Registry defrag?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ming, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    I was wondering is registry defrag an important thing or not?

    There doesn't seem to be any well known manufacturers out there that has such an application. e.g Symantec, McAfee... etc.

    I've tried a few different ones in the past but they made no difference to the performance of my older machine.
     
  2. Lee

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    TuneUp Utilities 2004 is what I use, it removes registry, cleans it up removes items reboots, rebuilds and your new registry is clean and compact.

    Give it a try.
     
  3. ming

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    Cool. I'll try it out. thanx.
    But my question is - is it important or not? (as opposed to disk defrag)
     
  4. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I've never seen the registry cleaners help a computer, I've seen them hurt computers...users don't even realize it's the registry cleaner that caused the issue, whcih they might not have immediatly

    I have seen the registry compacting help a user, but that was for a specific issue which needed to be resolved
     
  5. Lee

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    Tune up utilities never failed with the reg defrag option, I did notice a bit of speed also after using it.
     
  6. Perris Calderon

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    lee, I have never seen any benchmark that shows any kind of increase in speed from a registry cleaner in xp
     
  7. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    I will have have to agree with Perris on this one. I remember posting this same question a long, long time ago about Registry defragging. I did not notice any speed increases at all. I even tried a Sisoft benchmark utility, and noticed nothing in gains. Cleaning the reg out for obsolete entries is good, but defragging is not at all necessary. Especially since the actual reg is only about a meg big.

    Heeter
     
  8. Perris Calderon

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    I have no issue with cleaning obsolete entries when the app no longer exists on the box

    the real problem with registry cleaners is they look for "obsolete" files by finding if they point anywhere.

    well, they may not point anywhere "yet", but where put there for a purpose that the registry cleaner couldn't possibly understand unless he was there when the reg entry was conceived in the first place.

    I have too often seen people who can't understand why they can't do something they used to...I suggest doing a "go back" from one of these programs and the issue is solved.

    my suggestion, you can run these cleaners to look for entries of apps you know you've removed.

    however, NEVER run the general scan and allow it to remove whatever it wants to remove.
     
  9. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    Use NTREGOPT part of "Erunt".
    This condenses /compacts and optimises reg entries.
    Very efficient @ home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt
     
  10. ming

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    Are you sure? I ran TuneUp last night and it said my registry file was something like 24mb big...
    Or are you talking about a different registry file?
     
  11. Mastershakes

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    Provided your registry size never gets too big - it would make no difference at all performance wise.