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Solved: Registry Cleanup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by johnincrete, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. johnincrete

    johnincrete Thread Starter

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    There are a lot of programs around that offer to clean up Windows XP Home resgistry but I have read somewhere that someone like me with little technical knowledge should leave well alone. I do download a lot of programs to try them and I use their own undelete when they prove to be less than useful.

    Any advice?
    Which program is best for a non-expert?
    What precautions should I take? e.g. backups
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Don't ever use them.

    Put "registry cleaner" in the search box above.
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    Info re Reg cleaners-

    Advice and Info re Registry 'cleaners'- excerpts from TSG, 10-07

    The main reason they are apt to cause problems is because the cleaners do NOT just clean up stuff left over from uninstalls. They also "guess" that other items need to be deleted, many times incorrectly. They also attempt to "fix" references to files that no longer exist.

    As a result, you can end up with programs that no longer work, functions that no longer work and in some cases a PC that will no longer boot.

    There is no performance gains to be had by running these things. Windows does not read the entire registry when it is looking for something. It uses the keys which allow them to go straight to the item that they are looking for.

    References:
    http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=643
    http://www.computerhope.com/registry.htm


    If you really want to see how active the registry is in your normal running environment, download and run Regmon.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/sysinternals/bb896652.aspx

    As you will see, the registry is constantly being accessed. If, for each of these, the entire file was being searched, your PC would be amazingly slow and not responsive.
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    Sorry I am unable to cite and give credit to the authors.

    {redoak}
     
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