Solved What is the value of Windows registry repair programs?

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August 20, 2012 at 07:42:00
Specs: Windows 7, IntelQuadcore 2.8 GHz
There are very many free and paid registry repair programs available. What is their real value ? Is there a real difference between free and paid ?

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August 20, 2012 at 08:41:56
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For the most part there is no need for you to run any of these programs.

I have found them to be useful when you have a program that you can't re-install because it wasn't fully un-installed. Other than that scenerio there should be no need.

If you do find the need CCleaner registry module is safe to use in my opinion. You can also backup the registry BEFORE making the changes. I save the backup to the desktop where it is easy to locate. If you experience no problems after a few days you can simply delete the backup.

In the case of CCleaner, the free version is intended for non-commercial use only.

Some cleaners are too aggressive and remove needed entries.

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Their cleaner is the real gem. I use it very frequently to keep things tidy.

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August 20, 2012 at 08:52:26
Those registry *repair* programs are actually registry cleanup programs. They are supposed to provide registry optimization and system speed improvement.

My opinion is that using such programs results in little to no speed or whatever else gain, but from the other side there is a risk of breaking up something by removing a critical registry key.

Concerning free vs. paid cleaners, the latter might perform deeper reg scan, thus increasing the possibility of something to go wrong.

Put simply, registry under normal conditions doesn`t need any clean up at all. I consider buying a paid registry cleaner a waste of money. And I wouldn`t use any free reg cleaners too, just because, again, it is not needed.

Hope this helps.

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August 20, 2012 at 09:14:03
One of the reasons the registry gets bad is from user putting on too many junk apps. The second is the OS. Kind of a shame that we are stuck with that sort of issue. A proper OS and proper installer ought to protect the user from this sort of issue. I guess there is a lot going on in these installers and they either fail to guess or don't guess correctly. Even linux has dependency issues. Some cheap and "malware" apps are just junk designed to do this.

They may be worth a try to fix an issue. MS can put a generic registry back on if only that is the issue.

I tend to make a fully working system. I put all the current apps that I need and all the security software and patches on then make an image of that. If things seem to be wrong I just install that image back on. Takes like 20 minutes.

Windows 7 backup to a usb or networked storage can provide you with an excellent backup plan.

I just don't know of a 100% good repair program that will work for all faults.

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August 20, 2012 at 14:04:01
Most registry cleaners don't repair anything (despite their claims). They only remove invalid entries which rarely matter anyway. Generally best avoided unless you are tech and use them for diagnosis. Things can go wrong if a non-technical person just lets them remove everything they find.

I do agree however that CCleaner is one of the least risky ones because it doesn't dig as deeply as some others.

We often get reports of screwed up systems after folk have used Registry Mechanic.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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