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How to Clean the Registry

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									                    How to Clean the Registry
he longer a computer is used, the more cluttered the registry can become because most
applications these days do not remove all traces of themselves when deleted. This can slow
Windows’ performance. So it is essential to know how to clean the Windows registry to speed up
the PC’s performance. Cleaning it up effectively is not easy, though. The steps for doing so are
outlined below.

The Windows registry is the Windows component that has all the information about the
computer and the software installed on the computer. The Windows registry’s main purpose is to
store the configuration of the different software programs installed on the computer, the
hardware installed or attached to the computer, and any other special settings the user has
implemented. A computer’s registry is an efficient way of monitoring the different software and
hardware components. For example, all the software programs are organized based on user
profiles. It is also a delicate place to fiddle around without proper knowledge. One needs to be
well equipped with registry handling information in order to configure/modify the computer’s
registry.

Spyware and viruses can corrupt the computer registry. In addition, not all programs will remove
themselves cleanly and completely from the registry when deleted.




There are two main ways to clean up a computer’s registry – cleaning manually using the
Windows Registry Editor or using registry cleaning software. Only someone who understands
what the registry entries mean should manually clean it. Software programs can cease to function
correctly if essential registry entries are removed.
The Windows Registry Editor

To manually clean the registry with the Windows Registry Editor, create a registry backup then
remove unnecessary files:

      On the desktop, click the Start button on the left bottom corner of the taskbar
      Click Run
      Type regedit in the new Run window and Click OK
      At the top of the window, click File on the menu toolbar
      Scroll down and select Export
      Type a name for the backup file and click Save

After creating a registry backup, go to the left side of the registry editor window and view how
the computer is configured.

Click the plus sign to expand a section of the registry editor. A “well used” area for anyone
manually deleting registry files is “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.” This area is used to make
registry changes to hardware and software.

								
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