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What is the best registry cleaner thingy?

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use the registry cleaner in vista manager/winxp manager. Its great.

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My best registry is cleaner is this: a fresh, clean install of windows xpsp2+. : D Seriously, if you don't use commercial bloatware, free or paid for, then registry issues don't happen very often. But when they do and I don't need or want to reinstall yet, I use ccleaner and spybot s&d to clean out the registry and the rest I clean out by hand, manually searching, etc. I have heard that registry mechanic was the best, but I've never used it, so I don't really know.

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"Registry cleaners have always been popular, but I never paid much attention to them. I originally thought that there might be valid reasons for their existence, but over time changed my mind, only to recently recognize that even today they can help maintain Registry hygiene.

It used to be common for developers to write their own application installation routines in order to avoid paying hundreds of dollars for commercial setup toolkits. Their focus in coding installers was of course the install part of setup, because coding uninstallers is in some sense an admission that the software you’ve developed might not be useful or robust enough to become a permanent fixture on end-user systems. As a result, software uninstalls were often incomplete, leaving behind Registry and file system detritus.

A few hundred kilobytes of unused keys and values causes no noticeable performance impact on system operation, but I figured it was natural for a Registry cleaner to be an essential part of running a tight ship for the anal retentive systems administrator.

Installer technology has come a long way and today there are literally dozens of reliable freeware and low-cost installation toolkits available both for old-style and Windows Installer Package (.MSI)-based setup. I previously believed that meant the end of Registry scrap and any reason for the existence of Registry cleaners.

However, one of the Regmon troubleshooting examples Dave and I present in our Windows internals seminars made me realize that it’s not only possible, but common, for even best-of-breed uninstallers that have earned the Windows logo from Microsoft to leave our Registries littered with traces of applications deleted long ago.

So it seems that Registry junk is a Windows fact of life and that Registry cleaners will continue to have a place in the anal-sysadmin’s tool chest, at least until we’re all running .NET applications that store their per-user settings in XML files – and then of course we’ll need XML cleaners."

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^I'll agree with you on that one! And the new version 6 (not so new) came with a keygen instead of a serial! WOOT! USBHacker PS: CCleaner is good in conjunction with RFA Platinum

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I have used the WinASO product Registry Optimizer for a few years. It has been regularly updated and have found it effective in it's cleanup ability. Several other features have also made it a favorite of mine. Check it out.

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I find that a lot of the time registry cleaners cause more problems than they fix. Especially when they attempt to remove "unused ActiveX controls. I sometimes end up with missing plugins in my media applications or missing windows explorer context menus items. Making sure to run a newly installed applications and rebooting at least once before running any reg cleaners will usually help prevent new ActiveX plugins from ending up in the garbage. I use CCleaner because it is free and works well and it's good for removing temporary files too. But in the past 10 years or more of using registry cleaners I cannot remember a single instance when they made the slighest improvement to my system.

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I use CCleaner and RegCleaner. RegCleaner is good when trying to "evaluate" certain software and the registration gets messed up. U can find the registry entries easy with it. U remove the few registry entries and start over. (Ex, Isobuster lastest versions. U register it, but its still unregistered. U try to use another version and its still stuck at unregistered.) CCleaner is just good. U cant go wrong. It asks u to backup the registry b4 proceeding.

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wow nice bumping an 8 month old topic :rolleyes:

That's one way to up your post count! :whistle:

Edited by Witt3439

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wow nice bumping an 8 month old topic :rolleyes:

Yes, but remember that everyone is always encouraged to do a search before starting a new thread. At least thats what I've seen told many times, and registry cleaner comparisons are important if someone wants to use them and choses the wrong one. I've done that a couple of times and damaged my OS beyond help. Says something about me that I didn't learn the first time (sucker for advertising).

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The best one is Regedit and is included with most versions of Windows since Windows 95. Any automated cleaner runs the risk of deleting something necessary. I remember under Windows 98 that programs would often generate invalid registry entries and depend on them and any registry cleaner tool used would whipe out the entries leaving the program inoperable.

Heck professional driver cleaner products aren't reliable and you'd think they would be considering there are a finite number of things a driver installation program will do so you only have to scan for very specific things. They delete things from an important section of Windows 7 when they shouldn't be touching that section of Windows at all. It makes me wonder if they are using heuristics instead of a database as the installation programs do very specific things so it shouldn't be hard to document each and every driver installation package and create a database of what each one installs and how it impacts registry.

Edited by Franpa

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Yeap, the best thing to do is leave it alone unless its causing problems. Windows 9x needed tools like this. Not vista or 7.

Thats twice this tread has been brought back from the dead.

Edited by Scott

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