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Windows 7: Registry clean or defrag?

14 Oct 2010   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

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They give you the illusion that your doing something to speed up you computer, but at best they may shave off a few microseconds, and at worst can crash your system.

That was my assumption, that it was just more of the "fake optimization" placebo effect that so many seem to be chasing. Thanks!

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14 Oct 2010   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

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If it doesn't do anything, then what does a registry defragger do?
That's the point of my question above, and why I asked for links. For years I've seen these programs listed, but not once I have seen a review or a test to show any purpose or reasoning behind them.
They give you the illusion that your doing something to speed up you computer, but at best they may shave off a few microseconds, and at worst can crash your system.

Indeed. That's why I don't use them, as I don't use numerous tune-up or optimization utilities. In the past I would manually modify a few registry keys if I find credible information leading me to believe that it would improve my computing experience, but in Windows 7 this is not necessary. Sure, I disabled a few services, but that's mostly due to my paranoia than anything else. I doubt that disabling remote access stuff leads to any performance gain.

As far as registry cleaning, I guess I am one of those people who never had the need to do this. I am running Windows 7 without any issues and I have not done anything automated with the registry. There is not a single problem with it that I am aware of.
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14 Oct 2010   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium x86

Well, because of you guys I have removed my registry defragger. Now I have less to do on the computer...thanks A LOT! Now what am I going to do? Physical Activity?!?
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15 Oct 2010   #24
Microsoft MVP


I have used free Auslogics Registry as well as Disk defraggers following CCleaner Disk and Registry cleanup for over ten years on hundreds of installs which represent thousands of uses and never had a single issue.

When I reinstall for someone they often ask to make sure I'm going to put these tools back on their rigs because it becomes clear they are state-of-the-art and flawless based on years of personal experience.
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15 Oct 2010   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

^I fully endorse gregrocker on this. I have also been using Registry Cleaners and optimisers - since the time I started using my first computer - and starting with Norton Systemworks.

Even Microsoft had a Registry Cleaner to remove unwanted entries. I had used that also. Then on to Registry Mechanic by PC Tools with yearly subscription. Because of the unfair automatic renewal of the subscription by them using my credit card details, I jettisoned it.

After reading a good review about Eusing free registry cleaner in PC World (May 2008), that became my favorite cleaner. Eusing Free Registry Cleaner: Safely scan and repair registry problems - Spyware FREE. When I tried Glary Utilities with Windows 7, I was surprised to find that its registry cleaner had the same interface of Eusing - mostly it is the same engine.

Of course regular backups is a must and I had been living with Acronis, Shadowprotect Desktop, and Paragon but not even once had I to restore the system due to a wayward Registry Cleaner mucking it up.

I feel happy that my registry is clean and optimized. Whether it speeds up the PC by pico-seconds or nano-seconds is immaterial. My own happiness is more important to me than my PC. And as I said if something happens, I can always restore my PC in minutes. Not a big deal and I will stick with Glary Utilities, its registry cleaner and optimiser.:)
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15 Oct 2010   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i use one intel software partner reginout for cleaning and defraging registry, working really well in my win 7 home premium..
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15 Oct 2010   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Greg, do you have any experience of problems on a number of Windows 7 machines on which you did not install third-party registry tools? I mean, I only have one desktop running Windows 7 so far, and my experience is nearly perfect, and I am not using any such tools. I do install and uninstall programs rather often, although not daily, other than that, what is there to make problems with the registry? What are the symptoms of such problems?

Come to think of it, I have not even performed a hard drive defrag, since any defragger I use, native or Auslogics, tells me that my drives are 1% fragmented, not much sense of doing anything so far, and it's been more than a year.
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16 Oct 2010   #28
Microsoft MVP


I do not endorse optimization or other tweaking program as Win7 does not require it. As those of us who were beta users learned (The hard way, in my case) Win7 gradually came to need no tweaking whatsoever for performance as it ended up a perfectly balanced, feather-light, instantaneous OS unless there are hardware deficiencies.

I use CCleaner and Auslogics defraggers because they are superior to Win7's own tools in this case. But rarely do my HD's show more than 1% fragmentation, so it may indeed not be necessary but habit. However CCleaner regularly finds 500mb+ to clean up and sometimes after an install 1gb+ with 15% fragmentation. Uninstalling Office trial and factory AV bloatware for example can give both a huge and long job.

Good question.
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16 Oct 2010   #29


Yes. If the people offer more information about their problem, we will help them better. So I agree with team pc health advisor.
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31 Oct 2010   #30

Windows 7 x64

I use CCleaner & the registry cleaner from windows 7 manager as it usually finds the leftovers that ccleaner didn't on it's scan. The registry can get pretty large if you don't keep track of all the junk uninstallers etc leave behind.

oh and after a reg clean I run NTREGOPT, and finally ultimate defrag with settings optimized for windows files, theres a video on youtube with a tutorial.
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