Registry "Cleaners" actually provide no real benefit to the user.
Windows easily 'skips over' any orphaned or invalid Registry entries in nanoseconds.
In some rare cases where a system has been extensively used for tons of installs and un-installs, removing invalid Registry enteies may free up a very small amount of disc space, but even that will hardly be noticed by the ordinary user.
I have never read a post in which the user said that such a "Cleaner' corrected any problem. If the issue is with an improper Registry entry, the only solution to the problem is to edit
the entry to reflect the correct values. I have read many (many) posts in which the user said that the problem began after
running a Registy "Cleaner."
In one interview a Microsoft MVP stated that he had been running XP since it was first released and had never "cleaned" his Registry. His system had never had any problems. Read this thread in which Bill Castner (a name we should all know) quotes Mark Russinovich (head of Sysinternals and creator of Process Explorer, Autoruns, and many other excellent utilities for Windows): http://www.windowsbb...ead.php?t=61015
Here's what Ed Bott has to say: http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=643
So~ Bottom line: Not Recommended!
by people who know Windows best.
be done about every users Registy? Back it up!Erunt
is the best choice here: http://www.larsheder...nline.de/erunt/
This free utility makes a complete backup of the Registy which can be restored using the .exe contained within the backup folder. If allowed to make a backup automatically at boot, it will create a directory of the last 30 days from which you can select. Upon discovering 'goofyness' all it takes to "Go Back" to the day of your choosing is to open that date's folder, double click the ERDNT.exe
file, wait 30 seconds for it to work, and reboot.
Upon rebooting you will discover that your system is just like it was the day the backup was made.
Painless, and in my opinion, better than System Restore.
I won't boot without it.
Making a manual backup before a 'tricky' install allows complete un-install with a reboot, and a backup of a "clean" system can be used to eliminate the effects of malware as well. I hope you get it today and put it to work protecting your Registy. Here's a Tutorial(easy): http://www.larsheder...erunt/erunt.txt
As far as "Cleaners" go: Fageddaboutit!