Best Free Registry Editor

 
Introduction

The registry is an important part of every computer, but as you use your PC, the registry gradually becomes messier and bigger. Thus, it gets harder and harder to find things in the registry.

The registry must be treated with a lot of care, as the slightest mistake by the registry editor or even you can ruin your PC. Therefore, before you download anything please read this article.

Remember IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING THEN DON'T EVEN TRY TO EDIT YOUR REGISTRY as you could render your PC useless.

If you know a better free registry editor, please leave a comment below.

 
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Discussion

RegEditWindows provides its own RegEdit that you can access from going to your Start Menu and typing regedit (or for Windows XP go to start menu press R then type regedit). This is the most simple registry editor but who says complex is good?

Obviously RegEdit is missing a few features, like a simple search feature, a description, etc. However, for a tiny .exe that is built into every Windows install then it is easily good enough for the average user.

 

Registrar Registry ManagerThe first third party product I checked out was Registrar Registry Manager - Lite Edition, the free version of Resplendence Registry Manager. To start with, it works reliably - a must have feature for any registry editor. The user interface is simple, the functionality is excellent, and it has a really fast search.

Finding the Lite version on the Resplendence site is tricky. Go to the download page and locate the heading "Registry Tools". On the right-hand side in faint gray letters there is a link called "Download Free Lite Version". You can also get it from various download sites, including MajorGeeks or Softpedia.

 

RegAlyzerThe next product is RegAlyzer which is a tool to browse and change the registry. It is made by Safer-Networking who are known for their high-standard products. This is a very simple, easy to use program. It doesn't have as much features as Registrar, but its small size may make up for that.

I did however, have a problem a couple of times; the picture on the right shows me deleting a key, once I clicked yes nothing actually happened. I presume it was a bug as it was the only time that this has happened. Also, it did seem on the whole pretty slow compared to similar programs.

 
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Quick Selection Guide

RegEdit
4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Totally reliable, simple, easy to use, fast
Not many features
Windows

Already built into Windows. Access from Start Menu and type regedit.

Registrar Registry Manager - Lite Edition
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Reliable, simple user interface and excellent functionality.
Some features are available only to the commercial Pro version.
http://www.resplendence.com/
7.52
4.64 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
Windows 7/Vista/XP/2008/2003/2000
RegAlyzer
2.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple, Small
Slow, Buggy, Search doesnt function correctly.
1.6.2.16
1.7 MB
Windows

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Comments

by snakyjake on 10. September 2014 - 17:25  (118492)

Here's my top choices:

1) Reg (By David K. Gasaway)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/reg

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Open Source
- There isn't a portable version, but it will still run.

2) O&O RegEditor
http://www.oo-software.com/en/products/ooregeditor

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Portable
- Didn't like the Search function as much as Reg.

3) Regscanner
www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

+ Search
+ Portable
- Goto Path

by sicknero on 21. July 2014 - 12:28  (117457)

I just wanted to mention that Aezay now have a green light from WoT, though I can't actually recall a time when they didn't.

I really like Registry Commander ... the layout is unfamiliar at first (no tree view) and although it has an export function it lacks an option to restore the entire registry. These points aside though it's my favourite of the freebies. The search function I find fast enough (though speed isn't much of an issue for something that I don't use frequently) and the bookmarks are invaluable.

by Misty27 on 20. July 2014 - 15:45  (117436)

I'm not sure what about 2012 Registrar Registry Editor lite (or any version) put it below MS Regedit. There may be other 3rd party (free) software that rivals Registrar Lite, but I've not used any extensively.

I've used Registrar Lite & Regedit extensively in W 98, XP, Vista - for years. I've never found that Registrar messed anything up. On most all operations it can perform, it's faster than Regedit. WORD OF CAUTION: users that don't know what they're doing in the registry or don't back it up first, shouldn't be making changes.

Registrar Lite is much faster on searches (Find) & has far better display of search results than Regedit. Registrar lists all search results in a list w/ columns of data for each result, so it's easier to review results to find what's relevant.

Regedit gives one result at a time, then must "fast forward" to the next result found. The fast forwarding can take some time. Plus, Regedit forces you to go through possibly dozens of undesired search results, one at a time, even if not relevant.

Once in a great while, Registrar Lite can't open entries (usually marked in red), that Regedit can open. That's so seldom, it's hardly a concern - use Regedit on those.

Backing up the entire registry is also faster in Registrar & the files are much smaller.

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