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Q: How effective is a registry cleaner and a registry defragmenter in speeding up a computer? This thread is locked from future replies

Next month, I will be getting an Asus K52Jr-X5 as a birthday and graduation present (I'm graduating high school.) The computer will be running the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.

I know that no registry cleaner is 100% safe, and I don't want to use one on my brand new computer if there is a risk of me damaging it. On the other hand, I don't want my computer to become too slow.

My question is: How effective is a registry cleaner and a registry defragmenter in speeding up a computer? I was hoping maybe people could share their experiences with those kinds of programs or maybe some facts.

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Registry cleaning programs are *all* snake oil. Cleaning of the
registry isn't needed and is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and
don't use any 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.
 
Read http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000643.html
 
And also
http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2005/10/02/registry-junk-a-windows-fact-of-life.aspx
 
 
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
 

Ken Blake

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