As anyone who owns a computer can attest, it can crash or start performing slowly without much advanced warning. That’s exactly what happened to me a few months back, and had I known about Reimage software then, it probably would have saved me from purchasing a new computer. I only recently learned about Reimage when a computer at work began acting –for lack of a better descriptive word – possessed. Our IT guys downloaded the business version of the software (there’s one for home, too) and the computer was back to normal operation in no time.
Having been on hand to see the software in action, here’s an account of what the Reimage software did. If I had known about Reimage, I probably could have used it to fix that daunting blue screen message on my home computer. But at least now I know for future computer problems and with this review, I get to help others by offering an alternative to PC problems that is way less expensive than buying a new computer.
What Reimage Does
Quite simply, Reimage rebuilds the Windows operating system by replacing damaged or corrupt system files or installing system files that somehow have disappeared from your computer. Reimage is different from other types of repair software in that it fixes a more extensive number of Windows files without having to reinstall the entire application software.
How Reimage Works
Before purchasing the software, the Reimage website offers a free scan which you can run first to determine if Reimage can fix your Windows problem. The PC scan looks for any viruses on your operating system, checks for Windows registry problems, analyzes crash logs and memory or disk space problems, and scans for damaged or missing Windows files. The entire scan takes no more than five minutes.
If the scan finds problems that Reimage can fix, you are then prompted to purchase the repair portion of the software. Installation of the software takes only a few minutes. As part of the repair process, Reimage compares your operating system and custom configurations to a new operating system. Anything that is out of sorts, the software taps into its repository of registry values, system files and other components and replaces the bad components. Once the repair is complete, you simply click a link in the program window to see a list of files that were newly downloaded, restored, or replaced.
Things Reimage Fixes
I’m not quite sure what was causing the problem with our work computer, but after Reimage was run, the problem no longer existed and hasn’t returned. Reimage is a rather comprehensive software repair program. Among the problems Reimage recognizes and adequately fixes are:
- Hardware problems hindering your computer’s performance, such as defective operating system components (Reimage doesn’t fix hardware defects, but it makes you aware of a problem);
- Operating system freezes and crashes;
- Slow performance;
- Software problems, including blue screens and pop-up error messages;
- System files and applications;
- Registry restoration (most PC repair programs offer only registry clean-up which removes corrupt elements but does not restore them);
- Damage caused by viruses, spyware and malware;
- Issues with Windows Media Center, Media Player and Live Messenger.
As Reimage is doing its thing, it displays real-time graphics showing its progress. I also found the problem meters helpful because they show what the problems are, where they are and how much damage the computer suffered to date as a result of the problem. I also felt reassured that every step of the way, Reimage took into consideration security settings and repaired and restored them as needed.
Reimage Pros and Cons
While Reimage is a miracle worker when it comes to repairing Windows, it does have some limitations. Like any software product, it’s a good idea to review the pros and cons before purchasing it to be sure it will meet your needs.
PROS: Reimage is the only software on the market that repairs damaged or missing Windows system files without having to reinstall applications. It literally reverses any damage done by installing replacement files. Reimage is good for people who are not tech savvy and is the better alternative to reinstalling the entire Windows operating system and every application on your computer from scratch. A Reimage representative is available 24/7 to assist you with any problems that may pop up when running the repair software.
CONS: Reimage is designed for Windows operating systems only and does not fix problems stemming from Microsoft application software, such as Microsoft Office, or any third-party software. You need to be connected to the Internet to run Reimage because it downloads the needed registry components in real-time, so the software will not work if the computer is not able to access the Internet. You may experience glitches, although not harmful, after running Reimage, mostly due to Reimage’s Windows files not being current with Windows updates. Although the software said it would take about an hour to complete the repair, it typically takes much longer depending on the extent of the repair and the speed of your Internet connection.
What’s Included and How Much?
To use Reimage, you first purchase a license key. The home plan is $69.95 and includes one license key for unlimited use for one year on one computer. You can fix additional computers for an extra $15 each. The business plan offers unlimited Windows PC repair with a custom quote based on business size and number of computers. Both plans come with a money-back guarantee if Reimage fails to repair Windows. Once you purchase a plan, you are assigned a license key so you can then download the software and run the utility file to begin the repair process.
What Others Are Saying
Reimage is receiving some good reviews from users who purchased the software. Much of the customer satisfaction stems from the product’s ability to effectively rebuild an entire Windows operating system.
Here are some of the comments to date:
- “You guys have a great program. Your advice worked. I have restored 2 operating systems with one fixed no other program was able to do.”
- “Reimage has changed our business. We have no complete operating system reinstalled anymore! Running Reimage fixed every problem we come across every time!”
- “Very satisfied. Good value for the money. First program I found that would actually repair the damage caused by a virus.”
- “Your software is the best thing I have seen in 18 years of computer work! I will pass the word on how good it works. Everything works exceptionally well now that your software fixed a lot of problems.”
- “Very satisfied. I like that the program explains every step, we know what it’s doing and why. WOW!”
You can read more on Reimage on their website.
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