Which registry cleaner to use ?

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  1. Posts : 4,699
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
       #11

    We do not suggest running any Registry Cleaners/Optimizers etc. The only time you need to worry about Registry settings that are left over, is if you try to reinstall the program again or a newer version, occasionally this may conflict. But leaving it alone usually does not harm.
    I suggest using Geek Uninstaller,
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  2. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #12

    Ghot said:
    That's about it for where most programs leave stuff. Clean those up and that will clean most of the registry entries as well.
    Removing leftover files in Program Files, Program File (x86), ProgramData and C:\Users\<account name>\AppData (Local, Local Low and Roaming) also removes registry entries ?
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  3. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #13

    l3gi0n said:
    Would I be having any problems if I just stop caring about past programs that I uninstalled incorrectly ?
    That's exactly what 90 plus percent of PC users do. Most of them seem to get on fine.

    It's geeks that obsess over it. Most of us on this forum are geeks of one sort or another, for better or worse.
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  4. Posts : 22,744
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4123 (x64) [22H2]
       #14

    l3gi0n said:
    Removing leftover files in Program Files, Program File (x86), ProgramData and C:\Users\<account name>\AppData (Local, Local Low and Roaming) also removes registry entries ?


    The registry is just Windows 10. Most people don't "like" reading the registry, so Microsoft made the Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface). They are both really the same thing.

    Changes you make in Windows 10 are made in the registry, and changes you make in the registry are made in Windows 10.
    In order of priority... first comes the registry, then comes Windows 10.

    But other than a very few small things... changes in one, causes changes in the other.
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  5. Posts : 4,699
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
       #15

    No, this just removes the files in Windows, the Registry still has left over files. If you use Revo's Hunter Mode option, you can hunt for an .exe file in Program Files and it will remove it there and in the Registry if the program is no longer under Apps and Features.
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  6. Posts : 22,744
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4123 (x64) [22H2]
       #16

    @l3gi0n


    I already told you the... "How to clean the registry of uninstalled game's leftovers, for geeks method".

    Reinstall the games, then use Revo to uninstall them.
    Crack a cold one, put on a movie, install those games, then spend 5 minutes with Revo uninstalling them.


    Or in the famous words of Corporal Hicks in the movie: Aliens...

    "All right. We take off. Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure".
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  7. Posts : 1,254
    Windows 10 Pro
       #17

    So I want to use a good registry cleaner... I know registry cleaners can destroy the system so I need one that is 100% safe...
    There is no registry cleaner that is 100% safe. In fact in this world there is nothing that is 100% safe. Safety is always relative.

    There is nothing in the registry or elsewhere that associates a registry entry or key with an application. Registry cleaners try to do this but the methods they use are not fully reliable. They can and do make mistakes. Mistakes can do a great deal of harm.

    Windows does not install applications. They are installed by programs, for the most part provided by third party developers. With rare exceptions they do not keep track of which registry entries they are creating. Windows does not do this either because it can't. An installer is just another process that interacts with the user, creates and modifies files, the registry and other things. They are all one and the same to Windows.

    The list of installed applications is provided by the installers themselves. They provide as much or as little information as the developers wish, including none at all.

    The benefits of registry cleaners are primarily found in the ads for registry cleaners. In the real world the benefits are as elusive as they ever were. On the other hand the risks of using them are very real. Considering the very real risks and the questionable benefits I prefer to avoid them.

    If you choose to use a registry cleaner you must accept the attendant risks.
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  8. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro
       #18

    l3gi0n said:
    So I had Mass Effect + Dead Space + Battlefield 3 installed through Origin...

    I uninstalled Origin before uninstalling the games first....

    People say I should have uninstalled the games through Origin first. Because If I don't there will be registry left overs...
    There are hundreds of thousands of entries in the registry. 300 left over registry entries from a handful of games aren't going to make any real world difference on your computer.

    Imagine if you will, a 10ft x 10ft sandbox that is 3 ft deep with sand. All of the grains of sand are brown. Somebody tossed a shot glass of tan sand into the sandbox. You can spend the time and try to pick out the tan sand grains....but are you really gonna notice them??????

    l3gi0n said:
    So I want to use a good registry cleaner... I know registry cleaners can destroy the system so I need one that is 100% safe...what is your recommendation ?
    Simple, stay away from registry cleaners.

    If something is broken, that's the only time I would dig into the registry. I would never use a registry cleaner just as a regular maintenance tool.

    If you really want something same, combine it with something like Macrium. Take a full image of your box first. Then run your registry cleaner. If you are happy with the results, move forward. If the registry cleaner screws something up, restore your image.
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  9. Posts : 93
    Windows 10 pro 64 Bit Version 21H1 (OS Build 19043.844)
       #19

    reg cleaning


    I have used about 20 different registry cleaners in the last 20 years and most of them corrupted the registry or other files, then of course I would have to Re-Install Windows. But I am telling you, the program called Reg Organizer Pro is the best one I have ever used, it also comes with a great dark UI and has many other system cleaning options among startup items etc. I have Never had one issue since using it. It allows you to scan the registry say in your case I would search the word Origin,, all the .reg keys and files come up, you click a select all button and delete. And it works, I've tested by going into the windows RegEdit and all the ones I deleted in One easy click..GONE. I am a software developer and have messed with the registry a long time. I am impressed with that program. Another program that is almost impossible to remove all traces of from a PC is any Adobe products. Even using Adobes own clean up software, which doesn't eliminate adobe from your PC, there was so many keys and files left that call home to adobe and they still get your info sent to them lol. But after using this soft I swear it got rid of them all.
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  10. Posts : 6,686
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #20

    imanalien said:
    But I am telling you, the program called Reg Organizer Pro is the best one I have ever used, it also comes with a great dark UI and has many other system cleaning options among startup items etc.
    I've been using the Pro version (for free) for years. However, unless the user understands how to configure it there will be problems if they just go ahead and select everything for cleaning. Aslo using the defrag and compact registry function can lead to a non booting PC if using SSD.

    It does detect items for removal that in fact should not be removed.

    Which registry cleaner to use ?-reg-organizer-1.jpg

    I've built up a fairly long list of items/ entries that were erroneously detected for removal but at least they can be added to an ignore list.

    Which registry cleaner to use ?-reg-organizer-ignore-list.jpg

    I agree that it is a great program but user beware as care is needed.
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