On Nov 15, 6:00 pm, " email@example.com"
When I started in with DOS based IBM's and their clones we used
"registry cleaners" although they were not always named as such.
Actually, registries NEVER needed cleaning...just a bit of tweaking.
Errors do occur which need remedying. So we had to "manipulate" things
a bit. I don't pretend to be an expert, just a user who learned some
things well but alas have no formal training. I was too old when I
started with computers but nothing ventured...nothing gained.
Let us think back in history to the days of Windows 3.1. Initially,
the systems were built with the assumption that only a handful of
applications would be installed and that only a few dozens of system
and application-wide settings would have to be stored. However, even
in 1992, when Windows 3.1 was released, things were changing fast.
The average size of consumer-level hard drives was about 80 MB in
1992. In 1994, when Windows 95 was released, the average size of the
hard drives had gone up to 400 MB, and it was not long before every
computer sold had at least 1 GB of hard drive memory. While Windows
3.1 was initially targeted at corporate workstations, with each
computer used only for one or two significant applications, Windows 95
was already targeted at consumers in the first place, with users
expected not only to have a handful of significant applications
installed, but also with users expected to be entrusted with
performing maintenance on their own.
With the way Windows 3.1 applications stored their settings, this was
a sure way towards chaos, as the Windows 3.1 installations deployed to
consumers had shown. The original solution was to have each
application and the operating system store its own settings in .ini
files. However, the .ini model had a few problems.
Although they had several advantages i.e. .ini files were
human-readable and almost impossible to become corrupted beyond
repair, the operating system did not enforce any rules upon their
storage. There was no way to tell where each application would store
its settings, since there was no central storage place for them to be
placed in. There was also no fair way to manage them, due to the fact
that they were scattered all around the hard drive and, as a
consequence, they were impossible to optimize.
Microsoft introduced the Windows Registry with Windows 95, but many in
house tests had been run prior to this. Rumors that Microsoft was
experimenting with a βbinary-onlyβ settings storage solution were
circulating even back in 1993, but it was only in 1994, with Windows
95, that this solution was promoted on the market.
In its first incarnation, the Windows Registry was stored in a fairly
crude fashion compared to the form it has today. There were only four
files though, since Windows was only single-user back then, it did not
call for the much more complex incarnation of the registry that we
Initially, the introduction of the registry was met with quite some
acclaim, especially by the developers, who now had a unified solution
for accessing system and application settings and information. Users
and the minority of administrators who fashioned Microsoft Windows
also praised the introduction of the registry, which put an end to the
struggle with .ini files.
And now its come full circle. For TEN YEARS, Microsoft had been ragging on
developers to NOT store application specific data in the registry. With
Vista, the rule was enforced.
That meant that applications like QuickBooks could not run on Vista nor
could the be made to run. QuickBooks - and many other applications - stored
piddly stuff in the registry (next check number, date of last backup, etc.)
and now the OS said "Not by the hair on my chinney-chin-chin!".
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