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Is there a decent registry tool (scan, clean, etc.) that's free?

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1002: I read most of the link that you provided. My take is that the writer is opposed to registry maintenance software, period. I've been using Registry Toolkit for quite a while now......a few years. It cost, I think, around $29. (Isn't it odd that just about all small format 3rd party software costs $29.?) But after a certain number of installations (friends & family), I have to "renew" my product key. That's fine. I was simply wondering if there was a good free registry cleaner. But in response to the link, here's a little anecdotal story: I was visiting a friend in Pennsylvania (I live in New Jersey) a while back. Whenever I go to somebody's house who has a PC, I like to check it out. Force of habit. He had a laptop. I fired it up. It was barely functional. I had never seen a machine so slow, yet still operational. I lived too far away to take it home & fix it & bring it back. So I did a "quicky".....went out to my car, got my disc with all my software installers, and installed/ran "Registry Toolkit". It found over 600 registry errors!!! I'd never seen anything like it. So I clicked "repair", fixing 600 errors. Upon bootup the laptop ran OK. Not perfect, mind you.....but acceptable. So I challenge the thrust of the author of your link......that it's a no-no to mess with the registry. I occasionally run Registry Toolkit on all 3 of my machines, and I've never had a glitch with the program. Maybe the guy had a bad experience with some bad software.

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Hi,
Thanks for the reply. I know that the use of these progs can work well for some users and not for others. I could not tell from your post (of course) your level of experience but just wanted to raise awareness that there are 2 sides to every coin.
I hope you didn't mind?
Anyway, I hope this link to the well written Tech Support Alert item on free reg cleaners works:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm#41

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1002: No, I surely don't mind. And I'll say that, as a result of your post......I'm gonna stick with Registry Toolkit, and not try to save a few $$$.....only to run into a lot of trouble. I was concerned enough with your post that I went & checked Registry Toolkit for backup. It creates a backup on every repair!

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Registry cleaners may be useful for those that install/uninstall a lot of dubious or poorly written software, but in my experience on PC's (starting with DOS 1.0) and including all versions of Windows I have only needed to use a registry cleaner twice, when software would not correctly uninstall.

I have however been required to help repair installations countless times when people have used registry cleaners in an uninformed manner.

I will not deny the need for a registry cleaning program, but would question the way the PC is being used that requires the need, basically.

My PC is used 10+ hours every day. I have no regular need for such an application, and in that respect the link views are quite valid in my opinion.
 

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kiwiguy (and 1002):

I gotta say that you guys may be right, and it's something that I don't need. I suppose I feel more comfortable having the registry maintenance software that not having it. It's never done me any harm. Whether it's done me good or not I can't say.

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1101doc: I downloaded the RegCleaner installer, but didn't install it as yet. I put the installer in my "vault", where I keep all my software installers (you never know when they might become unavailable). I'm gonna mull it over, and maybe wait until Registry Toolkit wants another $$ injection. Thanks.

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There's been several post here at TSG about Cleaning the registry.
Most the wizards here seem to think it has little benefit .. and can cause serious problems.

I occasionally run the freeware TweakNow ... http://www.download.com/TweakNow-RegCleaner/3000-2094-10262639.html
in the Quick, Beginner (safe) mode if I've removed a program and want to see if the registry traces of it are gone.
That's about as deep (and dangerous) into the registry as I want to go .... It also makes a backup.
 

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pjblevin said:
kiwiguy (and 1002):

I gotta say that you guys may be right, and it's something that I don't need. I suppose I feel more comfortable having the registry maintenance software that not having it. It's never done me any harm. Whether it's done me good or not I can't say.

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I would feel less comfortable with a registry cleaner. They can delete required entries and really mess up your computer.
 
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If you feel you must use a Registry tool:

1.Back it all up first with a program that has a good track record of properly restoring the Registry. Many will make a copy of the entries, few actually replace/correct changes.

2. Use a tool that itself makes backup of the line items that it removes.

3. Use "Manual" mode-that is take a line by line look at what is suggested to be removed and make a decision about each one-at-a-time. When in any doubt-don't!

4. Most importantly make sure that you have your Windows CD available and understand how to use the recovery console +/or do a repair installation.

Remember, making changes to the registry is like taking outs bits of DNA from your genetic code. Are you sure you're never (ever) going to need that?
 
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