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Windows 7: Unable to delete empty registry entry

30 Mar 2013   #1
calccrypto

7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
Unable to delete empty registry entry

I ran Auslogics Registry Cleaner, and it found many errors, and deleted all but one of the registry entries. I ran it a few more times, and it was still unable to delete it. So, I went into the registry and tried to manually delete it. Regedit tells me that it is "Unable to delete all specific values". The value is like NULL string (not a NULL string pointer) or something (REG_SZ, no value set)

What else can I do to delete it?


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30 Mar 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Please show scrn shot of the registry please . Showing what key you want to delete .
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30 Mar 2013   #3
calccrypto

7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I am trying to delete key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{DF4FCC34-067A-4E0A-8352-4A1A5095346E}


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30 Mar 2013   #4
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Why you trying to delete that key ?
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30 Mar 2013   #5
calccrypto

7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I simply dont want to see something not "fixed"
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30 Mar 2013   #6
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Id rather scan for viruses then manually try to delete a registry key .
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30 Mar 2013   #7
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

It's been shown many times on this Forum that registry cleaners do more harm than good. Even Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare (which did have a Microsoft provided registry cleaner) was discontinued in October 2009 (when Windows 7 was released to consumers world-wide.)

Windows Live OneCare - Microsoft Windows

Microsoft also states:

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Sometimes, settings that are no longer needed will remain in the registry in case they are ever needed again. There's nothing unusual about this, and this data, while unused, is small in size . . . We strongly recommend that you only change values in the registry that you understand or have been instructed to change by a source you trust, and that you back up the registry before making any changes.
Source

This Microsoft forum thread has more info about registry cleaners.

Is there a Microsoft licensed registry cleaner? I have heard - Microsoft Community
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30 Mar 2013   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The key that you are wanting to delete should have this value under it:

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Do you see that value?


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30 Mar 2013   #9
nilank

 

Hello calccrypto,

You are unable to delete the key either because it is being used by some program or you don't have permissions to modify/delete that key. Some parts of the registry can't be modified/changed. That key is not gonna harm you anyway. Please leave that innocent key alone, it's just using a few bytes on your hard disk!

Hope this helps.
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30 Mar 2013   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by calccrypto View Post
I ran Auslogics Registry Cleaner, and it found many errors, and deleted all but one of the registry entries. I ran it a few more times, and it was still unable to delete it. So, I went into the registry and tried to manually delete it. Regedit tells me that it is "Unable to delete all specific values". The value is like NULL string (not a NULL string pointer) or something (REG_SZ, no value set)

What else can I do to delete it?
I'd quit using Auslogics, it is aggressive and may bork your system and require a reinstall, however, proceed as you wish.
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