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Windows 7: How much do you trust registry cleaners?

05 Mar 2012   #41
rbmorse

Ubuntu Lunix and Windows 7
 
 

If you use CCleaner, and I do, and haven't visited the Piriform web site lately, they've installed a "donate button" so you can toss a little money at the devs, if you're so disposed. It's the right thing to do.


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06 Mar 2012   #42
Versatile2820

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So there is alot of debating here on this topic and had read every one very interesting, so i just decided to give ccleaner another shot, i ran the regular cleaner that deleted about 1 gigs of temporary files and internet history, than i went ahead and ran the registry cleaner which had detected about 671 issues, alot of them referring to missing dlls and etc, so i did all of that and restarted my pc ( Its still under warranty and i can always do a system recovery so didn't really matter) the strange thing is i did notice some what of a improvement with the booting of windows went down to a little 5 seconds and programs seems to open quicker and a bit responsive. Im not sure if thats ccleaner doing or what, all i know was the last time i did ran it my pc performance was decreased now it increased by a bit, either my pc is drunk or it is just me, any answers on what happened because im still confused
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06 Mar 2012   #43
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well that was a lot of temp files and uneeded reg entries. That is likely the reason fo a snappier PC. Me, I run CCleaner a few times daily so I don't notice the slowing or speeding up as much.
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06 Mar 2012   #44
gregrocker

 

Britton that caught my attention. I've been warned over the years not to run CCleaner (or defrag) that often. I once ran it once a week and was warned by several experts I trust that isn't a good idea. I now run it about once per month if that often and it seems to keep up nicely. Maybe others know for sure about frequency issues.
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06 Mar 2012   #45
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Due you run CCleaner for cleaning garbage only or do you also clean your registry about once a month?

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Britton that caught my attention. I've been warned over the years not to run CCleaner (or defrag) that often. I once ran it once a week and was warned by several experts I trust that isn't a good idea. I now run it about once per month if that often and it seems to keep up nicely. Maybe others know for sure about frequency issues.
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06 Mar 2012   #46
gregrocker

 

Whenever I run CCleaner I run the Registry tab too. I've done so for about 15 years it seems, without an issue. But sometimes it stretches for several months before I run it. If it finds too much schmutz, I remember to run it more often.
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06 Mar 2012   #47
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

That is great. And I suppose that you agree with me that Registry Cleaners are not all that bad as they are being made out to be. They are a good example of "More sinned against than sinning".


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Whenever I run CCleaner I run the Registry tab too. I've done so for about 15 years it seems, without an issue. But sometimes it stretches for several months before I run it. If it finds too much schmutz, I remember to run it more often.
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06 Mar 2012   #48
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

May I butt in here please.
This discussion is now between Geeks who know exactly what they are doing...

Quite often the "Joe Blows" who ask our advice are not so tech savvy.
Often they have trouble giving sufficient information to us in a thread detailing their problem{s}.
Upon reading what is being discussed here currently they may see a green light of approval & rush headlong into who knows what.

"One cap does NOT always fit all."

With respect...
Jan.
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06 Mar 2012   #49
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I often find that those who experience the most benefit are also the ones who don't actually time test anything prior to running the tools and instead rely on the "it just feels snappier" after the fact approach.
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06 Mar 2012   #50
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

I see the need for it in the proper hands. My irk is that it is so often given to a first poster with english as a second language where it can do great harm.

I dont recommend its use until I am sure they can understand it and far less often than the noobs think it is.


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