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Windows 7: How much do you trust registry cleaners?

13 Apr 2012   #61
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I've always used ccleaner to clean the registry when i uninstalled something. Hasn't messed up my system yet.


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13 Apr 2012   #62
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Here's my rule: DON'T use ANY of them. They are all bad news. I would only ever use those on Windows XP and the only one that I would use on XP is ccleaner. Generally, you will see a performance increase if you just run disk cleanup and disk defragmenter, along with running msconfig to disable startup programs.
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13 Apr 2012   #63
xxsicknessxx

windows7 64bit
 
 

when they work there great when they fail they break your computer.

does that help? cc cleaner good though
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13 Apr 2012   #64
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

I recommend to all of my customers registry cleaners are unnecessary , and those that don't listen earn me money when they bring me broken installs to fix
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13 Apr 2012   #65
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

My take on this is.....

.....ordinary users should NOT use ANY registry cleaner. PERIOD.
EVEN CCLEANER.

Unless you are a trained professional who knows exactly the consequences of altering the registry entries it is not if, but WHEN you will have serious trouble which may result in having to reinstall the OS.

For the most part like some others said you will gain the most increase in performance with a basic windows defrag, cleanup up of temporary files, and selecting programs on start up. That being said you must ALWAYS allow your security suite to boot on start up.
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16 Apr 2012   #66
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
.....ordinary users should NOT use ANY registry cleaner.
CCleaner, when left at it's defaults, is perfectly safe to use for all users.
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16 Apr 2012   #67
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The default state for CCleaner's registry app checks everything. Seems like a potential for trouble somehow, some way.

I think CCleaner themselves only recommends some of the categories be universally removed.


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16 Apr 2012   #68
gregrocker

 

If you're worried about CCleaner Registry cleaner then accept its offer to back up the changes and/or set a System Restore Point - Create

After 15 years, still waiting for a single documented case of it harming a system.
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16 Apr 2012   #69
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
.....ordinary users should NOT use ANY registry cleaner.
CCleaner, when left at it's defaults, is perfectly safe to use for all users.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you're worried about CCleaner Registry cleaner then accept its offer to back up the changes and/or set a System Restore Point - Create

After 15 years, still waiting for a single documented case of it harming a system.
+2 I can recommend CCleaner universally, even knowing that the user may use the registry cleaner part. I can't say this of any other program. And, like Greg, I have never seen CCleaner cause a problem. A Guy
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18 Apr 2012   #70
brotherboard

Windows 10 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Why when so many of our experts quite rightly warn of the dangers of messing with the registry is there here on this very page (viewing without signing in) an advert for a windows optimisation software (Regcure)
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