The Windows Registry is one of the most crucial files in your computer where information on almost every program, files that you create and move, activities that you do on the computer, and even fonts that you use are stored. The registry, however, quickly becomes cluttered because it will not remove the registry items that are no longer in use. Here’s how you can clean the registry and improve your computer’s performance.
- Download. To clean the registry, you will have to rely on applications that are specifically designed to scan the computer. There are plenty of applications for registry cleaning in the market today, some of which are paid and some of which are free. Choose ones from reputable sources such as CNET and PC World. Make sure that the registry cleaners have been favorably reviewed by other users and by independent software reviewers such as CNET. Keep in mind that you need an application that you are comfortable with, since a wrong move in the registry cleaning process can lead in a dysfunctional computer.
- Close programs. Make sure that there are no other unnecessary programs running in the computer when you start the windows registry cleaner. You should not have any browsers running as well, and as much as possible, you should turn off the background programs that are running in the tool bar. These are programs such as P2P clients and torrent downloaders and software updaters that are running in the background. You can check your Task Manager to see the list of programs which are running. Unless necessary for the computer to run, turn these off.
- Backup. Because the registry is integral to how your computer runs, you should make sure that it is backed up before you do any changes on the registry. This includes cleaning the registry, where you may accidently remove a registry item that is needed to run a particular function in the computer or to run a particular program. There are tools for backing up the registry, such as ERUNT.
- Cleaning and repairing. Next, install the application for cleaning the registry. Afterwards, you will need to open the program and choose the options for cleaning your registry. Each application will have its own interface and will have a number of options for cleaning the registry. As much as possible, stay on the safe side and do not allow the application to automatically clean all of your registry errors, some of which may have been mistakenly identified. Once the application has identified the errors, review each error. This can be difficult especially since the application will come up with hundreds and even thousands of errors. Simply deleting all of the errors, however, can damage your computer. Once you have ascertained the errors that need to be removed, proceed with the cleaning.
If you encounter problems after using the registry cleaner, use the registry restore option which a good registry cleaning application should have. If you want to be extra safe, you can also reload the backup that you have created with ERUNT.