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Windows 7: Value of 3rd Party Utility Programs

23 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Value of 3rd Party Utility Programs

I'd like to hear some views on whether or not 3rd party utility programs, and particularly Advanced System Optimizer, are of value or a potential problem. When I was having problems with an older Dell 531, I tried using ASO hoping that cleaning up the registry and clearing out file fragments would help. It didn't. If anything it seemed to create more problems. After a 'cleaning' I wouldn't be able to reboot and would need to do a system restore. Now to be fair to ASO, it turned out there were hardware problems and I ended up building a new computer.

The reason for the note is that I can see the potential value of programs like ASO in cleaning up things regularly. However, my initial experience leaves me a bit concerned that programs like this might, in fact, do serious damage. Any advice on whether programs like ASO should or should not be used would be appreciated - with Windows 7 X64. Also, any thoughts on the value and effectiveness of ASO - or better alternatives.

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23 May 2011   #2

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You're going to get quite a few responses on this one, so with your previous experience with these programs I think you already have the best answer... first hand experience.

Here's some more threads,

Is a registry cleaner needed for win 7 64-bit

The best registry cleaner, which one?

I used a Registry Cleaner
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23 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Yea, I kinda suspected that was the case. This topic does seem to come up periodically. I just wanted to check, because when I tried ASO before there were definitely other problems with the computer, but I did feel the ASO program made things worse, not better. Anyway, my new computer is working well; Window 7 X64 is running without any significant issues. I think I'll leave it alone and stick to Windows maintenance tools.

Thanks for the reply.
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