Suggestions on good Registry Cleaner

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

  1. DirtyDawg

    DirtyDawg Guest

    It does doesn't it. :) I've known for years that a good registry cleaner
    is very important. A lot of the times when you go to uninstall a program,
    the uninstaller doesn't work too well, even when you use the "Add/Remove
    Programs" option through the Control Panel. There almost always seemed to
    be something left behind to lag/clog up the registry. I have been using
    Registry Mechanic for a good long time now, but at the moment it is not
    compatible with 64bit systems.

    I must admit though, I don't think I've EVER seen Microsoft admit that there
    is a need to clean the register until now. I wish that they would
    incorporate that kind of feature into Live One Care.
    DirtyDawg, Jun 20, 2008
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  2. Then you've been laboring under a severe misunderstanding of how the
    registry works for just as long, I'm afraid.

    For badly written programs this is often true; for properly designed
    and coded uninstallers, it's a non-issue.

    Utterly untrue. Orphaned entries have absolutely no affect upon
    performance, and only a microscopic affect upon disk space.

    Why? What's the point? Do you also play Russian Roulette?


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    Bruce Chambers, Jun 20, 2008
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  3. DirtyDawg

    Victek Guest

    It does doesn't it. :) I've known for years that a good registry
    For thoroughly uninstalling programs have you tried a dedicated uninstall
    program, such as Revo Uninstaller? It will search the hard drive and
    registry after the application's uninstall completes and find the bits that
    were missed, such as registry keys. I don't know if Revo Uninstaller
    support 64 bit Windows though. I looked around their web site and couldn't
    find a specific statement about support OS's.
    Victek, Jun 20, 2008
  4. DirtyDawg

    Brink Guest

    Sorry, it does not support 64 bit OS's yet


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    Brink, Jun 20, 2008
  5. DirtyDawg

    DirtyDawg Guest

    No I haven't. I didn't even know that there were programs such as that out
    there. In the past, I just looked for anything that would take out the dead
    registry entries and when I found Registry Mechanic, I stopped looking. I
    hope pctools gets on the ball and makes Registry Mechanic compatible with
    64bit windows. I'll look around and see what I can come up with in regards
    to your program suggestion. Thanks for your time.
    DirtyDawg, Jun 20, 2008
  6. Steve,

    I believe you are exactly right.

    Hans-Georg Michna, Jun 20, 2008
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    Tom Lake Guest

    CleanMyPC is compatible with 64-bit Vista. It's not free but it's reasonable.
    I've never had it mess up my registry. Of course I always back up before running
    any program that changes the registry. If I ever I forget to, something will go

    Tom Lake
    Tom Lake, Jun 20, 2008
  8. DirtyDawg

    Mark Guest

    I searched for a benchmark for these Registry Cleaners and couldn't find any
    substantiating their claims, so I performed my own.
    While simple in nature and very limited, it provided some information on the

    1. Made a full backup so I could recover after this experiment.
    2. Installed a popular benchmark (3DMark08) that would give me a base number
    to compare before and after.
    3. Installed CCleaner, which seems to get more recommendations than most
    from this newsgroup.

    My computer is used to test lots of software, so I have a lot of garbage
    registry entries from all the products I install, including MS Office 2003,
    DVD/CD burners, games, etc. (I mention these because they are currently all
    uninstalled with the uninstaller provided by the vendor. Yet, if you look in
    the registry, there are traces of each all over the place.) I run Avast as
    my anti-virus and Windows Firewall. (These were left on for both the before
    and after.)

    Run 1: As-is
    5301 (generic score)
    6209 (GPUs)
    3684 (CPUs)

    Run 2: Run CCleaner to remove all extraneous files (224 MB) and registry
    entries (114.) I used no discrimination... just remove it all automatically.
    5291 (generic score)
    6214 (GPUs)
    3660 (CPUs)

    In a nutshell, little to no change. What change did occur is a reduction in
    When I look through the registry, the links to missing files have been
    removed, but all the User Options, Preferences, File Associations, Version,
    etc are still present.

    I need a better uninstaller. Not a registry cleaner.
    Mark, Jun 21, 2008
  9. Mark,

    I can confirm that for some other registry cleaners I tried some
    time ago. They don't really understand the registry.

    A typical case is that some DLL is registered as an object in
    the registry and contains a reference to a nonexistent file in a
    nonexistent folder. Obviously the entire registration should be
    removed, but the registry cleaners never do that. Instead they
    remove only a small part of it and leave most of the garbage in
    place, now mutilated even worse.

    And I'm not even touching the question whether correct removal
    would yield a performance increase.

    Hans-Georg Michna, Jun 21, 2008
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    comphulk Guest

    Use CCleaner. It's really good, and it has a registry cleaner built i
    to it. I use it every week, and it always get at least 150-800 MB o
    junk off my computer. Haven't had any problems with it so far. And i
    supports Vista SP1
    comphulk, Jun 24, 2008
  11. ....

    For the fragments left after a program uninstall, i'd HIGHLY recommend a
    free program called 'Revo Uninstaller' which not only uninstalls the
    program but scans the registry for keys left behind by the uninstaller.
    It clearly points out what keys should be deleted (colour-coded)

    An excellent, excellent program IMO.


    Athanasian Creed, Jun 30, 2008
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