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Windows 7: Registry Cleaners

28 Feb 2011   #11
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I've used CCleaner for many years without issues and yes, a backup before using it is a wise decision.

Best decision is to use a drive backup. I use True Image.
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Also, don't defrag the C drive if it's an SolidStateDrive.


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28 Feb 2011   #12
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Im with Zardoc


Backup, backup, backup. You will regret it if you dont
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02 Mar 2011   #13
rigz

windows 7 32 bit build 7600
 
 
woaw!

.. .after the blue screen i had. and the only choice i had was to reinstall my system and install new drivers.for my desktop.
Thanks for advice.i will not use anymore 3rd party optimizers and registry.
"Maybe" it was the root of my bluescreen because i tried updating my drivers and yet problem still occurs.
Thanks for those who tried to help esp. DeanP . .
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02 Mar 2011   #14
Zirro

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I have tried various registry cleaners over the years and every time they have caused more trouble than they fixed, even CCleaner.

I do use CCleaner to clean up internet history, cookies etc but I UNtick the boxes in the Registry Cleaner section.

I use Revo Uninstaller when uninstalling programs. It cleans up registry items and files related to the specific unistalled program.

I refuse point blank use a general registry cleaner.
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02 Mar 2011   #15
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

ccleaner in particular likes to delete a certain set of nvidia registry entries that can cause problems when removed. I know this from personal experience.
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02 Mar 2011   #16
rigz

windows 7 32 bit build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
ccleaner in particular likes to delete a certain set of NVIDIA registry entries that can cause problems when removed. I know this from personal experience.
ryt! i tried it. i cant uninstall my nvidia drivers because of this resulting to system crash! BSOD... .
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02 Mar 2011   #17
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

I'd much rather do a brand new fresh install of Win7 from scratch once a year or so. I've only tried a "cleaner" once, in WinXP, and the resulting problems were insurmountable. Ended up just reinstalling WinXP from scratch and then all application software, as my way of "cleaning house".

Of course you take a selectable recoverable backup of everything first, so you can restore your various program settings, documents, and data, which usually go in \Users or \ProgramData or maybe in \Program Files.

Almost always if you pre-restore the contents of a program's \Users or \ProgramData folder before you install the program, it will discover what's there and almost always pretty much put you back where you were with your previously installed version of the program. If not... well, at least you can probably restore the program's data after it gets installed, usually.


Anyway, I've not used any such cleaner product since that one ill-fated experiment.

WinXP typically began to show signs of "aging" after about 6 months. Win7 is much more durable, and my initial install went over 1 year before I voluntarily chose to reinstall from scratch (because of new and significant hardware upgrades).

I'll always go with a fresh OS reinstall as the best solution to any serious performance degradation problems.
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