Discuss: Windows 10 and Registry Cleaners

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January 28, 2016 at 05:57:10
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Microsoft says Windows 10 no longer needs any registry cleaners. Discuss here if you think Microsoft is correct, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
January 28, 2016 at 06:51:25
Admittedly I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist & I'm very suspicious about the hard push to get Win10 on as many systems as possible. The fact that Microsoft would give away an OS for free boggles my mind & makes me even more suspicious of what the ultimate goal is. Now they don't what us to perform maintenance on our systems because they've got it under control? Sorry, my spidey senses are tingling.

http://windowsreport.com/registry-c...

I've installed GWX Control Panel on all my Windows systems to block the Win10 upgrade.

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-u...


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#2
January 28, 2016 at 07:01:33
Windows has never needed registry cleaners. Most of them are just snake oil.

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#3
January 28, 2016 at 08:41:13
Microsoft has always maintained that Windows does not need a registry cleaner so this is hardly news.

Cleaning the registry would be a good thing, if it could be done reliably. The problem is it can't. And without major changes to the registry (that would probably break compatibility) it is hard to see how that could change.

There was a time when Microsoft provided for download a program known as "RegClean". But it was never designed for general use and not as a maintenance utility but for the specific needs of developers. It was later removed from download as it was being used other than intended and was causing problems.


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#4
January 28, 2016 at 09:30:11
CCleaner is one of the safest registry cleaners but that does NOT mean it can't get things wrong. It can, I have conclusively proved so. Some folk say they have never had any trouble with registry cleaners. I then feel like asking them if their computer has ever gone wrong for no apparent reason. I know you can undo registry changes but it is not always obvious which is which particular entry cause the issue or exactly when a problem came along.

I adopt a "do as I say, not as I do" philosophy. I do use one to tidy up loose ends but even with some knowledge of the registry I do not let CCleaner just remove the lot. If I don't understand what the entries are for then I exclude them.

However running a registry cleaner rarely results in a performance improvement because invalid entries are mostly ignored. To those posters on these board with little registry knowledge I advise them not to use a registry cleaner. Note that the CCleaner forum helpers say much the same.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#5
January 28, 2016 at 10:32:56
I stopped using Registry Cleaners after I learned that
Registry Junk is a Windows Fact of Life way back in 2005. Since then every customers machine I served runs fine without doing any registry cleaning on a regular basis. I still use CCleaner only to correct minor glitches on an as needed basis.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#6
January 28, 2016 at 13:26:09
Just put the latest cumulative update on my netbook (one which some time back was most reluctant to upgrade to W10 but eventually did).

Apart from it taking four hours to do the update it appeared to be running the upgrade yet again (familiar processes). Whatever, it removed CCleaner as part of the process. The fact that windows.old has appeared once more confirms my idea that it did the upgrade again. W10 is great fun but with MS screw ups I'm inclined to think they have a cheek to worry about CCleaner.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#7
January 28, 2016 at 16:58:31
"... I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist & I'm very suspicious about the hard push to get Win10 on as many systems as possible."

My thoughts exactly. Win8 (admittedly a kludge) is barely on the market just over 3 years and MS pulls support---Win7 updates virtually shove the newer OS down users throats. Something definitely fishy in Denmark (and other locales).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#8
January 28, 2016 at 17:37:30
"... I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist & I'm very suspicious about the hard push to get Win10 on as many systems as possible."

It is because of Microsoft's ambitious goal to have Windows 10 on over 1 billion devices two to three years after the official release of the operating system (July 29, 2015). The clock is ticking,

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#9
January 31, 2016 at 11:51:56
Maybe this is a good place to post this link:
http://www.howtogeek.com/198758/nev...

It covers what many helpers on these forums keep saying.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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