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  1. #1
    Asaf Guest

    Registry Cleaner?

    Hello,

    Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003 Server as
    I have installed it as my development PC?
    If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?

    Kind Regards,
    Asaf


  2. #2
    Meinolf Weber Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Hello Asaf,

    If you like to have problems you can run registry cleaners. But how should
    a tool developed not from MS now how MS handles all keys? So if you use them,
    complain not about problems you get.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
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    > Hello,
    >
    > Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003
    > Server as
    > I have installed it as my development PC?
    > If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?
    > Kind Regards,
    > Asaf




  3. #3
    Thee Chicago Wolf Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    >Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003 Server as
    >I have installed it as my development PC?
    >If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?
    >
    >Kind Regards,
    >Asaf


    You can but the risk belong entirely to you. CCleaner is probably the
    least intrusive and allows you to make a backup of the registry stuff
    that it is cleaning out so you can restore it should something get
    bunged up. Make a backup of you stuff first.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf

  4. #4
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Asaf <AG70@newsgroups.nospam> wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003
    > Server as I have installed it as my development PC?
    > If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?
    >
    > Kind Regards,
    > Asaf


    I vote no. I don't use them on workstations, either. there is rarely any
    harm in "shards" of old software/services left in the registry, if the
    software itself has been uninstalled. There is a lot of potential harm in
    running any automated cleaner through the registry. Do your registry cleanup
    manually if you must do it at all.



  5. #5
    Peter Foldes Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Originally posted by Bruce Cambers MS-MVP

    <Snip>

    *NO* automated registry cleaner does anything
    of value, and they all have the potential of damaging the OS.

    Why did you think you needed a registry "cleaner?"

    What specific *problems* are you actually experiencing (not some
    snake oil 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.

    <End snip>


    --
    Peter

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    "Asaf" <AG70@newsgroups.nospam> wrote in message news:8FB6B0E8-EA10-4309-922A-AE9D53080A5D@microsoft.com...
    > Hello,
    >
    > Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003 Server as
    > I have installed it as my development PC?
    > If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?
    >
    > Kind Regards,
    > Asaf
    >


  6. #6
    Geoff Schaller Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Peter,

    This is way too gratuitous and cute by half. I would accuse you of snake
    oil yourself.

    There are a number of quite competent registry cleaners around and they
    do a good job. In particular, cleaning up references to controls, out
    dated file extensions and application records is quite convenient and
    can reduce the size and complexity of the registry dramatically.
    Knowledge and Regedit alone is not enough, not unless you have some
    voodoo way that helps decipher all those GUID references.

    The bigger question is of whether a cleanup is necessary but often it
    is. For example, removing beta software, especially when the uninstaller
    is immature. Anti-virus cleanup is another good one.

    Like all things, you take appropriate precautions and do registry
    backups.

    It doesn't have to be as negative as you paint it.

    Geoff



    "Peter Foldes" <bounce@bounce> wrote in message
    news:emfNiLkCJHA.1228@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    > Originally posted by Bruce Cambers MS-MVP
    >
    > <Snip>
    >
    > *NO* automated registry cleaner does anything
    > of value, and they all have the potential of damaging the OS.
    >
    > Why did you think you needed a registry "cleaner?"
    >
    > What specific *problems* are you actually experiencing (not some
    > snake oil 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.
    >
    > <End snip>
    >
    >
    > --
    > Peter
    >
    > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    >
    > "Asaf" <AG70@newsgroups.nospam> wrote in message news:8FB6B0E8-EA10-4309-922A-AE9D53080A5D@microsoft.com...
    >
    > > Hello,
    > >
    > > Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003 Server as
    > > I have installed it as my development PC?
    > > If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?
    > >
    > > Kind Regards,
    > > Asaf
    > >



  7. #7
    Peter Foldes Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Geoff

    Unfortunately it is. It is playing Russian Roulette in a way. I have seen many that used Reg Cleaning Tools with back up only to find that they cannot boot and cannot get to those backups.

    Reg Cleaning tools are snake oil remedies. Cleaning the Reg will not make things faster or create more space. In the hands of the ordinary user it is a extremely dangerous tool.

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Geoff Schaller" <geoffx@softxwareobjectives.com.au> wrote in message news:48b8d10d@dnews.tpgi.com.au...
    > Peter,
    >
    > This is way too gratuitous and cute by half. I would accuse you of snake
    > oil yourself.
    >
    > There are a number of quite competent registry cleaners around and they
    > do a good job. In particular, cleaning up references to controls, out
    > dated file extensions and application records is quite convenient and
    > can reduce the size and complexity of the registry dramatically.
    > Knowledge and Regedit alone is not enough, not unless you have some
    > voodoo way that helps decipher all those GUID references.
    >
    > The bigger question is of whether a cleanup is necessary but often it
    > is. For example, removing beta software, especially when the uninstaller
    > is immature. Anti-virus cleanup is another good one.
    >
    > Like all things, you take appropriate precautions and do registry
    > backups.
    >
    > It doesn't have to be as negative as you paint it.
    >
    > Geoff
    >
    >
    >
    > "Peter Foldes" <bounce@bounce> wrote in message
    > news:emfNiLkCJHA.1228@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:
    >
    >> Originally posted by Bruce Cambers MS-MVP
    >>
    >> <Snip>
    >>
    >> *NO* automated registry cleaner does anything
    >> of value, and they all have the potential of damaging the OS.
    >>
    >> Why did you think you needed a registry "cleaner?"
    >>
    >> What specific *problems* are you actually experiencing (not some
    >> snake oil 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.
    >>
    >> <End snip>
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Peter
    >>
    >> Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    >> Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    >>
    >> "Asaf" <AG70@newsgroups.nospam> wrote in message news:8FB6B0E8-EA10-4309-922A-AE9D53080A5D@microsoft.com...
    >>
    >> > Hello,
    >> >
    >> > Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003 Server as
    >> > I have installed it as my development PC?
    >> > If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?
    >> >
    >> > Kind Regards,
    >> > Asaf
    >> >

    >


  8. #8
    Geoff Schaller Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Sorry, but you are letting your prejudices and inexperience in such
    things colour your attitude.What you are offering is not balanced
    advice.

    Geoff


    "Peter Foldes" <bounce@bounce> wrote in message
    news:edCc$9lCJHA.2476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl:

    > Geoff
    >
    > Unfortunately it is. It is playing Russian Roulette in a way. I have seen many that used Reg Cleaning Tools with back up only to find that they cannot boot and cannot get to those backups.
    >
    > Reg Cleaning tools are snake oil remedies. Cleaning the Reg will not make things faster or create more space. In the hands of the ordinary user it is a extremely dangerous tool.
    >
    > --
    > Peter



  9. #9
    Hank Arnold (MVP) Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Asaf wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Is it recommended to use a Registry cleaner tool for Windows 2003 Server as
    > I have installed it as my development PC?
    > If yes, is there a recommended tool for that?
    >
    > Kind Regards,
    > Asaf
    >


    Registry cleaners are a very emotional topic. You'll hear many folks
    talk about the in almost religious "solves all problems" tones and
    others who damn them as the devils spawn.

    IMNSHO, the truth is somewhere in the middle. The problem I have with
    them is that when they go wrong, they can go *HORRIBLY* wrong. If you
    have good backups and know what you are doing, I suppose that they can
    be of some marginal use. I tend to discourage the use unless something
    else indicates that there is a reason to try.

    The discussion these days reminds me of the ones we all had about how
    effective (or even necessary) defragging is.

    Bottom line is that if we are talking about a workstation, my answer is
    "maybe". If we are talking about a server (especially if it's a
    production server) a definite *NO* *WAY*!!! The risks involved far
    outweigh any possible minimal benefits.....

    --

    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services

  10. #10
    jolin Guest

    Re: Registry Cleaner?

    Well, I’m sorry I can't understand so complicated VB words, but if you have internet connection problems, you can try the software tuneup360, which is really helpful~~

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