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Windows 7: Registry cleaner/fixer?

16 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Registry cleaner/fixer?

I've always just let CCleaner deal with my registry from time to time, but I have heard it's not the best idea to do that. What program should I use to clean/fix up my registry? Preferably free, but I'm open to anything that works well, since I install/uninstall programs frequently.

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16 Mar 2011   #2
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The registry really doesn't need cleaning. If you're concerned about abandoned keys, use a good uninstaller like Revo which leaves nothing behind.

However, that said, i have used CCleaner's Disk and Registry cleaners for 10 years without a single issue. It is a genius app maintained by tech geniuses who have perfected it to a T. It may be the most highly respected app in the tech world.

No other Registry Cleaner is worth bothering with. Most are sales scams without any genius. We see a steady stream of problems here from Reg Cleaners, Optimizers and other tweaking suites. Win7 simply doesn't need tweaking beyond normal system settings. It will always come back to bite you.
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17 Mar 2011   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

gregrocker said it all.

Windows 7 simply doesn't need tweaking beyond normal system settings. It will always come back to bite you. I agree!!
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17 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

Windows is a closed source system. Developers of registry cleaners do not have the core code of Win 7 and are not working on definitive information, but rather they are going on past knowledge and experience, most of which is not applicable to Win 7. Automatic cleaners will usually have to do some guesswork.

There is almost no tweaking that can be done to Win 7 to speed it up. The system is designed to diagnose itself and take care of itself which it does remarkably well. Win 7 maintains itself and that includes the registry.

Registry cleaners are pure snake oil. At best they do nothing except use resources. At worst, they can mess your system up, slowing it down, and even crash it. There is no utility out there anywhere that can speed Win 7 up and improve its performance, at least not at this time.

This isn't to say that the system does not need to be maintained. Uninstall programs that you don't use, delete unneeded and unnecessary files. Defrag your hard drive. But don't screw with the registry unless you are an in depth expert in the Win 7 registry.

We have seen the adverse effects of registry cleaners and registry defraggers in the Crashes and Debugging Section.
Most of the time, the cure is a clean install. Using a program such as Ccleaner is fine to get rid of old and unnecessary files. A tuneup utility is not only unneeded, it can actually harm your system. Don't use them.
You can however use this forum tutorial to optimize Windows 7
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