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Windows 7: Unable to remove Registry redundant entries

30 Apr 2015   #1
OLDJACK

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 
Unable to remove Registry redundant entries

Many moons ago I used windows Virtual PC when upgrading from XP. Time passes and items get deleted and now I find that my registry cleaner detects about 20 useless entries all relating to VirtualBox. It cannot delete these entries and I tried manually and also failed .They all are owned by SYSTEM and I cannot set this to a new owner. The permissions for System and for Administrator are for READ and Full Control (they are both greyed out). I tried a clever little program called RegOwnershipEx (winaero.com) which I hoped would solve the problem but it too failed. Anyone know of a solution to this annoyance?


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30 Apr 2015   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Which Registry cleaner are you using? Have you tried it in Safe Mode? Are there any remnants of VirtualPC left on the HDD? One could try manually deleting entries in the Registry but always have to keep in mind the Registry has 5 parts and items will be present in 2 or more of those parts, they are text files called Hives.
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30 Apr 2015   #3
OLDJACK

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you Berton,
I haven't tried Safe Mode ,but surely the ownership is the snag?I use RegSupreme which has never failed me before. Searched HDD for VirtualBox and no results.
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30 Apr 2015   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OLDJACK View Post
Many moons ago I used windows Virtual PC when upgrading from XP. Time passes and items get deleted and now I find that my registry cleaner detects about 20 useless entries all relating to VirtualBox. It cannot delete these entries and I tried manually and also failed .They all are owned by SYSTEM and I cannot set this to a new owner. The permissions for System and for Administrator are for READ and Full Control (they are both greyed out). I tried a clever little program called RegOwnershipEx (winaero.com) which I hoped would solve the problem but it too failed. Anyone know of a solution to this annoyance?
By used "Windows Virtual PC" do you mean you installed the software? If so, have you since then removed it and are now trying to eliminate the registry entries?
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30 Apr 2015   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OLDJACK View Post
Many moons ago I used windows Virtual PC when upgrading from XP. Time passes and items get deleted and now I find that my registry cleaner detects about 20 useless entries all relating to VirtualBox. It cannot delete these entries and I tried manually and also failed .They all are owned by SYSTEM and I cannot set this to a new owner. The permissions for System and for Administrator are for READ and Full Control (they are both greyed out). I tried a clever little program called RegOwnershipEx (winaero.com) which I hoped would solve the problem but it too failed. Anyone know of a solution to this annoyance?
You may have to boot a recovery disk or WinPE that has a copy of Regedit or another registry editor to edit the Registry offline. If you google there should be some online guides. I don't want to post any because some also have tutorials on forbidden topics.
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30 Apr 2015   #6
OLDJACK

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 

Thank yo both,
If I remember correctly it was a Windows Virtual Pc program which used VirtualBox. It is no longer on my laptop but I still have VirtualBox remnants in the Registry which are an annoyance rather than a problem. I'll take a look at WinPE.
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30 Apr 2015   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Windows VM-XP does NOT use VirtualBox. These are two different VM applications. As is VMware Player and several others. I have Windows VM-XP installed now and have had VirtualBox and VMware Player installed alternately at various times and never had a problem using CCleaner to remove leftovers.
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30 Apr 2015   #8
OLDJACK

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you Carwiz, I've just tried CCleaner, it did find more rubbish in my registry BUT it did not locate the 20 VirtualBox entries.
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30 Apr 2015   #9
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

What VBox entries? As I noted, Microsoft's XP Mode does not use VBox. Perhaps you still have VBox installed.
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30 Apr 2015   #10
OLDJACK

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks everyone ,the solution was as suggested, start in Safe mode and I was able to change the Owner and thus delete.
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