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Whats the best free registry cleaner?

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    Whats the best free registry cleaner?


    Hi, something wacky is going on with my Downloads folder in Windows Explorer... opens every folder within it as duplicate, if I try to do renames, sometimes hangs and crashes. System was scanned and is clean so I want to check the integrity of the registry.

    Whats the best free tool to do this?

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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    System was scanned and is clean
    What program did you use for that process? My routine is to first do a full/deep scan with a fully-up-to-date antivirus program followed by installing Malwarebytes and a full/deep scan.

    As for cleaning the Registry there is only one guarantee, making the wrong choices in such a program can kill Windows. After having said that, I use CCleaner but then I've used it for several years with only a couple of issues that were quickly fixed by restore to a System Restore Point I had manually created first. CCleaner has the option to do the same.
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    I used Microsoft Defender and MalwareBytes.
    Sounds like I should create a Restore Point before performing the CClean. I just cant think of what else could be causing this. It also creates a second Downloads icon in the left tree below (but not in) Network section. Strange... and only started doing this a week or two ago.
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    OK I ran CClean and fixed 363 issues with the registry but it didnt fix the problem.
    I could not find anything else being reported thru Google. How can I really be the only one with this issue?
    Only thing I can think of now is to uninstall one program at a time although if its just that folder, maybe there is something specific with its properties or sharing on the network settings?
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    Click image for larger version

    Even the SFC Scannow that Brink posted failed. It found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them!
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    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    I use WiseCare Free, among registry, it also clean junk files, which might fix some problems as well.

    You could also try to run this, in this order:

    fsutil resource setautoreset true c:\
    fsutil usn deletejournal /d /n c:
    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
    sfc /scannow
    Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    sfc /scannow
    Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
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    Tairku, How about an explanation of what each line does? Should I run it on a (supposedly OK) Win 8.1 computer? Thanks, Bo
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    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Bobarry View Post
    Should I run it on a (supposedly OK) Win 8.1 computer?
    It is like running CCleaner, they just reset/clean stuff, fix some problems.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../cc788042.aspx
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../ff621564.aspx
    WinSxS Folder (Component Store) - Clean Up in Windows 8.1
    DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8
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    Whats the best free registry cleaner?


    Quote Originally Posted by orlando1974 View Post
    Hi, something wacky is going on with my Downloads folder in Windows Explorer... opens every folder within it as duplicate, if I try to do renames, sometimes hangs and crashes. System was scanned and is clean so I want to check the integrity of the registry.

    Whats the best free tool to do this?
    Mac OS X! ;-)

    Cheetd
    Last edited by m4v3r1ck; 13 Jul 2015 at 05:33. Reason: typo
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    Posts : 112
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Whats the best free registry cleaner?


    [QUOTE=Berton;513608]
    System was scanned and is clean
    What program did you use for that process? My routine is to first do a full/deep scan with a fully-up-to-date antivirus program followed by installing Malwarebytes and a full/deep scan.

    As for cleaning the Registry there is only one guarantee, making the wrong choices in such a program can kill Windows. After having said that, I use CCleaner but then I've used it for several years with only a couple of issues that were quickly fixed by restore to a System Restore Point I had manually created first. CCleaner has the option to do the same.
    Yes, SRP is THE key factor for save using registry cleaner aplications!

    Cheers
    Last edited by m4v3r1ck; 13 Jul 2015 at 05:35. Reason: added quote
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