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A Handy Guide to Registry Fixes

Discussion in 'Computers' started by jefboyardee, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    With a recent W7HP install and all the subsequent third-party installs, I've had BSOD knocking me down several times a day, for several months. Determined to fix it, I already had:

    Advanced PC Tweaker
    and of course, c:chkdsk /f.

    None of those did the trick. So, largely from recommendations here and from good old googling, I installed and tried:

    Glary Utilities
    Ultimate Boot CD
    Wise Care 365
    And, from a safe boot, c:sfc /scannow

    Anyway, I tried a lot more than just those, but again, nothing did the trick. So, desperately googling, I found:

    [SIZE=+1]NT Registry Optimizer[/SIZE]

    I shouldn't say this (again), but I will: ever since running that program about a week ago, my ancient PC has not crashed even once. Its schtick is cleaning out the dead spots in the registry, or some such.

    I still have all that other stuff which I'm sure is mostly either useless or unnecessary, but I run it all from time to time just to remind my PC who's in charge. And now that I've said that...

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  2. PaulS

    PaulS Android Enthusiast

    I still use Regbak.

    CCleaner(Has great hidden functions like being able to remove Right Click context menu options that can and have slowed down my 2xExplorer File browser).

    I use the free EasUS ToDo Back up to make system backups(Never liked or trusted Windows Restore).

    Other freebies I use and are worth having IMHO.
    Aus Logics Registry cleaner and Defrag and Reg defrag/compressor.

    Revo Uninstaller.

    This Lenovo S10-2 is a little underpowered for win7 Starter(1 gig ram) so I have to keep it well tuned.

    2.3 on the speed test.About 50 seconds boot to desktop and then whatever time for my used programs to be available.Tweaks for a faster shutdown,which I use Wizmo Shortcut and a Ctrl+F4.

    Firefox loads below 10 seconds first load and then about 4 seconds after 1st load and in session.

    Soluto can help as well(Un-installed after tuning for me.


    HTH :)
  3. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I have 10 year old PCs that have run continuously, 24/7, and have never crashed once. :eek: But then...they're all running Linux. :)

    See above. :D

    If you ever reach a point where you're truly fed up with jumping through hoops just to end up with a system that doesn't crash constantly, there are tons of Linux distros out there just waiting to be tried. For free. No strings attached. And, best of all, no BSODs!
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  4. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator

    Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to do my registry hacking by hand. I like to know exactly what is going on rather than just clicking a button and hoping that everything works out. I've seen far too many issues caused by the magic "optimization" tools - especially when a whole series of them is run on the same machine.

    Then again, I also use the old-fashioned fastboot oem unlock instead of any all-in-one unlock/root/flash toolkits.

    (on a related note, my primary OS at home is Arch Linux - again, because I like to do things by hand!)
  5. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    I went through a dual-boot nightmare to install Lubuntu last summer. I was impressed with its stability but ended up booting to Windows just to be near the apps that make having a PC worthwhile. Someday the Linux universe will capture the attention of third-party developers and then of people like me.
  6. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    I do a tidbit of that occasionally, but that's gambling for me. As for trying strange programs, I depend on RollBack Rx, a miraculous time machine.
  7. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    What are some apps, or types of apps, that you regularly use and can't do without? And are you sure you were looking for Linux equivalents of window$ apps...or were you expecting to use window$ apps on Linux?

    There's nothing I've ever wanted or needed to do on Linux that I couldn't find an app for (or a command, if that's the route I was going). A quick look through Synaptic shows me thousands upon thousands of apps, for everything from ham radio to games to education. So when I hear comments like yours, I feel a little confused. :thinking:

    See above! :)
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  8. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    Well, for one, even though It's not a 'program,' I've become devoted to the aforementioned Rollback. As for the rest, I admit I am starting to think I could make that work... so I might try dualing again next year. Tons of hard drive, scant memory, too old to throw money at.
  9. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    Couldn't I just get a 32GB card, install Lubuntu on that and let BIOS bootup let me decide which OS to launch?
  10. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I'm pretty sure there are utilities like that in Linux, too, but I don't use them so I can't really comment.

    Sounds good.

    Yes, I believe so. But I'd prefer to hear confirmation from someone who has actually done this. I haven't. :)
  11. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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  12. Joelgp83

    Joelgp83 Android Enthusiast

    Heh, for that matter I've got Ubuntu 8.something installed on an sd card that I boot my Nintendo Wii off of. It's kinda slow, but that's more related to the underpowered-ness of the Wii (only 80mb of RAM) than anything else. :p
  13. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    Too intense for me:

    Some computers of your vintage do not boot cards, most should boot sticks.
    The best USB2 device I have found is the SanDisk Cruzer Fit.
    There are two popular methods of installing to USB, Persistent install and Full install.

