At a Glance
- Almost completely automated repair of damaged Windows files; No learning curve; Easy-to-understand instructions and reports
- Internet connection required; annual subscription fee is a bit pricey
Got a messed-up Windows computer? Reimage will sort it out for you.
It’s rare that a piece of “miracle” software actually lives up
to its developers’ claims. Reimage–which claims to provide
hassle-free relief for damaged Windows installs–delivers on its
All it takes to start repairing your system is to click the
“Start Scan” button on the Reimage website. You are then prompted
to save the installer, which is a very small program that downloads
the rest of the Reimage files (about 7MB worth). When those
components have fully downloaded, the install process is complete
and the Reimage scanning process begins.
During the scan, Reimage thoroughly checks your system. In
addition to looking for damaged or modified Windows files and
registry entries, it also looks at how much free space your hard
drive has, how much memory is installed in your computer, how hot
your processor is, and which programs are causing crashes (and how
often). Findings are presented in easy-to-understand, non-technical
Reimage even checks your system for malware infections. You
probably already run an antivirus program that offers full-time
protection, but no program detects every single infection. It never
hurts to double-check your system for nasties like Trojans,
hijackers, and rootkits. Reimage’s malware scanner is powered by
multiple systems, including Avira, which develops one of the most
antivirus programs in the world.
Once you’re ready accept Reimage’s recommendations and complete
the repair process your system will reboot. Prior to booting
Windows, Reimage will step in and finish repairing and replacing
any files it flagged during the scan. When that’s done, your
computer finishes loading Windows and displays your newly-repaired
On my problematic Windows 7 test system, the entire process took
about 45 minutes. While no infections were found, Reimage
accurately noted several stability problems. The Novell Netware
client, Teamviewer, and Google Chrome
had all caused a number of crashes recently, and Reimage picked up
on all three. After a quick reboot to replace files that were in
use (which took less than five minutes), I was deposited back at my
Windows desktop. Three days later, I had yet to experience a single
crash and my system was running beautifully.
If a Reimage operation happens to cause a program to stop
working on your computer, you can undo the changes. That said, I
performed several scans on multiple computers running a wide
variety of software and never experienced any unexpected
There is one major downside to Reimage: a working Internet
connection is required. In my many years as a technician, one of
the most common problems I fixed for people was (you guessed it) a
broken Internet connection. I also expect that DNS-hijacking
malware will prevent Reimage from contacting its servers in order
to block removal or repair attempts.
While I count Reimage’s price tag of $70 per year as a minus,
there’s a caveat. For the average home user who doesn’t know how to
reinstall Windows or completely remove nasty malware, $70 per year
is a very good deal. A single trip to the computer repair shop
would cost you more than that, and Reimage can definitely prevent
those visits. Two more PCs can be covered for $30, and that’s an
absolute steal if you have a close friend or family member that
gets stung by the periodic computer repair bill.
All in all, Reimage is a fantastic repair utility that can fix
some of the ugliest Windows problems out there. It won’t totally
replace your local computer technician, but it definitely has the
potential to save you money, time, and frustration.
Note: This link automatically downloads the
latest version of the software from the vendor.