Originally Posted by mushroomboy
It's a placebo effect, reg cleaners don't work. They never have, they never will. Unless you are getting errors specifically from windows... Like oh, I don't know: "Error: registry crap". Otherwise it's moot, moot, and more moot.
Most of these registry keys are useless because your Windows registry is like a warehouse filled
with books, where every program on your PC places its own book of settings and the only thing
that reads it is the same program that adds the book [registry keys] in the first place â€“
Windows doesnâ€™t read these books or â€œcareâ€ about these third-party softwareâ€™s settings.
I don't know why this scam is still around...  I don't like getting articles like that so I'll see if I can find a better/more credible source. I'm sure I'll find one, though google has been flooded with reviews/crap opinions without any benchmarks/results.
[edit2] I also forgot to address the MS created registry cleaner. It was dated for 95/98 and supposedly worked for 2k. However it has been removed from their download center, wonder why? I also urge you to find out why they never released a new one? They could have when they did MSE, giving it the ability to clean the registry (would have helped marketing). Though since there is no reason it is a moot issue, don't spend time coding something that you don't need.
The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. It does not contain non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault.
The Suite is a bundling of the following selected Sysinternals Utilities:
AccessChk, AccessEnum, AdExplorer, AdRestore, Autologon, Autoruns, BgInfo, CacheSet, ClockRes, Contig, Coreinfo, Ctrl2Cap, DebugView, Desktops, DiskExt, DiskMon, DiskView, Disk Usage (DU), EFSDump, FileMon, Handle, Hex2dec, Junction,
LDMDump, ListDLLs, LiveKd, LoadOrder, LogonSessions, NewSid, NTFSInfo, PageDefrag, PendMoves, PipeList, PortMon, ProcessExplorer, Process Monitor, ProcFeatures, PsExec, PsFile, PsGetSid, PsInfo, PsKill, PsList, PsLoggedOn, PsLogList, PsPasswd, PsService, PsShutdown, PsSuspend, RegDelNull,
RegJump, RegMon, RootkitRevealer, SDelete ....