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Old 22. Jun 2009, 07:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Some say that cleaning registry has no discernable impact on performance?

What do you guys and gals think?
According to Mark Russinovich, Ed Bott and LifeHacker registry cleaning is generally unnecessary (at best).
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Old 22. Jun 2009, 07:54 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Its true, as far as I have read, experts do say, that registry cleaning is a myth. It has no noticeable effect on system's performance. Knowledgeable people even advice to stay away from all those registry cleaning softwares, because they cause more trouble, than they solve. Registry is not a thing to be played with. One wrong move, and it can render the whole system unbootable.
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Old 22. Jun 2009, 09:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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According to Mark Russinovich, Ed Bott and LifeHacker registry cleaning is generally unnecessary (at best).
We need more posts like this which bring together experts' views. Other subjects giving the views of the 3 you quote MIGHT include Defrag, Page Defrag, Registry Compression etc etc.
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Old 22. Jun 2009, 01:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I agree and would even go further to include many of the so called "system care" products. As I posted recently elsewhere, from my experiences users often require a "system cure" after using such software. Comodo, Iobit, CCleaner and RegSeeker all fall into this category and I'm sure there are many others.

The biggest causes of system slowdowns are malware infections and general issues involving software installation such as;
too many active security programs
conflicting security software
Badly configured programs
stuff that's not been correctly un-installed
mis-managed system "tweaks"

Insufficient processor capacity or system memory for the required applications to run is also a common problem when users buy a baseline PC and then expect it to run games and similar software.

One of the few "normal" causes would be an un-defragmented hard drive that's almost full.
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Old 22. Jun 2009, 11:54 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Exclamation the myth of registry cleaning

Yes it is a myth, there is no advantage to be gained from it, and I've sort of proof for that. From all the companies (>30) I contacted for my review to come, freeware and commercial software, none - zero - nil were able to provide the slightest sort of evidence.

One offered a table giving machine 1 / machine 2, a value for both machines before and after cleaning as evidence (without any clue how those values got there), another made their German spokesman contact me by telephone to test the waters. He then promised to get me in touch with a tech guy from his firm - I'm still waiting, cause noone's actually willing to talk to me.

Also I was referred to a test, showing several products in comparison to each other, but never even raising the question, if it were necessary to install a reg cleaner in the first place. It is simply like testing green paint for doors, without asking the question, why they should be painted green?
So, as Anupam said, stay away from registry cleaners. They will not improve your system performance. If you are not familiar with the registry, do not touch it!
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Needless to say I agree wholeheartedly. I think the Windows registry is such a specialized area knowledge wise that many of those who have it just say so for effect. As 99% of the rest of us could never prove what they say right or wrong, so this "opportunity" has not been missed by the vendors. It's very much like cloud antivirus programs - i.e. up in the air!
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Old 23. Jun 2009, 12:33 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Ok, at the fear of being lynched by this mob, I'm going to say that I will continue to do registry cleaning and use registry cleaning programs; with a caveat.

Intellectually, I know that I have never seen any proof anywhere that registry cleaning benefits or speeds up your computer. However, emotionally, it feels like stuffing a closet full of stuff and then taking parts and pieces of it out but leaving other parts in there. I mean, it's like putting a bicycle in a closet and then taking out the chain and the handlebars, but leaving the wheels and the rest of the bike in there. Why leave it in there if you're never going to use it? Eventually, your closet is going to fill up.

I use registry cleaners to clean out basically leftovers from uninstalled programs (too much junk software out there that do not totally uninstall themselves) and references to install files that I no longer have. (I put downloaded install files into my c:\temp folder. Once they are installed, I normally delete the install files. However, the registry keeps a record of all those install file locations. Why should I keep those?) I NEVER accept everything a registry cleaner says to clean! I learned a long time ago to not do that unless I want to spend a weekend reformatting and reinstalling windows.

So, I use them for very specific and special purposes. I also know not to delete registry entries that I know nothing about. And, I ALWAYS save a copy of my registry before I do any cleaning.

In the end, I "feel" better even though I "know" that there is no solid evidence that I'm making any difference to my computing.
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Old 23. Jun 2009, 08:06 AM   #18 (permalink)
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We need more posts like this which bring together experts' views. Other subjects giving the views of the 3 you quote MIGHT include Defrag, Page Defrag, Registry Compression etc etc.
Well those links are in the article here. It seems to me that registry cleaning, memory optimizers and various tweaks (e.g. disabling services) seem to be the most controversial/dubious. Stuff like defragging doesn't seem to be mentioned negatively too much so I guess most people agree it's useful.
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Intellectually, I know that I have never seen any proof anywhere that registry cleaning benefits or speeds up your computer. However, emotionally, it feels like stuffing a closet full of stuff and then taking parts and pieces of it out but leaving other parts in there. I mean, it's like putting a bicycle in a closet and then taking out the chain and the handlebars, but leaving the wheels and the rest of the bike in there. Why leave it in there if you're never going to use it? Eventually, your closet is going to fill up.
Spoken like a true neat freak.
I'm not as bad as the character in the TV series Monk (USA)
I can not help but imagine this huge registry with thousands of entries. A part of these entries are left over from uninstalled software as a result of being a download junkie (guilty) If my computer has to use this registry to correctly associate Dll's and other related files to correctly run. It seems removing the clutter should make the process faster. Sort of like going through the sock drawer to find a match. Not a problem for me because all my socks are matched before going into the sock drawer
Anyhow be it a registry , the dewy decimal system or a sock drawer. the system should be faster without the clutter.

Just my 2 cents

PS: What are your thoughts on registry defragmentation

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Of course my wife would beg to differ.....
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