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Registry Files still there after Windows 7 reinstalled

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October 17, 2012 11:43:53 AM

I installed an application that did not have an uninstaller with it. This meant that I could only delete the folder leaving the Registry files behind. I decided instead to re-install Windows, but the Registry files still seem to be there. Is there any way of getting rid of them?
a c 228 $ Windows 7
October 17, 2012 12:51:46 PM

It sounds like you did a repair install instead of a clean install. If you know the keys, why not just run regedit.exe and delete the keys manually?
October 17, 2012 1:27:25 PM

When I inserted the Windows 7 CD and booted from it, I selected the Custom box and formatted/deleted the partitions. Is that not the option for a clean install? If not, what is the option for the clean install?
I do not know the keys.
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October 17, 2012 2:51:16 PM

If you did that, the there's no way the registry files could have survived.
October 17, 2012 3:07:18 PM

Well, after re-installing, the registry key was no longer there. After installing drivers that I transferred from my USB to the PC, the registry key came back.
To be precise; I downloaded Civilization V from Skidrow. The registry key that keeps appearing is Civilization_V_DX11.exe. It could be that it was a virus and that it infected my USB. I will try formatting my USB and then transferring the drivers again. If that does not work, I will just install the drivers from the CD provided with my motherboard.
October 17, 2012 3:19:50 PM

You realize that what you're doing is illegal? We cannot help you there. Tom's Hardware does not support piracy.
October 17, 2012 3:31:13 PM

What I did was illegal; What I am doing now is not illegal. Thanks to this situation, I am not going to download games illegally again. All I am asking for is advice on how to get rid of it.

I knew this would happen. That is why I did not want to mention what it was that I was trying to get rid of.
a c 228 $ Windows 7
October 17, 2012 4:33:49 PM

Ronzer said:
When I inserted the Windows 7 CD and booted from it, I selected the Custom box and formatted/deleted the partitions. Is that not the option for a clean install? If not, what is the option for the clean install?
I do not know the keys.


Yes, if you deleted the widows partition and recreated it, then it's a clean install and no random registry keys will exist. If the key is back, you reintroduced it somehow.
October 17, 2012 5:02:46 PM

After re-installing Windows 7 and the drivers from the CD provided by the motherboard manufacturer, it looks as if the registry key was added by the onboard VGA driver.
Sorry for wasting your time.
October 17, 2012 6:35:01 PM

You didn't waste our time. I'm glad you have resolved it and I hope you learned your lesson :) .
October 17, 2012 9:02:24 PM

Sunius said:
You didn't waste our time. I'm glad you have resolved it and I hope you learned your lesson :) .


To be perfectly honest with you; I was contemplating whether or not to continue downloading the torrent or to cancel it beforehand. I am aware of the time and effort that is put into games. However, in the end, I actually ended up not enjoying Civilization V very much - I only played one game. So I guess downloading it illegally stopped me from wasting my money by buying it legally.
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