Deleting uneeded registry entries

Posted on 2005-03-26
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
To the experts:  

I am running Windows 98SE and I would like to delete uneeded programs in the registry and those entries not needed to free up space.  
The reason for deleting is this computer has limited space and it is not possible at this time to purchase more memory.  

How do I delete uneeded registry entries?  

I will provide a list of the registry entries.
Thank you.  
Question by:webdziner
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Well if you are short of disk space - uninstall a few applications and not empty the registry as it might affect their functionality.
You can find useful info on the registry at - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986

Well please include the list of registry keys you have identified to delete.

You can check the hive size at %systemroot%\System32\Config
Supporting files :
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SAM - Sam, Sam.log, Sam.sav
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Security -  Security, Security.log, Security.sav
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software  - Software, Software.log, Software.sav
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System - System, System.alt, System.log, System.sav
HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG - System, System.alt, System.log, System.sav, Ntuser.dat, Ntuser.dat.log
HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT - Default, Default.log, Default.sav

You could have used the tool; but is for Windows 2000 - (http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/dureg-o.asp)

Identified the document - How To Backup, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me(322754)

A useful link - http://www.softpanorama.org/Unixification/Registry/microsoft_registry_tools.shtml

Again for Windows 2000.
Using the ChkReg.exe Utility on corrupted registry hives (329002)
You can try "chkreg /f <filename> /r /c /v" where filename is the hive name.

All articles are Microsoft support articles - http://support.microsoft.com

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I have used quite a number of registry cleaning tools, and found RegSeeker the best.
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