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I downloaded "max registry cleaner" it found like 1000 entries that says needs cleaning, but you have to buy the program before it will actually clean anything. Is this a good idea?
 

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I've lost track at how many people I've helped restore their computers after they decided to go mess around with their windows registry.

Just leave it alone.

If your registry is jacked to the point where it's causing performance problems, it's time to back up your data, wipe the machine clean and reinstall the OS.
 

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You could use a linux OS.

No viruses, no malware, no registry, no headaches.

No sharing the background wallpaper with the SO ( everyone has their own unique account settings ).

No having your music/movies/pictures/work stuff accidentally erased by another user on the computer.

http://www.ubuntu.com



You won't believe how fast your computer runs after it's installed ( a lot of the horsepower on Windws is sucked up by the antivirus, firewall and other programs necessary to keep windows from being killed by malware [or it's own bad coding] )
 

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If you dick up your windows registry your computer will just be a big plastic door stop.
If you choose to "clean" it using third party software set a restore point before you do and when the software asks you do you want to back up the registry before proceeding select yes....
 

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How is Ubuntu for gaming? Are there any type of compatibility issues?
Linux is a whole new language, you'll have to run a virtual machine for most of your games (If they run in windows or dos) unless you're half programmer.

Ubuntu is a great introduction to Linux distro however.
 

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heggalex said:
How is Ubuntu for gaming? Are there any type of compatibility issues?
You have hit the achilles heel of linux.

It's not really aimed at "gamers", although that is changing as Linux is being offered more and more by the big computer makers as an option (and as more people are getting tired of windows and switching).

However, there are several game enablers available:

Cedega is an environment that runs on linux that allows you to play most Windows games.

Wine is a windows emulator that allows pretty much all the games from Win98 to play, and some current ones.

VmWare is a virtual machine that you can run a complete windows instance inside of ( and then run you games on that windows ).
 

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CC Cleaner ftw. Make backups of all your registry changes, just in case :wink: .


And Linux is free if your time is worthless :peep: . And last time I checked Cedega could only do DX 8.1 and Pixel Shader 1.3.
 

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CC Cleaner ftw. Make backups of all your registry changes, just in case :wink: .


And Linux is free if your time is worthless :peep: . And last time I checked Cedega could only do DX 8.1 and Pixel Shader 1.3.
Well, linux has standards that need learning.

Nice thing about linux is that they stick to world wide standards, and don't recreate their programs every year or so ( like Microsoft does with it's stuff ).

Linux starts with a security model ( not has security pasted on as an afterthought [windows]).

Nobody ever said linux was gonna hold you by the hand and allow you to coast (like windows) - *nix requires one to be responsible for ones own actions (there is no Recycle Bin in *nix).


..and it has probably been a while since you've looked at Cedega. Gaming support is gaining momentum in linux. See http://live.linux-gamers.net/ for a DVD chock full of modern games that run natively on linux.
 

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PC World . com

Go to the website of the renowned magazine, PC world .com and search for "utility" programs. TONS of free program downloads, but read the subscriber reviews carefully to be sure which one is really useful.

Ditto for Windows OneCare! It's FREE and very useful!

I recommend the free trial of "Tuneup Utilities". It is a limited use of a great progam, which I will purchase next after my current one expires................elsullo
 
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