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2 Questions About Regedit & Bootable USB

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    2 Questions About Regedit & Bootable USB


    Hello eveyone. I have 2 questions regarding modifying Regedit and using Rufus to make bootable USB.

    1. So I've made a Win7 and Win8.1 bootable USB. After you choose your .ISO file, Rufus will automatically "generate" a new "volume label". I guess I want to edit that , but the label that generated by Rufus seems to have some "special meaning"? Or it can't be edited else the USB won't work. Is there anything like that? Can I rename it in "Computer"?

    2. Alright I want to completely uninstall a program, but most of it will have leftovers like in Autoplay menu, so the most important part is to remove things in registry. But deleting them one by one in Regedit using F3 to find is a little bit time wasting. For example I want to uninstall Torch Browser, then I'll have to find "Torch" and F3 plus delete one by one. Is there a way to automatically find and batch delete anything that contains keyword "Torch" and anything related to Torch Browser just by running one command or pressing one key?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. So I've made a Win7 and Windows 8.1 bootable USB. After you choose your .ISO file, Rufus will automatically "generate" a new "volume label". I guess I want to edit that , but the label that generated by Rufus seems to have some "special meaning"? Or it can't be edited else the USB won't work. Is there anything like that? Can I rename it in "Computer"?
    Yes, you can rename to anything you like. It won't affect anything and still be bootable.

    2. Alright I want to completely uninstall a program, but most of it will have leftovers like in Autoplay menu, so the most important part is to remove things in registry. But deleting them one by one in Regedit using F3 to find is a little bit time wasting. For example I want to uninstall Torch Browser, then I'll have to find "Torch" and F3 plus delete one by one. Is there a way to automatically find and batch delete anything that contains keyword "Torch" and anything related to Torch Browser just by running one command or pressing one key?
    When you installl a program, there should be an uninstaller that came with it. Use the uninstaller to uninstall it and it will remove most unnecessary entries depending on how well it was written from the software developer. You should not go into registry and clean up manually. If you are not careful, you might break something causing your PC unbootable.
    You can use the registry cleaner such as CCleaner to clean afterward: https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You should not go into registry and clean up manually. If you are not careful, you might break something causing your PC unbootable.
    You can use the registry cleaner such as CCleaner to clean afterward: https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
    Thanks for answering. Hmm I export the .reg data before I make any changes and I just search for the relevant keys that contain the software's keywords, I guess it won't brick the PC right...?

    Somehow I don't trust third party software can remove leftovers completely... because I've tried several programs that said to have cleaning abilities like remove unused registry but after I uninstall using those unwanted programs, I still found leftovers in registry, like QQ International, and Microsoft Word 2010 still display in Autoplay menu when I plug in my smartphone.
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    If you are good and confident of what you are doing then it's OK. However, sometimes you will not be able to completely delete all the entries that the third party software put in there because they embed unprintable keys in there and you'll not find it. Take an example, if you install a trial software that is good for 30 days. After 30 days, you will not be able to re-install it because of those hidden keys unless you buy the software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    If you are good and confident of what you are doing then it's OK. However, sometimes you will not be able to completely delete all the entries that the third party software put in there because they embed unprintable keys in there and you'll not find it. Take an example, if you install a trial software that is good for 30 days. After 30 days, you will not be able to re-install it because of those hidden keys unless you buy the software.
    Hmm. So the best way you suggest is to use CCcleaner to remove unused registry items right?
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    Hmm. So the best way you suggest is to use CCcleaner to remove unused registry items right?
    That's what I would do. However, CCleaner won't be able to clean those keys for the trial software either. Otherwise, every body just keeps on re-installing the software and use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    That's what I would do. However, CCleaner won't be able to clean those keys for the trial software either. Otherwise, every body just keeps on re-installing the software and use it.
    Hmm... Okay. Except those trial software key, CCleaner can really wipe all uninstalled program's key and registry items right? Just to make sure. Sorry for being annoying...

    I used a Chinese software that said it can remove unused registry, after I uninstalled Office 2010 Professional Plus, the "Open with Microsoft Word" option is still there when I plugged my smartphone... In Autoplay menu...
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    so the most important part is to remove things in registry.
    No! Actually, leftovers in the Registry rarely cause any problems and because of how entries are accessed in the Registry, orphaned entries and leftovers rarely ever cause performance problems either.

    I am a fan of CCleaner, however, because it is not overly aggressive and it always prompts to backup the Registry before cleaning. But I do not recommend using CCleaner's Registry cleaner (or any Registry cleaner) on a broken computer. It is more a preventative maintenance tool than a repair tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    so the most important part is to remove things in registry.
    No! Actually, leftovers in the Registry rarely cause any problems and because of how entries are accessed in the Registry, orphaned entries and leftovers rarely ever cause performance problems either.

    I am a fan of CCleaner, however, because it is not overly aggressive and it always prompts to backup the Registry before cleaning. But I do not recommend using CCleaner's Registry cleaner (or any Registry cleaner) on a broken computer. It is more a preventative maintenance tool than a repair tool.
    Agreed, I only run it AFTER a Full/Deep scan with an antivirus program followed by Malwarebytes full scan, haven't had problems doing it on several computers.
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