Keeping your Windows registry clean

The Windows Registry is not a place the everyday Windows user frequents and even less so attempts to amend or optimize. This is understandable as most PC users operate to the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” principle and this keeps us all out of trouble for most of the time.

However this attitude runs the risk of increasing inconsistency building up in the Registry. This could lead to deteriorating performance and even system instability.

Every time a PC is started (booted up) Windows works sequentially through the Registry executing programs and locating files according to the information known to the Registry. Whenever a software package is uninstalled, files are deleted or paths modified there is a chance that the Registry is not updated accordingly. The Registry and operating system can therefore become increasingly out of synch. This will slow down the system start up sequence and possibly lead to system seizures and crashes.

There are a number of steps you can take to keep the Registry clean. These steps can help you keep on top of inconsistencies in your PC and maintain performance.

Learn a bit about the Registry
It’s not rocket science but a simple, high level understanding of the Registry can help to understand how to keep your system in better shape. For detailed explanations about the Windows registry check out Wikipedia’s entry.

Use of a reliable and effective Registry cleaning tool.
Most Registry operations can be performed manually, but this can be risky if you are not sure what entries you are amending. A tool such as Uniblue’s RegistryBooster helps to organise the operations you may need to perform within a software module using Windows standard user interface design. Thus the tool should be easy-to-use and reliable for all levels of Windows users.

Back up the Registry before any changes.
However trivial or mundane the operation you wish to perform against the Registry, a back up is ALWAYS advisable. All versions of Windows contain reliable Registry backup mechanisms, but whatever the method used a back up is always recommended. It is worth noting that Uniblue’s RegistryBooster includes a Registry backup tool as standard, whilst other free tools such as CC Cleaner don’t offer this feature.

Maintain the Registry specific to the version of Windows in use.
You can export a Registry amend this and import the Registry into the same or another machine. You should take care, however, never to import a Registry from one machine into another installed with a different version of the Windows operating system.

Importing and exporting the Registry
Windows provides the possibility to export the Registry as a .reg file. You can then share the export with a more knowledgeable user before making any changes to your Registry.

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