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Empty registry keys... clean or keep?


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#1 rhino1366

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 12:02 PM

Hi to all of the members of this site/forum!

I have a question about registry.

Should I bother searching and removing empty registry keys? Do they really boost performance and clean programs' traces, making the computer much faster, than before? Is it safe? If yes, then what software is the most "delicate" and won't make harm to my system? And again... should I bother doing that?

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 12:17 PM

Personally, I would leave them alone
Bleeping Computer's position on registry cleaners is, we do not recommend them. They do more damage than good
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 12:27 PM

Thanks... I'll definetly will read... but the accent was made on only "empty registry keys". Is it safe to "touch" them and if yes - what software is the most preferred (and is it acually 100% safe for the registry)?

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 08:40 PM

Bleeping Computer does not recommend the use of Registry cleaners.
Unless you have a specific problem you're trying to correct, it's best to stay out of the Registry.
Registry cleaners mark entries as bad, depending on what the software creator "thinks", is bad.
That's why no 2 cleaners will find all of the same, "problems".
Registry "problems" actually have very little effect, on the overall performance of the operating system.

Please see this article:
XP Fixes Myth #1: Registry Cleaners

If you're not experienced with working in the registry, DO NOT ATTEMPT IT.
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
If you do insist on using Registry cleaners, ALWAYS backup the registry BEFORE making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article.)

what software is the most preferred (and is it acually 100% safe for the registry)?

There are no guarantees, when it comes to the safety of using, these types of programs.
What might work on one persons computer, causing no problems, might totally wreck, yours.
Personally, I don't think the risk, is worth the questionable benefits.
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