202 Registry issues – What can I safely delete?

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I just did a factory reset on my laptop and I have 202 registry problems. Which can I safely delete?  Empty registry keys, obsolete software key, add/remove program issue, missing shared DLLs, invalid file or folder. Any help would be appreciated.


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Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Did you update it to Windows 10, and then downgrade to Windows 7? Also how did you do that, with disc / without disc? Please come back the details.
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  • Rinty2747
    No, I have an HP Laptop and I still had service agreement with them. I called them and they did the reset back to my old Windows 7. Then I had to get updates which was a pain in the butt. Could not get them the regular way through my software. I went to MS and had to download from them. 1st time I went to download had the system going for over 24 hours with no luck. I took the unit to a repair shop here and they said that MS wants everyone to be on 10 so they are making it very inconvenient for those of us that still want 7 or 8.l. 2nd time I went on the site to download, turned off all other software, no sleeping etc and it took 12 hours to get the updates through April and then another 2 to 3 hours for the updates, through my Windows, for the balance. I did not want Windows 10. In any event I am stuck with all these registry entries. For 3 years I used CCleaner to clean the registry every week but it has never been this bad so it is intimidating me especially since I had so much trouble with this factory reset.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    "I did not want Windows 10., Assuming it is now Windows 7 on your laptop, or if 10 is there, you can downgrade the OS to 7 again. 2ndly, as it is under service agreement till now, then immediate you have to ask them to re-install 7 on your laptop and before taking backups of all necessary files / folders (if any). Without their knowledge, don't do anything wrong else you may loose that agreement.
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  • Rinty2747
    I did not want 10. My service agreement has now expired. I did the factory reset at the last possible time. I just did this factory reset last week. Why would I want to do it again? All I wanted to do is safely get rid of the crap on the register. I had to do the updates this unit is 3 years old and had to download 3 years worth of updates. The unit appears to be working great. I just want to clean the registry.
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  • carlosdl
    A factory reset should not have messed the registry. Something went wrong during the process.

    As you seem to know, the registry is a very delicate part of the Windows OS, so playing with it without backing up the system first is not a good idea.

    If those registry keys are not causing you any problem, I would leave them alone.

    If you really want to try and delete them, make sure to create a restore point on your system before doing so. In case something goes wrong, you can use the system restore feature to get back to where you are now.
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  • Rinty2747
    Thanks, I will have to think really hard about this. I know some of it is junk, but how much who knows. I think a lot of this has to do with Windows 10. Through out the last year they were sending downloading things to my laptop for 10 and I bet with the updating that had to go into the system after the reset they sent some of that junk also. I hate when they send things you never asked for. If I want 10 I will buy it. This really makes me mad.
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  • carlosdl
    I know, I don't like it too much either. Specifically, I don't like the processes related to the user experience improvement, which cannot be disabled (at least not in a documented way).
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