Registry Semi-Disaster: I am an idiot - used 2 registry 'cleaners'

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Sascha Jazbec, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. take your Vista dvd, insert and run setup.exe, re-install the OS to the same
    partition where windows is now, without formatting the HD.

    That will keep your documents and stuff in a folder created by Windows
    Setup. That folder is "windows.OLD" and you can pick up all your files and
    then delete it safely.

    and never ever run such apps again. The promised speed tweaks are not worth
    risking stability or OS integrity.

    Sascha / germany
     
    Sascha Jazbec, Feb 18, 2008
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  2. Sascha Jazbec

    dczarniak Guest

    I used two different registry cleaners /optimizers / whatever on my entire
    registry.

    Now my control panel is empty, I have no printers, and I am getting messages
    to validate my copy of windows. When I try to do that, it fails every time.

    All of the usual helpful suspects seem to be inoperable - system restore
    won't fly, nor will the shadow copy fire up and on and on and on and on.

    Oddly, I seem to be able to do most things, which I hope bodes well for
    backing up everything prior to whatever needs to be done next.

    What sort of music do I have to face here ?

    I did it to myself - I am prepared to pay the piper.

    Whatever wisdom you could impart to me would be greatly appreciated.

    (I know what I did was profoundly stupid. I willingly accept that fact, also)

    How do I atone for my transgressions ?
     
    dczarniak, Feb 18, 2008
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  3. Sascha Jazbec

    Not Me Guest

    Hopefully it gave u the option to make a backup copy before you made
    changes.
    If not, possibly a system restore would help.
    To me, anyone using a registry cleaner without really understanding it, is
    like trying to disarm a nuke with fingernail clippers.
    It may work, but it isn't likely! LOL
    Get rid of them!!
     
    Not Me, Feb 18, 2008
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  4. Sascha Jazbec

    SG Guest

    First off don't be so hard on yourself, we all make mistakes and that's how
    we learn. If you cannot undo what these snake oil programs did and you
    cannot do a System Restore then it appears you need to try and backup all
    your user files, music, pictures, etc and reformat and install again. BTW,
    what two cleaners did you use?
     
    SG, Feb 18, 2008
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  5. Sascha Jazbec

    dzomlija Guest

    Using a Registry Cleaner is like throwing out the baby with the
    bathwater - It's looking for trouble!

    You only real chance of fixing this is if these so-called "cleaners"
    made backups for you. If not, then System Restore may work. Just restore
    to a point before you ran the cleaners.

    The moral of the story is this - DON'T use Registry cleaners. If you
    can't with confidence manually modify the registry yourself, how can you
    be sure that such a cleaner is modifying the right things? Many of them
    do just that - they clean you out.


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    dzomlija, Feb 18, 2008
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    dczarniak

    Just to add to the replies registry cleaners are snake oil remedies. If you do not know your registry and what is being removed you have no business there. The belief that a bloated registry will slow your system down is a myth by itself. Leave the registry alone.
     
    Peter Foldes, Feb 18, 2008
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