Use the Windows Registry to Fix PC Errors

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Many users feel that their PC has started slowing down even before they get over the excitement of buying a new system. Most of us just keep feeling frustrated about it and tend to postpone the things until all hell breaks lose and one day you are not able to even turn on your precious computer.

Have you ever given a thought as to why this happens?

Or, do you know that just a little bit of vigilance and some preventive maintenance would have prevented this situation?

If you don’t, don’t worry. In this article, we are going to throw some light on the impact the registry of your Windows computer has on its performance and how you can prevent most of the computer problems just by maintaining a healthy registry.

So, what is Windows registry and what makes it so important for your Windows PC? Well, the registry is a centralized database with a tree-like structure in all Windows operating systems released after Windows 95 that stores configuration information related to all hardware and software installed on the system. This makes the registry the brain of your Windows computer because there is not a single activity on your computer that can be performed without accessing the registry.

When a computer is brand new, the registry is compact and comprises only information that is essential to keep it operational. As you continue to work on the system, install\uninstall applications, work with various programs and utilities, change system configuration, browse the Web, and perform any other activity on your system, information is added and removed from the registry.

Over time, a lot of information that is no longer required, obsolete or invalid collects in the registry, unnecessarily causing it to grow to a very large size. A large registry easily becomes unstable, slow, fragmented, and damaged. This damaged and unstable registry slows down your PC and corrupt entries within it start generating several errors on your system. This is the reason why fixing the registry will enable you to not only fix PC errors but also speed it up.

One of the most popular methods to clean up and repair the registry is by using a registry cleaner tool. There are several registry cleaner tools available on the Internet, and you can download the tool that meets your requirements and is compatible with your Windows operating system. Registry cleaner tools usually have an easy-to-use graphical user interface which makes them quite accessible to novice users also. You can perform the following tasks to perform registry maintenance using your registry cleaner tool:

  • Scan and remove unwanted, obsolete, and invalid information from the registry.

  • Repair corrupt and damaged registry entries to fix computer errors such as DLL errors, driver errors, ActiveX/COM errors, stop errors and fatal errors.

  • Defrag the registry to remove vacant registry keys left behind after registry cleanup and program uninstall to compress it and consolidate registry files to make them contiguous, and as result increase the speed of your PC.

  • Simplify the process of making regular registry backups—you must make regular registry backups so that in case the registry fails and you are unable to fix it, you can restore it from the last taken backup.

In case your system refuses to startup normally, then in order to run the registry cleaner tool to fix registry errors, start your PC in Windows XP Safe Mode and then run the tool. Safe Mode loads only essential processes that are required to run your PC. Therefore, many users prefer to perform PC maintenance activities such as registry scan, antivirus and antispyware, disk cleanup and disk defrag in this mode. To run your PC in Safe Mode, press F8 when your system starts up and select Safe Mode.
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