System Mechanic 6 Mobile Toolkit displays System Status, an Analysis Report and more upon startup
Use the Configure Complete Optimization And Repair Actions dialog box to specify the registry actions to perform
- Repair and Clean the Registry
- Fix Drive and System Problems
- Fix Broken Shortcuts
- Find and Remove Spyware
- Recover Deleted Data
Let's explore repairing Windows registry first.
Repairing the Registry
When selecting the Repair and Clean the Registry option, System Mechanic presents three tools. Registry Optimizer eliminates outdated and invalid registry entries that can slow Windows operations and wreak other havoc. Backup or Restore the Registry simplifies the process of creating registry backups and restoring backed up registry files created using System Mechanic. Compact and Defragment the Registry, meanwhile, optimizes registries by compressing and defragmenting Windows' hierarchical database.
Note that, whenever working with the Windows registry, you should always verify you have a working backup before making any changes. As with other administrative tools, System Mechanic's utilities can't guarantee registry operations will work perfectly, so ensure a working backup is in place before attempting any registry tweaks. Thus, it's a good idea to routinely back up not only system data, but the system's registry, too.
When you select Registry Optimizer, System Mechanic presents several choices. You can set the utility to automatically optimize and repair the Windows registry, or you can elect to configure custom and even advanced options. Above provides an example of just some of the registry problems the Registry Optimizer can diagnose and repair.
The Registry Optimizer menu is straightforward and simple to use
The Registry Optimizer will display its progress, and then report on its success once run
In addition to specifying hard disks, the Drive Medic Hard Drive Repair Tool offers additional customization options, including the ability to perform full system scans
The Disaster Recovery Wizard walks technicians through several available options that often help fix damaged drives, boot unbootable systems, recover data and restore stability
Specify shortcut repair options using the Automatic Cleanup Options dialog box
Specify the type of file you seek to recover using the Things To Search For tab to help limit the number of files the wizard returns
Search and Recover presents the results of its search on the Recovery tab
System Mechanic's Advanced Deleted File Search utility provides additional parameters you can specify when seeking lost data, as well as a window for viewing a file's hex data
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System Mechanic 6 Mobile Toolkit displays System Status, an Analysis Report and more upon startupThis gallery is also available as a TechRepublic download and article.
Recovering failed systems is often the most stressful of IT tasks. Whether users have lost data, registry or system errors are preventing Windows from working properly, a hard drive is experiencing difficulty or parasitic programs are compromising a PC's performance, users' ensuing stress typically results in a harried request for fast recovery.
A wide variety of tools exists for diagnosing and repairing such issues. Iolo's System Mechanic 6 Mobile Toolkit packs four products -- System Mechanic 6, Search and Recover 3, System Shield 2 and Drive Scrubber 2 -- on a single CD-ROM. As covered in an earlier article (System Mechanic 6 Mobile Toolkit simplifies field support), the Mobile Toolkit license enables using the software on multiple systems at various locations without requiring that the software be purchased separately for use at each site. (View TechRepublic's System Mechanic 6 Photo Gallery here).
Repairing systems using System Mechanic 6
When you first start System Mechanic, the program generates a dashboard that includes a series of buttons, system status and an analysis report, among other items.