Registry repair for Windows Vista

Can anyone recommend some registry repair freeware for Vista?
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ncwAsked:
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JeremySBrownCommented:
CCleaner comes with a free registry cleaner.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--You have posted in the Windows 7 forum but your tags indicate you are running Vista.  Please clarify.
Using a Registry cleaner can be quite dangerous.  Many experts do not recommend "cleaning" the Registry.  What is the problem you are trying to solve.?  There are much safer tools such as System Restore, Recovery Console, sfc /scannow, etc.
If you do use a Registry Cleaner, back up the existing Registry first.
MS does offer a Registry Cleaner  http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/article/registry_cleaner_why.htm
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ncwAuthor Commented:
I couldn't see a Vista forum. I'm trying to solve an issue of all browsers crashing after a random period (IE8, FF4, Chrome).
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--Click the blue "Add Tags"  button in the middle of your first post and add Vista in your tags.
Here are some potential answers to your problem of crashing browsers.
Do you get any error messages?  Anything in Event Viewer?

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie8-windows_other/my-ie8-crash-very-often-in-window7-environment/d6f0b5fe-80c4-4726-a16a-dbbae91793f7

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/a-fast-fix-for-ie8-crashes-slowdowns/1694

Add-ons could well be the problem with any browser.
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ncwAuthor Commented:
The most common reason does seem to be add-ons, I've found some more in IE8 and disabled them. I'm surprised it's effecting all browsers, unless it's a common add-on.
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--Yes, a common add-on can affect browsers other than IE.  Are you using the latest Firefox?
Are you using McAfee Site Advisor?  That can cause Firefox to crash.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie8-windows_other/my-ie8-crash-very-often-in-window7-environment/d6f0b5fe-80c4-4726-a16a-dbbae91793f7
also tells you how to determine which add-on is causing the problem.  I would add that a faster method is to enable half of the add-ons at a time.  If a crash still occurs, the problem add-on is not in that bunch but in the still disabled bunch.  Continue the half enabled technique until you find the problem.
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ncwAuthor Commented:
In FF4 all add-ons are disabled. I had McAfee anti-virus which is now removed. FF4 still crashes.

In Event Viewer I see the following:

The browser service has failed to retrieve the backup list too many times on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{4B89E525-B2FE-4E02-B769-D671257BBDE6}. The backup browser is stopping.

Volume Shadow Copy Service warning: ASR writer Error 0x80070057.  hr = 0x00000000.

Shadow copy creation failed because of error reported by ASR Writer.  More info: The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057).

Failed to create restore point on volume (Process = C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe /d srrstr.dll,ExecuteScheduledSPPCreation; Descripton = Scheduled Checkpoint; Hr = 0x800423f4

The scheduled restore point could not be created.  Additional information: (0x800423f4).
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--Are those Event Viewer messages all from one crash or several?
At minimum the one about "create Restore Point" seems separate from the crashing but could be related to Volume Shadow Copy
See here for possible help
http://forums.techarena.in/windows-server-help/703617.htm
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinNT/WinNT_Setup/Q_20553276.html

http://www.vistax64.com/vista-performance-maintenance/35342-system-restore-not-working-ultimate-edition.html

Have you run antimalware scans (like you own antivirus, MalwareBytes, etc.)  ?
Have you tried the advice re add-on?  
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ncwAuthor Commented:
Add-ons are all disabled! This thread http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinNT/WinNT_Setup/Q_20553276.html seems to suggest the failure to retrieve the backup list could be connected with the browsers crashing.

The Event Viewer messages are all from one time but separate messages.

Having a look at antimalware, I've run several others.
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--Now that add-ons are all disabled are you still getting the crashes?

This thread http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinNT/WinNT_Setup/Q_20553276.html seems to suggest the failure to retrieve the backup list could be connected with the browsers crashing
Yes, that is why I suggested it.
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ncwAuthor Commented:
I'm wondering if I've found something here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/winservergen/thread/f5e53544-3a00-4863-a5bf-594b3310c4f2/

When I go into disk Management I don't see drives C & D listed!
DiskManagement.jpg
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--You may be getting to the point of finding so many different problems that your best solution is a Repair Install.  http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-repair-install-vista.html
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--By the way, a Repair Install is a Registry repair, as you requested in your first post, among other things.
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ncwAuthor Commented:
Will a repair install of Vista mean I have to re-install all my programs though?
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ncwAuthor Commented:
My PC is an Acer and I used their eRecovery Management software to create 2 Vista DVD's, but when I boot from disk 1 there's only the option to re-install. There doesn't seem to be any repair tools.
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ncwAuthor Commented:
I've created a recovery CD from the iso torrent at http://www.technibble.com/repair-tool-of-the-week-vista-recovery-disk/ and will test this out next.
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw-- Will a repair install of Vista mean I have to re-install all my programs though?
NO!!  That is what happens when you do a Clean Install or use a Recovery disk.  
The latter restores the hard drive back to the condition it was in when it left the factory.  So all personal data and programs installed by you are wiped.
So do not use the Recovery Disks unless you back up your personal data first.  You will have to reinstall all programs, but you will have your personal data.
Rather follow the instructions in http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-repair-install-vista.html exactly and read the info at the beginning.  If you do not have a Vista installation CD, borrow one of the same version from a friend.  Or if you have the time try to get one from ACER.  At worst they should sell you one for no more than 20£ .
The file you downloaded from http://www.technibble.com/repair-tool-of-the-week-vista-recovery-disk/ sounds like a boot disk.  You have not mentioned any problems booting, so I doubt it will do you any good.  
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ncwAuthor Commented:
I had the TDSS rootkit, TDSSKiller at http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/solutions?qid=208280684 detected and removed it. I can now see my hard drive partitions listed in Disk management and my browsers are no longer crashing. Thanks for your assistance.
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--Glad to hear the good news.  You are welcome.  How did you detect the rootkit?
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ncwAuthor Commented:
I searched Google with the symptoms and found TDSSKiller recommended so I tried it, detection was positive, and all worked fine after a reboot.
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jcimarronCommented:
ncw--Thanks.
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