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Burleyboy

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I was reading online and someone mentioned a registry cleaner that was free called regsweep, so I checked it out. Everywhere I checked the reviews were positive, and said it got all the bits and pieces others left, so I downloaded it to give it a try. I use Registry Mechanic and always thought it was pretty good at maintaining my registry, but regsweep found about a thousand invalid registry enries, so I checked the back-up before deletion box, and let it sweep them away.

I guess it swept it too good, and some of those entries weren't so invalid.

I rebooted and as soon as it got through a couple of passes of the loading bar at the Windows screen, it would go into an endless loop of restarts.

I lost my raid and had to reinstall Windows. So much work.

Has anyone else used this and had any problems with it?

I figure since I lost my install anyway, I'd just put x64 back on a single drive, and save my other one for Vista, when graphics drivers come out. I can really feel the difference without raid0 though.

There are good, free things out there, Avast and MBM5 being a few, but I'll stick to the old addage of "it's free for a reason".

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Crap cleaner / CCleaner is free and does a fine job cleaning the registry as well as its main purpose of cleaning other garbage like temp files and internet cache. No reason to knock freeware, I think the real lesson is to at least glance over what these type of apps select for removal. As you said "some of those entries weren't so invalid", so your gut told you the truth. Always scrutinize the decisions software tries to make for you, especially when dealing with OS sensative processes/files/reg entries.

 

Sorry for the loss of your OS,

Ugly

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Crap cleaner / CCleaner is free and does a fine job cleaning the registry as well as its main purpose of cleaning other garbage like temp files and internet cache. No reason to knock freeware, I think the real lesson is to at least glance over what these type of apps select for removal. As you said "some of those entries weren't so invalid", so your gut told you the truth. Always scrutinize the decisions software tries to make for you, especially when dealing with OS sensative processes/files/reg entries.

 

Sorry for the loss of your OS,

Ugly

I see your point, but there was 900 and some to look over, and I'm really not knowledgable enough to know what was valid or invalid.

I do like the idea of cleaning out all the stuff that registry cleaner misses, so I might give CCleaner a try. I read a lot of reviews before I bought Registry Mechanic, and they all said it was good, but it sure looks like it misses a lot.

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