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jbljohn

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I recently ran defrag on Auslogics and it advised I had a large number of Registry errors (junk files?) - to remove them they wanted me to buy software is this something I should do or even be concerned about? Thanks!
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rshaffer61

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Simple answer is no since everyone is given that message when using Auslogics Defrag.
The registry is not the place you want to mess with for no obvious issue being shown.
The registry in reality does not have junk files but invalid entries or orphaned entries.
As far as junk files you can use TFC since it won't touch the registry.

Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.



Background info courtesy of DonnaB Thank you


As for TFC, this is a tidbit of an article I found a while back by a MicroSoft MVP.

TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB).

Before running, it will stop Explorer and all other running applications. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files.
-- TFC only cleans temp folders.
-- TFC will not clean URL history, prefetch, or cookies. Depending on how often someone cleans their temp folders, their system hardware, and how many accounts are present, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more. TFC will completely clear all temp files where other temp file cleaners may fail.


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Thanks for the explanation. Ran TFC yesterday on advice from GeeksToGo. This is an absolutely great site for us with limited computer knowledge! Thanks to all of you for your assistance in the past!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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How is the system running?
What does the free space look like on the system?
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Also, its never a good idea to run Registry Cleaners as rshaffer61 stated above. It always causes more problems than it can fix. I may interest you I reading http://miekiemoes.bl...ing_13.html?m=1

If the program has kept a backup of the registry, it's advised you restore it.

Edited by Babbzzz, 22 August 2013 - 04:29 AM.

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