Windows 10: Discuss the uses of 'registry cleaners', 'disk cleaners', 'optimizers'

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  1.    05 Jun 2016 #11

    Driver updaters and registry cleaners have never been necessary. Win 10 does a great job of maintenance.
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  2.    05 Jun 2016 #12

    derekimo said: View Post
    You don't need any of those programs, I don't even use Ccleaner anymore. If I was going to use one Ccleaner would be the only one.

    Driver programs are usually more trouble than good in my opinion.

    Most of those other utilities are snake oil.
    I completely agree. I use built-in Windows disk cleanup, followed by CCleaner anywhere from every two weeks to monthly, depending on how much playing around I have done with my computer. I do use both the drive and registry functions of CCleaner and have never had a problem result from it. I doubt the registry cleaner really does anything to improve performance, but it has never hurt my system, only takes a couple minutes, so I do it after getting Windows and programs all installed, and then after installing or uninstalling a program.
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  3.    05 Jun 2016 #13

    From my experience most if not all of the tools that "optimize" a PC's performance are garbage. As for CCleaner. It's fine to clean up cookies and things but I would never use it for a registry cleaner. It serves no purpose to perform a registry clean since Win95/98 days. There is far too much proof that it's not needed.
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       05 Jun 2016 #14

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    From my experience most if not all of the tools that "optimize" a PC's performance are garbage. As for CCleaner. It's fine to clean up cookies and things but I would never use it for a registry cleaner. It serves no purpose to perform a registry clean since Win95/98 days. There is far too much proof that it's not needed.
    With the possible exception of defragmenting a hard drive or optimizing a SSD. They do serve a useful purpose, and are recommended.
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       05 Jun 2016 #15

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    With the possible exception of defragmenting a hard drive or optimizing a SSD. They do serve a useful purpose, and are recommended.
    Even then, for larger disks that are severely fragmented, the faster way to "defrag" it, is create a system image and then turn around and reimage the disk.
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  6.    05 Jun 2016 #16

    From my experience these types of programs are really more dangerous than helpful. AVOID!!!!
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  7.    05 Jun 2016 #17

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    With the possible exception of defragmenting a hard drive or optimizing a SSD. They do serve a useful purpose, and are recommended.
    True.. I was making reference to third party tools.
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  8.    06 Jun 2016 #18

    Hi there
    I don't think I've ever needed to defrag a disk since Windows 95 days when HDD sizes were measured in MB (yes MB not even GB and certainly not TB).

    However if you really NEED (or think you need to do it) as pointed out previously by far the quickest way to do it is to take an IMAGE (note an IMAGE not a CLONE as that just copies out the previous layout sector by sector), re-format the HDD and restore. Job done. Do a proper format though not a quick format as you want to wipe the file structure so the restore image can create a new one.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9.    06 Jun 2016 #19

    I'll go out on a branch and say that CCleaner's registry cleaner has helped me many times over. I only use it when I remove a deep-rooted driver package or application, such as an anti-virus package. I've used it to solve issues where new ATI drivers wouldn't go on because remnants of the previous install were left behind in the form of registry keys. I don't even mention the word CCleaner to mid or novice users, though.

    As for the others, I've always felt that the built-in disk cleanup tool has always worked very well. If you need a program to help you with drivers, then you probably shouldn't be the one updating them in the first place. Boosters or optimizers are always a joke, just like memory "cleaners".
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  10.    06 Jun 2016 #20

    DeaconFrost said: View Post
    I don't even mention the word CCleaner to mid or novice users, though.
    Why not? "Straight out of the box" CCleaner install without changing anything I just click the disk cleanup button - I don't even analyze first. Then after that is done on the left select the next option down for registry, click scan, click fix, never have saved a backup, click fix all. Then run it a couple more times until it finishes finding all the dependencies. I have never had an issue with CCleaner messing up anything.
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