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#1 majax79

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:49 AM

Hello,

I'm using Windows XP 32bit and I need recommendations for two different programs.

1) A registry program that does two things: nicer GUI with faster search feature than regedit & ability to lookup registry errors.

2) A program that will identify my drivers and update them.

I don't think there are any programs that reliably work in the #2 category. I figure I'd give it a shot. I have Dell XPS Gen 5 and after losing my driver disc it's been a nightmare. Windows XP loves to give me WMD drivers :thumbsup:

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:39 AM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for a several reasons:

:trumpet: Registry cleaners can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines. Many users (including some Staff Members) have reported problems after using registry cleaning tools - to include those tools released by Microsoft. This can cause your system to become unbootable.

:flowers: Registry cleaners generally don't do anything significant for your system. This topic discusses it in greater detail than we could address here: http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=61015 Although the topic discusses the XP registry, the concepts there apply to all other versions of Windows.

:thumbsup: Not all registry cleaners create a backup of your registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting/logging in, then there's no backup to restore in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:25 AM

Ok how about a link to a registry guide then?

What about a program that just makes it easier to search the registry?

Edited by majax79, 15 June 2009 - 09:27 AM.


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Posted 15 June 2009 - 06:41 PM

how about a link to a registry guide then?


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/demystifying-the-windows-registry/
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