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Hi,

I am in the process of uninstalling my current FSX and Addons to make way for steam. Several Addons aren't in the Windows 10 uninstall list and don't even have an uninstall option in the program itself so I had to manually uninstall what I could.

I have heard that registry cleaners will make sure you remove all remnants. One recommended was Wise Cleaner. I also read that they can also delete your good files. Is it still a good idea to use a cleaner to make way for FSX Steam? Thanks. Tom

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I dont leave how without it - ccleaner - go get it - its free

 

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I dont leave how without it - ccleaner - go get it - its free

I took a look at CCleaner and I was afraid I would remove something needed.

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Hey tom,

Why don't You Run them side by side and decide which one You like best - Currently I run Fsx sp2 - Fsx Se - and P3d1.4 - all on a 1tb drive - and they run great !

ccleaner +1

Johnman B)

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I took a look at CCleaner and I was afraid I would remove something needed.

 

Ric been using it for years never had a problem - but I use it regularly - the reg cleaner portion only usually

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Ric been using it for years never had a problem - but I use it regularly - the reg cleaner portion only usually

Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'll give it a go then. Which version do you use, Pro or Pro Plus or Free Version.

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Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'll give it a go then. Which version do you use, Pro or Pro Plus or Free Version.

 

Free version

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Free version

I just ran it to clean the registry only and it found a whole mess of issues. I did back up the registry first, just in case.  :blush:

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I just ran it to clean the registry only and it found a whole mess of issues. I did back up the registry first, just in case.  :blush:

 

No problem it wont hose your pc - I never save a backup but again if your doing it for the first time thats a good idea to backup - but now do it regularly 

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I've used CCleaner for years, and never had registry problems. I think it's fairly non-aggressive when it comes to removing entries. 

 

I only use it after I uninstall something to make sure I got the remnants of the program.

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I agree with the above. CCleaner is essential.

I also use Glary's Cleaner as well, together with CCleaner.

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I use the Advanced System Care 9 program and run the registry cleaner at least weekly.  I'm like Rich above and mostly just use the registry cleaner.  I use the "Deep Clean" feature in Advanced System Care but that comes only with the payware version.  FYI, Windows will not allow certain system registry entries to be deleted so not even the registry cleaners can remove them.

 

Best regards,

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I would also recommend CCleaner - it's safe and quick.

 

The Wise Registry Cleaner is also very good and much more comprehensive. The downside is that the extra funtionality introduces the risk of screwing up your registry if you're not familiar with what's being shown. That said, in the options you can set it to only scan for safe entries. On my system, with it set to safe-only, it still flags up a lot more problem entries than CCleaner.

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Yes I bought system care but had some problems with it - not reg cleaning portion but I use ccleaner as it is less invasive and at least I am doing some maintenance 

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CCleaner is very good,  but whatever you do stay away from System Mechanic

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I use the Advanced System Care 9 program and run the registry cleaner at least weekly.  I'm like Rich above and mostly just use the registry cleaner.  I use the "Deep Clean" feature in Advanced System Care but that comes only with the payware version.  FYI, Windows will not allow certain system registry entries to be deleted so not even the registry cleaners can remove them.

 

I have used this for a number of years and am very happy with it.

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I just ran it to clean the registry only and it found a whole mess of issues. I did back up the registry first, just in case.  :blush:

Ric, you need to run it more than once on first use, or if you have not used it in a while. Keep running it till it finds no erroneous entries.

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Ric, you need to run it more than once on first use, or if you have not used it in a while. Keep running it till it finds no erroneous entries.

Thanks, i noticed after running it the first time and running it right away it found more issues.

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Okay, so this thread intrigued me and made me wonder just how badly my system needed cleaned.  I regularly run Flight1's Registry Repair Tool, but it's focus is on Flight Sim, not the entire system.

 

I downloaded CCleaner and ran the registry scan only and it found a ton of "issues" that if I fixed them all would free up 5.4GB of space.  Just a drop in the bucket on 2 1TB hard drives, but still...5 gigs is 5 gigs, right?

 

What worried me is it considered my aircraft texture folders and custom sound folders and custom panel folders as "unused file extensions".  If I "fix" that will my "texture.UAL" folder become just "Texture"?  I don't want to lose all my textures!

 

There was also a long listing of "missing DLL" entries, mostly with the FS2004 version of the PMDG NGX, but a lot of freeware aircraft too.  I don't want to lose those aircraft either.

