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Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:16 PM
On the other side of this love-fest....I use the registry cleaner that is part of CCleaner, and for removing junk from the registry left after program deletions, and no longer referenced items, I have found it to be pretty good. No, it didn't speed up squat, but somehow...I feel cleaner.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:42 PM
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:02 PM
if it is slow, when did you last run the diskdefragmenter on it
or run any antivirus or other checks to ensure you are not carrying 'unwanted guests' on a daily hike?
Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:10 PM
The articles that Juha cited will explain the seeming "success" with using some registry cleaners. It's a crap shoot - and like most gambling, you just can't win in the long run.
You may succeed in using it several times - but at one point there'll be a glitch that it can't fix. And then your system won't be stable any longer. Best case is that Windows will act a bit funky - worst case is that you won't be able to boot into Windows.
I've had this happen to me a bunch of times - it's not fun to try and recover from it. The Windows registry is a complicated database of information - and not only does it contain Windows stuff, but it also contains stuff from nearly every bit of software that is installed on your system. While the actions of the major manufacturer's of drivers and software are fairly well known - who knows if the writer of the software has complied with the recommendations from Microsoft?
And, even if they have, how can one registry cleaner keep track of all of these different software items? It becomes a guessing game then - do you want to do that to your system?
Regardless, the advice for backing up your stuff still applies. If you hose your registry, the best way to restore it is from a backup of the registry. But this isn't a 100% solution. At work we find that it works about 50% of the time - the rest of the time it's "format and resintall".
Edited by starlite, 27 March 2008 - 09:11 PM.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:33 PM
I do have backup's of almost everything on an external hard drive so if this computer crashes I won't be totally lost.
If I am not wrong, I think what John was trying to say was that EVEN if the system registry is fully backed, there is still a chance that restoring it will fail. So, I don't think having a backup on an external hard drive will make a difference.
...the best way to restore it is from a backup of the registry. But this isn't a 100% solution. At work we find that it works about 50% of the time - the rest of the time it's "format and resintall".
Posted 28 March 2008 - 03:59 PM
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