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Windows 7: Any thoughts on Registry cleaners?

04 Jan 2011   #41
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Glad you liked it!

When I was a full time IT bloke, before I retired, something like 90% of the problems myself and my technicians encountered at customers or on various machines, were the direct result of people using stuff without being aware of the possible consequences.

Some golden rules for all these things, ( and not just "registry cleaners");

If you don't know what the button does, don't press it.

If you don't know what the software does, then you don't need it.

If it isn't broken, then don't try to fix it.

The general performance and "speed" of desktop computers can not normally be appreciably enhanced by various "tuning" software. If you need better performance then buy a better machine, or upgrade the hardware.

The single greatest reason for poor performance is disc fragmentation. Modern systems like Win 7 have programs to alleviate this.

If you want to do "regular maintenance", then cleaning out the dust from the air intakes will make the machine more reliable than any "Go faster" software.

Regards....Mike Connor


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04 Jan 2011   #42
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I agree with the above

As if someone would think that Deleting something crucial in an OS must be a fool you are basically deleting your OS Bit by bit
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07 Jan 2011   #43
Tatletz

windows 7 ultimate X64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
And for an opposing view, in the left corner wearing pink trunks and weighing in at 165 pounds is Windows Live OneCare safety scanner.

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Microsoft still offers a registry cleaner and recommends that the registry be cleaned. From my own limited experience with Windows 7, it's probably not necessary to use a registry cleaner. However, if one chooses to use a cleaner I'd recommend either the OneCare cleaner or CCleaner ... IMHO ... FWIW

Microsoft is not supporting it for the past 2 years. I contacted them personally, and they suggested not to use it as this application might damage your system. It can not/might not run on x64bit machines. This info was given to me by the moderator of the site.
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07 Jan 2011   #44
AussieGuy92

 
 

this all comes back to what "WHS" says using a system image is important, so do it before using a reg cleaner use the free version of Macrium reflect makes a system image in less then 5 mins.

-Andrew
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07 Jan 2011   #45
Bobby72

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I totally agree with Mike Connor. I couldn't put it better myself really. Absolutely, the noticeable benefits are upgrading hardware and saving up to get a better computer.

Looking at all in one tuning package including RAM optimizers and registry cleaners are cosmetics and snake oils.
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07 Jan 2011   #46
marsmimar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tatletz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Microsoft still offers a registry cleaner and recommends that the registry be cleaned. From my own limited experience with Windows 7, it's probably not necessary to use a registry cleaner. However, if one chooses to use a cleaner I'd recommend either the OneCare cleaner or CCleaner ... IMHO ... FWIW

Microsoft is not supporting it for the past 2 years. I contacted them personally, and they suggested not to use it as this application might damage your system. It can not/might not run on x64bit machines. This info was given to me by the moderator of the site.
Could you provide a link to the site and the moderator's comments? The OneCare link provided by Microsoft is still active and still says it's for Vista and Windows 7. Since 7 was released to the general public less than two years ago (10/22/2009) I'm not fully understanding how support was dropped for 7 before it was even released.
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07 Jan 2011   #47
Tatletz

windows 7 ultimate X64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tatletz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Microsoft still offers a registry cleaner and recommends that the registry be cleaned. From my own limited experience with Windows 7, it's probably not necessary to use a registry cleaner. However, if one chooses to use a cleaner I'd recommend either the OneCare cleaner or CCleaner ... IMHO ... FWIW

Microsoft is not supporting it for the past 2 years. I contacted them personally, and they suggested not to use it as this application might damage your system. It can not/might not run on x64bit machines. This info was given to me by the moderator of the site.
Could you provide a link to the site and the moderator's comments? The OneCare link provided by Microsoft is still active and still says it's for Vista and Windows 7. Since 7 was released to the general public less than two years ago (10/22/2009) I'm not fully understanding how support was dropped for 7 before it was even released.

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08 Jan 2011   #48
Seventy Nine

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Using a "registry cleaner" for "standard maintenance" on a regular basis merely reduces the time intervals between failures!

Regards....Mike Connor
I couldn't agree more! I've never ever noticed any improvement in load times or performance after using registry cleaners but they have caused a fair few problems some of which came close to requiring reinstalling Windows.
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10 Jan 2011   #49
thehappyman

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Back when I had Win XP I used a "Registry Cleaner" every once in a while and never really had a problem. But when I did use it, hundreds of items had to be "fixed" - way too many to take a look at each item. So I agree with those Posters that, in general, Registry Cleaners are not a good idea.

However (funny - there is always a "however"), since getting my new system with 64 bit Win 7 I tend to run CCleaner's Reg Scan/Clean every day or so. It usually only pulls up just a couple of items which I can inspect throughly before executing the "Clean" function. This has worked out really well as the Registry stays clean. Works for me.

There is no doubt in my mind that if a registry does get too full of invalid handles, paths, dlls, non-existent references, etc, etc, that it will have a detrimental effect of some sort.
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10 Jan 2011   #50
Oldandweary

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Microsoft has a Registry Cleaner. It is included in Live One Safety Scanner with a special version for Windows 7 and Vista. Available free from Live.OneCare.com
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