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#1 youthedog4

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 02:36 PM

Well lately I have been getting random freezes where I can only move the mouse and its really laggy and I have to restart the computer to fix it. It only started happening a few days ago when I started cleaning up my computer (defragging registry, C:, cleaning registry, fixing errors, deleting useless files).

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 03:20 PM

(defragging registry, C:, cleaning registry, fixing errors, deleting useless files)

This sounds like it could be the problem! See if a system restore to a time before you did all of this, will help get your computer running without freezing.

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#3 youthedog4

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 03:58 PM

(defragging registry, C:, cleaning registry, fixing errors, deleting useless files)

This sounds like it could be the problem! See if a system restore to a time before you did all of this, will help get your computer running without freezing.

I already tried a System Restore and it didn't work but thank god I used IObit's software to clean my registry because it automatically makes a backup of the registry. I'll tell you if I get another freeze again.

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 04:07 PM

(defragging registry, C:, cleaning registry, fixing errors, deleting useless files)

This sounds like it could be the problem! See if a system restore to a time before you did all of this, will help get your computer running without freezing.

I already tried a System Restore and it didn't work but thank god I used IObit's software to clean my registry because it automatically makes a backup of the registry. I'll tell you if I get another freeze again.



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 16 October 2010 - 04:23 PM

I'll be sure to read over all of this tonight. I've finished restoring all changes to my registry and so far it's looking fine.

Edit: But does it matter if I keep defragging my C: or is that not a problem?

Edited by hamluis, 16 October 2010 - 05:10 PM.
Removed unnecessary quote ~ Hamluis.


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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:50 AM

No defragging will not hurt your computer. I use Windows 7 built defrag and it works just fine. Analyze you disc first and see if you need a defrag done. Start and type defrag and you will see it at the top of page.
IMHO don't use anything that fools around with the registry.




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