Registry

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Hello.
Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
shareware) that'll do it for you?
I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.
Thanks
J
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    jen wrote:
    > Hello.
    > Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    > shareware) that'll do it for you?
    > I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.
    > Thanks
    > J
    >
    >


    What specific problem are you experiencing that you *know* beyond
    all reasonable doubt will 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. Why use a shotgun 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.


    --

    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

    You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
    both at once. - RAH
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    jen wrote:

    > Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    > shareware) that'll do it for you?
    > I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time
    > ago. Thanks


    Leave it alone. 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 the registry cleaner erroneously
    removing an entry you need is far geater than any potential benefit it may
    have.

    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup
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    You'll probably be advised against it, but I've had no problems with
    RegCleaner

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download460.html

    Jon


    "jen" <nomail@nomail.com> wrote in message
    news:O4xTqY6rFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Hello.
    > Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    > shareware) that'll do it for you?
    > I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.
    > Thanks
    > J
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Thanks all. Wow lots to take in there.
    Luckily I have no problem with my PC (touch wood).
    I just hate clutter and just worried that it would effect the Registry
    having all that old stuff there.
    Jen


    "Bruce Chambers" <bchambers@cable0ne.n3t> wrote in message
    news:%23aNtjn7rFHA.1132@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > jen wrote:
    >> Hello.
    >> Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    >> shareware) that'll do it for you?
    >> I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.
    >> Thanks
    >> J
    >
    >
    > What specific problem are you experiencing that you *know* beyond all
    > reasonable doubt will 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. Why use a shotgun 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.
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
    > Help us help you:
    > http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    > You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
    > both at once. - RAH
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    Here are 5 issues that regclean can cause. Type Regclean in help with search options set to All MS Products.


    This issue may also occur if you run RegClean, version 3.0 or 4.0, on your computer, and then attempt to run Visual Basic for Applications code that uses Automation to control another program. The issue occurs because RegClean 3.0 or 4.0 removes the keys that are required to use Automation.
    ===================================================
    Do Not Use the Microsoft Utility RegClean 4.1 with Visual Studio or Any Visual Studio Applications:

    If you run RegClean 4.1 (build 97.71), you might find (if you have Visual C++ Enterprise or Visual Basic Enterprise installed) that the Database Designer no longer works or (if you have Visual InterDev installed) the Database Designer and LinkView tools no longer work. If you have run RegClean, then reinstall the Visual Studio applications as appropriate.

    ===================================================
    This is a problem that occurs only with packaged media. Packaged media is multimedia file that has been encrypted using Windows Media Rights Manager and can only be played by obtaining a valid license. There following two issues may cause this problem:
    • You have run the RegClean utility, which has removed registry keys necessary to play packaged content.

    ===================================================
    RegClean
    RegClean may remove a critical registry entry for the Java COM component that is wrapped by Griddtc.ocx. Check for the existence of the registry key show below, and manually add it to the registry if it is missing.
    ===================================================
    SYMPTOMS
    When you run the RegClean utility after you install one of the products listed in the "Applies to" section, you may experience one of the following symptoms: • The RegClean utility finds errors in the System Registry, and you receive the option to Fix Errors in the RegClean utility.
    • When you install a Microsoft Office program whose installation state is Installed on First Use and then double-click a document that is associated with that program, the Office program may not start. Instead, the Open With dialog box appears and the Office program is not listed.


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    "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message news:%237WqKv6rFHA.3264@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > You'll probably be advised against it, but I've had no problems with
    > RegCleaner
    >
    > http://www.majorgeeks.com/download460.html
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
    > "jen" <nomail@nomail.com> wrote in message
    > news:O4xTqY6rFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >> Hello.
    >> Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    >> shareware) that'll do it for you?
    >> I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.
    >> Thanks
    >> J
    >>
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Different product

    Jon


    "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    news:%23%23C%23P26rFHA.308@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    Here are 5 issues that regclean can cause. Type Regclean in help with search
    options set to All MS Products.


    This issue may also occur if you run RegClean, version 3.0 or 4.0, on your
    computer, and then attempt to run Visual Basic for Applications code that
    uses Automation to control another program. The issue occurs because
    RegClean 3.0 or 4.0 removes the keys that are required to use Automation.
    ===================================================
    Do Not Use the Microsoft Utility RegClean 4.1 with Visual Studio or Any
    Visual Studio Applications:

    If you run RegClean 4.1 (build 97.71), you might find (if you have Visual
    C++ Enterprise or Visual Basic Enterprise installed) that the Database
    Designer no longer works or (if you have Visual InterDev installed) the
    Database Designer and LinkView tools no longer work. If you have run
    RegClean, then reinstall the Visual Studio applications as appropriate.

