Windows

Startup Time Improvement

Benchmark

These tests were performed in February of 2017

Introduction

In recent years, Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies which have attempted to answer questions about the quality of different registry cleaning products as well as what kind of effects they can have on your system.

Windows startup time improvement is something that concerns us, especially since we released the Startup Timer tool. In order to satisfy this curiosity, some test cases had to be performed.

Cumulative Test Results: Summary

We measured the Windows startup time improvement in an attempt to determine if using registry cleaners will have any positive (or negative) impact on the average Windows startup time for either Windows 7 and/or Windows 10.

Interesting benchmark summary takeaways:

  • The highest total Windows startup time improvement after using a registry cleaner was 56 seconds
  • The lowest total Windows startup time improvement after using a registry cleaner was 5 seconds
  • The highest total number of Windows system problems reported after using a registry cleaner was 14224
  • The lowest total number of Windows system problems reported after using a registry cleaner was 252
windows startup time improvement
Product Total system problems Total Windows startup time improvement (seconds) Total system problems Test 2 Total system problems Test 3 Startup time after Test 2 Startup time after Test 3
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 3790 44 2087 1703 87 48
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 3586 46 3119 467 87 46
Ace Utilities 432 46 332 100 88 45
Acleaner 7262 47 7243 19 88 44
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 2011 34 1726 285 89 56
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 1957 32 1924 33 90 57
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 3873 33 3804 69 90 56
jv16 PowerTools 2017 5154 56 4593 561 91 32
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 758 44 579 179 90 45
Netgate Registry Cleaner 1795 46 1593 202 90 43
Registry Life 252 46 209 43 90 43
Registry Help Free 499 42 321 178 90 47
Registry TuneUp 953 36 922 31 90 53
RegSeeker 4452 37 4400 52 90 52
SlimCleaner Free 14224 42 14073 151 91 46
TweakNow PowerPack 2996 32 2339 657 91 56
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 325 5 241 84 91 83

Windows Startup Time Improvement: Verifiability

All possible measures have been taken to ensure the verifiability and credibility of these these benchmark results. For instance, all the testing has been recorded in both video and screenshots, links to see these recordings for each tested software are provided below.

Current Benchmark Objectives

This current case study aims to continue the tradition that Macecraft Software has established while releasing similar product comparison test reports alongside every recent major product release. The latest benchmark test report currently covers the following tests completed in February 2017:

  • Test 1: Number of errors found from a freshly installed Windows 10
  • Test 2: Effect on Windows startup time on Windows 10
  • Test 3: Effect on Windows startup time on Windows 7

All of the test results are accompanied by screenshots and video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

This case study is open to discussion and public review, in this forum thread.

We would strongly appreciate if you could join the discussion on the forum, let us know what you think about the tests done, comment the current test results and recommend us new test ideas that we should cover in future similar studies.

Windows Startup Time Improvement: Test Methods

The testing was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.0.32 r112930) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM. The virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS (64 bit) with Intel Quad Core i7-6700K CPU @ 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM with a system disk of Samsung SSD 850 EVO.

The products tested were chosen simply by searching Google with search words “registry cleaner” and “make windows faster”. Only products that have a dedicated website were accepted to this study. In other words, if a product was only found from a software download website but it didn’t have a website of its own, we assumed the product has been deprecated and did not download it for testing.

Test 1: Number of errors found (freshly installed Windows 10)

A total of 67 products were tested in this benchmark of registry cleaners with the purpose of ultimately determining the Windows startup time improvement, if any, after using each of these products. Each software was ran using its default settings on Windows 10 with all updates installed, with no third party software installed. The purpose of the first test is to determine which products can be tested, that is, which products allow cleaning and fixing the system without the need to buy anything.

As the products are run on a freshly installed Windows 10 with no third party software installed, the assumption is that not many errors should be found on the system. Nevertheless, the number of registry errors and unneeded files identified by the different products are in the first test results table below.

