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Windows 7: How safe are 'tune-up' utilities?

02 May 2010   #1
webplodder

Windows 7
 
 
How safe are 'tune-up' utilities?

Hi.

I have been using a 'tune-up' utility program for some time on previous PC's and OP's and have often wondered how safe such programs are, especially in regard to automatically altering the contents of the registry. Should such packages be used under advisement?

Thanks.


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02 May 2010   #2
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Depends what u wish to achieve I suppose -- I'd be reluctant to mess about with the default settings of Windows 7. Take a look at this thread also:

10 Windows speed tips that DON'T work.
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02 May 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Depends what u wish to achieve I suppose -- I'd be reluctant to mess about with the default settings of Windows 7. Take a look at this thread also:

You forgot the link.
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02 May 2010   #4
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

^Didn't forget BFK -- was searching for
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02 May 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Depends what u wish to achieve I suppose -- I'd be reluctant to mess about with the default settings of Windows 7. Take a look at this thread also:

10 Windows speed tips that DON'T work.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
^Didn't forget BFK -- was searching for


OK!
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02 May 2010   #6
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Depends what u wish to achieve I suppose -- I'd be reluctant to mess about with the default settings of Windows 7. Take a look at this thread also:

10 Windows speed tips that DON'T work.
Having said that, there probably are useful add-ons but maybe few and far between - ccleaner is always very handy .
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02 May 2010   #7
webplodder

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Depends what u wish to achieve I suppose -- I'd be reluctant to mess about with the default settings of Windows 7. Take a look at this thread also:

10 Windows speed tips that DON'T work.
Thanks manhunter, it seems these utilities are just not required then. But what about registry problems? How can you know there are problems in the registry and how to deal with them without using a utility?
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02 May 2010   #8
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by webplodder View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Depends what u wish to achieve I suppose -- I'd be reluctant to mess about with the default settings of Windows 7. Take a look at this thread also:

10 Windows speed tips that DON'T work.
Thanks manhunter, it seems these utilities are just not required then. But what about registry problems? How can you know there are problems in the registry and how to deal with them without using a utility?
I think we need more specifics here -- is there a particular problem you are experiencing? I'd rather tackle it individually as opposed to a 'brute force' method that many/some of the tune-up utilities employ.
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02 May 2010   #9
webplodder

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by webplodder View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Depends what u wish to achieve I suppose -- I'd be reluctant to mess about with the default settings of Windows 7. Take a look at this thread also:

10 Windows speed tips that DON'T work.
Thanks manhunter, it seems these utilities are just not required then. But what about registry problems? How can you know there are problems in the registry and how to deal with them without using a utility?
I think we need more specifics here -- is there a particular problem you are experiencing? I'd rather tackle it individually as opposed to a 'brute force' method that many/some of the tune-up utilities employ.

Well, no, I have no problems that I am aware of at the moment but when I have used my tune-up utility in the past it often informed me that certain registry keys were empty, for example, and deleted them. I'm not using such a utility on my PC right now so how will I know if I have any problems to solve? Presumably there will be symptoms won't there?
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02 May 2010   #10
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by webplodder View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by webplodder View Post

Thanks manhunter, it seems these utilities are just not required then. But what about registry problems? How can you know there are problems in the registry and how to deal with them without using a utility?
I think we need more specifics here -- is there a particular problem you are experiencing? I'd rather tackle it individually as opposed to a 'brute force' method that many/some of the tune-up utilities employ.

Well, no, I have no problems that I am aware of at the moment but when I have used my tune-up utility in the past it often informed me that certain registry keys were empty, for example, and deleted them. I'm not using such a utility on my PC right now so how will I know if I have any problems to solve? Presumably there will be symptoms won't there?
That's one of the main reasons I refuse use these 'tune-up' utilities (so called) -- they purport to 'fix' and tidy your registry but do they really? Everything is done blind without your acknowledgment; i think they cause more problems than they claim to fix. I still am adamant - sounding like a broken record here Lol - that W7 needs very little tampering with from its default settings. IMHO
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