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Registry Routine Maintenance


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#1 UM Wolverine

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:29 AM

Is it a good idea to perform certain routine maintenance tasks on the Windows Registry, other than perhaps doing backups? If so, what should be done and what are the tools in Windows to accomplish these maintenance tasks?

 

 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:37 AM

Registry cleaners are snake oil IMHO. They do not help and if fact cause more problems. The only time you need to clean the registry is because of Malware and that is either done by programs like Malwarebytes or Virus Removal Experts that know what they are doing.

 

For example, I had .NET Framework on an XP computer and cleaned thousands of registry entries. Compacted the registry and there was no noticable decrease in Boot time. It's not worth cleaning a Registry Hive of a few MB's and can actually increase boot time as you are actually fragmenting the registry.

 

At most you should Defrag the HDD if you have XP. If you have Windows 7, and I believe Windows 8 also, the Defrag utility is set to automatically run every Wednesday through the Task Scheduler. You can also clean out the temp files with Ccleaner but do not use it's registry cleaner.


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#3 UM Wolverine

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:43 AM

Thanks you for the advice.

 

I read about the issues with registry cleaners and that prompted my question. I thought there might be some native Registry tools within Windows itself (8.1 in my case) that should be used on a periodic basis.



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:53 AM

There are none. The only thing it has is called Optimize Drives which is a fancy name for Disk Deframenter.






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