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Windows 7: Registry Cleaners


13 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Registry Cleaners

Are registry cleaners at all effective? I've heard they can be dangerous, and want to be sure.

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13 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

CCleaner

I use it all the time and find it to be rather reliable.
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13 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Ok, thanks. I have been using that to clean out temporary files, but was not sure about its registry cleaner. I'll backup, just in case. Still, I'd like responses from multiple people so I won't mark the thread solved quite yet.
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13 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

It offers to make backup of items its about to clean, just in case.

Good on you for seeking second opinion. It helps making more informed choices.
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13 Aug 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

There's also 5 more threads on this discussion at the bottom of this page.

I use Ccleaner all the time as well, you'll get plenty of responses on this subject.
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13 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

On a related note, I've been using ERUNT to backup the registry before messing with it. It does a fast easy backup, and restore if necessary.
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13 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I used to use ERUNT but have switched to Tweaking.com Registry Backup primarily because it uses Volume Shadow Copy to do the backup.
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13 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

^^ Looks good. I'll check it out.
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13 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Have been using CCleaner for years, never had a problem with it. I use it periodically to clean the registry, and it seems to only delete invalid items. I also use it to uninstall hotfix installers which can take up many GB of space (once I am satisfied the HF didn't cause other issues). You need to select the option to do that.

Recently, I installed Driver Cleaner Pro 2012 when I momentarily lost my head. Normally I check utilities out before I install them, but this one I just went ahead and installed. After the scan found 8000 problems, I was mighty suspicious. When I googled it, I found it was a fake registry cleaner which only "fixes" problems if you buy their full version software (problems it created on its own, of course). Fortunately, I hadn't yet clicked on the "Fix problems" button, which apparently makes nasty registry changes to basically lock you in for life.

Stick with CCleaner.

DD.
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13 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I have used CCleaner on all of the machines I own or maintain, and have never had an issue with its registry cleaner. My take on CCleaner is this:


CCleaner is easily the least aggressive registry cleaner on the market, as it only finds the absolute most obvious issues..........Sort of like picking out the 25 yellow rocks in a pile of thousands of purple rocks.

Other cleaners try to pick out the light purple, dark purple, magenta and fuschia rocks, and that's when the problems begin.
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