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Application That Will Force Registry Items That Refuse To Delete

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#1 johnkromka


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 12:21 AM

  1. When I uninstall something, usually there are still parts of the application left behind in the registry. I always go in there and delete anything related to the uninstalled item because I want to get ALL remnants of the uninstalled item out of the registry completely. However, there are times some registry items of this kind refuse to delete for one reason or another. It is rare, usually everything deletes. However, I am frustrated with the registry items that won't delete. I just tried something called RegOwnershipEx but I couldn't make it work to delete these items. I need something that will force delete these stubborn registry entries. Now I know if I get a message while trying to delete a registry item and it won't go it might be best to leave it in there. But I always do a registry backup in case of any thing I might delete I shouldn't have so no problems result with my system. But I still want to delete everything, call me stubborn. Does anyone know of an application out there I can download to force delete these registry items that will not delete on first try? Also, I would like something that is fairly easy to understand and use. I would think there would be something out there for this purpose but I haven't found anything searching. 
    1. Revo Uninstaller, IOBitUninstaller and others I have tried fail to delete COMPLETELY 100% of the items associated with an uninstalled application. There ALWAYS are 'things' left behind. This varies from a lot to a little. I don't understand this. Why are some items 'left behind' in the registry, and files and folders on my computer? In years past I just left this stuff on my computer, but I have read that this useless junk piles up over time and can even slow down your machine. I have found a utility everyone should know about called TakeOwnershipEx. It allows you to take ownership over files and folders that refuse to delete due to ownership and permission issues, and is so easy to use. If you want to delete files or folders or do other things but run into problems, try downloading this app. and you will get control to do whatever you want with no problems. However, I have not found an equivalent app. to use in the registry. Thanks much. 


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#2 Havachat


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:56 AM

There will be many answers to the Registry and Tinkering.

Some will say , stay away unless you want a Dead PC , know what you are doing , and having a Reg Backup is no gaurantee.


Needless to Say , after uninstalling any Program Via Add/Remove always leaves something behind.

I myself just check Program Files / Program Data / AppData Folders and delete what i know can be deleted { Never had an Issue }.

And have used "Unlocker" for certain files being locked when deleting leftover folders etc.

Ive never had an issue with the Registry and deleting anything , so it may be an Ownership issue with you ?


You could try within Safemode and see if that helps.


I do use Ccleaner to scan the Registry for orphans / leftovers and delete what it finds.{ I Have Images but have never needed them after }.



Overall Registry leftovers are not an issue to be concerned with , and cause no issues , and take up minute space.

If they still bother you then the answer is a clean install to remove them.


I have images of my C:\  , as clean as it can get , programs loaded , an all updated { 28G }.

If i install a Program and it goes peer shaped or kills the PC then i can revert back last Image taken , up and running again { Never needed to in 10yrs }.

Most programs shouldnt be an issue if you download from trustworthy sites and companies.

Edited by Havachat, 10 April 2017 - 03:00 AM.

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