Are Registry Cleaners Still Needed on Windows 10?

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  1. Posts : 11,171
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #140

    Hi there

    In the words of that old Politician with the famous Handbag

    Non, Non, Non. !!!!!

    If your registry is broken simply restore from a clean backup ---- the registry is such an integral feature of Windows that you don't want ANYTHING tampering with it other than legitimate program installs / uninstalls and occasionally (only for experts though) certain tweaks and options.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. Posts : 5,171
    Windows 11 Home
       #141

    Cleaning registry itself will not make any difference, but defragmenting it afterwards might. It all comes down to a personal preference, experiences. I like a tidy desk/Windows, some people do not mind a messy one. It is unfortunate, there are bad/fake ones, which cause a bad reputation, but so do fake AVs, like WinAntivirus.
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  3. Posts : 19,208
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #142

    TairikuOkami said:
    Cleaning registry itself will not make any difference, but defragmenting it afterwards might. It all comes down to a personal preference, experiences. I like a tidy desk/Windows, some people do not mind a messy one. It is unfortunate, there are fake ones, which cause a bad reputation, bu so do fake AVs, like WinAntivirus.
    No, defragging does even less since W7 and maybe even Vista, registry is not being read from the beginning every time an entry is used any more. OS knows instantly where a pertaining part is and jumps right to it. Might have been somewhat useful in XP and earlier but than it was much smaller anyway.
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  4. Posts : 5,171
    Windows 11 Home
       #143

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...registry-hives

    This is just an example, what incorrect registry entries or uncompressed registry can cause.
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  5. Posts : 19,208
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       #144

    TairikuOkami said:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...registry-hives

    This is just an example, what incorrect registry values or uncompressed registry can cause.
    Article ID: 2498915 - Last Review: Mar 16, 2011 - Revision: 1

    Applies to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition (32-Bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard without Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
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    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #145

    CountMike said:
    Problem is that they don't actually clean anything important, needed or not, good or bad. Keeping registry clean by proper program uninstallation may do much more good. All Ccleaner finds on my system is some obsolete entries from internet sites that still use SS.
    Here, I just run it here after many months and many windows updates/upgrades in mean time:
    Attachment 128906
    What's here to make my system better ? Not even worth spending a mouse button click on it.
    But not that great either. when I uninstall a program, I always have to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE
    to nuke the software's "key folder", or what ever it's called, if I want to reinstall it to fix something, otherwise the reinstall will have the same settings, and or failures, as before.
    Are Registry Cleaners Still Needed on Windows 10?-image-001.png
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  7. Posts : 5,171
    Windows 11 Home
       #146

    WNF state registrations cause boot and logon delays. Problem fixed in Windows 10 RTM. Fix was backported to 8.1 / WS12R2 by KB 3063843
    This problem existed in 8.1/10, it was fixed, but there will be always reg problems, as long as registry exists.

    Not to mention Windows 10 was unable to update, because of registry entry. MS fix was to clean registry.
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  8. Posts : 19,208
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #147

    TairikuOkami said:
    This problem existed in 8.1/10, it was fixed, but there will be always reg problems, as long as registry exists.
    Once upon a time, registry was supposed to be phased out but.....
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  9. Posts : 5,171
    Windows 11 Home
       #148

    CountMike said:
    Once upon a time, registry was supposed to be phased out but.....
    I wish, but it is unlikely, that MS will redo the whole thing, like ever.
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  10. Posts : 19,208
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #149

    TairikuOkami said:
    I wish, but it is unlikely, that MS will redo the whole thing, like ever.
    Only "defense" is to use portable programs.
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