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I have a computer that has had some registry issues. I repaired my Windows installation, however I would like to ensure that there aren't any more issues. I read that you can use this method by Microsoft. However, I do not want to use this method unless I know something is still wrong.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a registry cleaner or scanner?

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I suggest you never use registry cleaners. If your computer is running fine at the moment, don't mess with the registry. 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. I recommend you reading this thread from Microsoft Answers. Furthermore, Mark Russinovich's article about "Registry Junk: A Windows Fact of Life" gives some insight on Windows registry and registry cleaners.

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I've heard that arguement before. Many people claim that any regcleaner is a scam (ie regcure). I just wanted know about other people's experience with them. I'll check out those links. – bacord Oct 13 '10 at 20:30

You can use Trend Micro HijackThis, it is a free utility that generates an in depth report of registry and file settings from your computer.

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I use the simple reg clean that is part of CCleaner. Delete obvious dead stuff caused by updates, but don't get clever or fancy. Since it does' t mess with things that affect booting, it should be possible to restore if you ended up having a problem. I've never had an incedent with that.

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