Registry errors or just things that don't matter?

Rudy2206

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.9
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, Build 19041, Installed 20200615014153.000000-240
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-6100 CPU @ 3.70GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3, CPU Count: 4
Total Physical RAM: 8 GB
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 530, 1024 MB
Hard Drives: C: 930 GB (785 GB Free);
Motherboard: LENOVO 30C7, ver SDK0J40700 WIN 3258032275213
System: LENOVO, ver LENOVO - 14A0, s/n R301R78L
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
I know that dealing with the registry is not approved. I was just curious, I used WinUtilities free registry cleaner and it will find between 70 and 120 entries that it doesn't like. If I use this utility and clean those entries what harm may it might do? I use the restore program about once a week but if I cleaned the registry first and then set a restore point, what kind of havok might I be setting myself in for? Do findings of these type of programs eliminate real problems or should I just ignore them and assume that my registry will know what to ignore? When I am getting 120 errors it makes me think twice. Thanks for any advice.
 

flavallee

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If you're insistent on using WinUtilities Free Edition or any other cleaner/booster/optimizer app, you should create a restore point BEFORE using it and not AFTER using it.

Be aware the free version of these type apps will usually display a large number of "errors" in order to scare you and convince you to purchase the full version to take advantage of all its features.

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Rudy2206

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Yeah flavlee the number of errors seem to be just related to what service you use. One is 30 another is 80 it's crazy. I agree with you. I have a great running machine so why screw it up with these magical registry cleaners that are never equal. I like what I have and will keep it that way. Thanks, you are always helpful.
 

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In addition to the above good advice.
In the early days of Windows 95 - 98, when hard drive were much smaller in size.
Then there may have been an argument to clean up hard drive space, by using a registry cleaner.
In fact, Windows itself had a version of a registry cleaner, I think it was in Win 98 se.

Today with much larger hard drives - there is little use of a registry cleaner and they can and often do, cause more problems than they claim to solve.
 

eddie5659

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I agree with all the above, and back in the dawn of time, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, I was using some sort of fixing type program. And yes, I tried the old 'clean up the registry' and it caused a lot of issues. But I thought it was due to something else, so I ran it again, but selected the option 'remove duplicate and empty files'..... a few days later, I learnt how to reinstall Windows, and I vowed to never touch them again :D
 

Rudy2206

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Thanks all. I can put this question out of my mind. As I said I have a smoothly running little desktop and want to keep it that way. No reg. cleaner for me.
 

Firehammer

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Hi, One thing I have learned in the 15 years I have had a Computer, is: Never mess with the registry, I have reinstalled Windows a few times on that account, cause I thought they can not be that bad all the registry cleaners, but you know what: They Are.:cry:;)
 

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I agree completely, registry cleaners are worse than useless.

Plus if you halved it's size it would make no real difference to the computer's performance..
 

Rudy2206

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I went through a period of reinstalling Windows 10 and was using a registry cleaner. I also accidentally stopped and rebooted system during a defrag. That was a big mistake. I will delete the reg. cleaner I have. Been three years since I had to reload Windows 10. Want to keep it that way. Thank you all for the input.
 

Firehammer

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I went through a period of reinstalling Windows 10 and was using a registry cleaner. I also accidentally stopped and rebooted system during a defrag. That was a big mistake. I will delete the reg. cleaner I have. Been three years since I had to reload Windows 10. Want to keep it that way. Thank you all for the input.
Hi @Rudy2206 you are very welcome.:giggle:
 

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