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Windows 7: Registry cleaners


06 Feb 2011   #1

win7 x64 ulti
 
 
Registry cleaners

Ok so I'm still learning Windows 7. anyways, back with vista there was a program called wise registry cleaner 4, and what i liked about this prog was the fact that in its description of each registry entry it showed the location of the entry, as in e:\whatever\whatever as in the location that is labeled data in the image below. I found entries in the registry that were attached to my external hard drive that i want to delete, however i cannot remember where they were. i wanted to clean up the registry and cannot find a registry cleaner or viewer that will show me entries by their location. i hope someone here can help me find something that will work.

thanx in advance.



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06 Feb 2011   #2

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This may not be what you want to hear, but its true. For both Vista and Windows Seven you should not use registry cleaners; they can cause more harm than good. In fact, they are not even needed. The one exception is ccleaner. It may not meet the requirements that you described, but it is a very benign cleaner, that should not cause problems. It is also used to clean up temp files and other crap that can and should be removed.
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06 Feb 2011   #3
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want to post a different problem every day on this forum, use any cleaner you like. But if you want to keep your system running, throw all cleaners in the bin.
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06 Feb 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Dear gsx1000r02,
Warm welcome to the forum! Please resist the tiniest temptation to even touch the registry(with even the longest barge pole), because you are sure to remove a critical key another day if not today! This is sure to lead to a BSOD and a system crash! Do you take regular backups of your drives?

Even in Ccleaner, i am happy just to cleanup temp.files, but using the Gutmann 35 pass method.

As you know"if it ain't broke, leave it as it is"! They are not Registry cleaners but registry killers!

regards,
Sreedhav


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07 Feb 2011   #5

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Easier just to use System Restore
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07 Feb 2011   #6

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To answer the OP's question - doesn't wise run on 7 ? - I think it does.

If you know what you are doing - you should be able to identify the entries with that.

http://www.wisecleaner.com/wiseregistrycleanerfree.html
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07 Feb 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

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If you know what you are doing
This is the key - - if you know what you are doing, you can do a lot of things. But when it comes to the registry, I think most "average" users have no clue.
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07 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Yup, i agree with whs here... registry cleaners are not for the average "click next, next, next, finish" type of users, they require a certain amount of knowledge and common sense (backing up registry before making any changes)

So i'd stay away from registry cleaners if i don't know what i'm doing
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07 Feb 2011   #9
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gsx1000r02 View Post
i wanted to clean up the registry and cannot find a registry cleaner or viewer that will show me entries by their location. i hope someone here can help me find something that will work.

thanx in advance.
You would be well advised to NOT use a registry cleaner.

*Modifying registry keys incorrectly can cause Windows instability, or make Windows unbootable.
*No registry cleaner is completely safe and the potential is ever present to cause more problems than they claim to fix.
THEREFORE
*If you do not have knowledge of the registry, then you would probably be better off leaving it alone, and definitely not placing blind trust in a program to do the job for you.


Should you go ahead & use a registry cleaner make sure you have
1.a current System Restore point created.
2.a recent Back up - preferably to an external HD.
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07 Feb 2011   #10
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Have installed CCleaner on hundreds of installs representing thousands of uses without a single issue. It's Disk and Registry cleaner are safe as they don't touch files which are still in use.

Unfortunately the Registry Cleaner sales scams with no genius behind them have tarred the whole lot. But CCleaner remains perhaps the most respected single app in the tech world.
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