 

It also found a bunch of Installer reference issues, something called MUI something on things that seemed pretty important.  It called some of my nearest and dearest flight sim programs like SBuilderX, ADE9X 1.65, etc obsolete.  Man I don't want to lose any of that so I am quite honestly "scared" to run the "fix" tab.

 

I don't really understand what all these "files" and "issues".  Many of them, the majority actually aren't even in a file with an "HKEY" reference, which is where I thought all the registry entries resided.  Silly me, huh?

 

Randy 

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If you are running the Majestic dash8 q400 pro beta with p3d3.1, watch 3 files in the ccleaner registry cleaner, they all are needed for the q to operate properly. Ccleaner sees them as empty registry items, but they are not!! One is the UNS 1e, other two I can't remember. Check your files before you delete them!

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If you are running the Majestic dash8 q400 pro beta with p3d3.1, watch 3 files in the ccleaner registry cleaner, they all are needed for the q to operate properly. Ccleaner sees them as empty registry items, but they are not!! One is the UNS 1e, other two I can't remember. Check your files before you delete them!

 

This is very good advice.   I use it all the time but i only delete the Registry Entry's that I'm specifically looking for, like Uninstalled left overs and so on.  

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Used ccleaner for years - quick and easy....   downloaded Advanced System Care a year or two ago and used it as well from time to time when I uninstalled programs etc...  it's great for finding left over entries and tidying things up but I'm not too keen of its constant push to buy it and the other software it throws at you,  I try and shut it down completely when its not needed but it seems to always be residing in the background... 

 

On the other hand...  I did try one of the programs that gets pushed by it and that is Drive Booster.

 

That program sorted loads of drivers my system was using that were obsolete or very old and it replaced them with the new latest versions...  all quickly and easily.

 

I ran it a few days ago and it found things related to motherboard and cpu files (cant remember exactly what but sounded important)...  since then there has been a noticeable improvement in my PC and I feel sure FSX and P3D are running better.

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Okay, so this thread intrigued me and made me wonder just how badly my system needed cleaned.  I regularly run Flight1's Registry Repair Tool, but it's focus is on Flight Sim, not the entire system.

 

I downloaded CCleaner and ran the registry scan only and it found a ton of "issues" that if I fixed them all would free up 5.4GB of space.  Just a drop in the bucket on 2 1TB hard drives, but still...5 gigs is 5 gigs, right?

 

What worried me is it considered my aircraft texture folders and custom sound folders and custom panel folders as "unused file extensions".  If I "fix" that will my "texture.UAL" folder become just "Texture"?  I don't want to lose all my textures!

 

There was also a long listing of "missing DLL" entries, mostly with the FS2004 version of the PMDG NGX, but a lot of freeware aircraft too.  I don't want to lose those aircraft either.

 

It also found a bunch of Installer reference issues, something called MUI something on things that seemed pretty important.  It called some of my nearest and dearest flight sim programs like SBuilderX, ADE9X 1.65, etc obsolete.  Man I don't want to lose any of that so I am quite honestly "scared" to run the "fix" tab.

 

I don't really understand what all these "files" and "issues".  Many of them, the majority actually aren't even in a file with an "HKEY" reference, which is where I thought all the registry entries resided.  Silly me, huh?

 

Randy 

Randy,

 

There is no need to "regularly run the Flight1 Registry tool". That tool fixes a specific problem that rarely happens, it is not a regular maintenance utility.

 

CCleaner found 5.4GB of problems in the registry? I doubt it.

 

The Cleaner and the Registry tool are two different things.

 

The Cleaner will actually delete unused files and getting rid of that much crap is worthwhile. I would bet you see a noticeable improvement in things like browser performance.

 

The "unused file extensions" is a registry item. Basically it means that Windows doesn't know what those file extensions are used for. You can safely remove those (they will probably get put back in the next time you use FS) because FS still knows what those files are for. Important to know that removing a registry key will not delete any files from your hard drive.

 

Use caution with "missing DLLs". Most of them are probably left over from aircraft that have either been removed or updated.

 

If in doubt, uncheck the entries until you verify what is needed. For payware I would always recommend you contact the developer if in doubt.

 

Installer references can be removed, these are bits left behind by installers that failed to do a full cleanup after you ran them.

 

MUI references can also be deleted from the registry, they are there for multi language display and most people don't need them.

 

One useful option in the CCleaner Registry tool is the option to backup the registry before cleaning. Never a bad idea, it acts as a sort of system restore if you should accidentally delete a needed registry entry.

 

While I recommend CCleaner and have used it for years without any problems, it never hurts to do a little research (Google is your friend) before you commit to any system changes.

 

regards,

Joe

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