Test 1 interesting takeaways:

  • 37 out of the 67 tested products allow the system to be cleaned / fixed without having to pay.
  • 1 out of the 67 tested products removed files from the computer without user confirmation.
  • 20 out of the 67 tested products opened at least one advertising browser popup after installation.
  • 1 out of the 67 tested products opened three advertising browser popups after installation.
  • 8 out of the 67 tested product installers contained at least one prechecked bundled software.
  • 1 out of the 67 tested product installers contained three prechecked bundled software.
Product Version Registry errors found Unneeded files found Trial restriction Comments Screenshot
Wondershare 1-Click PC Care 8.2.1.0 564 52.1 MB Trial restriction: Can only clean disk. Screenshot link
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 1.2.1.7900 105 8.7 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 1.1.0.0 461 n/a Screenshot link
Ace Utilities 6.3.0 29 3.99 MB Screenshot link
Acebyte Utilities 3.1.2 548 2.99 MB Screenshot link
Acleaner 4.5 15 n/a Screenshot link
Advanced System Optimizer 3 3.9.93636.16880 0 7.81 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Advanced SystemCare 10 10.1 939 26 MB Prechecked bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
AVG PC TuneUp 16.72.2.55508 76 12.8 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Argente Utilities 1.0.7.0 36 0 MB Screenshot link
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 14.00.04 62 13 MB Forces user to receive a license key via email. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 6.1.1.0 23 n/a Prechecked to install three bundled software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
AthTek Registry Cleaner “lastest version” 759 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Avira System Speedup 3.1.1.4250 7 0.02 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
AVS Registry Cleaner 3.0.5.272 256 24.4 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Chily Registry Optimizer and Cleaner 7.12.01 590 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Baidu PC Faster 5.1.3.131061 n/a 755.7 MB Screenshot link
BitOptimizer 3.3.16 24 11.4 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Carambis Cleaner 1.3.3.5315 56 35.77 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Prechecked to install bundled software. Screenshot link
CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner 4.5 90 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Comodo PC TuneUp 1.0.265884.46 0 25 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Cloud System Booster 3.6 56 0.01 MB Screenshot link
iolo System Mechanic 15.5.0.61 25 n/a Forces user to receive a license via email. Screenshot link
Norton Utilities 14.5.0.120 43 13.9 MB Disc Cleaner removes files without user confirmation. Screenshot link
Ccleaner 5.26.5937 14 33.5 MB Prechecked to install bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 4.0 build 20160918 65 n/a Screenshot link
JetClean 1.5.0.129 325 7.67 MB Screenshot link
Glary Utilities 5.68.0.89 16 5.85 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 2.0.1 15 100 files, size n/a Screenshot link
MYPCTuneUp 2017 1.7.61 82 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
PCRx 2.0.0.105 15 53 MB Cannot clean: software crashes when attempting to clean. Prechecked to install two bundled software. Screenshot link
Raxco PerfectRegistry 2.0.0.2679 4 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Premium Booster 3.8 build 9900 95 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Little Registry Cleaner 1.6.0 100 (approx) n/a Screenshot link
Netgate Registry Cleaner 16.0.990.0 15 Prechecked to install bundled software. Browser popup when installed, browser popup while cleaning. Screenshot link
Registry Life 3.3.6 35 Prechecked to install bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
RegAce System Suite 3.3.1.0 419 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
RegCure Pro 3.3.2.2 24 12.6 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
RegHunter Registry Repair 2.1.7.2022 101 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Drill 4.4.01 598 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry First Aid 11 11.0.1 build 2433 492 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Healer 5.5.0 build 574 378 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Medic 2015 86 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Help Free 1.82 (1.8.2.1) 188 n/a Screenshot link
Registry Reviver 4.12.0.10 26 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Registry TuneUp 5.7.0.26 30 n/a Screenshot link
Registry Wizard 3.2.16.613 130 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
RegSeeker 3.01 build 3680 50 n/a Screenshot link
RegVac Registry Cleaner 5.02.15 127 n/a Screenshot link
SeriousBit Enhanso 2.1.1 81 14 MB Screenshot link
Simnet Registry Repair 3.1.1.2 33 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Simplitec Simple Clean 2.5.0.39 27 7.4 MB Screenshot link
SlimCleaner Free 4.0.30878.55015 49 33 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Speed It Up Free 11.32 n/a n/a Three browser popups. Screenshot link
Speedy PC Free 3.3.21 24 11.6 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Synei System Utilities ‘4.0 36 58 MB Screenshot link
System Cleaner 7 7.7.32.720 67 7.76 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
TweakNow PowerPack 4.6.0 38 8.4 MB Screenshot link
Uniblue PC Mechanic 2017 1.2.0.0 25 42 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Prechecked to install bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 12.8.4 186 n/a Screenshot link
WinASO Registry Optimizer 5.2.0.0 94 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Windows Doctor 2.9.0.0 409 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
WinMend Registry Cleaner 2.2.0.0 693 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
WinTools.net Premium 17.2.1 99 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
WinUtilities Free 13.25 66 0 MB Screenshot link
Wise Care 365 4.53 51 638 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
jv16 PowerTools 2017 4.1.0.1670 150 14 files Screenshot link

