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lakep7

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:tazz: Hi! I sure could use some help. I have tried to run regclean several times but when it gets to the part that says: "scanning type library identities for errors" it freezes and will not finish. It freezes the whole computer. I can finally get to task manager to stop it and it is using 100% of my cpu. I have to end process to get it to stop and free my computer.
Can anyone help me solve this problem? I have used regclean in the past and had no problem. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
lakep7 :)

Edited by lakep7, 27 September 2005 - 12:02 AM.

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sharlpero

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Try running RegClean with a command-line argument:
REGCLEAN /L

This will create a log file (called RegClean.LOG) in the same
directory as RegClean. It will be a *very* large text file.
When it stalls, open up RegClean.log in a good text editor or Wordpad.
See if you can pick an error. If it is not obvious, then post the last
12 lines and someone may spot the fault.

It will probably stop at a line like this:
HELPDIR = " ???k"

Use Regedit.exe (Start-Run-Regedit)
Search for that string (Edit-Find or Ctrl+F) and when you find it,
highlight the HELPDIR key in the left-hand pane, rightclick and Delete
and confirm the deletion.
Press F3 to search again. There will be two or three such strings.
Delete as you did the first one.
Note: Don't have the "match whole string only" box ticked when doing
the search for the culprit string.

An alternative is to search for HELPDIR in Regedit and keep on
pressing F3 until you find the first one that is obviously wrong. Any
others will be close by.
Mine was no. 74 of 191 occurrences, so this can take a while in
Regedit.

If this seems a huge task, then the easy way out is to not run
Regclean. It is not essential.


cc: http://groups.google...r&start=0&num=3 :tazz:
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lakep7

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thanks, sharlpero. what is regcleans function anyway? My uncle swears by it. What all is it designed to do? :tazz:
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Point is that some software retains its records in registry or any menus even after its uninstalling. This is disadvantage of the software development (that couldn't create correct uninstaller) of course. Sometimes it can cause different problems starting with slowing up the computer and ending with difficulty in installing other software.
I use RegClean to purge my registry exactly in these cases.
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