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Question Cleaning the Registry

When, if ever is it neccesary to use a registry cleaner? How do you know when, why and wich to use?





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I use CCleaner. It's free, and works well. I haven't had any problems with it.
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In my experience registry cleaners have been nothing but bad news. If a machine ever gets slow enough to consider using one, I usually just reformat.
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In my experience registry cleaners have been nothing but bad news. If a machine ever gets slow enough to consider using one, I usually just reformat.
x2. I stay away from the regedit at all cost. I would rather zero her out and start back from scratch. I wasn't aware that CCleaner was also cleaning up the registry? I have used CCleaner for a year or so with out any problems.
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x2. I stay away from the regedit at all cost. I would rather zero her out and start back from scratch. I wasn't aware that CCleaner was also cleaning up the registry? I have used CCleaner for a year or so with out any problems.
It's an option w/in the program but doesn't do it by default.





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so what is registry cleaning? what are the pros/cons of doing regedit?

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so what is registry cleaning? what are the pros/cons of doing regedit?
http://onecare.live.com/site/en-US/a...leaner_why.htm
This comes from Microsuck so take it w/ a grain of salt. It has been my experience that it causes more issues than it corrects unless I did something wrong.





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I havent ever broken too much but I've got over 10 years in IT.

Mostly you find excess crap in the startup keys

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I use registry mechanic every few days, It is capable of backups if necessary, but couple years of use and no ill effects.
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Yeah, mostly stay out of the Registry unless you know what you are doing, and of course always save the key you are modifying before you delete or change it.

Mostly if I do it's to delete registry keys associated with spyware, viruses, or crap software that won't uninstall.

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I use CCleaner. It's free, and works well. I haven't had any problems with it.
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rule 1 when it comes to dicking with the registry... backup before you start

You can always restore the registry from backup

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rule 1 when it comes to dicking with the registry... backup before you start

You can always restore the registry from backup
Rule number 2. If you don't know WTF you are doing, stay the fuck out.
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spybot has a simple registry cleaner in it. You can also clean up or disable uneeded startup programs easily. It's free too.
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Still no one has answered my question. When, if ever, is it necessary to use a registry cleaner and how do know when?





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Still no one has answered my question. When, if ever, is it necessary to use a registry cleaner and how do know when?
With CC, it does it automatically when you shut down or reboot.

To answer your question, you'll know if you need a registry cleaner. If your shit works put something that's been recommended here already on there and leave it alone. If your shit's running slow kill processes that aren't needed. Other than that, since you're asking the question to begin with, I wouldn't recommend messing with the registry at all under any circumstances.
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With CC, it does it automatically when you shut down or reboot.

To answer your question, you'll know if you need a registry cleaner. If your shit works put something that's been recommended here already on there and leave it alone. If your shit's running slow kill processes that aren't needed. Other than that, since you're asking the question to begin with, I wouldn't recommend messing with the registry at all under any circumstances.

Thats right. Why fuck with it if it works? You won't really notice a difference, but maybe a few nano secs.

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