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    Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    I'm linking to Registry Mechanic which is a free download from Winguides with an upgrade I'm going to get for $20 because I hope some people will try it. There have been a number of good threads on registry cleaners in the lounge, and a lot of them are available for free download. I'd like to know what people experienced with them think of this one. Winguides is a helpful site, where you can search over 900 Registry Tweaks free with information on them, and the author also offers a Tweak Manager much like Tweak UI on mega-steroid doses which allows you to do the Tweaks from an easy gui and he concientiously adds new regedits weekly or even more often. You are always linked from the app to the key on the site for more information or in case you want to do it manually. I figure if Tweak Manager is good, Registry Mechanic will be too, but I'd really appreciate some seasoned opinions.

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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    Be careful about using registry cleaners for Win 2000 and Win XP.

    Last I heard MSFT dropped its own RegClean due to problems using it with Win 2000 and Win XP.

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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    I've had excellent luck with Norton's WinDoctor included in the SystemWorks suite. By and large, though, I believe cleaning the registry without good reason is highly overhyped and accomplishes little. I have rarely, if ever, seen any tangible benefits from it.
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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    I've used WinDoctor in Norton Utilities 2002, running from the CD-ROM.

    It is useful to find the orphans, but I won't let WinDoctor automatically change anything unless I know the change would be correct.

    P.S. The only reason I even have NU is that it came as part of a bundle that included NAV 2003 and was free after rebates.

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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    Thanks Mark, Howard. That comment from Mark was exactly the perspective I needed to context registry editors. As you know, they are one of the most frequently advertised utilities/apps on the web and on all kinds of sites, because everyone is conditioned early on to want their registry as healthy and 'problem free' as possible.

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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    I'd like to put my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> in here for what it's worth. I am a big advocate of registry cleaners. I install and uninstall a LOT of progs to try before buying. Uninstalling them with just the AddRemove utility in XP, leaves a TON of junk entries in the registry. I regularly use System Mechanic, TweakXP Pro, Norton and others to clean out some of the debris in the reg. Without a cleanout the reg becomes a huge compilation of good and bad, useable and unuseable code. As for doing any good or not, just picture your OS trying to run through hundreds and hundreds of lines of code to locate what it's looking for, when instead, at least SOME of the useless stuff is removed and out of it's way. There HAS to be a positive result from this reduction in reg size. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> Lean and mean is better than fat and dumpy.

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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    A Registry Editor is not the same as a Registry Cleaner.

    A Registry cleaner reports alleged problems.

    A Registry editor facilitates changing the Registry.

    Some of you might recall that I decided to clone a Win 2000 system from drive F to Drive G a bit over a year ago.
    An insane thing to do, and I'll never do it again.
    In that case, there were 10's of thousands of changes that had to be made to the registry.
    Using a registry editor was essential.

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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    Fat and dumpy? I think you just described Windows in three words. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> No matter how diligent one tries to be, Windows can't seem to do much better than limp along after a year of beatings, and a clean install is usually on my annual to-do list!
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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    You don't mention your operating system, but I've been using:

    jv16pt(PowerTools1.6).zip
    http://www.vtoy.fi/jv16/shtml/jv16powertools.shtml
    12:54 PM 2/8/03

    This is the successor to Registry Cleaner 4.3 by Jouni Vuorio.

    and also
    EClea1_7(EasyCleanerV1.7f).exe
    http://www.toniarts.com/ecleane.htm

    Both are free & I've never had any trouble. It doesn't remove everything that's left behind, but although I try to be diligent, I don't keep track of everything I try & then uninstall.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Registry Mechanic from Winguides

    There's actually a rather telling comparison table, of lots of registry utilities, on Jouni's site:
    http://www.vtoy.fi/jv16/shtml/registry_test.shtml

    I've also seen some good press recently for RegSeeker:
    http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

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