Quote: Originally Posted by JMH
Quote: Originally Posted by winkerbie
Finalizing my upgrade from vista 32 bit to Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, but I need a native 64 bit reigstry cleaner. Apparently 32bit cleaners are unable to recognise the whole registry that windows has, so it may cause more harm than good.
Could some recommened one that they are using with 64bit OS
I agree with those who say a registry cleaner is not necessary in Win 7.
IMO - there is no reliable way for a third party program to know whether any particular key is invalid, redundant or neither. Some registry cleaners may not know for sure whether a key is still being used by Windows or what detrimental effects removing it may have. This has led to examples of registry cleaners causing loss of functionality and/or system instability.
Quote: Originally Posted by whs
If you are looking for a registry cleaner you are looking for trouble. For Windows 7 (as for Vista) that is an absolutely useless function that buys you nothing (but trouble).
Spot on, whs.
Quote: Originally Posted by Vertex
Use registry cleaners if you know what you are doing. I disagree with the guys who are one sided and say you don't absolutely need to use a registry cleaner on Windows 7. I say you do need them but stay away if you don't know where the keys found lead to. They can help you remove remnants or malware and remove applications.
If you have a system with 1 GB or below amount of RAM, the performance does degrade noticeably after some time and using a registry cleaner will improve that a but but destroy a few things if you remove something really needed.
Those dead keys that lead to entries of uninstalled programs are relatively safe to delete but those that you don't know, better leave them be and always reserve a backup such as a restore point or use a program called Erunt to backup the whole registry before any cleaning.
If you have any questions about registry cleaners, always use the search function so that you can see the dozens of threads that talk about it and from there, maybe you can weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself if you need a registry cleaner.
Iobit System Care is a fair program, but if I was an inexperienced user, I would not use its registry cleaner and system optimization tools but the tools besides those are safe.
CCleaner is a light registry cleaner. Its relatively safer than many other registry cleaning tools out there but even that has caused problems.
I pretty much agree with Vertex and his approach is on the money. The point with which I partially disagree is this: "I say you do need them but stay away if you don't know where the keys found lead to."
Except in very rare instances, registry cleaners are not needed for Win 7. Removing dead keys will not make one millisecond's difference in Win 7's operating speed. It does not hurt anything to remove dead keys; but there are no gains. Win 7 manages the registry much differently than did XP. Those who are applying XP knowledge to Win 7's registry will
come to grief sooner or later.
Win 7 includes some keys, notably the unused extension keys, that make installation of new programs easier and file associations more accurate. It has other keys that may not be used now; but down the road will be needed. You can easily shoot yourself in the foot by blindly following a registry cleaner - and you will end up posting in the Crashes and Debugging section where the recommendation will be a clean install. It has happened and still happens. If you limit yourself to deleting keys that are associated with software you know you have uninstalled, you will be safe. If you never touch the registry, Win 7 will run just fine.
I know you die-hard registry cleaners advocates will not heed this and you will learn the hard way - like I did.
I then did the research I should have done before hand and learned.