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Is There Any Good Registry Cleaner Freeware?


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#1 pman

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 04:28 PM

I am in need of a good windows registry cleaner and repair. I was wondering what others recomend. I was hoping there is some good freeware out there. I am running XP

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 06:17 PM

You might read this:

http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=61015
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#3 pman

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 01:21 AM

So I take it you're against registry cleaners Garmanma? I read alot about them before I downloaded and used one, but I did not come acrossed that side of the argument. I wish I would have waited for your reply instead of taking matters into my own hands. I definately don't know much about computers at all, but when I used the registry cleaner it did fix all of the RUNDLL errors I was getting at boot up. Also somehow the speed of the OS was greatly increased. Not saying it was definately the registry cleaner that increased the speed, but it happened right after I ran the registry cleaner. Let's keep in mind though that this computer was rediculously slow, so it could only get better not worse. I'm sure the average computer expert would never use this to increase speed since they wouldn't have a slow computer. All I am saying is I know what I saw....it did make a huge diference in speed for me.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:04 AM

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications. There are a number of them available and some are safer than others. Keep in mind that no two registry cleaners work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad" entry. One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause a problem when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

The Windows registry http://www.pcsupportadvisor.com/sasample/E1209.pdf is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system unbootable.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results". Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 07:59 PM

Thanks for the info dc3. I do understand now the unnecessary risks involved in using a registry cleaner as I have. Since my last post, I have read alot more on the matter and think I have learned my lesson. I am curious though, I had alot of RUNDLL errors. How should I have gone about fixing them? Obviously I should have waited for the guidance of the experts in this forum. But what would have been the fix?




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