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Windows 7: Need opinions about registry software

22 Nov 2012   #1
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Need opinions about registry software

Used to use a registry tool called Registry Crawler. It was one of my "must haves" to remove traces of programs that I uninstalled. The program allowed you to enter a search term and it would create a list of ALL registry entries that contain that search term.
Registry Crawler went bye-bye (only after I paid for the upgrade) and am looking for a replacement. Currently using Registry Seeker, but not that fond of it.

So if you know of program that will accomplish this or a site that discusses utilities I would be very appreciative. Thanks.


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22 Nov 2012   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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22 Nov 2012   #3
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Revo is my recommendation too. Its the only thing I trust to touch my registry besides me.
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22 Nov 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I also use Revo to remove programs and all those little left overs. Works great.Other than using regedit to search things out such as you mentioned I also use Everything Search. It will find anything you type in if it is on your system. With a right click you can find where it is and a lot of other information. One must be careful using this program. Once removed it for sure is gone.
Revo Uninstaller - CNET Download.com

Everything Search
http://www.voidtools.com/
http://www.voidtools.com/download.php
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I say again. Windows built in regedit and these programs must be use wisely.
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22 Nov 2012   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I've found NirSoft utilities to be very safe. RegScanner will pull up searches in a list. Also I think you can double click or some other action to bring up the RegEdit open to that key.

RegScanner: Alternative to RegEdit find/search/scan of Windows

Also CCleaner has a "registry issue" finder that lets you delete unreferenced keys. But I would back up before making changes. I only got burned once when that release had a bug in that feature. It's since been fixed. But when doing Registry it's good practice to back up. CCleaner provides a .reg backup, you can make a restore point and also use ERUNT free reg backup. Sounds like a lot but the restore point takes about 10 times longer than doing the other two.
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22 Nov 2012   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Restore point are quick compared to not having them when needed.
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22 Nov 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I found that registry cleaners are more trouble than they are worth. And in Windows 7 they really are not required.
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23 Nov 2012   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Restore point are quick compared to not having them when needed.
Since not everyone knows what ERUNT is, and most people are familiar with Restore Points, it gives an idea what's involved to use ERUNT and the CCleaner .reg backup. The point is not that restore points suck. You seem to be good at getting everything I post reversed. I guess we're not on the same brain wave length.
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23 Nov 2012   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Restore point are quick compared to not having them when needed.
Since not everyone knows what ERUNT is, and most people are familiar with Restore Points, it gives an idea what's involved to use ERUNT and the CCleaner .reg backup. The point is not that restore points suck. You seem to be good at getting everything I post reversed. I guess we're not on the same brain wave length.
It was not my intent to reverse anything. I was only trying to point out that the built in ability of Windows 7 to create its own restore point is quiet handy when needed. I do believe that restore point is also used when one can't boot into Windows. Boot in Last Know Good Configuration. I do use Ccleaner and it's method of backing up changes of the registry also. Using more than one safety net to me is a good thing.
I will watch my post very closely so I don't do anymore (Once again). I'm surly sorry if my post was abusive to anybody.
Happy computing to all.
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23 Nov 2012   #10
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I've used Revo for 3 years in lieu of Ashampoo Uninstaller and it does well in uninstalling. It's after the Revo uninstall that I like to use the registry tool to rid the registry of things Revo didn't get.
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