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Windows 7: Is Registry Defrag Useful?

10 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Is Registry Defrag Useful?

I've used many so-called system optimizers and have found many of them to include a registry cleaner and a registry defrag. There have been times after uninstalling a program that there are many references left behind by the program that are found by the registry scanner. Junk that I would like to see removed. It's more piece of mind knowing that I removed unwanted entries. I'm not being very savvy as far as what these entries can do if left behind. Can they trigger malware? Can they access a web site without my knowledge? I just feel better removing them. Of course a registry scanner won't get everthing.
My question, I guess, after removing many entries in a situation like the one above, is it useful to defrag the registry? I honestly don't see any performance improvements in the few system optimizers that I have used.

Any thoughts are appreciated,
James

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10 Jan 2012   #2

Win7 Pro SP1 x64
 
 

Any registry cleaners may cause harm on your pc & registry defragler are not even an optimizer IMO.. No performance boost you may gain from that.

Windows 7 are very good in handling registry hives than older OS like vista or xp..

Just my two cents.
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10 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I agree with the previous poster - leave registry maintenance to Windows 7 which is better at it than previous OS. I would also steer clear of registry cleaners, they can cause more harm than good and will not improve performance.
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10 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

After CCleaner's aggressive registry cleaner screwed up my grandson's computer recently my advice would be to forget tampering with the registry.

As previous posters have said, Windows 7 does a pretty good job of taking care of business.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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10 Jan 2012   #5
whs

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A safe way to bring your system to a screeching halt.
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10 Jan 2012   #6

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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I hate to be a spoiler but I've been using CCleaner's reg cleaner on Windows 7 since I installed it, both 32 and 64 bit without a hint of trouble. the "tweak tools" like AVG tools will brick a system, and defragging the registry is of no use. It is a selling point and won't help performance.

As an aside, CCleaner rarely finds anything with its reg cleaner anyway.
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10 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

First off, if you are planing to do a registry defrag/cleanup or anything else with registrys, make sure to create a backup of them.
Registry - Backup and Restore
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11 Jan 2012   #8

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
It's more piece of mind knowing that I removed unwanted entries.

I just feel better removing them.
Deal with why removing unwanted entries should affect your "piece of mind" or make you feel better. Those are emotions.
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11 Jan 2012   #9
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

{For the umpteenth time}

IMHO.

Current accepted wisdom with Win 7 is to NOT use a cleaner.

If you ever think your Registry needs to be cleaned, repaired, boosted, tuned-up, cured, tweaked, fixed, or optimized it shouldn't.

In other words, injudicious use of "Registry cleaners" CAN cause problems.

IMO - there is no reliable way for a third party program to know whether any particular key is invalid, redundant or neither.
Some registry cleaners may not know for sure whether a key is still being used by Windows or what detrimental effects removing it may have.
This has led to examples of registry cleaners causing loss of functionality and/or system instability.

FYI
Do I need a Registry Cleaner? | What the Tech
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11 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

May be you should do it twice in a year or so.

However Registry Defrag doesn't change any data in the Registry like the Registry Cleaner does therefore it cannot mess up your system like the Registry Cleaner may. It is therefore abs safe to use.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
I've used many so-called system optimizers and have found many of them to include a registry cleaner and a registry defrag. There have been times after uninstalling a program that there are many references left behind by the program that are found by the registry scanner. Junk that I would like to see removed. It's more piece of mind knowing that I removed unwanted entries. I'm not being very savvy as far as what these entries can do if left behind. Can they trigger malware? Can they access a web site without my knowledge? I just feel better removing them. Of course a registry scanner won't get everthing.
My question, I guess, after removing many entries in a situation like the one above, is it useful to defrag the registry? I honestly don't see any performance improvements in the few system optimizers that I have used.

Any thoughts are appreciated,
James
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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