Possibly OT: networking under VirtualBox

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sun Oct 31 14:30:58 UTC 2010

On Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 12:27 PM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> On 31/10/2010 12:01, Ric Moore wrote:
>> On Sun, 2010-10-31 at 01:26 +0100, Liam Proven wrote:
>>> Don't bother with registry "cleaning" tools; they're all scams. Clean
>>> up the filesystem, check it, give it a defrag and you (or he) will be
>>> fine.
>> Thanks! I passed this on to him. It's been so long since I've used
>> Windows that I didn't have much of a clue. Win3.1 I could tell you
>> something about.<chuckles>  Ric
> The statement not to clean the Registry is simply pure BS.
> Windows does not do its own "cleaning" so one needs to clean the
> Registry of any entries pointing to locations of non-existent, deleted
> files etc.
> Every time you boot into Windows the Registry is read,

Yes, but not all of it.

> and time is
> wasted reading-in pointers to outdated and non-existent files.

I would like some factual evidence to back this up. I've been
supporting Windows professionally for 22 years now and I have never
seen any form of registry cleaner or defragger that made any
measurable difference to Windows' performance. I have seen a few that
cause damage by removing live entries that point to installed

I think they're all utter flim-flam and charlatanry.

If you wish to demonstrate otherwise, sorry, but I need good solid
demonstrable and repeatable evidence.

> Same as temp files. Windows creates a host of temp file for itself - but
> it never deletes them.

Certainly; that's what the linked article was about.

> Same as there are some tweaks you can do to make your Windows system
> work better and faster - and here I am talking about XP. If you want to
> know the secrets then let me know and I will scan in the pages and send
> them to you privately.

No, thanks, that's OK. Happily, XP support is a diminishing thing now.

> Someone here (this list) whinged about XP only having one
> Desktop/Workspace and not the multiple workspaces which, say, Ubuntu
> has. Not so. Shortly after XP came out I always had 4
> desktops/workspaces available to me by using a tweak program which was
> written by the Windows developers, but obviously not well publicised -
> in much the same way that there is a tweak application for the Gnome
> desktop.

Yes, I run it on my notebook. It's not very good, though. The Virtual
Desktops Power Toy.

> Having said this, in private mail, if you ask nicely :-) , I will tell
> you of a Windows application, not free of course but won't break the
> bank, which I will vouch for as the one you need to not only clean the
> Windows Registry but also do other nice things.

I've heard of several. Those which can be freely evaluated, I've
looked at. Wastes of time and money, all of them. It's more efficient
to learn to manually clean up the filesystem and do it regularly than
add more bloat to the system by adding poor-quality automated tools
that do a bad job.

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