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How To Really Clean The Registry?


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#1 onalandline

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:29 AM

:thumbsup: I noticed, looking through my registry, that there are tons of entries from old software that I used to have, and Internet Explorer History registry entries are full of just about every website that I have ever visited. None of my so-called registry cleaners catch any of this stuff. How do I get rid of obsolete registry entries and clear the History registry folder in my registry? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!

Edited by onalandline, 16 April 2008 - 10:30 AM.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 11:59 AM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...egistry+cleaner
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...egistry+cleaner
http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=61015

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:53 PM

I've cleaned my registry for years and have had no problems, whatsoever. The size of my registry right now is almost 75MB. I can't imagine how big one could grow over several years!

I think of it akin to cleaning out my dresser drawers on a regular basis. You throw out the old stuff that doesn't fit, or you don't use anymore because it's out of style now. Why keep all that junk? It just gets in the way when you're trying to pull out what you want to wear today.

A good registry cleaner will always provide a backup in case something does go wrong. A good registry cleaner will have choices; a more conservative cleaning for safety along with a more aggressive function for when the user gets more knowledgeable about making changes to their registry.

I've used jv16 Power Tools and Reg Supreme for years. They might be a little scary for a beginner. However, I've heard of one that comes highly recommended by a person who posts on a couple of other forums that I frequent. I'm thinking of taking a look at it myself.

He's a retired computer tech. He knows his stuff. He's tried them all and now he uses the Free EasyCleaner 2 for disk cleanup and regular registry maintenance. He says it's designed to be safe. He says, "If Easy Cleaner is going to error....it will error on the side of caution. If there's any question about any registry entry, Easy Cleaner will just leave it."

http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm

He also recommends using NTREGOPT, the sister program of ERUNT, to compress the registry size after it's been cleaned. Cleaning the registry leaves "holes" in the hives where the old information used to be stored. NTREGOPT doesn't change the contents of the registry in any way, or 'defrag' it. It simply compresses it to the smallest size possible. (I use both of these excellent programs.)

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/faq.htm

Is there a risk when messing with the registry? Sure, something bad could happen. You could also turn on your computer tomorrow only to be presented with the dreaded BSOD, when everything worked fine today. We are talking about Windows here. lol!

I can remember the first time I ventured into my registry to change something manually. I was sweating bullets! Now it doesn't phase me at all. And I'm an old Senior Granny.

onalandline, whether or not you decide to do this, it's a personal choice. It's up to you. It's your computer. It's you who decides just how much you want to be in control of the nuts and bolts end of it. Do your homework. Read reviews about other software if none of this appeals to you.

Maybe Windows won't run any "faster", but IMHO it runs better when old registry junk is cleared out.

Edited by mommabear, 16 April 2008 - 03:52 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:24 PM

Microsoft used to have an old registry fix program team :thumbsup: It's called RegClean: It is old since they no longer support it. It automatically backs up the registry keys and is pretty safe. http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_down...p/download.html CCleaner has one, but since no one here uses them and they could sometimes cause a problem, I don't recommend them, but I used one for years and hadn't had a problem.
Here's an old Microsoft article about registry editing http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727154.aspx

For some reason microsoft supports macecraft http://www.macecraft.com/ or just put them in one of their articles. I also found http://www.tweaknow.com/RegCleaner.html on Microsoft's web articles

Edited by ///, 16 April 2008 - 08:33 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2008 - 09:42 PM

Thanks for the replies. I used just about every registry cleaner out there. I do back up my entire registry using ERUNT before messing with it. Nothing clears out old software entries in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software or the IE Browser history registry list. I have run Tweaknow, Registry Mechanic, Advanced Windowscare Pro, etc. None of these remove much from the registry entries I have mentioned. There are still tons of obsolete entries from software I used to have and every website I have visited. I guess that I either delete manually or just forget about it. I'm not worried about performance. I am just picky and like to get rid of useless information. Any other suggestions will be welcomed. Thanks again.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 01:21 AM

I have recently started using Revo Uninstaller instead of Add/Remove and am finding it excellent. After an uninstall you can scan for, and remove, stray registry and hard drive entries very easily.

Highly recommended. http://www.revouninstaller.com/

Whether or not it is necessary to clean the Registry will always be a matter of contention, but Windows will run quite happily with a cluttered Registry notwithstanding the scare tactics of registry cleaner resellers, and the very real risk of hosing your system by removing the wrong entries has to be taken into account. Rule of thumb - if you are not absolutely certain, leave it alone.

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#7 onalandline

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:58 AM

Funny thing is that I have been using Revo Uninstaller for the last several months. I'm sure that extra stuff wouldn't be there if I used it from day one. It is a very good program - the best uninstaller I have seen yet. Thanks for the reply.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 07:01 AM

I only know and use one safe effective complete registry cleaner

It's called formatc
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Posted 17 April 2008 - 07:54 AM

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 11:50 AM

Yeah I had to reinstall a courrpted registry. I loved the program I used.

Program I used: Windows XP Reformat+reinstall.

Anything else and you might as well be wasting your time.
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Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:37 PM

tuneup 2008 is good
not sure if it will remove old registry flies
but it tune up your pc
heres a site to read about tuneup
http://www.tune-up.com/products/tuneup-utilities/

but if you dont get registry errors dont bother cleaning it
system restore can help with registry
but you need restore points




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