As can be seen from the results table above, 37 out of the 67 tested products allow the system to be cleaned and/or fixed without having to pay. Only these 37 products were therefore passed through to the the next tests to see what kind of effect they have on Windows startup time improvement.

Test 2: Effect on Windows startup time (Windows 10)

In the second test case, we measured the Windows startup time improvement after using each of the tested software on Windows 10.

Product Total Items Startup Timer (After) Comments Screenshot Video
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 2087 87 Screenshot link Video link
RegSeeker 3119 87 Screenshot link Video link
Acleaner 332 88 Screenshot link Video link
jv16 PowerTools 2017 7243 88 Screenshot link Video link
Registry TuneUp 1726 89 Screenshot link Video link
Ace Utilities 1924 90 Screenshot link Video link
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 3804 90 Also installed Auslogics BoostSpeed Screenshot link Video link
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 579 90 Screenshot link Video link
Netgate Registry Cleaner 1593 90 Deletes a network drive shortcut Screenshot link Video link
Registry Life 209 90 Screenshot link Video link
SlimCleaner Free 321 90 Screenshot link Video link
TweakNow PowerPack 922 90 Screenshot link Video link
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 4400 90 Screenshot link Video link
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 14073 91 Product crashed Screenshot link Video link
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 2339 91 Screenshot link Video link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 241 91 Screenshot link Video link
Registry Help Free 4593 91 Screenshot link Video link
Acebyte Utilities 1881 91 Screenshot link Video link
SeriousBit Enhanso 573 94 Screenshot link Video link
Synei System Utilities 1464 94 Screenshot link Video link
Cloud System Booster 6987 95 Screenshot link Video link
Norton Utilities 1503 95 Screenshot link Video link
CCleaner 3227 95 Screenshot link Video link
Simplitec Simple Clean 3320 95 Screenshot link Video link
iolo System Mechanic 2395 96 Forces email activation Screenshot link Video link
JetClean 2264 96 Screenshot link Video link
Advanced SystemCare 10 5168 97 Screenshot link Video link
Argente Utilities 23446 97 Screenshot link Video link
AVG PC TuneUp 1666 100 Screenshot link Video link
Glary Utilities 86 100 Screenshot link Video link
Baidu PC Faster 4314 104 Screenshot link Video link
Avira System Speedup 569 106 Screenshot link Video link
WinUtilities Free 412 110 Screenshot link Video link
Wise Care 365 6025 132 Screenshot link Video link
Little Registry Cleaner 1594 Product crashed Screenshot link Video link
RegVac Registry Cleaner Windows refuses to run the software, calls it “Malicious file” Screenshot link Video link
Speed It Up Free Product crashed, does not run Screenshot link Video link

Test 3: Effect on Windows startup time (Windows 7)

In the second test case, we measured the Windows startup time improvement after using each of the tested software on Windows 7.

Product Total Items Startup Timer (After) Comments Screenshot Video
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 1703 48 Screenshot link Video link
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 467 46 Screenshot link Video link
Ace Utilities 100 45 Screenshot link Video link
Acleaner 19 44 Screenshot link Video link
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 285 56 Screenshot link Video link
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 33 57 Screenshot link Video link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 69 56 IDM fails after cleaning Screenshot link Video link
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 179 45 Screenshot link Video link
Netgate Registry Cleaner 202 43 Removes network shortcut Screenshot link Video link
Registry Life 43 43 Screenshot link Video link
Registry Help Free 178 47 Screenshot link Video link
Registry TuneUp 31 53 Screenshot link Video link
RegSeeker 52 52 Screenshot link Video link
SlimCleaner Free 151 46 Screenshot link Video link
TweakNow PowerPack 657 56 Screenshot link Video link
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 84 83 Screenshot link Video link
jv16 PowerTools 2017 561 32 Screenshot link Video link

Other Historical Benchmark Tests

Since February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was done in our lab), Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies: