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Posted 09 December 2007 - 07:57 AM
Rather than reinvent the wheel here, this is a link to an excellent post by Bill Castner (Microsoft MVP) about Registry Cleaners. I'd consider it a "must read" if you're thinking about using a registry cleaner. http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=61015
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 11:30 AM
With a fresh install every year I wouldn't worry about cleaning the registry either. But that depends a lot on your computing habits. Installing and removing a lot of software, or constantly changing/tweaking settings will cause more entries to be written to the registry (and may not remove all of them). Since I'm constantly messing with my OS - I'm probably more prone to this than most. And I just don't see any need to prune my registry.
Some registry entries are intended to remain when you uninstall a program. They let you regain your settings if you reinstall the program. Others will use this as a way to protect their copyright - preventing you from installing an app again.
Yes, registry corruption does occur - but it's far less often than most people figure it is. And the usual fix for registry corruption is to uninstall and reinstall the corrupted app - or if it's Windows, you'd do a repair install. If you're curious, you can use the last freeware version of Total Uninstall to monitor the installation and uninstallation of a program - and viewing the logs will show you what's left when you uninstall a program. Even Total Uninstall can't remove everything tho' - but it'll tell you what it couldn't remove, and then you can go in and try to manually remove it.
Here's an example: A customer installed Norton 360 on his system - and then nothing would work on the system. After a bunch of work we found that he'd installed it right after resetting his BIOS (so the date was wrong). Then he let Windows update his system time - and all Hades broke out!
An uninstall of Norton 360 didn't help, nor did using the Norton Uninstaller, nor did diving into the registry and deleting the Norton and Symantec keys. The software writers were smarter than that (but, not IMHO smarter than me A couple of hours worth of labor spent plumbing the depths of the registry and we were able to get it to install for him.
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