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#1 XML2005

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 06:30 PM

I downloaded the trial version of Chemtable's “Reg Organizer”; but I don’t understand how to use it. Does anyone use this program? I ran the first step (i.e. the scan step) of its Automatic Registry Cleanup. Is it safe to allow it to delete all the files it found on this scan step?

Thank you from a registry ignoramus.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 06:50 PM

If you don't understand how to use this program then it may not be a good idea to use it. Almost any program that makes changes to your registry can cause damage to your system and in your case since your not familiar with the registry, it may be beyond your ability to correct it.

I have not used this particular program so I cannot comment on it. Maybe someone else here will have some comments about it. However, I cannot stress enough that you should ALWAYS back up your registry BEFORE making any changes. An excellent FREE tool to use for doing this is ERUNT.
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Posted 29 November 2005 - 01:14 PM

Just to echo, quietman7.

I don't know your level of expertise, so please heed this warning:

If you aren't absolutely, positively, sure about what you are doing in the registry, STAY OUT!!!
The relatively minor benefits to cleaning up your registry, are far outweighed, by the potential damage you can do your computer.
"Fixing" something in the registry, that shouldn't be "fixed", is the quickest way there is, to turn your computer into a doorstop.

If you do insist on using a registry cleaner, by all means, backup the Registry first.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
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Posted 29 November 2005 - 04:04 PM

I used ERUNT to back up my registry so at least I won't keep adding dead entries in the future!

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 06:27 PM

Next to my pet peeve (networking), the registry is the deepest sort of black magic in Windows! :thumbsup:

Seriously, the registry is so darned complicated that there's ton's of books and programs out there that pretend to be the be-all and end-all of registry experts.

There's an excellent book on the registry available from Microsoft called "Windows Registry Guide, 2nd Edition" written by Jerry Honeycutt. It's incredibly detailed and complex - yet it barely scratches the surface of the registry.

Schedule ERUNT to backup your registry daily - and keep a few on hand just in case (the readme has details on this).

Use Total Uninstall to monitor all of the changes to your system during an installation (files and registry additions, deletions, and changes). Then, use it to uninstall the program. Anything left is documented for you so that you can remove it manually. This is so much better than the built in Microsoft program that I paid for the shareware version!!! I install a lot of programs while trying to help folks out - and it would really mess my system up after a while of doing this. With Total Uninstall the system remains stable!

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