    ===================================================
    This is a problem that occurs only with packaged media. Packaged media is
    multimedia file that has been encrypted using Windows Media Rights Manager
    and can only be played by obtaining a valid license. There following two
    issues may cause this problem:
    • You have run the RegClean utility, which has removed registry keys
    necessary to play packaged content.

    ===================================================
    RegClean
    RegClean may remove a critical registry entry for the Java COM component
    that is wrapped by Griddtc.ocx. Check for the existence of the registry key
    show below, and manually add it to the registry if it is missing.
    ===================================================
    SYMPTOMS
    When you run the RegClean utility after you install one of the products
    listed in the "Applies to" section, you may experience one of the following
    symptoms: • The RegClean utility finds errors in the System Registry, and
    you receive the option to Fix Errors in the RegClean utility.
    • When you install a Microsoft Office program whose installation state
    is Installed on First Use and then double-click a document that is
    associated with that program, the Office program may not start. Instead, the
    Open With dialog box appears and the Office program is not listed.


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    "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    news:%237WqKv6rFHA.3264@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > You'll probably be advised against it, but I've had no problems with
    > RegCleaner
    >
    > http://www.majorgeeks.com/download460.html
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
    > "jen" <nomail@nomail.com> wrote in message
    > news:O4xTqY6rFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >> Hello.
    >> Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    >> shareware) that'll do it for you?
    >> I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.
    >> Thanks
    >> J
    >>
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    There are always exceptions to every rule but in general you are better off
    leaving the registry alone. I used to run reg cleaning\fixing software but
    realised that my computer always became unstable. I now leave well alone.
    The only keys I might delete are in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE sub keys
    of software I have uninstalled.

    Glen
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    Jon

    RegCleaner 4.3?.. You have had no problem with it because it doesn't do as
    much as you think it does.. Install Apple Quicktime, then do a full
    uninstall of it.. now run RegCleaner and see if it takes it all out of
    registry..

    The old RegClean that people used with Win 9x/ME should not be used with XP
    as you have already been shown, and again, even in Win 9x, RegClean didn't
    do a whole hell of a lot..


    --
    Mike Hall
    MVP - Windows Shell/User


    "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    news:eoqAG56rFHA.2220@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Different product
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
    > "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    > news:%23%23C%23P26rFHA.308@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Here are 5 issues that regclean can cause. Type Regclean in help with
    > search options set to All MS Products.
    >
    >
    > This issue may also occur if you run RegClean, version 3.0 or 4.0, on your
    > computer, and then attempt to run Visual Basic for Applications code that
    > uses Automation to control another program. The issue occurs because
    > RegClean 3.0 or 4.0 removes the keys that are required to use Automation.
    > ===================================================
    > Do Not Use the Microsoft Utility RegClean 4.1 with Visual Studio or Any
    > Visual Studio Applications:
    >
    > If you run RegClean 4.1 (build 97.71), you might find (if you have Visual
    > C++ Enterprise or Visual Basic Enterprise installed) that the Database
    > Designer no longer works or (if you have Visual InterDev installed) the
    > Database Designer and LinkView tools no longer work. If you have run
    > RegClean, then reinstall the Visual Studio applications as appropriate.
    >
    > ===================================================
    > This is a problem that occurs only with packaged media. Packaged media is
    > multimedia file that has been encrypted using Windows Media Rights Manager
    > and can only be played by obtaining a valid license. There following two
    > issues may cause this problem:
    > . You have run the RegClean utility, which has removed registry keys
    > necessary to play packaged content.
    >
    > ===================================================
    > RegClean
    > RegClean may remove a critical registry entry for the Java COM component
    > that is wrapped by Griddtc.ocx. Check for the existence of the registry
    > key show below, and manually add it to the registry if it is missing.
    > ===================================================
    > SYMPTOMS
    > When you run the RegClean utility after you install one of the products
    > listed in the "Applies to" section, you may experience one of the
    > following symptoms: . The RegClean utility finds errors in the System
    > Registry, and you receive the option to Fix Errors in the RegClean
    > utility.
    > . When you install a Microsoft Office program whose installation
    > state is Installed on First Use and then double-click a document that is
    > associated with that program, the Office program may not start. Instead,
    > the Open With dialog box appears and the Office program is not listed.
    >
    >
    >
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    > "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    > news:%237WqKv6rFHA.3264@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >> You'll probably be advised against it, but I've had no problems with
    >> RegCleaner
    >>
    >> http://www.majorgeeks.com/download460.html
    >>
    >> Jon
    >>
    >>
    >> "jen" <nomail@nomail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:O4xTqY6rFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hello.
    >>> Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    >>> shareware) that'll do it for you?
    >>> I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time
    >>> ago.
    >>> Thanks
    >>> J
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
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    Ok, thanks for that information Mike.

