In message <>, Ken Blake\n[QUOTE]\nRegistry cleaning programs are *all* snake oil, and should be avoided\nlike the plague. Cleaning of the registry isn't needed and is\ndangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any registry\ncleaner. Despite what many people think, and what vendors of registry\ncleaning software try to convince you of, having unused registry\nentries doesn't really hurt you.[/QUOTE]\n\nNo, it's just intellectually unsatisfying. Windows - and software, from\nmyriad sources, that runs under it - is extremely complex these days,\nand so much _does_ cause things to "silt up": OK, some _very_\nconscientious (and knowledgeable) people this may not apply to, but most\nof us find that the registry, the hard disc, and the startup (and\ncontinuously running) parts of a Windows installation do gain lots of\nthings we don't understand, and therefore can't easily decide whether to\nremove or not. It's what eventually makes most people buy a new\ncomputer, I suspect - the fact that their old one has become a lot less\nresponsive than when it was new. Sure, a reinstall would cure it, but\nmost people are reluctant to do that - not least because they can't\n_remember_ how they set up things just the way they have and like them\n(apart from the speed drop) now.\n\nI take your points that ...[QUOTE]\nThe risk of a serious problem caused by a registry cleaner erroneously\nremoving an entry you need is far greater than any potential benefit\nit may have.[/QUOTE]\n\n.... and ...\n[QUOTE]\nRather, the problem with a registry cleaner is that it carries with it\nthe substantial *risk* of having a problem. And since there is no\nbenefit to using a registry cleaner, running that risk is a very bad\nbargain.[/QUOTE]\n\n; it's just _irritating_ that the unnecessary stuff is there, since we\nknow that removing such chaff in the startup and running parts _does_\nspeed things up.\n\nIMO, the registry, as originally conceived (around the time of Windows\n3.11?) as a central repository for lots of settings, was a Good Idea -\nand, while it used human-readable keys etc., remained so; however,\npartly because of copy-protection reasons and partly because of lazy\nprogramming, it became full of incomprehensible strings of numbers, and\nis now a necessary evil.