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    Registry Cleaning

    What's the community's favourite? There seems to be a huge amount of choice available, and some of the ones I've looked at don't inspire confidence eg "It is probably OK to remove these keys"
    I'd be inclined to trust Registry Mechanic, from WinGuides mainly because I know these guys know their stuff.
    But I'm also thinking that in a lot of cases all this stuff is a solution looking for a problem that doesn't exist. Unless the Registry is really overburdened with crud, the overhead of a few (or even a few hundred) cobwebs may not matter. And certainly doesn't merit the risk of screwing something up by removing a "probably ok" item that isn't. Is this heresy? Should our registries be as clean as a whistle, or isn't it worth getting obsessive about?

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    You might take a reading tour <!post=through this thread.,293551>through this thread.<!/post> There are a number of "suggestions" made in there. Buyer-Beware, as I take it you already are! Check my next to last post for one minor bummer that happened to me. I've concluded that registry cleaning is a bit like spyware detection and eradication - ya win some and ya gets bitten a little in the process.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Tim

    A Well-Known British AntiVirus Firm had (has?) a bug/feature in their installer which meant that running it monthly and for each new IDE pattern file over a matter of years gave breathtakingly-enormous numbers of file paths (literally thousands) as individual registry keys/values, each to a single file (99.8% of which no longer existed as individual files). This took up the odd few MB in the registry, and I never knew they were there until the previously-freeware JV16 v1.3 pointed them out, for a one-off clean-out.
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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    I like Winguide's Reg Mechanic although I haven't tried but one other I can't even remember. Thorough--never cited for problems on ng's and boards and there are with some of them--we've seen the conflicts at times in the Lounge--and Simon Clausen does the Winguide's site and is often mentioned as a registry expert. I believe that becaue of his extensive Tweaks site and because his Tweak Manager works well (1000 plus tweaks from the gui or manually and adding) you can't go wrong with it. Easy interface--good results. There may be a trial.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    I use System Mechanic , and has always been good to me and SAFE TO USE.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Tim,
    Unless you install your system and never make any changes or additions to it ( unlikely ) than a reg cleaner isn't worth it. BUT.....
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    Registry is really overburdened with crud
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    Install, remove or change or try a new prog a few times and that's exactly what it will be, overburdened with crud.

    With a load of empty keys and values, here there and everywhere in the reg, it stands to reason that it will take more time and increase the odds of error, when the system has to search through all this "crud".

    Amen, to Cowboy's recommendation of SYSTEM MECHANIC. Safe and easy to use. Follow it's suggestions to remove whatever it finds. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Thanks Al, I'm on my way there...

    Now, if only we had a Search feature, I wouldn't have had to bother you... :-)

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