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  • Started 3 years ago by ispalten
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ispalten
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Interesting reading for anyone who thinks they need 'cleaners'. Sort of echo's what's said here...

I've got the JV16 suite, never tried really messing with it... now I have to look at it.

Irv S.

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The Geek
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I have serious doubts about that article.

First, testing boot times is a terrible way to check real-world performance.
Second, testing boot times from within a virtual machine is silly, since the times aren't going to be properly accurate from one boot to another.

Finally, the article doesn't really test Registry Cleaners specifically - it tests file cleanup applications, which is a very different thing.

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ispalten
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I agree on the boot time... I don't think it bears much resemblance to junk left in the registry.

However, the conclusion is valid...

From it :

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Many Windows programs are still sloppy about their uninstall process, leaving behind digital debris. In older versions of Windows, this situation was a known cause of trouble.

Leftover, “orphaned” files waste space on your hard drive and create extra work for Windows when it performs indexing, searching, defragging, backups, or other file-related operations.

Leftover Registry entries similarly inflate the Registry — to no useful purpose. Erroneous Registry entries can create system instabilities and crashes, and a bloated Registry might needlessly slow down system startup and shutdown.
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First 2 sentences are correct. Last one, well, some still leave clutter, can start services no longer required, or cause reading of a larger registry to get the needed data. Boot times might have very little effect because of these though I believe.

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Bottom-line conclusions and caveats

The primary takeaway from these tests is that use of any cleanup tool — even the free, built-in cleanmgr — can help fight bloat and improve your system performance over what you get if you simply uninstall an application.

Although I was surprised that no tool removed all the junk files and leftover Registry entries, they all — even the lowly cleanmgr, if launched from a command line with all its cleanup options enabled — reduced the startup and shutdown times to those of my original, clean system.
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So don’t risk destabilizing a solid system for a trivial gain. Stay within your own comfort and skill zone — and always, always, always make a backup before using any cleaning tool.

For me, the bottom line is this: I’ll continue using — and recommending — lightweight tools (such as command-line cleanmgr and CCleaner) for routine cleanups and expert-level tools (such as jv16 PowerTools) when simpler software isn’t enough.
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Valid advice as far as I'm concerned....

Back to the booting test though. Although it appears to be meaningless, it might hold true for 'junk' left behind, even if on a VM. Hard to tell, it surely isn't 'real-world'.

Check the CCLeaner part, that is cleaning the registry from what I see?

Irv S.

Posted 3 years ago
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