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Old 03-08-2006, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently used CCleaner and DCleaner to clean out junk, but I think it made some changes to my registry (couldnt use desktop shortcuts anymore) that caused me to reinstall XP Pro. When I called MS support, they also thought that registry changes were made.

Do you all feel that running CCleaner and other registry cleaners to clean registry items is safe?

I know I can always back up the registry before "cleaning".

Thank you!
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yes, i think cleaning registry entries with ccleaner is good, i dont even back it up!
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For my registry, I use TweakNow (http://www.majorgeeks.com/TweakNow_R...ard_d4134.html). There is a Pro version, but it ain't free.

TweakNow scans the registry, and then places the results in three divisions... safe to delete, not fully safe to delete, and unknown.

It's free, and it's fast. That works for me.
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Thanks guys...do you think the registry really needs to be cleaned often?
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You should clean it after you uninstall anything, including adware/spyware.

I hit mine once a month, even if I haven't.

I also use RegCompact about once a month to defrag my registry.
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Great advice Trotter, I forgot that when programs are uninstalled, they leave "dead" tracks in the registry. Appreciate your response!
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I use registry cleaners every day, defragment one per week, never backup.

CCleaner and RegSeeker for cleaning, WinASO RegDefrag for defragmenting registry.

RegSupreme (jv16 PowerTools) is the best registry cleaner I know, but it is shareware.
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Wow, you really need to defrag the registry after cleaning? Like the HD?
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Yeah and page file should be defragmented as well time to time (with PageDefrag).
But I have just set up Windows to delete page file at shutdown for security reasons.
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How did you do that with the page file at shutdown? Can you tell me the method? Thanks!
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