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I'm a newbie and was recommended to run registry mechanic on my computer. I have downloaded it and run a scan and the program wants to delete 285 files from the registry. Some of the files I recognise as games that I am still using. I exited the program without any action. Can anyone advise how to proceed or look at my scan. Will cleaning up the registry help to speed up the computer? I also ran CCleaner which found less files to delete. Awaiting some expert advice.
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Registry Cleaners are mostly useless and I would advise against people running them as a rule of thumb. It will not speed up your machine, in fact, it will not do much of anything for your PC. Some argue that removing junk from the registry improves bootup speed, but this is mostly nonsense.

When you delete items from the registry, the registry remains the same size and the entire registry is still reloaded at bootup, so any speed difference is miniscule (you can actually compress the registry after a cleaning and get a marginal increase but it's a waste of time and a real risk)
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Many thanks for your advice, it's something of a relief. I was preparing to delete the registry cleaning program rather than crash my computer. I'm not very computer literate so am happy with your recommendation. Thanks again.
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