    While it may not be a perfect product, and may well fail in the experiment
    you have suggested, it has definite value in cleaning up the registry.

    It's helpful in identifying orphan file references, redundant OLE entries,
    identifying hidden software installed on your system, as well as identifying
    old software entries that you thought you'd removed. So, even if you only
    use it as a diagnostic tool, it has definite value. There is also the option
    to make full backups of any entries you choose to delete, for
    reversibility's sake.


    All of the cleanup processes can be placed on "manual", so you can see
    exactly what is being identifed as redundant, before choosing to delete, or
    to not delete.
    ie it isn't a closed black box, deleting registry entries at random.

    But I'm not here to sell it, nor am I particularly bothered about arguing
    its case. I have found it useful and that's that. If anyone is aware of a
    better freeware / shareware product around , then, like Jen, I'd be happy to
    hear.

    Jon


    "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    news:usTzdF8rFHA.304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > Jon
    >
    > RegCleaner 4.3?.. You have had no problem with it because it doesn't do as
    > much as you think it does.. Install Apple Quicktime, then do a full
    > uninstall of it.. now run RegCleaner and see if it takes it all out of
    > registry..
    >
    > The old RegClean that people used with Win 9x/ME should not be used with
    > XP as you have already been shown, and again, even in Win 9x, RegClean
    > didn't do a whole hell of a lot..
    >
    >
    > --
    > Mike Hall
    > MVP - Windows Shell/User
    >
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    Jon

    I do have it installed, and do use it for some things, but I would not
    necessarily recommend it for general use.. it also does not clean out all of
    the registry which is the impression that one gets from a program calling
    itself RegCleaner or any variation on that theme.. in that respect, it and
    others have limited use..


    --
    Mike Hall
    MVP - Windows Shell/User


    "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    news:OkUXw28rFHA.4044@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Ok, thanks for that information Mike.
    >
    > While it may not be a perfect product, and may well fail in the experiment
    > you have suggested, it has definite value in cleaning up the registry.
    >
    > It's helpful in identifying orphan file references, redundant OLE entries,
    > identifying hidden software installed on your system, as well as
    > identifying old software entries that you thought you'd removed. So, even
    > if you only use it as a diagnostic tool, it has definite value. There is
    > also the option to make full backups of any entries you choose to delete,
    > for reversibility's sake.
    >
    >
    > All of the cleanup processes can be placed on "manual", so you can see
    > exactly what is being identifed as redundant, before choosing to delete,
    > or to not delete.
    > ie it isn't a closed black box, deleting registry entries at random.
    >
    > But I'm not here to sell it, nor am I particularly bothered about arguing
    > its case. I have found it useful and that's that. If anyone is aware of a
    > better freeware / shareware product around , then, like Jen, I'd be happy
    > to hear.
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
    >
    > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    > news:usTzdF8rFHA.304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >> Jon
    >>
    >> RegCleaner 4.3?.. You have had no problem with it because it doesn't do
    >> as much as you think it does.. Install Apple Quicktime, then do a full
    >> uninstall of it.. now run RegCleaner and see if it takes it all out of
    >> registry..
    >>
    >> The old RegClean that people used with Win 9x/ME should not be used with
    >> XP as you have already been shown, and again, even in Win 9x, RegClean
    >> didn't do a whole hell of a lot..
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Mike Hall
    >> MVP - Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >
    >
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    Mike

    Tend to use it in a similar way, actually. Specific features at specific
    times.

    Wasn't aware of that lack of comprehensiveness in its cleaning up, though,
    so thanks for that insight.

