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

07 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Is registry cleaning needed for a stable PC?

Hello everyone, this is my very first post, i had been on this forums a lot reading some really interesting information and helpful things, the community here seems to be one of the most friendliest i have met so anyway let me get to the point. Today during my regular cleaning routine that i usually do that includes running antivirus, disk cleanup, and defragmenting i went ahead and ran ccleaner which deleted alot of crap for me over 1gb, then i went ahead and ran the registry part of it and it had detected more than 188 issues on it which seems like a lot to me. I did my fair share of research and found a lot of mixed opinions but i would like to hear from you guys, so in conclusion is a registry cleaning worth it for a PC to be as fast and stable as it could be?
THX


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07 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GTraymond2820 View Post
Hello everyone, this is my very first post, i had been on this forums a lot reading some really interesting information and helpful things, the community here seems to be one of the most friendliest i have met so anyway let me get to the point. Today during my regular cleaning routine that i usually do that includes running antivirus, disk cleanup, and defragmenting i went ahead and ran ccleaner which deleted alot of crap for me over 1gb, then i went ahead and ran the registry part of it and it had detected more than 188 issues on it which seems like a lot to me. I did my fair share of research and found a lot of mixed opinions but i would like to hear from you guys, so in conclusion is a registry cleaning worth it for a PC to be as fast and stable as it could be?
THX
First off, welcome to the forums! Second, registry cleaning creates more problems than it solves. I don't even recommend using third party ccleaners and whatevers, but other people on this forum like ccleaner. I have had great performance just by running disk cleanup and disk defragmenter along with a virus scan from Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials.
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07 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 / Pro x86 (Netbook)
 
 

In my experience, Registry Cleaning consistently only did one of these:
  1. Break Stuff
  2. Nothing
I ran registry cleaner software on a fairly old Windows 7 (running since RTM without reinstall) system, and it found over 1000 "issues". That saved me about 1% of registry file size, and forced me to reinstall a while later because even with the restore function provided by the cleaner I was unable to repair the "fixes".
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07 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (On both machines)
 
 

This was covered 2 weeks ago, albeit in reference to an SSD issue, but with most of the relevant info there. As I recall, a slightly heated exchange resulted.

Is it safe to use tools like ccleaner on an SSD?

I supported CCleaner, others did not.

All a matter of opinion and use.
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07 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I would recommend CCleaner, Disk Cleanup, Uninstalling useless programs, and Disk Defragmenter. Mainly because those have helped my PC a lot in the performance section.
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07 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Tried it and it only causes more problems than it solves.
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07 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is the simple of it. If you don't know what you are doing with the registry don't mess with it. If I was going to use a Registry Cleaner my choice would be Ccleaner. Just checking scan and then fix issues can get you in trouble with any product because nobody knows what was done. Once the scan is done and posted you have to know what all those things are and whether they are good or bad. Most people don't know, including me. If you do decide to take the plunge. Make a new restore point. When Ccleaner ask if you want to save select YES.
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07 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I use the CCleaner occasionally -- never have any problems. But beforehand, I create a System Restore point and do an ERUNT backup.
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07 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Ok so registry cleaning would not seem to be worth it what about revo uninstaller since that also deletes registry keys wouldn that be dangerous too? Since i use that as my primary uninstaller
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07 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Why use that for a program uninstaller? Aren't you uninstall your programs through the control panel?
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