Reset Windows 7 Registry and System Services to its default value with RefreshPC

RefreshPC is a freeware tool that promises to reset your Windows Registry and Windows Services to its default values.

UPDATE: Read about RefreshPC 2.0 instead.

Once you have downloaded the app, click on the Refresh My Windows 7 Settings. The  app will first ask you if you want to create a system restore point, then identify your OS and finally attempt to reset select Windows registry settings to its know default values. No information is given as to which  values will be changed.

It will also attempt to reset all the Windows Services startup types to its default values and clean out the Temp folders and the Prefetch folders; all in one go. Wish there was an option to select!

Windows Next (Or Windows 8 as some prefer to call it) is rumored to have a Restore OS to factory defaults settings, and this tool promises to do something similar.

I have downloaded the tool but not tried it. When I downloaded the tool my NOD32 gave me a warning. I believe that Kaspersky also screams out a warning. So you might want to factor this in, before you do decide to try it out. Let us know if any other antivirus gives out a warning. Maybe its a false positive – or maybe not! But this is something that its developers will have to sort out with the respective antivirus companies.

I’d recommend you try out this tool, only IF you have exhausted all other options, including a system restore or running the system file checker, in case you are facing some unspecified OS issues, because in the process of fixing something you could end up breaking something instead. So if you dont want to run a Repair Install on your Windows installation and are instead looking for a quick fix, you may consider running this tool.

Before you try out this tool it might be a good idea to create a system restore point first. The program does prompt you to do so. You may also want to backup your data.

RefreshPC works on Windows 7, Vista and XP, 32-bit and 64-bit.

Incidentally, SMART – Service Management And RealEasy Tweaking Utility for Windows 7, Vista and XP is a freeware utility which helps you tweak Windows 7 Services, based on the suggested configurations of BlackVipers and also lets you reset Services values to its defaults.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Danny Wareham

    I thought I would drop a comment here. Kaspersky and NOD32 are the only programs I know of that give this false positive. Although it isn’t truly a false positive. I dont know what to call it. There really is a toolbar in the installer. It’s fully disclosed in the install. You can choose to not install it and it will not install. So it’s true that they are saying there is a toolbar, but false to say it is a threat. It is no threat to your computer or you privacy, and you have the choice to not install it. I have contacted the AV companies about this and awaiting their replies.

  • Windows Club

    Hi Danny,

    Thanks for stopping by and throwing some light on it.

    But have I missed something? In the License Agreement I did not see any mention about any toolbar; nor did I come across any option to ‘not install’ any toolbar, during installatiion.


  • Danny Wareham

    Anand. My license agreement does not mention the toolbar. The toolbar is only offered to US residents. The installer checks your IP to see if you are in the US. If you are you are presented the option to install the toolbar. If you uncheck the boxes, the toolbar will not install. If you leave the checkboxes checked, it will do whatever you chose: Install the Toolbar, change your homepage to Bing, and change your default search provider to Bing. Uncheck each box and it will not do anything.

  • Danny Wareham

    I have uploaded an image of this installer here in the US so you can see what happens for a US based user. You won’t see this screen outside of the United States.

  • japp

    Scanned the installer with both Trojan Hunter and Avast: Nothing found.

  • Brian Carr

    this is a tool that will do more damage than good in my experience with cleaning/re-set the registry. windows 7 was improved on the size of the hive so you need not worry about the registry becoming bloated with un -registered keys.if your system is in such a bad way and un-operational then a system re-install of the operating system after backing up all your files using a linux live distro disc would be the best choice.

  • Danny Wareham

    Brian Carr. You seem to not understand what RefreshPC does. I can tell that it does not do anything that you just stated. It does not try to compress the registry or clean out the registry in any way at all.

  • Rawoyo

    No Problem tweaking very good to work… For RefreshPC, I will try to use… This program,new for me.

  • Robert Nielsen

    I had been having issues with my jumplists on IE 9, and downloaded this utility….now, they seem to be working again — this utility seems to work very well.

  • Jim

    Running Windows 7 32-bit and IE9 I also received a warning that “This download is not normally downloaded” and may cause damage to your computer. I deleted the download.

  • Danny Wareham

    Jim, of course it’s not commonly downloaded. It’s a brand new release. LOL! That warning will soon go away once more people download it using IE9.

  • ErnieK

    Don’t need the tool for my desktop (laptop will soon be getting fresh install with SP1) as it has fresh installation of Win 7 SP1 (3 weeks ago) so my questions are:

    What happens if this program is run on Win 7 SP1? Does it re-set to Win 7 (original) settings? Or does it recognise SP1?

  • Danny Wareham


    It recognizes all the latest service packs for XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

  • Brian Carr

    @ Danny Wareham
    point taken. misunderstanding from me i will try it out on a old xp pro pc i have thanks.

  • Lashkar

    This is a minor issue. I have installed countless applications with this kind of toolbar warnings, but nothing bad happened to my Windows 7 Ultimate system. And in fact, I’m too using NOD32, got the same warning as unwanted application.
    Here, I feel, unwanted is termed for ad-supported applications only & so not a threat in my sense.
    (Info: playing with different softwares since 2005)

  • Mike

    Here what i found out on the Frequently Asked Questions on the Developers website.

    Does the Search Toolbar contains adware or spyware?

    No. The Search Toolbar powered by Bing that we bundle with our applications does not contain any spyware or adware.

    Our installer does connect to a remote server several times during the install. The reasons are below:

    (All information sent is anonymous)

    1. To check which country it is being offered in. The toolbar is only offered to US Residents.

    2. To notify the toolbar creators that the option to install the toolbar was offered.

    3. If you decide to install the toolbar. It notifies the toolbar creators that it was installed, so that WareSoft Software gets credit for the install.

    Hope this clears things up.

  • Anisa Lestari

    what will happen, if I not back up my data? because I can’t access windows explorer , control panel ,etc. please answer.

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