    Jon


    "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    news:enX2fD9rFHA.3604@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Jon
    >
    > I do have it installed, and do use it for some things, but I would not
    > necessarily recommend it for general use.. it also does not clean out all
    > of the registry which is the impression that one gets from a program
    > calling itself RegCleaner or any variation on that theme.. in that
    > respect, it and others have limited use..
    >
    >
    > --
    > Mike Hall
    > MVP - Windows Shell/User
    >
    >
    > "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    > news:OkUXw28rFHA.4044@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> Ok, thanks for that information Mike.
    >>
    >> While it may not be a perfect product, and may well fail in the
    >> experiment you have suggested, it has definite value in cleaning up the
    >> registry.
    >>
    >> It's helpful in identifying orphan file references, redundant OLE
    >> entries, identifying hidden software installed on your system, as well as
    >> identifying old software entries that you thought you'd removed. So, even
    >> if you only use it as a diagnostic tool, it has definite value. There is
    >> also the option to make full backups of any entries you choose to delete,
    >> for reversibility's sake.
    >>
    >>
    >> All of the cleanup processes can be placed on "manual", so you can see
    >> exactly what is being identifed as redundant, before choosing to delete,
    >> or to not delete.
    >> ie it isn't a closed black box, deleting registry entries at random.
    >>
    >> But I'm not here to sell it, nor am I particularly bothered about arguing
    >> its case. I have found it useful and that's that. If anyone is aware of a
    >> better freeware / shareware product around , then, like Jen, I'd be happy
    >> to hear.
    >>
    >> Jon
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    >> news:usTzdF8rFHA.304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >>> Jon
    >>>
    >>> RegCleaner 4.3?.. You have had no problem with it because it doesn't do
    >>> as much as you think it does.. Install Apple Quicktime, then do a full
    >>> uninstall of it.. now run RegCleaner and see if it takes it all out of
    >>> registry..
    >>>
    >>> The old RegClean that people used with Win 9x/ME should not be used with
    >>> XP as you have already been shown, and again, even in Win 9x, RegClean
    >>> didn't do a whole hell of a lot..
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Mike Hall
    >>> MVP - Windows Shell/User
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
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    You can lead an idiot to water ...

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    "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message news:eoqAG56rFHA.2220@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Different product
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
    > "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    > news:%23%23C%23P26rFHA.308@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Here are 5 issues that regclean can cause. Type Regclean in help with search
    > options set to All MS Products.
    >
    >
    > This issue may also occur if you run RegClean, version 3.0 or 4.0, on your
    > computer, and then attempt to run Visual Basic for Applications code that
    > uses Automation to control another program. The issue occurs because
    > RegClean 3.0 or 4.0 removes the keys that are required to use Automation.
    > ===================================================
    > Do Not Use the Microsoft Utility RegClean 4.1 with Visual Studio or Any
    > Visual Studio Applications:
    >
    > If you run RegClean 4.1 (build 97.71), you might find (if you have Visual
    > C++ Enterprise or Visual Basic Enterprise installed) that the Database
    > Designer no longer works or (if you have Visual InterDev installed) the
    > Database Designer and LinkView tools no longer work. If you have run
    > RegClean, then reinstall the Visual Studio applications as appropriate.
    >
    > ===================================================
    > This is a problem that occurs only with packaged media. Packaged media is
    > multimedia file that has been encrypted using Windows Media Rights Manager
    > and can only be played by obtaining a valid license. There following two
    > issues may cause this problem:
    > • You have run the RegClean utility, which has removed registry keys
    > necessary to play packaged content.
    >
    > ===================================================
    > RegClean
    > RegClean may remove a critical registry entry for the Java COM component
    > that is wrapped by Griddtc.ocx. Check for the existence of the registry key
    > show below, and manually add it to the registry if it is missing.
    > ===================================================
    > SYMPTOMS
    > When you run the RegClean utility after you install one of the products
    > listed in the "Applies to" section, you may experience one of the following
    > symptoms: • The RegClean utility finds errors in the System Registry, and
    > you receive the option to Fix Errors in the RegClean utility.
    > • When you install a Microsoft Office program whose installation state
    > is Installed on First Use and then double-click a document that is
    > associated with that program, the Office program may not start. Instead, the
    > Open With dialog box appears and the Office program is not listed.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    > =================================================
    > "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    > news:%237WqKv6rFHA.3264@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >> You'll probably be advised against it, but I've had no problems with
    >> RegCleaner
    >>
    >> http://www.majorgeeks.com/download460.html
    >>
    >> Jon
    >>
    >>
    >> "jen" <nomail@nomail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:O4xTqY6rFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hello.
    >>> Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    >>> shareware) that'll do it for you?
    >>> I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.
    >>> Thanks
    >>> J
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
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    jen wrote:
    >
    > Is there a way of cleaning up the Registry or a software (preferably
    > shareware) that'll do it for you?
    > I have tons of stuff in there of programs that I removed a long time ago.

    Freeware OK?
    http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm


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    Glen wrote:
    >
    > There are always exceptions to every rule but in general you are better off
    > leaving the registry alone. I used to run reg cleaning\fixing software but
    > realised that my computer always became unstable. I now leave well alone.
    > The only keys I might delete are in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE sub keys
    > of software I have uninstalled.

    When running virus scanners and spyware scanners, keep notes on the
    nasty filenames. Anti-virus and anti-malware units are not that good at
    removing keys, so often you have to do it manually.


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