Do registry cleaners actually improve Windows performance?
There are lots of registry cleaners around, obviously. The thing is, many of their claims remind me of the old snake oil salesmen in the vintage westerns I used to watch as a kid. "You there madam, with the Windows XP machine. Is you computer slower than it used to be? Do programs sometimes crash? Well, have I got a cure for you! Dr. Bill's miracle registry cleaner will take care of all of that and more! It will even help cure dropsy and ward off consumption!"
While dropsy of a computer would probably be bad and cause breaksy, I think I can avoid that on my own. I guess I'm not exactly hiding my skepticism about registry cleaners, but I do wonder a little if they have any benefits. Would a registry cleaner actually be beneficial for a Windows PC, or am I right to think of it as digital snake oil?