Suggestions on good Registry Cleaner

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by DirtyDawg, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. DirtyDawg

    DirtyDawg Guest

    Can anyone suggest a good Registry Cleaner for Vista 64b? I just recently
    purchased my laptop with the 64b OS installed and it seems like it is
    already getting a little sluggish.

    Thank you for your time.
     
    DirtyDawg, Jun 19, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Never use a Registry Cleaner!!! They do more harm than good!
    If you can't manually work in your Registry, leave it alone, or get a
    competent Computer Technician to do it for you.

    Try doing a disk cleanup, delete temp files, delete temp internet files.
    Cut back on number of restore Points, delete Programs that you don't use.
    Check for Spyware.
    There is so much you can do without touching the Registry.
     
    Mick Murphy, Jun 19, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    None. See:

    http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099 - registry cleaner thread

    Malke
     
    Malke, Jun 19, 2008
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    Zoloft Guest

    and to answer your question without paranoia, warranted or not,

    JV16 Power Tools 2008
    and
    SuperWin RegVac Registry Cleaner

    are both x64 compatible, and very handy lil aps. You will, of course,
    want to make sure to back up all changes you make, in case they do cause
    issues.
     
    Zoloft, Jun 19, 2008
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  5. Well i have use Registry Mechanic and i have found that it remove
    pretty much everything you need to worry about and so far it has cause
    no problems with me
    It saves so much time over doing it manualy and does not cause an
    problems with performence. (atleast it didnt with me in the last year o
    so that i have used it with 2 machines.
    But i dont know if it will work with a 64 bit os
     
    CuttersChoice, Jun 19, 2008
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    Victek Guest

    Can anyone suggest a good Registry Cleaner for Vista 64b? I just recently
    Registry "cleaning" may seem like a good idea, but can you really attribute
    any improvement in performance to it? I've tried it from time to time and
    I've never noticed the slightest difference. On the other hand, I have seen
    registry cleaners damage the registry resulting in programs not loading
    properly. One thing you can do to optimize the registry which IS safe is to
    defrag/compress it. There are a number of free utilities, such as NTRegOpt
    which do this.

    As others have mentioned there are many safe ways to optimize a Windows
    system which do produce noticeable gains in performance. If you need
    suggestions just ask.
     
    Victek, Jun 19, 2008
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    Brink Guest

    Hi DirtyDawg

    This will help improve your computer's performance better than just
    registry cleaner can

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/81176-speed-up-performance-vista.htm

    However, I have used the free Wise Registry Cleaner program withou
    having any problems with it

    'WiseCleaner.com - Downloads
    (http://www.wisecleaner.com/download.html

    Hope this helps
    Shaw

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    Brink, Jun 19, 2008
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    ICQM Houston Guest

    perform regular disk cleanup, defrag - i suggest not using antivirus as this
    will cause more frustrations (but if you found one that best suit your needs
    that's OK) - use the best firewall instead - scan your PC of spyware daily.

    system restore makes your PC much worst after you run it so much as well
    disable it - i suggest careful manual registry cleaning as it require
    perseverance and studiosness to manually clean the registry file
     
    ICQM Houston, Jun 19, 2008
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  9. The only way to 'clean' the registry is to do it manually. In most cases the
    software that purports to be able to clean the registry causes more problems
    than it solves. If you are not confident enough to manually remove defunct
    registry entries then leave the registry well alone and keep as far away
    from registry cleaners as you possible can.

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    John Barnett MVP, Jun 19, 2008
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    hpwuest Guest

    hpwuest, Jun 19, 2008
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  11. ........it seems like it is already getting a little sluggish.

    But it's a heck of a leap to assume there's a registry problem, or that
    "cleaning" the registry makes any difference at all to responsiveness.

    I've been playing around with these damn things for years and can tell you
    three things:

    1/ Running a registry cleaner gives you a warm feeling as you tell yourself
    you've "improved" things in your computer.

    2/ Your computer doesn't share your feelings because it doesn't have any.
    Never, not once, have I honestly been able to spot an improvement in
    responsiveness by cleaning (or defragging) the registry.

    3/ On a handful of occasions I've actually buggered up some functionality as
    a result of using registry cleaning tools, and had to restore the backup.
    Sometimes you don't notice the problem for a few days, which is actually the
    worst kind of problem.

    My conclusion is that they are the 21st century equivalent of snake oil.
    Don't waste your time (and run the risk of breaking something).

