Confirm you should leave the Registry well alone

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Anonymous Sender, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. OK I have been reading the newsgroup for a while about five weeks and I have I read the FAQ and threads about the Registry .I need to know about the Vista Registry. I have Home Basic on a Lenovo. The Registry Cleaning on a scan is saying 400 critical errors. But computer works fine so I am just ignoring it for the moment have been doing a lot of downloading trying different software As I have read the posts you do not touch the Registry under any circumstances and that is want I want to confirm. If is works leave well alone is the old maxim. Can somebody confirm that on the Vista Registry you leave it alone as you can do irreparable harm if you play around with it. Thank for any help in advance.
     
    Anonymous Sender, Nov 12, 2007
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    Charlie Tame Guest


    Yes, leave it alone, at least until you are sure the "Cleaner" is
    reliable. Some like to make you think they are doing a good job by,
    well, let's say by exaggerating the seriousness of problems.

    Many keys are unused but are there "Just in case", many get left behind
    after software is installed then removed etc. These don't do any harm at
    all because the system never looks for them or uses them, like the pages
    in a phone book - you need an electrician you only look for "E". Most of
    the phone book will never be used but it is there in case you need it.

    That is not to say there can't be problems, but when there are you will
    find out (usually the hard way). Personally I think the risks of running
    automated "Fix" utilities outweighs any miniscule "Speed" gains. Some
    say they see a difference, I think that's wishful thinking :)

    See what others say but I think most will say leave alone.
     
    Charlie Tame, Nov 12, 2007
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  3. Correct. "If it's not broken, don't fix it." Most especially don't
    use a snake oil automated registry "cleaner." They do absolutely no
    good, and carry a great potential for causing damage.


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    Bruce Chambers, Nov 12, 2007
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    Alias Guest

    I must admit, you're right, Bruce, and I owe you an apology. I just
    reinstalled XP Pro on one of my machines and, for the hell of it, I
    didn't do the usual registry cleaning that I always do and the machine
    runs faster than ever, boots quicker and opens programs faster.
     
    Alias, Nov 12, 2007
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    Eagle Guest

    I need to know about the Vista Registry. The Registry Cleaning on
    Most of the Windows OSes get upset when required entries are removed
    from the Registry. The tools you are likely using will not harm your
    system. Just let the tool save a copy before it destroys the values
    it wants to delete; that way you can undo any damage that might
    result. The "don't touch the Registry" concept helps prevent those
    that dn't know what they are doing from hurting their system.

    David
     
    Eagle, Nov 12, 2007
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    dzomlija Guest

    All the replies are dead-on accurate in their assesments. Leave the
    Registry alone. If you yourself are not sure of how or why the registry
    works, how will you be sure that these so-called "Registry Cleaners" are
    in fact cleaning the right places?

    In far too many cases I've encounterd, "Registry Cleaners" do nothing
    but take you to the cleaners, leaving you with a near dead system that
    needs a clean install to get working again.


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    dzomlija, Nov 12, 2007
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    Charlie Tame Guest


    But if you "Knew what you were doing" you wouldn't need an automated
    tool. so in essence their use is a self fulfilling prophecy. You can't
    always undo damage, that is part of the problem.
     
    Charlie Tame, Nov 12, 2007
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    HeyBub Guest

    The problem with that methodology is that the required registry entry may
    not be discovered to be missing for some weeks or months. Then you're really
    screwed.
     
    HeyBub, Nov 13, 2007
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