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Need a registry cleaning tool recommendation


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#1 ImRealtimer

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 02:30 PM

I ran the free version of PC Tools Registry Mechanic™ 2011, the report claims I have over 1200 registry errors. Can some one please recommend the best registry cleaning software for a non-techy type? Thanks so very much.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 04:09 PM

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

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry 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 inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all 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 problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

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 06 October 2010 - 10:28 PM

By using applications that already exist in Windows you can effectively accomplish the same thing that a registry cleaner will do without endangering your computer.

Use the Disk Defragmenter, Disk Cleanup, and delete your temporary files.

To remove the temporary files go to Start> Run> Type in %Temp% and click on OK.

All of the folders and files shown in the Temp folder are no longer being used by Windows XP and can safely be deleted. To delete these files click on your Delete key and then click on yes.

You can remove all of the files in this folder by clicking on Edit> Select All> Delete.

To permanently delete these files you will need to empty them form the Recycle Bin.

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#4 ImRealtimer

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:36 AM

All I really want to do is fix the registry error(s) that I believe is preventing my DVD from burning.

I used the tool that Budapest suggested:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cd_dvd_drive_problems

and got the error message:
"Drive is not capable of burning (HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B)"

As I mentioned in an earlier post:
I have a DellXPS600 and running Windows XP. The internal DVD burner will no longer burn disks. It will, however, read and open files. When I right click on the drive to view the properties of a blank disk, it shows up as being completely full and when I try to burn a disk, I get an error message saying that I need to insert a disk in the drive. This occures when using Nero and Sonic software.

Thanks again for the help.

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 01:37 PM

The properties of any cd (blank or not) will always show the disk full

Have you tried a laser lens cleaning kit?
They are actually getting kind of hard to find but it might be worth a shot

Try Dollar General if you have one around you. I found them there for 5 bucks
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Posted 07 October 2010 - 01:50 PM

The properties of any cd (blank or not) will always show the disk full

Have you tried a laser lens cleaning kit?
They are actually getting kind of hard to find but it might be worth a shot

Try Dollar General if you have one around you. I found them there for 5 bucks



Just picked up a new one to replace my aging one the other day at a local DG. I have also seen them sold a Drugmart and some game rental stores as well as stores that sell gaming consoles.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 03:58 AM

I don't use any registry/cleaning software, because they are not good and not safe enough. I developped my own very simple method, which is full automatically, much safer, more thoroughly than any existing registry/cleaning software ever will be and the original contents of all registries in Windows Registry are restored without needing additional Windows Registry Backup software.
Less work for me, less software required and a superclean computer without any superfluous object. :thumbsup:

Edited by ErikAlbert, 12 October 2010 - 04:36 AM.

ErikAlbert - "Simplicity is always brilliant" - "Every software sucks, some suck more than others."
WinXPproSP3 + Comodo Firewall + FirstDefense-ISR + Anti-Executable + Sandboxie + ShadowProtect - no scanners, no cleaners.
I remove superfluous and evil objects, not because they are there, but because they weren't there.




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