Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

editing the registry


  • Please log in to reply

#1
red_elf

red_elf

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 26 posts
Hiya,
i have a question about the registry, when i run regedit and look at hkey local machine then software i still have a list of old programs that i uninstalled a long time ago, is it ok if i remove the entries of these old programs??
ps. i wasn't sure where to post this so sorry if it's in the wrong board! :tazz:
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
Diego8

Diego8

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 189 posts
I did that a thousand times (with programs that were no longer in my computer) and nothing bad happened.
I have no idea why unistallers don't erase those entries.

There are a bouch of applications that scans the registry and deletes entries that are no longer used.
Two of those are RegCleaner (free) and Registry Mechanic.
  • 0

#3
Thef0rce

Thef0rce

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 380 posts
I have the same problem as red_elf, and I've tried registry mechanic and ccleaner, it doesn't seem to see those entries, when I go back to regedit I still see them there. so is it really okay to manually delete?
  • 0

#4
dsenette

dsenette

    Je suis Napoléon!

  • Administrator
  • 26,019 posts
  • MVP
if you know for sure what the key belongs to..and that you know for sure that you got that program uninstalled cleanly..then getting rid of the reg keys won't hurt....make sure that you back up the registry first...and couldn't hurt to back up your data as well....any time you mess with the registry...you run the risk of doing some real damage to your machine...

for the most part the uninstallers leave those keys..because the software engineers hope that you will reinstall their program...most companies don't like the idea of you uninstalling their software...if it weren't required...they wouldn't even give you an uninstaller in most cases...
  • 0

#5
grandpa

grandpa

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 265 posts
Hi.

I have posted this elsewhere but is jv16 any good and can it be let loose.

Link.

www.vtoy.fi/jv16/


Cheers

Grandpa

( Hope I don't get into trouble )

Edited by grandpa, 16 November 2005 - 01:41 AM.

  • 0

#6
red_elf

red_elf

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 26 posts
Sorry it took a while to reply, time difference :tazz:
Right so i think i'll give it a go but first i think i'd like to do that backup, but how?? I have no idea how to back-up the registry

Thanx
  • 0

#7
dsenette

dsenette

    Je suis Napoléon!

  • Administrator
  • 26,019 posts
  • MVP
do start > run > regedit

then click file > export > name the file and pick a safe location to save it to...then make sure the "all" button is clicked where it says "export range" then press save

Edited by dsenette, 17 November 2005 - 08:24 AM.

  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP