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Cleaning Registry...HELP !!!

By cyberghost_1 ·
How safe is it to clean my PC's Registry? I have various utilities, but I am going to use Ace Utilities. My question is to the SAFETY of deleting the problems found. Even though I am going to back up the Reg before deleting anything, what are the risks that I am facing? For example, if I have an Invalid Data String or File Location, Invalid Data Entry. I have checked over everything and the information seems to be correct for the most part. What recommendations are out there as far as: WHAT IS SAFE TO DELETE AND WHAT IS NOT !!! I have my reservations because of the following: On the Desktop, normally the folder MY DOCUMENTS is present. However, I changed the name of that folder to GOPHER. I also placed the MY RECEIVED FILES folder on my Desktop. Due to this, I have Invalid Data Entries. Also, from moving things around the Reg records everyhting. So would it be safe to delete these Invalid Data Entries without harming my current configurations and programs? I would appreciate any and all input and suggestions ASAP !!!!! Thanks

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by pctech In reply to Cleaning Registry...HELP ...

Hi,
Invalid file locations can be something as simple as the path is not reachable. This can be from a CD Rom disk that is not in the drive or a mapped share that is not available. Be careful as to what is a said problem and what is an actual problem.
The My Documents folder and My Received Files folder locations are referenced many times in the registry. This does not help you but, I would convert back to the original folder names and locations. I have changed their locations before but, I always double check the registry to ensure that there are no orphaned paths to these folders.
To answer your question as to what is safe to delete or change in the regisrty depends greatly on your familiarity with the registry and how it works. The registry is not a place for the novice to explore and make changes. "Pros" will sometimes make mistakes. Backing up the registry before making any changes is ALWAYS a good practice. This will do you little good if you make a change that makes your computer unbootable and you can not access the backup to restore it.

I hope this helps you.

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by shuja52 In reply to Cleaning Registry...HELP ...

I always use easy cleaner(Free Ware) and Norton System Works (Norton WIN Doctor) in Combination, at my work place and at customers end, and this is quite fine, I solved lot of problems using these utilities.

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by BorgInva In reply to Cleaning Registry...HELP ...

Cleaning the registry is always risky, even if the entries are safe to do so.
I use several FREEBIES to backup FIRST then clean. I can email them over to you because some are no longer available, but they are still very, very good. I have never run into a problem using them.
First, to backup, if this is a 9x PC, you can just back up the files, but for NT/2k/XP, the registry is in use and can not easily be backed. I use
http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt/

For cleaning I use several programs. The 2 FREE ones which I have no sites for are:
Microsoft Regclean 4.1 (FREE)
Easy Cleaner 1.7 (FREE)
I can email them to you.

Then for a little optimization, I use several other programs as well. A good FREE one is aso at:
http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt/

I do not usually manually go in a delete something because you never know what can happen. But anytime a program of mine finds an invalid entry, I always hit DELETE and never bother trying to restore something which may have been uninstalled months ago.

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