Reinstall vista? registry cleaner?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Fontaine, Feb 27, 2010.

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  1. Fontaine

    Fontaine Registered Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Last time I did a reinstall was 1.5 years ago. I don't have any problems and don't see the need to reformat/reinstall. Some people do it twice/year though. Any reason to reformat/reinstall? I use revo uninstaller and regularly clean with ccleaner.

    Also, what is the best free registry cleaner out there? I use the CCleaner one but it doesn't seem to get everything. Figure that if I clean the registry and delete unused programs, i shouldn't have to reformat often, right?
  2. jonyjoe81

    jonyjoe81 Registered Member

    May 1, 2007
    The only time I reformat is due to virus/malware attack.
    I found out computer slowness is caused by bloated antispyware software or bloated security suites. Sometimes by hardware problems ie slow video card or bad drivers.
    I also rarely use ccleaner because I don't think it will make my computer run any faster but it won't make it worst.

    Recently my computer started to slowdown, I traced it to avg free antivirus software I was using, I replaced it with avira free antivirus and I regain my speed again. Sometimes it's that simple to gain improvement.
  3. GlobalForce

    GlobalForce Regular Poster

    Jun 30, 2004
    Garden State, USA
    There's a certain comfort that goes along with :eek::D familiarity. From my point of view ;) frequency's good!
  4. Osaban

    Osaban Registered Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    If you don't backup your system, reinstalling Windows yearly is a way to keep problems from developing. On the other hand there's really no rule about it, if your system works well why bother.

    About registry cleaners, I use jv16 PowerTools 2009 (I also use CCleaner, only the cleaner section though). I don't think that any of the registry cleaners can be defined as best, jv16 PowerTools has a good reputation.

    I also would like to add that with XP Home/pro the registry cleaner had a visible impact in terms of improved performance, with Vista not only I could never see any improvement but some third party programs had to be reinstalled after letting the registry cleaner freely clean. As a result I very rarely use jv16 with Vista, and when I do I'm looking for specific entries.
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