    Persistent install 12.04, 12.10 is similar:

    Boot Live CD or Live USB.
    Plug in flash drive.
    Start gparted.

    Create 2 GB FAT32 partition, (on the left side of the bar). (size is optional, extra space can be used for file storage and transfer to Windows machines).

    Create a 4 GB ext2 partition to the right of this, labeled it "casper-rw". (ext3 and ext4 also work).

    Create a partition in the remaining space and label it "home-rw". (optional, creates a separate home partition).

    Close gparted.
    Un-mount and re-mount flash drive.
    Start "Create a live usb startup disk", (usb-creator).
    Select "Discard on shutdown".
    Press "Make Startup Disk.
    When usb-creator finishes, Go to the root folder of your Live USB
    Enter the syslinux directory, (or for UNetbootin the root directory).
    Make the syslinux.cfg file writeable
    Replace the contents of the file syslinux.cfg with:

    default persistent label persistent say Booting a persistent Ubuntu session... kernel /casper/vmlinuz append file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper persistent initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash noprompt --
    Shutdown, remove CD, reboot.

    First time booting go to users and groups and create an account with yourself up as an Administrator, with password if desired.

    The above code will bypass the Try/Install and Language screens.

    Full Install 12.04

    Turn off and unplug the computer. (See note at bottom)
    Remove the side from the case.
    Unplug the power cable from the hard drive.
    Plug the computer back in.
    Insert the flash drive.
    Insert the Live CD or Live USB.
    Start the computer, the CD/USB should boot.
    Select language.
    Select install Ubuntu.
    Select Download updates while installing and Select Install this third-party software.
    At "Installation type" select "Something else".
    Confirm Device is correct.
    Select "New Partition Table"
    Click Continue on the drop down.

    (Optional partition for use on Windows machine)
    Click "Free space" and "Add".
    Select "Primary".
    Make "New partition size..." about 1000 megabytes.
    Location = Beginning.
    "Use as:" = "FAT32 file system".
    And "Mount point" = /windows.
    Select "OK"

    Click "free space" and then "Add".
    Select "Primary", "New partition size ..." = 4500 to 6000 megabytes, Beginning, Ext4, and Mount point = "/" then OK.

    (Optional home partition)
    Click "free space" and then "Add".
    Select "Primary", "New partition size ..." = 1000 to 4000 megabytes, Beginning, Ext2, and Mount point = "/home" then OK.
    (Optional swap space, allows hibernation)

    Click "free space" and then "Add".
    Select "Primary", "New partition size ..." = remaining space, (1000 to 2000 megabytes, or same size as RAM), Beginning and "Use as" = "swap area" then OK.

    Confirm "Device for boot loader installation" points to the USB drive. Default should be ok if HDD was unplugged.
    Click "Install Now".

    Select your location.
    Select Keyboard layout.
    Insert your name, username, password, computer name and select if you want to log in automatically or require a password.
    Selecting "Encrypt my home folder" is a good option if you are worried about loosing your USB drive.
    Select Continue.
    Wait until install is complete.
    Turn off computer and plug in the HDD.
    Stick the side panel back on.

    You may omit disabling the hard drive if after partitioning you choose to install grub to the root of the usb drive you are installing Ubuntu to, (ie sdb not sdb1). Be cautious, many people have overwritten the HDD MBR.
    You may do an update-grub later. ​
  14. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    This was my second reply to that, but not until just now:

    No idea why I didn't find this earlier, but I also may try HOW TO Install Lubuntu on USB Drive

    ...and I actually understand it.
  15. cybersa

    cybersa Newbie

    Advanced PC Tweaker
    is not working.
    Can you correct it on your first post?
  16. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    I just tried it; it worked fine. Here it is spelled out:


    And that, by the way, did cost me money a few years ago, something like twenty-five bucks. They will also apparently bug me for a renewal someday, which I will likely ignore.
  17. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    I wonder if simple backup/snapshot system does that job...
  18. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter!

    Your link is broken...
  19. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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  21. davoid

    davoid Android Expert

    Is there anything on Linux similar to MS Onenote? I use this app to sync notes across my devices. I know there is Evernote on Android, but does this work on Linux?
  22. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I'd never heard of OneNote, but a quick search yielded some info about KDE equivalents, including basket. I've never used that, either, so I can't comment on it!
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  23. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    This thread is about windows registry not windows vs Linux keep it on subject.
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  24. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User
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    I take full responsibility for that. I was so jazzed that my registry appears to have been healed that I went looking for new problems.
  25. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    You and me, both. :eek:
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