The Windows registry is often dubbed the storehouse of information and not without good reason, it must be said. The registry contains loads of information, starting from small things like data about the color of the desktop theme or the size of an opened window, to crucial things that are concerned with the very working of a computer.
So it must not come as a surprise that the processor needs to access the data in the registry all the time. It is needless to say that a registry cleanup is required from time to time to spruce up the computer. Here are some simple tips on how to clean your windows registry.
First of all, it must be understood that the registry contains extremely sensitive data and if somehow some important registry entries get deleted, then you will be done for! So make it a habit to always create a backup of everything in the registry before making any changes.
Now, there are two main methods of a registry cleanup. The first one is using the built-in Windows registry editor, which can be accessed by typing the command regedit.exe. The second method is using the registry optimizer, which is a third party registry cleanup tool that can be downloaded for free or for a certain fee from the internet. Both of these have their advantages as well as disadvantages.
The registry editor is an extremely useful utility, but there is a major issue with it as well – it is not at all user friendly. Unlike the other PC speed up utilities like Disk Cleanup and Disk defragmenter, this utility from Windows is only meant to be used for those having extensive knowledge about registry entries, keys and the values in them.
On the other hand, if one does have the pre-requisite knowledge for using this utility, then it can be much more useful than the third party registry optimizer, primarily because one can manually deal with each and every error arising with the keys in the registry. However, this is also possible if one chooses to manually ask the registry optimizer to fix each and every error, by ticking and un-ticking those to fix and those not to respectively.
The keys in the Windows registry look something like this: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows. Let us see what this means. In the Windows registry, the keys form subkeys under root keys, i.e. there is a tree structure (keys within keys).
Here, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is the root key local machine. Under it, there are several subkeys, each nested within the previous ones. So Windows is a subkey under the subkey Microsoft under the subkey Software under the root key Local Machine.
There are many such keys in the Windows registry. There are mainly five root keys in the Windows registry: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS and HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG. There are plus signs to the left of each which can be used to collapse the root key and see what subkeys are under it.
On clicking any one of the subkeys, one will be able to find the corresponding value and type of the key on the right hand side. For carrying out a registry cleanup, one needs to either change the values of the keys or delete the keys completely. Since there is no “undo” option in the Windows registry editor, it is imperative to exercise utmost caution while working on it.
So, use these simple tips before Googling more info on best registry cleaners and related apps. They will help you keep your PC fast and good-working without any extra waste of time or money!