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post Aug 23 2008, 01:17 AM
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Hi!

It's been years sleep.gif since I last format my laptop's harddrive, so it's definitely beggining to feel a bit slow at startup or when opening programs etc.

For some reason I try to avoid reinstalling windows (I guess I'm too lazy to reinstall all the zillion programs I use...), and I'm thinking of trying some kind of registry cleaner / defragging software. As these programs can sometimes cause more trouble than good, I wonder which one would be safe to give it a try. (Windows XP)

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post Aug 23 2008, 01:53 AM
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I use Registry Fix, it clears up hundreds of garbage files
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post Aug 23 2008, 03:56 AM
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Ashampoo Windows Optimizer is a really good one. It's got all the tools needed.

Just search for it on www.download.com

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post Aug 23 2008, 04:17 AM
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Ccleaner is another good one. I use it at work to clean users systems up along with a few other things.

Make a backup of what you removing (from the registry) and look at what it wants to get rid of before you click go!

The default chooses are usually pretty good.


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post Aug 23 2008, 04:50 AM
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Hey Fran,

Ill recommend the following:

*CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) -for general cleaning and removal of obsolete registry junk

*Defraggler (http://www.defraggler.com/)-good free and very small defrag tool

*ERUNT and NTREGOPT (http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/) - ERUNT backs up the registry and allows you to restore it and NTREGOPT optimises your registry. Both are amazing!

*Advanced System Optimiser (http://www.systweak.com/) - This one isn't free, unless you download it illegally (which I'm not condoning) but is very good in many areas including registry cleaning nevertheless.

*Window Washer 6.5.5.155 (http://www.webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products-windowwasher.html) - This one is not free and used to be my primary recommendation for privacy erasing and PC cleaning, but now I go with CCleaner because it is free. Still very good program with IMO a good interface, and the ability to easily customise it to clean the tracks of a wide variety of programs.

These reviews are also very good and help you to evaluate a wide range of products.

http://registry-repair-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

http://pc-system-utilities-software-review...tenreviews.com/

http://data-backup-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Hope this helped, and anyone with antivirus/spyware/registry problems,message me and I'll try and help you when I can.


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post Aug 23 2008, 10:25 AM
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I use free regcleaner for registry, and Diskeeper Pro for defrag. Bare in mind that you always have to monitor (and backup) what you erase from registry. It is pretty sensitive and fragile database.


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post Aug 23 2008, 11:29 AM
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Awesome input!, many thanks, I'll check all this programs and see what I can do.

Hopefully things will go fine, but just in case I have to ask:

I will do a backup of the registry just in case, but I have a couple doubts in case things go wrong:

1) (Worst case scenario) If I somehow erase something I shouldn't from the registry and the computer doesn't load windows, then I guess I won't be able to restore the registry backup, right?

2) If windows loads but things don't work correctly and I restore the registry with a backup, will everything be fixed again?





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post Aug 23 2008, 12:40 PM
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I use Bug Doctor and Error Repair Professional, both works good for me... I used some demos from other programs and there are a lot of great software, but 2 that I said works good, specially Error Repair Professional, really professional biggrin.gif


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post Aug 23 2008, 04:56 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Aug 23 2008, 06:29 AM) *
1) (Worst case scenario) If I somehow erase something I shouldn't from the registry and the computer doesn't load windows, then I guess I won't be able to restore the registry backup, right?



Download the ISO file for "The Ultimate Boot CD" and burn yourself a copy. It is a bootable WinXP environment that will allow you to fix your system if it doesn't boot.

After booting with the CD you could then open up the MSexplorer file browser and copy the system files from a restore point to their proper location at C:\windows\system32\config. It is like going back in time before you dorked up the registry.

Ask if you have questions about this process.

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QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Aug 23 2008, 09:26 PM) *
Download the ISO file for "The Ultimate Boot CD" and burn yourself a copy. It is a bootable WinXP environment that will allow you to fix your system if it doesn't boot.

After booting with the CD you could then open up the MSexplorer file browser and copy the system files from a restore point to their proper location at C:\windows\system32\config. It is like going back in time before you dorked up the registry.

Ask if you have questions about this process.


mm really interesting smile.gif
I haven't heard it before.I also give it a try thanks mate


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post Aug 24 2008, 04:39 AM
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No problem man!!

Computers are my life. Over 14 year of work experience with programming and fixing these little pest.

Just ask if you get stuck wink.gif


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