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Windows 7: Is registry cleaning needed for a stable PC?

09 Jul 2012   #21
spencer1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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This what?
Thumbs up more than likely.
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lol.. it's sort of a "young guys" lingo on the messages boards. It means what you posted rings true.. and they are in total agreement with you.


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10 Jul 2012   #22
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

This gets asked a lot, yet there's always conflicting answers and misinformation posted. So, let me try and clear it up for you going by tried and true experience.

CCleaner is about the only trusted, safe cleaner out there. By default, it doesn't dig deep enough to do any damage. It is safe to use. However, given your question, I liken it to BIOS-flashing. You don't do it just to do it. You do it to solve an issue. CCleaner has helped me MANY times over solve issues, but I don't run it on my systems just because I feel like it. If you need to use a reg cleaner, that's the one to use. If your system is working perfectly fine right now, then there's no reason to run one. CCleaner has other useful parts as well, so it always gets installed for me. But the reg cleaner is there to help me solve issues, or clean up after app uninstalls. it is not part of my regular, routine maintenance.
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10 Jul 2012   #23
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My personal opinion is that if your machine is running well and not having issues, leave it alone. 188 entries in a registry with problems, out of hundreds of thousands of entries from a performance standpoint isn't likely going to amount to anything tangible.

If I were to run a reg cleaner, ccleaner is about the only one that I would touch. But I would only use the registry cleaner portion of it as a last resort.
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10 Jul 2012   #24
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Agree with most of what was just posted by DeaconFrost and pparks1.

If you use CCleaner to clean out the registry you can always create a restore point beforehand, use CCleaner's option to create a backup, and you still have the opportunity to view the list of keys it identified and choose which keys you want to delete.
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10 Jul 2012   #25
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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188 entries in a registry with problems, out of hundreds of thousands of entries from a performance standpoint isn't likely going to amount to anything tangible.
And if the registry really was a part of the problem someone was having, it would likely be related to only one or a few of those 188 keys. The rest of the bunch are more than likely benign/ignored anyway, any performance improvements by deleting them would likely be unmeasurable.
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10 Jul 2012   #26
spencer1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Someone once said that the registry is like a huge parking structure, the size of Texas, and sweeping out a space here and the there doesn't amount to jack squat.
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