various euphemisms for the same essential process. All of these programs that I tried until now have had at least one of two problems. First, most of the really good ones cost money. There are websites where you can get them for free for a limited time, but after that you’re basically forced into buying the program if you have come to rely on it. It’s as if the program holds your OS hostage until you buy a license. That’s annoying enough, especially in the current economy, but the other issue that many of these programs suffer from is far more serious. The biggest issue is that while many of these programs can and do fix certain issues on your system, they can alsobreak other parts of your operating system. The registry, for example, is a fragile thing at times, and even the best of intentions can cause it to collapse or simply ruin your system. Even when it isn’t ruined, it is still quite often damaged in ways that are, at the very least, annoying. For instance, one program I used did manage to restore all the needed and appropriate sections of my damaged registry, but it also restored a bunch of other keys in there for programs I have not used in a very long time. Therefore, I would get a registry error every time I booted the computer. It wasn’t the sort of thing that disabled my system but it sure did make it slower, and far less useful. For someone like me, that lives and breathes in cyberspace, that is unacceptable.
Needless to say, then, I was pretty darn skeptical when I first read about Tweaking.com’s Windows Repair tool. I am happy to report, however, that I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed with it upon testing. I borrowed a friend’s laptop and purposely damaged the registry in a few ways as well as messing some other things up, and then ran the WRT. To put the result in the simplest terms possible: it worked, and fixed everything I had done to damage the operating system in a matter of just a few minutes. All this, and it cost nothing! That is impressive enough, but if you look at the history of updates to the Tool since it was first released, you’ll see a level of continued dedication and innovation that is pretty darn rare in the realm of free Windows tools. I’ve always said that free software is the best, but this is one of the exceptions to the rule, usually. Normally speaking, I have found that the repair tools that work best are expensive. Hence, my joy at finding one that works well enough that I am not only willing to recommend it to friends and family, but to also use it myself on a regular basis when something unexpected goes wrong.
So what does it do? Tweaking.com’s WRT is loaded with ways to fix your system, but here’s a brief list from the website showing just some of the things it does without much effort on your part:
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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
Repair CD/DVD Missing/Not Working
Now, if all this isn’t enough to recommend it for use, bear in mind that it is still in production and the author is always willing to hear suggestions from users. Additionally, there is a great tutorial that he posted on the Tweaking.com website, showing you step by step how to get the most out of the WRT. In conclusion, I found this particular bit of freeware to be very impressive and useful. I would recommend it to anyone who has need of such a tool, or even someone who is just curious or paranoid. Until next time, my friends.
Get Tweaking.com’s Windows Repair Tool here (Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 & 7 (32 & 64 Bit). Make sure to check out the tutorial.
(Author’s note: All screenshots appear in red windows because of my personal theme on my computer, red is my favorite color. The program will appear as aligned with your own Windows theme.)