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Old 18. May 2010, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ccleaner registry deletes

I understand that is is somewhat dangerous to delete registry entries. If I uninstalled a program I will always run a Ccleaner registry scan to see if there is any residue & I have no problems with running a registry clean to get rid of the leftovers, however I have noticed that some windows apps do not clean up well after MS does an update.

Recently microsoft.net/framework updated (via ms auto updates) and left behind 7 missing shared dll entries in v1.0.3705. I have V2 and V3 installed, so I have no idea why V1 is being updated. MS Silverlight did the same thing, leaving behind 10 entries. As these are base MS products that came with my preloaded windows system, I am somewhat hesitant to let Ccleaner delete the entries.
Should I ?
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Old 19. May 2010, 03:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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emmjay,

There is a .net clean up tool on the MS site I do not have a link for it. The left over Silverlight 1 items maybe be there if you ever have to revert to 1 if you have a problem with Silverlight 2, at that point go back to 1 and reinstall 2.

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Old 19. May 2010, 03:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use CCleaner and I think its safe, so if I was you I would
clean up the registry but make sure to back it up, just in
case. If something goes wrong (I dont think it will) just use
the registry back up and you ll be OK. I have found CCleaner
to be of good help and it has help me clean up after updates
of all types, so don't be afraid of it. This Registry cleaner is
actually considered mild, so its very safe in my opinion.
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Old 19. May 2010, 09:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There is a .net clean up tool on the MS site I do not have a link for it.
Here is the link for .NET clean up tool :

http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/pages/8904493.aspx
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Old 19. May 2010, 01:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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In a moment of madness i recently ran CCcleaner reg cleaner just to see what the outcome would be. One system restore later and everything is fine again
The last time i used a registry cleaner (3 or 4 years ago) i had to do a full reinstall so not so bad this time.
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Old 19. May 2010, 01:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have used CCcleaner many, many times and have never had a problem. So far. . I think it is important that you review what is to be deleted by it after analysis and, if you are not sure, then don't let it delete.
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Old 19. May 2010, 03:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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jim is absolutely right. The results should be reviewed to see if by any chance, valid entries are not being deleted. Deleting without giving it a second thought can cause problems. I have never used a registry cleaner, although I am quite tempted sometimes, because I like to keep things in order. I had once used the CCleaner registry cleaner tool, to just see the results. I saw many entries left behind by software which I had uninstalled long ago. I was quite tempted to use the cleaner, but I did not do it. May try it sometime... but not before reviewing the results. Registry cleaning is a risky business.
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Old 20. May 2010, 07:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Tnx everybody for your advise on this matter.

I took a chance and deleted only the Silverlight entries (but I saved a copy of the registry entries before the delete). My system seemed to be running just fine after the delete, so I switched from my admin UA over to my standard UA (it did not work properly .... argh!!!). I got a temporary login screen. So assuming it was the registry delete I logged off the temporary UA and tried to log back onto my admin UA (it worked). Back to the std UA, but again it did not work. Tried a restart, but the same problem. I reinstated the registry entry and I can now switch between user accounts without a problem. I did not know that Silverlight had anything do do with user account management (but now I do!!!)

I have chosen not to mess with the framework entries. So glad that Ccleaner allowed me to save a copy of the registry entries before I hit delete.
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Old 14. Jun 2010, 09:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've been using the registry cleaner in Ccleaner for years, and I use it a lot, and have never had a problem. I always backup (habit), but have never used a backup. It always kind of amazes me how people can have different experiences. I'm not saying others problems aren't real, it's just weird, isn't it?

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Old 15. Jun 2010, 02:08 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The only trouble I ever had with CCleaner is that it did delete the
association that I had chosen for a particular movie player to open
certain type of video file. It was easy to figure out how to fix it and
everything was OK. I believe that in my case it has been good to
use it often.
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