On Fri, 01 Aug 2008 08:35:18 -0700, Mark Conrad
> I am having difficulty finding a "safe" file system
> maintenance utility, namely one which will _not_
> damage the Vista file system further. (do no harm)
Exactly what do you mean by "file system maintenance utility"?
> My Vista Ultimate was running fine, as near as I
> could determine, all my apps ran okay.
> So I decided to do routine maintenance of my NTFS.
> (file system)
No such maintenance, routine or otherwise, is required. There are many
software products on the market that are advertised as magical
panaceas to tune up your system, improve performance, etc. Almost
without exception, these are all snake oil. They do nothing that needs
to be done, and in many cases *cause* problems rather than alleviating
them. I recommend that you avoid them like the plague.
> There were literally dozens of utilities to choose
> from, so being thoroughly confused,
Yes, and as I said, they should *all* be avoided. You had no problems,
and yet you wanted to get a product that purported to (but really
didn't) solve any problems. That makes no sense to me.
Then, to make matters worse, you chose blindly?
> "RegCure" from a Canadian firm for $30.
Moreover, you didn't even choose what you were looking for in the
first place--a "file system maintenance utility," but instead chose a
registry cleaner. Registry cleaners are a classic example of what I
mentioned above--snake oil. Cleaning of the registry isn't needed and
is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any registry
cleaner. Despite what many people think, and what vendors of registry
cleaning software try to convince you of, having unused registry
entries doesn't really hurt you.
> Vista promptly crashed after the file system repair.
Again, registry cleaners don't do anything like "file system repair."
> Is there any such thing as a safe file system repair
My advice to you is to heed the classic warning "don't fix what ain't
broke." If you should have a specific problem, ask us here how to
troubleshoot and fix it. The solution will hardly ever be to use such
a program. Do *not* look for magical panaceas, and always remember
that almost all such software products are junk, and are much more
likely to hurt you than help.
I'm sorry you wasted your $30, and I'm sorry that Vista crashed, but I
hope that at least you've learned a valuable lesson.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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