Vista / Win7 registry optimizer?

provoko

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I used to optimize the registry for winxp using regcleaner and ntregopt all the time. Is there any point in cleaning/optimizing the registry for vista/win7 or do they do a good job on their own?

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SicKlown42012

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the only tool I can recommend to use is CCleaner to clean the registry every once in a while. As for "optimizing", I've never seen the need. I think these tools only show improvement because you want it to. If you still insist on it, you can use Auslogics's Boostspeed, which includes a bunch of tools, like defrag, disk cleaner, registry cleaner, registry optimizer, and many more. I've played with it once, and it worked perfectly on Windows 7.
 

provoko

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the only tool I can recommend to use is CCleaner to clean the registry every once in a while. As for "optimizing", I've never seen the need. I think these tools only show improvement because you want it to. If you still insist on it, you can use Auslogics's Boostspeed, which includes a bunch of tools, like defrag, disk cleaner, registry cleaner, registry optimizer, and many more. I've played with it once, and it worked perfectly on Windows 7.

It's been a long time, but the last time I used ccleaner for registry cleaner I didn't get that great of results. Does ccleaner know what it's doing now?
 

Grentz

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Most of these type of things tend to do more damage than good overtime in my experience.
 

mmtom

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I don't think there's much of a point, unless you're constantly installing/uninstalled software that doesn't clean up after itself.
 

SicKlown42012

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It's been a long time, but the last time I used ccleaner for registry cleaner I didn't get that great of results. Does ccleaner know what it's doing now?

The whole reason I recommend CCleaner is that it isn't as aggressive. The really aggressive tools have a much higher chance of messing up a perfectly good install. The fact is, a dirty registry will not make your "modern" computer slower, at least in a way that is noticeable to the end user.

I don't think there's much of a point, unless you're constantly installing/uninstalled software that doesn't clean up after itself.
For situations like this, RevoUninstaller is great. It looks for associated registry objects that the built-in uninstaller doesn't find, and it will also find any shortcuts or other types of file that tend to get left behind. It's amazing in this day and age that companies still love to leave crap behind even after you remove the program.
 

YeOldeStonecat

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Unless you're on a horrendously messed up machine that you must get running instead of doing a format/reinstall, I don't believe in them much.

CCleaner is very..."mild"..in its approach, doesn't get rid of much stuff.

I've read a few reviews of them out there, besides the JVPowertools one, of the freebies....Eusing Free registry cleaner did very well.

For machines in decent running condition, no need for them. The registry is quite small in the first place...so trying to optimize it to shrink it, and removing so called invalid entries...it's like removing a single grain of sand from a beach.....not really much is done. Invalid entries usually just lead to dead ends and cause no harm, cause no performance hit.
 

bigdogchris

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I used to optimize the registry for winxp using regcleaner and ntregopt all the time. Is there any point in cleaning/optimizing the registry for vista/win7 or do they do a good job on their own?

Thank you.
Don't mess with the registry. The closest thing you should ever do to modifying it is using 'uninstallers' that can scan for leftovers. Even those are not necessary unless your having problems with menus/options still appearing that should be gone.
 

TechieSooner

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Vista+ is great about not bogging down like XP did.

So there's really no need. Not only nobody has never shown consistent results about the registry cleanups working: as others have said- it usually does more damage than you'd clean up.

Only time you should be mucking around in there is if you actually are trying to resolve an issue and you've got no choice.
 

Gorankar

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The faster our computers become, the more bloated the registry can become b4 we notice a difference. All CCleaner ever finds for me is leftover keys to games or apps I have uninstalled. It's doubtful getting rid of those keys has any tangible effect on my computer's speed. Of course, if the uninstallers did their job properly, that would not be an issue anyway.
 
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