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Windows 7: Registry Cleaners

24 Apr 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

If you have used a Registry cleaner and it damaged your system, here are tips to get a perfect clean reinstall so you can start fresh: Reinstalling Windows 7


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24 Apr 2011   #12
Sphynx

Windows 7 Professional v6.1 (x64)/Ubuntu v10.10 (x64)
 
 

Well after doing some testing I have concluded that the 2 programs I mentioned are indeed aware of a 64bit reg hive. I'm guessing it's just the programs themselves that are compiled in a 32bit architecture type. However I have decided to use RegScanner instead as it does exactly what I want and is very light weight - I loath bloatware.

Strangely enough I do vaguely recall Microsoft offering an online reg scanner once upon a time (during Vista's effective life cycle) but I have so far been unable to find it again.

EDIT: @gregrocker/Stormy What's with the massive white space use? o_O
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24 Apr 2011   #13
marsmimar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sphynx View Post
Strangely enough I do vaguely recall Microsoft offering an online reg scanner once upon a time (during Vista's effective life cycle) but I have so far been unable to find it again.
I believe you're thinking of Windows Live OneCare. Microsoft discontinued all support as of April 11, 2011.

Windows Live OneCare - Home

It included several different scans including Microsoft's registry cleaner under the Tune up section.

File:Windows Live OneCare Safety Center.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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25 Apr 2011   #14
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Forgive me but I disagree that registry cleaners are completely useless because that is an opinion and not a general fact. Well they maybe indiscriminate but they offer the option to choose which to remove. One basic knowledge is to remove the specific things that are the exact entries of programs (they often have the program's name or company name in them) that you know are removed from the system that no other program that is still installed is associated with in any manner. Even leftover traces of malware can be fixed with a proper use of registry cleaners. Its just NOT for beginners and yes the claims that many of their authors present are bogus and exaggerated.

However testing Registry cleaners are in deed very dangerous. Might as well test them on a used Virtual Machine. If you want the nullify changes in the Registry at some point, you might as well backup the Registry with a program called ERUNT (designed for XP or Vista but still works on Windows 7) or use a program that makes an isolated environment like Sandboxie or virtualization apps like Returnil.
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25 Apr 2011   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

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I too do not believe they should be indiscriminately suggested for use to the casual users that frequent these forums, even CCleaner needs supervision that most don't comprehend.




There's always this tutorial at the link below, if anyone's interested.

How to Backup and Restore the Windows 7 Registry
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25 Apr 2011   #16
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
Forgive me but I disagree that registry cleaners are completely useless because that is an opinion and not a general fact.
OK. You are forgiven, but don't do it again!

Registry cleaners are completely useless on Windows 7 , that is a fact, not an opinion.

There is no reason at all to use them. There are many reasons not to use them!

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Apr 2011   #17
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

The only sensible thing to do with a reg cleaner is don't install it.
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25 Apr 2011   #18
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post

OK. You are forgiven, but don't do it again!

Registry cleaners are completely useless on Windows 7 , that is a fact, not an opinion.

There is no reason at all to use them. There are many reasons not to use them!
Forgive me again but that is again an opinion and that missed my point and from my above post, I have stated MY opinion, though not totally pro or against Registry cleaners but a more fair verdict on them and their use.
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