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Windows Registry Repair – How It Can Be Done Without Much Fuss

windows-registry-repairThe Windows registry is one of the most crucial parts of a computer with Windows as the operating system. Any person seriously considering improving the performance of the computer should know that the registry is the database of lots of information, especially data pertaining to different kinds of changes and editing taking place in the computer. Some of the data is so sensitive that they are required by the processor/s for the running of the computer. So it is imperative to keep the registry in proper condition all the time, otherwise the performance of the computer will become really erratic and sluggish.

When it comes to Windows registry repair, there are two main options. Firstly, there is the built-in registry repairing tool of Windows, called Registry Editor. The second option is to download and install a third party software called registry optimizer. There are plenty of software companies offering such software. These software will be able to scan the important locations of the computer like the root kits, application paths, help section, history lists, shared lists, shortcuts, start menu, current user section etc. for the registry errors. There are other important locations which are vulnerable to damage or corruption like fonts section, active X COM section, software section, sound section etc. These software will have advanced features like Deep Scan which can help the user to know what redundant or duplicate or corrupt entries are present within the registry. After the scanning is complete, which usually takes very little time, the software will prompt the user to fix the errors that have been found. Just with the click of a button, the errors can be fixed. It is however advisable to first check which of the registry keys are being deleted, because if accidentally any useful key is deleted, then the computer could even stop functioning!

The other option, that of the registry editor, can be accessed by typing regedit.exe in the Run box and hitting Enter. The utility window that opens next is not very user friendly. With extremely large names of keys and the absence of an “undo” option, meaning no change can be undone, the registry editor is for use only by extremely advanced users. Another big disadvantage of this utility is that one has to manually browse through the innumerable keys to find an error, which can be extremely cumbersome and tiring.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Smith

    April 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    There are some free registry optimizers on available on the internet that are not useful.They provide the limited service and disturb the operating system functions.

  2. Bishwajeet

    April 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Windows Registry repair is a bit tricks stuff and not everyone’s cup of tea and it should be done carefully

  3. Angela

    April 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Windows Registry is indeed the most complicated parts of the software-hardware entanglement to repair. However, with the advent of new Registry Management softwares and programs, it has become quite easy to undo the changes. However manual programming and debugging process has always been a pain and will be.

  4. Cloud

    April 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

    It is near impossible to keep a registry clean over a long period of time. There’s always the temptation to install a piece of software you know is going to be loaded with spyware but the benefits outway the risk.

  5. Luqman

    April 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I think it is important to mention that Windows Registry has a feature “Restore” through which one can get back the settings of the computer of a previous date when the computer was running just perfect.

  6. Manifo

    April 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I do not recommend using free registry optimisers. Most of them are crappy and can actually damage system.

    • Admin

      April 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      I understand why you say that and it’s true that there are loads of fake registry cleaners out there. However, there are also some very useful and effective ones out there.

  7. arthurmasons999

    April 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I have been using the soft, so far it works OK, but the most positive thing is that it makes my laptop working faster.
    Regards. Arthur

  8. Linux Memo

    April 28, 2011 at 3:16 am

    what is the best registry utility for repair the windows errors
    I have used many tools, but its not maximal…
    Can you share to me about the tools..??

  9. Jes

    May 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Piggy-backing off of what Minifo stated, you do have to take caution in using any free software available on the internet. Though the internet offers convenience especially in a situation where you need you computer up and running again, failing to make sure if the program offered is legit or not can result in damaging your computer even more.

  10. Charley

    October 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Well said Jes. Apart from that, windows registry is a bit too techy for me.

  11. Louie

    July 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    There are some scams out there so be careful. But if you do your due diligence you should be able to spot a good one.

  12. Meridith

    July 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I used to think that that kind of software was a scam, but that’s not necessarily true. You just have to find a good brand. There are tons out there, but if you look for ones with good reviews on multiple sites and are also Microsoft approved vendors you’re much much more likely to find a quality product.

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