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When should you run a registry cleaner?

  1. #11


    Beloit, Wisconsin
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    I use CCleaner and run a registry scan about once every two months. Never had any issues (Cross my fingers).

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  2. #12


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Maybe my OCD will bite me in the butt one day when it comes to registry cleaning. I just hate orphan trash in my registry. I do look closely at what the program (CCleaner) wants to remove though.
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  3. #13



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I use Tweaking.com's Registry Backup in Windows Repair(All in One).
    Attachment 55786
    It also restores. It's also good for if you uninstall something & regret doing it and reinstall it(I always save installers of favorite programs to my Data disk).
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  4. #14


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    A subjective, personal opinion: There's no need for registry cleaners.

    I am a heavy duty geek, have been it both professionally and private. Since early days of Vista I have never installed nor used any registry cleaners. The only thing I have done with registry is sometimes edit a value or two, for instance in order to sysprep an upgraded Windows which requires some values to be changed. That's all.

    What if an orphan registry entry remains after uninstalling something? It's not a big deal, in fact it's totally irrelevant and has absolutely no effect on Windows, its speed and / or functionality.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 31 Dec 2014 at 02:34. Reason: Typos
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  5. #15



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    What if an orphan registry entry remains after uninstalling something? It's not a bid deal, in fact it's totally irrelevant and has absolutely no effect on Windows, its speed and / or functionality.

    Kari
    I use to think it was a registry file that was messing things up when uninstalling then reinstalling a program that had become corrupted...eventually I learned it was those darn INI files that hide in C:\Users\Clifford\AppData
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by jpolacko View Post
    I use CCleaner and run a registry scan about once every two months. Never had any issues (Cross my fingers).
    This is also what I do, except I clean monthly ... never had a problem in many years
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  7. #17


    No real need to do it regularly, only when something suspected that has something to do with registry. Even than, those programs like CC can and only find orphaned entries and can not replace anything missing. With some prevention like proper and thorough uninstallation of programs, registry cleaning becomes unnecessary.
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  8. #18



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    No real need to do it regularly, only when something suspected that has something to do with registry. Even than, those programs like CC can and only find orphaned entries and can not replace anything missing.
    That's right Count! At least Ccleaner names it "cleaner" (correctly) and not "repair".
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  9. #19


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Well there have been cases, that people could not run/install software, because of some registry leftovers, completely unrelated to it and reg cleaner fixed it. One bad registry entry can cause crashes, BSOD and even prevent you from booting, something that is normally solved by reinstall only. Obviously the same can happen, if reg cleaner removes something, it should not. If you stick with reputable and avoid deep scans, you should be fine. It is just a regular maintenance, which prevents various bugs and keep OS problem free.
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  10. #20


    Every now and than I feel compelled to show somebody usefulness of uninstallers like Revo and fire up CCleaner,all that could be found in it are some SS entries from internet past connections.
    Here just did it now after a month or so:
    Click image for larger version

    In mean time, many programs installed and almost as many uninstalled by Revo Pro in most aggressive mode. Even AV was changed from Avast to Bitdeffender to AVG. Manually I found some entries for those past AVs (they were uninstalled using their own utilities) but CC did not find anything pertaining to them.
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