Free Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 – again (will work for everyone this time)!

Last week I posted about how to get Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 for free. The problem is many people where having trouble getting WinOptimizer 2010 because Softonic’s website kept giving them errors. For those people that missed out, here is another Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 promotion – this one will work for everyone.

However, before I tell you about the promotion, let me remind everyone what WinOptimizer 2010 can do:


The only problem with WinOptimizer 2010 is it does not seem to want to work on Windows 7. Anyone that runs to run the WinOptimizer 2010 installer on Windows 7 will get an error and will be unable to install it. I sent my friend in Ashampoo an e-mail asking for some help on the matter and he informed me WinOptimizer 2010 indeed does not support Win7; WinOptimizer 2010 Advanced and WinOptimizer 6 supports Win7 – but neither of them are available as freebies for the general public yet. As a temporary fix, if you are on Windows 7 and really want WinOptimizer 2010, right click on the WinOptimizer 2010 installer, go to “Properties” -> “Compatibility”, check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”, hit “Apply”, and hit “OK”:


After you have done that, you will be able to install WinOptimizer 2010 on Windows 7. However, as a word of caution, it is generally recommended to not force-install a program on a Windows it does not want to install on. That does not mean the program, WinOptimizer 2010 in this case, won’t work; rather it means don’t be surprised if it causes problems on your computer.

So, how to get WinOptimizer 2010 for free? Just follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v6.50.6585

Note: Don’t be fooled into thinking WinOptimizer 2010 is the same thing as WinOptimizer 6 because WinOptimizer 2010 is v6.50.6585. WinOptimizer 6 has three features which are not in WinOptimizer 2010: “AntiSpy”, “Context Menu Manager”, and “Undeleter”. Furthermore, WinOptimizer 6 works on Windows 7.

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista


  • After WinOptimizer 2010 has finished downloading, install it. Take note during installation there will be an option to put a icon on your desktop. Uncheck the option if you don’t want it (you don’t need it – WinOptimizer 2010 will function without it just fine).


Enter your e-mail address in the box and hit “Senden”; if you already have an Ashampoo account you will be asked to login. If you don’t have an Ashampoo account, you will have to confirm your new account before you can get the free key. So go to your e-mail’s inbox, look for an e-mail from “Ashampoo <>” with the subject of “Registrierung (Schritt 1) … folgen Sie dem Link in dieser E-Mail.” In the e-mail there will be a URL you have to visit to confirm your new Ashampoo account (visit it):


Take note when you register with Ashampoo, you are automatically signed up for Ashampoo’s regular e-mail newsletters. If you don’t want the newsletters, you can manually unsubscribe from these newsletters after you registered by logging in via MyAshampoo, going to “Subscribe service letters”, and unchecking the ones you don’t want.

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail you entered for the free license key. There should be an e-mail from “Ashampoo <>” with the subject of “Ihre Registrierung – Ashampoo┬« WinOptimizer 2010 (F_guj_de) (Deutsch)”. In the e-mail you will find your registration code for WinOptimizer 2010:


Copy the registration code.

  • Go back to WinOptimizer 2010 or run it if you don’t have it running. You should be asked to register the software. Register it with the key you got in your e-mail:




  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 for free, post below – I will try to help.

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  • Albi

    Thanks for this. I have just one question. I don’t see any registry defrag function. Does this WinOptimizer have a function to defrag the registry?

  • timmy

    @Sandeep:Sandeep,the “Compatibility’ option is not recommended.

    Read the post.

  • Sandeep

    @ Timmy: Did you read the complete post on how to get it working on Win7 using the “Compatibility” option. If not then please read it before complaining.

    “Now What” = Read the post.

  • timmy

    Downloaded WinOptimizer 2010 6.50_6585 from their site 12.9.09 at 11:45AM CST. Attempted install twice on Win7.

    Received message that the program cannot be installed on WinNT Version 6.01.7600. Your site says it should work for everyone ‘now’. Now what?

  • Sandeep

    @Ashraf: How can you forget i live on this website. :-)

  • Pehr Lundgren

    Again thank you, Ashraf, for interesting downloads and reviews, advices and comments.

    Most tune up, optimization, etc. utilities come with a module for managing the start up programs. In addition, there are separate special start up managers such as WinPatrol and more and there is the msconfig.

    I am sure that I am not alone to have several of these programs installed.

    Could this make a problem in the boot up process?
    Which is the program that has the decisive vote on the matter?
    Is there is a risk that they start fighting?
    And what could be the outcome of such a fight?

    I should appreciate some clever advices on this.

    Thanks very much!

  • Ashraf

    @Ozzie: You are welcome.

    @Clive: Thanks for the input =). I am sure someone will find it useful.

    @Sandeep: You are welcome (again) =). Thank you for taking the time to comment on every post =).

  • Sandeep

    Thanks Ashraf but it worked for me from your last post.

  • Clive

    Just a couple of observations based on a quick run of WO2010
    1) Claimed that I don’t have Firewall or Anti-Virus, but I do.
    2) The “delay shut down” setting (15 sec) stopped computer from shutting down.
    Trust that this is useful to other users.

  • Ozzie

    @Ashraf: Thanks! Will do!

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Neither am I but I do have to think about these things =P.

    @Ozzie: Um I believe you will need to uninstalled 2009 because 2009 and 2010 will install in separate locations.

  • Ozzie

    Greetings all! Hey Ashraf, should Ashampoo 2009 be uninstalled before this is installed. Or will it install over the top?

  • @Ashraf: I guess there’s a reason I’m not a marketer.

  • Ashraf

    @Liam K: There isn’t much translating needed =).

    @Locutus: The way I see it is goes something like this:

    1) Every website/magazine/entity that has a Ashampoo freebie pays Ashampoo for a “bulk license”. So Ashampoo still gets paid for the freebies they giveaway – it is just less than if they sold a copy to each individual customer.

    2) You know whenever you sign up for a Ashampoo freebie you get added to Ashampoo’s e-mail service letters. Those e-mails include may deals on how to upgrade to from the freebie version to the paid version for fairly cheap, usually $10. There are plenty of people who purchase Ashampoo products even after using their freebies because of those e-mails.

    3) The great amount of freebies increases Ashampoo name recognition and many people go to their website and end up purchasing a software.

    Of course I am not within the ‘ampoo brass so I can’t say for sure, but the above three seem very likely scenarios.

  • I just have to ask: How does Ashampoo make money on this business model? It seems to me that waiting for a free version to come out would be the way to go if considering how many free giveaways there are.

  • Works great for me, although Google Translate and GMail’s built-in translator came in handy ;)