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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by alextsg, Feb 10, 2007.

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  1. alextsg

    alextsg Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    What are recommended programs for cleaning your registry? I tried to use Registry Mechanic, but for some reason it gave me the error message that it could not locate the file map.dat, even though I verified that the file was there in the correct location. Are there any other programs I could try? Thanks.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    My first question is why do you feel it neccesary to "clean the Registry"?

    Have a read of this link:
    http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000643.html

    I have seldom seen any benefit of using one, but have seen the results (in terms of program file damage) many, many times.
     
  3. Rich-M

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    kiwi is right, nothing good will come of this, but you can find a lot of bad...
     
  4. MrBillPro

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    I personally would rather try brain surgery. :eek:
     
  5. guitar

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    ccleaner is pretty safe
    or windows live safety scanner
     
  6. kiwiguy

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    They are all safe, as long as you know with certainty what you are removing.

    Once you know that you then realise that they are rather useless as a recreational tool, apart from removing troublesome issues from poorly written software.

    Since using Windows (every version) I have used a registry cleaner twice. With knowledge of exactly what I had to do.

    I have however had to repair countless systems for others that used them unwisely ...
     
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    be careful with easycleaner ,please don't use duplicates. i use only unnecessary [check top 3 items] and registry.
     
  9. Rich-M

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    Root canal is safer for your computer and provides the same pain!
     
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    rich-m you trashed systems and your experience=advanced:D
     
  12. bbearren

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    The Registry is nothing more than a large database. Unless you have a very specific problem, "Cleaning" the registry is about as useful as doing a Spell Check on every income tax form you've ever filed. You might find and correct a handful of errors, but they have absolutely no bearing or influence on the "Here and Now".

    And if you do have a very specific problem, it is best dealt with by editing the registry manually after creating a registry backup.
     
  13. JohnWill

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    Actually, if you take all the defaults with CCleaner, it'll disable help files for MSC Office 2003, and totally cripple Visual Studio 2003, and remove many file associations that are not defective. It's NOT "pretty safe".
     
  14. Frank4d

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    Umm, I consider myself to be "advanced". However one time at work I wanted to format a floppy on a Windows 3.11 system. So I inserted the floppy in the drive and typed "format c:" and hit "Y" when prompted. :eek:

    To my horror, all of my AutoCad files for 3-4 years (and everything else) were gone. Luckily I found the "unformat c:" command really does work.
     
  15. Rich-M

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    Hey it took me years to learn when installing XP clean, to unplug all the other hard drives so I would stop occasionally formatting a backup drive by mistake, and wiping out years worth of important files...of course this also forces XP to call the one drive I show it "C" too.
     
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