Slow Startup = Registry Cleaner?

April 2, 2011 at 18:27:27
Specs: Windows Vista, 2gh / 4gb
Hello, my HP laptop running Vista Home takes a long time to boot up. After doing alittle research I read that the registery can get clogged up from adding and deleting programs over time which can slow the system down. Does this sound right and could possibly be my problem? If so, which registry cleaner works best, and I would prefer something free but still safe to use. Also, I am not too computer savvy so somehting that is easy to use. Thanks for the help!

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April 2, 2011 at 19:59:40
Registry cleaners are potentially dangerous and should be avoided, particularly by people with limited experience. Registry cleaners generally cause more problems than they solve. It is highly unlikely that "junk" in the registry is the cause of your problems.

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April 3, 2011 at 05:42:25
thanks for your reply.

Can you tell me then what the cause of this slow boot up could be? The laptop is about 2-3 years old and it definitly was not this slow when new. I run a AV & spyware program regularly and use the Vista firewall.

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April 3, 2011 at 10:04:00
I have used registry cleaners before with no issues to some minor issues. They don't work as great because there tends to be a lot of other stuff going on but they can fix some things.

Personally I think that slow boots tend to be driver issues but it could be any number of issues that are not easy for a person to fix.

If the computer ran great when you bought it then I normally suggest you consider a complete reload of the OS back to factory state. It is a very scarey deal to most people and one can loose data and programs if they don't know how to do it.

The owners manual will provide info on how to do it. Be sure you completely understand it and maybe have a friend look at it too to be sure. In any case you need to know what data you really need to save to some cd/dvd or other hard drive or network. Then follow the restore procedure. In some computers they even save the data for you but may not be easy to use. Downloaded programs are the worse. They are hard to save.

Anyway, reloading is a task you ought to know how to do. Reload it clean and first thing is to update all service packs and get a good firewall and protection software on it.

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April 8, 2011 at 12:56:42
Thanks for the reply

What drivers issue would cause a slow bootup? I would rather other solution rather then completely reloading my OS. Plus like you said, I don't even know how to do that correctly without making things worse.

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April 8, 2011 at 14:16:24
The only registry cleaner I'd recommend is CCleaner - it's free and it isn't too invasive in its default form. The other things it can do is to clean out un-needed files, that will always help, and also lets you disable, or remove, start-up items that may be causing problems, so it's a good tool to use as a starting point.

Vista has a built in tool that can diagnose problems with start-ups, part of Event Viewer - rather than me trying to describe it, Ed Bott has a good article about it HERE

Having said all that, Vista isn't a great OS and often, as has been mentioned, a clean reinstall is the best option to get it running well again.

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