    SteveT
     
    Steve Thackery, Jun 19, 2008
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    999mizta999 Guest

    i use Auslogics Registry cleaner and no problems :D
     
    999mizta999, Jun 19, 2008
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  13. I use registry mechanic and have noticed a increase in responsiveness,
    even in things as simple as the boot time of my machine.
    Plus Virus often create registry entrys on your machine so it is nice
    to get rid of them, especialy if you can use something like spybot s&d
    to stop them from re creating it.
    But I dont rely on he and to go over the registry myself and have bad
    experiences with several scanners in the past.
     
    CuttersChoice, Jun 19, 2008
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    DirtyDawg Guest

    Thank you all very much for your input. I'll mull it all over/do more
    research and then make my decision as to what to do. Again, I appreciate
    the input.
     
    DirtyDawg, Jun 19, 2008
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  15. Any so-called registry "cleaner" is nothing more than a worthless
    snake oil remedy whose sole purpose is to separate you from some of your
    money.

    Why do you think you'd ever need to clean your registry? What
    specific *problems* are you actually experiencing (not some program's
    bogus listing of imaginary problems) that you think can be fixed by
    using a registry "cleaner?"

    If you do have a problem that is rooted in the registry, it would
    be far better to simply edit (after backing up, of course) only the
    specific key(s) and/or value(s) that are causing the problem. After
    all, why use a chainsaw when a scalpel will do the job? Additionally,
    the manually changing of one or two registry entries is far less likely
    to have the dire consequences of allowing an automated product to make
    multiple changes simultaneously. The only thing needed to safely clean
    your registry is knowledge and Regedit.exe.

    The registry contains all of the operating system's "knowledge" of
    the computer's hardware devices, installed software, the location of the
    device drivers, and the computer's configuration. A misstep in the
    registry can have severe consequences. One should not even turning
    loose a poorly understood automated "cleaner," unless he is fully
    confident that he knows *exactly* what is going to happen as a result of
    each and every change.

    Having repeatedly seen the results of inexperienced people using
    automated registry "cleaners," I can only advise all but the most
    experienced computer technicians (and/or hobbyists) to avoid them all.
    Experience has shown me that such tools simply are not safe in the hands
    of the inexperienced user. If you lack the knowledge and experience to
    maintain your registry by yourself, then you also lack the knowledge and
    experience to safely configure and use any automated registry cleaner,
    no matter how safe they claim to be.

    More importantly, no one has ever demonstrated that the use of an
    automated registry "cleaner," particularly by an untrained,
    inexperienced computer user, does any real good, whatsoever. There's
    certainly been no empirical evidence offered to demonstrate that the use
    of such products to "clean" WinXP's registry improves a computer's
    performance or stability. Given the potential for harm, it's just not
    worth the risk.

    Granted, most registry "cleaners" won't cause problems each and
    every time they're used, but the potential for harm is always there.
    And, since no registry "cleaner" has ever been demonstrated to do any
    good (think of them like treating the flu with chicken soup - there's no
    real medicinal value, but it sometimes provides a warming placebo
    effect), I always tell people that the risks far out-weigh the
    non-existent benefits.

    I will concede that a good registry *scanning* tool, in the hands
    of an experienced and knowledgeable technician or hobbyist can be a
    useful time-saving diagnostic tool, as long as it's not allowed to make
    any changes automatically. But I really don't think that there are any
    registry "cleaners" that are truly safe for the general public to use.
    Experience has proven just the opposite: such tools simply are not safe
    in the hands of the inexperienced user.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jun 20, 2008
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    Victek Guest

    1/ Running a registry cleaner gives you a warm feeling as you tell
    Defragging the registry does not improve responsiveness, but it does free up
    a little disk space <g>.
     
    Victek, Jun 20, 2008
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    Tom Lake Guest

    Most people will tell you to not use one at all. I have used CleanMyPC
    when reinstalling software wouldn't work. It seems to do the trick just fine.
    the stubborn software would then install with no problem. I don't use the cleaner
    on a regular basis, just when I need it. I do know what the registry entries do
    and could do all the work myself but a good registry cleaner saves me a lot of
    time.

    Tom Lake
     
    Tom Lake, Jun 20, 2008
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    Mark H Guest

    Mark H, Jun 20, 2008
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  19. Defragging the registry does not improve responsiveness, but it does free
    Well, a tiny bit! But the OP was complaining about sluggish performance.

    SteveT
     
    Steve Thackery, Jun 20, 2008
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  20. For the money, of course. If idiots are willing to spend good money
    for snake oil products, why shouldn't Microsoft also try to cash in? It
    is, after all, a business.


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    killed a great many philosophers.
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    Bruce Chambers, Jun 20, 2008
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