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Windows 7: How much do you trust registry cleaners?

04 Mar 2012   #31
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

From Piriform's site:

Over time, the Registry can become cluttered with missing or broken items as you install, upgrade, and uninstall software and updates. CCleaner can help you clean out the Registry so you'll have fewer errors. The Registry will run faster, too.

I think it has said this same thing for years. Is it still applicable to Win 7? I've heard some say no.

So if someone is getting errors, sure give it a go. As for making the registry run faster, I don't know how that is quantified but the article I cited mentions a 2 second improvement in boot time. Again if that is important, go for it.

Piriform has instructions for using the registry cleaning component of CCleaner. From it:

1. Once the scan is finished, you can review the list of issues (this is really for advanced users). Or, to save the list to a text file, right-click anywhere inside the list, and then click Save to text file...

They also list "registry rules", which gives a little description of each category it finds. But for me that just isn't enough information.

At one time I recall seeing something on Piriform's site that really simplified what the registry cleaner finds and basically said which can "potentially" be safely removed. Can't seem to find it now. It might have just been in a post on the forum. Anyone have a link?

Without some specific knowledge of what CCleaner wants me to delete from the registry I certainly will not do it. YMMV.


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04 Mar 2012   #32
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Saving 2 seconds of boot time doesn't seam to me a good reason to be fooling around in the registry. I will say again, it's not the method one uses in the registry it's the knowledge one has when in the registry.I have very little knowledge of such things. I think their are some here on Windows 7 Forum that have that knowledge but are very careful giving it out for fear it may be use incorrectly. I don't want or need a door stop. Just my thoughts.
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04 Mar 2012   #33
gregrocker

 

It doesn't discover any Registry items for cleaning that are still connected to an active program or the OS. These are strictly leftovers.

There isn't any such compunction about using Revo which does the same thing.
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04 Mar 2012   #34
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

These are the categories for which CCleaner finds registry items. The others come up with nothing.

Even with reading about the tool on Piriform's site and your statement that it only finds "leftovers" I still don't feel comfortable deleting registry items just for the sake of deleting them. If there was a problem I was trying to solve then I could see exploring it further.

So they will remain unless someone wants to look at each of my entries (and there are hundreds) and give me advice. Which I doubt anyone wants to do .


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04 Mar 2012   #35
gregrocker

 

Even though it allows you to back up the changed keys?

How about with a Restore Point?

May I ask where you acquired this fear of CCleaner's Registry cleaner? How long have you used CCleaner?

Your decisions about what you trust and not are your own. I am only trying to understand better since you are willing to explain your concerns more than most - who will hit and run .
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04 Mar 2012   #36
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

For anyone "fearing" CCleaner's registry cleaner, back up your system and run it once. Many people who will claim this or that software will do harm haven't ever used it. CCleaner's method is not a real in-depth cleaner and has never harmed Windows 98, XP, 7, nor 8 in my experience using it.

There have been seen registry cleaners from AVG, Iolo, PCTools, and UniBlue that can brick a system. I have no links for this but some are in threads in SF and I have read such in PC World magazine. Webroot, which do I have experience with ain't so good either.
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04 Mar 2012   #37
TAH

W7HP-32bit
 
 

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I ran ccleaner today due to my normal cleanup routine, then i went ahead and ran the registry cleaner, it had detected 224 problems thats alot, i didnt clicked on the fix issue yet because i want to hear what the experts would say so should i go ahead and run it or just leave it as it be
Ccleaner has never caused any problems. I've used it for many years on XP and W7 systems, and no problems at all with anything it has found and removed. Like noted it doesn't check too deeply so not much chance of it removing anything that could cause problems. Also as noted there are many registry cleaners that can "brick" your system, be very cautious using any others.
Registry cleaners might have done some good with XP (and I stress 'might have'), but with 7 they are completely unnecessary. I saw in another post of yours that you have the most trouble with Windows 7 computers - they need to be reinstalled more than your XP systems - so perhaps your instability problems stem from using XP methodology on 7 systems.

That may be an issue with W7 as I have been using the same treatment on all systems. I have noticed that Ccleaner does cause a few minor issues on W7 systems but not on XP. For example the home page on IE9 will be reset occasionally after using Ccleaner on a W7 machine, but the same doesn't appear on XP systems (IE8).

So who knows what other things Ccleaner may be doing that I haven't yet caught. I have subsequently quit using it on W7 systems. I just use the built in disk clean up, and that seems to work well enough.
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04 Mar 2012   #38
slurp812

windows seven
 
 

I still don't get this win7 doesn't need any maintenance or cleaning thing. Its windows, same old same old. I test lots of software, and remove much of it when Im done. Same instance of win7 since March 2010. I've installed hundreds of applications. I clean up with CCleaner every once in a while. I work in IT, and do the same @ work on many PC's. For the average user who doesn't install and remove many applications/games, you probably don't need it. IE9 does stuff like that on its own, but is easy enough to fix. Mine is rarely used, and still same home page, Google...
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04 Mar 2012   #39
TAH

W7HP-32bit
 
 

I've found Ccleaner a great tool for IT purposes. It cleans up well after installs and updates, and fixes lots of house keeping in one package. I agree W7 is for the most part is the same old windows and leaves a lot of background clutter. But like mentioned for the average user and a gigantic hard drive clutter is probably not a prominent concern.

I can not directly attribute any W7 crash on any cleaner. I am guessing it's a fundamental lack compatability as I use a lot of scientific software and some packages just don't play well with W7, even the W7 versions.
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04 Mar 2012   #40
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

There are Registry Cleaners and Registry Cleaners. Some are real good and trustworthy and others are not including some that are plain scam.

I would refer you to read this article (http://www.informationweek.com/news/171203805) by Fred Langa in this connection. It is very good and tells you a lot. It shall then help you in deciding the course of action that you should adopt.

Good luck.


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I ran ccleaner today due to my normal cleanup routine, then i went ahead and ran the registry cleaner, it had detected 224 problems thats alot, i didnt clicked on the fix issue yet because i want to hear what the experts would say so should i go ahead and run it or just leave it as it be
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