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Guest

I just installed windows xp SP2. I ran registry fix. said I have 368
problems. The free registry fix fix 50 of them. Than you have to buy it, to
fix the rest. Is there any thing else I can get or do?
 
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charli b

KLR said:
I just installed windows xp SP2. I ran registry fix. said I have 368
problems. The free registry fix fix 50 of them. Than you have to buy it,
to
fix the rest. Is there any thing else I can get or do?
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Dave B.

And you reviewed EVERY one of these "problems" to see if they were in fact
legit? Or did you just take the word of a piece of free software and let it
have a field day on your registry?
 
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Guest

Dave B, I think I let it have a field day on my registry. NOW WHAT??
 
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antioch

KLR said:
Dave B, I think I let it have a field day on my registry. NOW WHAT??
Clipped for brevity

Then keep your fingers Xssed and hope that you have not caused any damage.
I wish you well - I have suffered from allowing a Reg cleaner to have its
way.
I didn't know about newsgroups then and it cost me :-(
Rgds
Antioch
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

KLR said:
I just installed windows xp SP2. I ran registry fix. said I have 368
problems. The free registry fix fix 50 of them. Than you have to buy
it, to fix the rest. Is there any thing else I can get or do?


My recommendation is to do nothing. Do not run any of these so-called
"registry fix" programs.


The best registry cleaner is no registry cleaner. I always recommend
against the routine use of registry cleaners. Routine cleaning of the
registry isn't needed and is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't
use a registry cleaner. Despite what many people think, and what vendors of
registry cleaning software try to convince you of, having unused registry
entries doesn't really hurt you.

The risk of a serious problem caused by a registry cleaner erroneously
removing an entry you need is far greater than any potential benefit it may
have.
 
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BobN

Dave B, I think I let it have a field day on my registry. NOW WHAT??
Don't worry. RegistryFix is an excellent program. I have been using it
for years. In any event, registry fix will back up your registry before
making any changes. The other programs mentioned here are all excellent,
and they are free. If you only have 368 invalid entries, either your
computer is relatively new or you don't make many changes. When I checked
my wife's registry, she had over 2000 invalid entries.
 
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Mak

When I checked my wife's registry, she had over 2000 invalid entries.
that's plenty of 'invalid entries' for one wife's ... err.. registry, how
did you find out?

(sorry, couldn't resist)
 
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Bruce Chambers

KLR said:
I just installed windows xp SP2. I ran registry fix. said I have 368
problems. The free registry fix fix 50 of them. Than you have to buy it, to
fix the rest. Is there any thing else I can get or do?

All you need to do is remove that lying piece of crapware, and forget
about it.

Why would you think you need to clean your registry?

What specific *problems* are you actually experiencing (not some
program's bogus listing of imaginary problems) that you think can be
fixed by using a registry cleaner? If you do have a problem that is
rooted in the registry, it would be far better to simply edit (after
backing up, of course) only the specific key(s) and/or value(s) that are
causing the problem. After all, why use a chainsaw when a scalpel will
do the job? Additionally, the manually changing of one or two registry
entries is far less likely to have the dire consequences of allowing an
automated product to make multiple changes simultaneously.

The registry contains all of the operating system's "knowledge" of
the computer's hardware devices, installed software, the location of the
device drivers, and the computer's configuration. A misstep in the
registry can have severe consequences. One should not even turning
loose a poorly understood automated "cleaner," unless he is fully
confident that he knows *exactly* what is going to happen as a result of
each and every change. Having seen the results of inexperienced people
using automated registry "cleaners," I can only advise all but the most
experienced computer technicians (and/or hobbyists) to avoid them all.
Experience has shown me that such tools simply are not safe in the hands
of the inexperienced user.

The only thing needed to safely clean your registry is knowledge
and Regedit.exe. If you lack the knowledge and experience to maintain
your registry by yourself, then you also lack the knowledge and
experience to safely configure and use any automated registry cleaner,
no matter how safe they claim to be.

Further, no one has ever demonstrated, to my satisfaction, that the
use of an automated registry cleaner, particularly by an untrained,
inexperienced computer user, does any real good. There's certainly been
no empirical evidence offered to demonstrate that the use of such
products to "clean" WinXP's registry improves a computer's performance
or stability.

I always use Regedit.exe. I trust my own experience and judgment
far more than I would any automated registry cleaner. I strongly
encourage others to acquire the knowledge, as well.


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