PROS / Reimage not only scans your operating system for problems, but it also keeps an eye on your hardware to identify whether it has any problems.
CONS / This system repair software only gives you the option to scan, repair and optimize your operating system through an automatic system instead of giving you manual control over the process.
VERDICT / Reimage system repair software has millions of up-to-date components to fix your computer's operating system so it can work the way it should.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Reimage finds and fixes frustrating problems your Windows system is experiencing, such as missing and damaged files that your operating system needs to function smoothly. This system repair software can stop your computer from running slowly, crashing and sending a slew of error messages. The best part is that it won't harm your data or applications as it fixes your operating system.
Reimage has an online repository of more than 25 million essential and up-to-date components that make up a healthy operating system. Reimage scours your operating system to identify these areas. With so many components, Reimage likely has the data you need in its online database.
This system repair software scans the registry and hard drive. It backs up your Windows system and works as a recovery system. It can uninstall applications and recover your lost passwords. Reimage can defragment your disks and improve your startup process. This PC repair software reports your system information and compares how your computer is performing against a worldwide average.
Something we noticed about Reimage is that it looks at your hardware's performance. Most of the system repair software we reviewed doesn't do this. While Reimage can't fix hardware problems (that's something that will require replacing the physical pieces), it can identify if your computer problems are due to failing hardware. For instance, Reimage can determine the temperature of your central processing unit (CPU). It provides information about the safe temperature zone for your CPU as well.
This application looks for evidence of malware such as computer viruses, dishonest adware, Trojan horses, crimeware, rootkits, spyware and worms. When it finds something suspicious, it then deactivates and quarantines it. If it proves to be malicious, Reimage destroys it. This system repair software then goes in and repairs the damage the viruses have done.
Although Reimage can identify and eradicate viruses and damage, it's not anti-virus software. It doesn't work continuously to identify and block viruses. If you've caught a particularly vicious virus on your computer, Reimage suggests that you may want to run its system repair software in Safe Mode.
Another great thing Reimage does is optimize your operating system. It organizes files so your computer finds them faster. It looks at your registry and memory, as well as your hard drive.
The interface is simple because Reimage performs an automatic scan and repair. While it's nice to simply have the software take care of everything for you, Reimage doesn't give you much control over what it looks for and fixes. Some of the other system repair software we reviewed gives you the option to run either a manual or an automatic scan and repair on your operating system. If you want to have more control over what the PC repair software does to your operating system, this may be frustrating for you.
This automatic system repair software quickly scans your computer to give you an overall idea of the health of your computer. Reimage starts out by giving you information on your computer's system information. It lists information about the central processing unit (CPU), motherboard, memory modules, local drives and video card. It also provides data on the amount of free disk space on your system partition, the total size of your hard drive and how much memory your computer has. Reimage allows you to compare your computer's statistics with a worldwide average. Reimage also reports your CPU and hard disk drive speed. This PC repair software analyzes your operating system stability and your PC security.
Reimage then performs a more in-depth scan in the repair process to ensure it identifies and obliterates anything that's causing problems for your operating system. It identifies which programs and applications crash most frequently. If you have damage in your system files, DLLs or registry keys, Reimage will replace them with new files that come from its online database. Reimage can fix Windows errors, the Blue Screen of Death, Dynamic Link Library (DLL) errors and virus damage.
Repairing your computer can take between one and two and a half hours. The speed of the repair depends upon your internet bandwidth connection, the number of files that are damaged, the particulars about your computer (its hard drive speed, the amount of RAM and more), and what type of operating system you have. Surprisingly, Reimage works fastest with Windows XP. Windows 7 comes in second, with Windows Vista in third place.
You can download Reimage system repair software directly from the internet. When you buy Reimage, you are purchasing an annual license. This means that you can use it as many times as you want for a year. However, it only runs on one computer. Some of the other system repair software we reviewed allows you to use the software on multiple computers in your home.
Help & Support
Reimage offers continuous technical support via email. It also has FAQs, a blog and an online forum. You can download updates from the Reimage website. On the Reimage website, you can read maintenance tips to help keep your computer working at its best. In the Support section of the website, you can receive help with obtaining, remembering or checking on your license key. Reimage also offers live chat. However, you may notice that it is offline when you are trying to contact someone. Instead of receiving live chat support, it seems the message went to the company in an email form when we used it.
Reimage is automatic system repair software that will identify and fix problems with your operating system. It pulls from its online database of data to repopulate your operating system with the information it needs to run smoothly. Additionally, it optimizes your system so it runs faster. In addition to keeping an eye on your operating system, Reimage also keeps track of how your hardware is running. Although it doesn't have the ability to fix hardware problems, it can identify them for you so you can get them repaired. With Reimage, you'll be able to finally say goodbye to crashes, Blue Screens of Death, slow computer response time and error messages.