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Windows 7: CCleaner

03 Apr 2012   #1
XxBRADxX

windows home premium 64 bit
 
 
CCleaner

I have been using this for years on xp. I have seen on this forum where people love it for 7 and others who say it doesn't work well for 7. What's your thought? ( Sorry if this is in another thread)


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03 Apr 2012   #2
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

Have a look here for an old thread discussing registry cleaners and ccleaner:
Registry cleaner


Dave
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03 Apr 2012   #3
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You are right there are going to be many opinions on this. My opinion is most of it is very good but I would not use a registry cleaner. Leave the registry alone.
Jerry
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03 Apr 2012   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

It's better than cancer but not as good as sex.

It can be useful, but don't expect miracles. I view it as a handy one or two-click way to clean out Temp folders and Temporary Internet Files. I personally do use the built-in registry cleaner but only because it has only removed very low-level entries. I doubt that it has any significant impact that I notice, though. If I didn't always have a fresh Image of my C: drive I wouldn't take the chance.
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03 Apr 2012   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Generic advice -
If you do not have knowledge of the registry, then you would probably be better off leaving it alone, and definitely not placing blind trust in a program to do the job for you.

To advise anyone that a "Registry Cleaner" works, and that it will fix or speed up their machine {or all the other nonsense that is often propagated about these things} can mislead people.


Should you decide to go ahead -

Make sure you have
1.a current System Restore point created.
2.a recent "Back up" of your computer- preferably to an external HD.


FYI


Registry cleanup - Microsoft Answers
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03 Apr 2012   #6
XxBRADxX

windows home premium 64 bit
 
 

I have never had any problems using it or ever known of any errors because of it but I was curious to know what people with vast more knowledge than me thought.
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03 Apr 2012   #7
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XxBRADxX View Post
I have never had any problems using it or ever known of any errors because of it but I was curious to know what people with vast more knowledge than me thought.
We, here, often see the results of the "stuff ups" caused.
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03 Apr 2012   #8
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XxBRADxX View Post
I have never had any problems using it or ever known of any errors because of it but I was curious to know what people with vast more knowledge than me thought.
I have to agree with JMH. In the hands of an experienced user they are almost safe. In an in-experienced user, they can be lethal.
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03 Apr 2012   #9
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

CCleaner in my honest opinion is a great tool to clean out the junk out of your personal browser and OS. I highly recommend using it and like others said it's best to stay away from the registry cleaner unless your absolutely sure that you know what your doing.
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03 Apr 2012   #10
XxBRADxX

windows home premium 64 bit
 
 

When I've used registry cleaner in the past I've always checked what it was removing. Mostly files left behind from un installs. But I have noticed tons of settings that allow people to destroy their pc.
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