By that I mean that I do not recommend regularly running registry cleaners at all. I may use them when attempting to resolve certain types of problems, but in my experience they’re simply too powerful for frequent or casual use, and often cause more problems than they resolve.

That’s certainly not an error, and even if we thought that it was, I’d be hard pressed on where to place the blame. Long time readers may recall my somewhat controversial position that the best registry clean is no registry cleaner.

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and removed all the other Free cleaners from my other test computer. Too late, I noticed none of my USB flash drives work anymore. They use to work with the Native USB drivers I had a month ago. Another problem with the way that the Windows registry has evolved is that even Microsoft keeps changing where system settings are stored from one version of Windows to the next. Registry scanners often report hundreds, if not thousands of issues.

If you must use one,Windows Live Safety Scanner is a good option. Now CCleaner keeps deleting my quick launch toolbar.

Let’s say you edit a document in Word, and word puts that document in its list of most recently edited files, which is kept in the registry. Now you exit Word, and later delete the file you edited. Word never had a chance to remove the file from the list – so it remains in the registry – but the file’s been removed.

  • The registry is a heart and soul of any Windows system.
  • Almost all Windows users gradually experiences the downfall in their PC’s performance.
  • Running a registry cleaner is essentially a waste of time and runs the risk of only causing more problems.
  • You see, Microsoft has refused to release their own registry cleaner tool, or endorse any third party registry cleaner.
  • Regardless, there are some stories out there of CCleaner breaking Windows.

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And with a good program, nothing is permanent unless it states so first. Registry cleaners are nothing but junk.They promise to speed up your machine,but I don’t notice a difference. I do use CCleaner,but only to securely delete temporary internet files.

Windows 8 will reinstall any applications you installed and create a copy of these applications on your desktop, but backup your data before you do a refresh. But since there are many registry cleaners out there, it can be challenging to make a rational choice sometimes. XP Medic promises to offer various services of standard registry cleaners to its users. Although there are many useful registry cleaning tools out there, XP Medic seems to fall short of its promises. Ccleaner shows every file/ registry entry found in a scan to review BEFORE you hit delete.

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There are many potential ways to store program and system settings. And whatever it is, registry cleaners don’t agree on how to deal with it. One may call it an error, another may warn, and a third may ignore it all together.