.. go do dishes or take the vacuum cleaner out for a jaunt around your abode, but please please quit using registry cleaners.
The Windows NT operating system family (NT, Win2K, XP, Vista) is not phased by orphaned registry entries. They are ignored. There is no need to clean them out.
The Windows NT operating system family (NT, Win2K, XP, Vista) is a cousin to the old Windows 9x family, not brother, sister, mother, father.
The Windows NT operating system family (NT, Win2K, XP, Vista) is not prone to the constraints of its cousins.
The risks are simple enough to understand. You could lose part or all of your data, and Murphy's Law states that the part lost will be the most important.
If you can't resist temptation, don't install and run any cleaner utility which has an integrated registry cleaner. CCleaner is included in the above.
I'll wager that you do not have backups of anything, no restore CD/DVD, no clue how to restore from a recovery partition.
Don't expect anybody to be able to recover lost data in its entirety because that rarely happens (re Murphy's Law).
Any registry cleaner claiming to be SAFE will only take out anything which could have been left exactly where it was, without any performance penalty.
Say 'NO' to registry cleaners
Wed, Oct 1 2008 11:39