<<...which is a good legit registry program i can use to see if everything is runing fine?>>
No such thing, IMO.
"Registry programs" fall into two categories, as I see it.
a. Registry editors.
b. Registry cleaners.Registry editors
can be convenient tools...for those who are adept at manually editing the registry and who just want to save some time in the choices which they choose to eliminate. Users of such are required to exercise the same level of scrutiny and care...that they would exercise if making the changes one at a time...but the time looking for keys/values is diminished by virtue of the search engines that are used. At least, that's my experience and perception.Registry cleaners
are a totally different class of animals...smoke and mirrors for those who choose to use them. Think of it this way.
Last year, someone took a basic install of XP...took inventory of the registry values, keys, etc....and decided what a basic Windows registry "should" look like. They did not include Windows critical updates...they did not include modifications of the registry made by every program that is subsequently installed...they did not include the myriad of data files which a user might install. This someone then wrote/developed a program for commercial sale to users who don't know better...and called it "XYZ Registry Booster" or "Black Magic" or some such other silly phrase that sounds as if it is doing something beyond human understanding. This person cannot possibly update the creation...to reflect all the changes which take place in the registry. This tool cannot necessarily determine when any given registry value reflects an "error" or "damage" or anything other than that it exists. This program isn't updated to reflect the system that it's actually on...it cannot be, since the developer doesn't know what's on that system. But the program has a defined structure to compare the actual registry against...and it uses that structure to compare and assert that Entry A doesn't belong, while Entry B does. Users don't know that the structure/diagram used...does not, cannot...reflect their individual systems. They just trust that...this "tool" knows more about the registry than they do...and naive users think that this...makes for a "tool" which they need.
Sales are made, profits are garnered...
That's a quick, unbiased view of "registry editors" and "registry cleaners", according to Louis
(who has tried any number of each in his "software experimentation phase of his computing experience. The origin of these programs...lies with Windows 9x and the fact that computing in those days...was developing. The continued existence and emergence of new programs that fall into the "registry cleaner" category...continues to amaze.
In any case...
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
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
Edited by hamluis, 29 December 2010 - 04:12 PM.