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Registry Fix

by Conor Mc Nassa / February 1, 2009 7:14 PM PST

I have been warned about Registry Fixes downloaded from the Internet especially those that offer a free scan that finds hundreds of problems and will fix ten problems for free. After that you pay.
I have three questions 1 Do Misrosoft provide regristry fixes.? 2 If not why not after all they supply the thing in the first place.? and 3 can anyone recommend a good reliable registry fix that will do a straightforward job without any risk.?

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What do you want to fix?
by Kees Bakker / February 1, 2009 7:24 PM PST
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Microsoft provides regedit for editing the registry. A nice, although powerful, tool. That's all I need to fix an error.

In fact, I never fix an error in the registry, because I never have an error that needs to be fixed. Do you have one?

Kees

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No
by Jimmy Greystone / February 1, 2009 10:24 PM PST
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No, Microsoft does not supply a registry "fixer". Once upon a time Microsoft offered a program called RegClean as part of their PowerToys set, but they eventually pulled it because it was causing more problems than it solved. And even though it was distributed without any kind of warranty of expectation of support, you can bet someone at a Fortune 100 company downloaded it and Microsoft ended up supporting it anyway, just because it's a huge client they don't want to tick off.

There really is no need to muck about with the registry unless you have some specific problem in mind, and know exactly what you need to do. The registry is NOT this mystical black box component that holds the key to untold mysteries and tweaks for Windows. Virtually all the claims made about what the registry is, are exaggerations based on a single person's misunderstanding. Put very simply, the registry is just a basic flat file database that a first year computer science student should be able to bash out in an afternoon. It holds metadata, or data about data. It often stores the values used for various program settings, and if the programmer didn't see fit to make an in-program selection for some option, odds are it's not something you want to be messing with unless you're prepared to suffer the consequences that might come from your actions.

Unless you have a very specific need, you're best never venturing into the registry.

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Registry Fix
by Conor Mc Nassa / February 9, 2009 2:52 AM PST
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Thanks Guys

At present I don't need to fix anything.The reason I asked the question is that I have a programme on my computer called Reg Cure (it was pre installed) and also I see so many ads for reg fixers that I was beginning to think that this was something that needed to be done on a regular to keep my computer healthy. I know different now.

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