OK, I lied.
I use Macecraft's jv16 Power Tools
. jv16 Power Tools has many other handy utilities besides a registry cleaner. I think the trial version is fully functional.
I tried jv16 Power Tools product a year or so ago because a Windows BBS staff member (charlesvar or PeteC, if I recall correctly) uses it. I liked it so much I purchased a license which lets me legally install the product on up to 5
computers on which I am the main user. DISCLAIMER/CAUTION:
Editing/cleaning/repairing your computer's registry is potentially dangerous
. You might render your computer unstable or even unbootable. Before you edit/clean/repair your registry with any
tool, be sure you make a backup of your registry and you know how to access and use that backup in case you muck up your computer.
With that disclaimer/caution in mind, I have used jv16 Power Tools' Registry Cleaner utility to clean my registry on several occasions (even with the "agressive" cleaning mode) and I have never had an issue with rendering my computer unbootable. jv16 Power Tools' registry cleaner utility has made some of my right-click context menu items stop working for some of my other applications (such Karen's "Hasher", if I recall correctly) but I have been able to fix those issues as far as I know (by reinstalling Karen's Hasher, for example). EDIT:
I still recommend you try my suggestion in post #6 above before venturing on a registry repair route.