The registry is a very complicated database that keeps Windows running. It stores all settings required for your computer to work properly and manages records for your software, hardware, operating system and user accounts. If the registry becomes corrupted and starts experiencing errors, your computer starts playing up, becomes slow and may even start freezing and crashing. That’s why it’s important to keep the registry error-free. Here are some tips that will teach you how to keep it in top shape.
1. Control your software
Every time you install a program dozens (sometimes hundreds) of registry entries are created. These registry settings are required to control the software you’ve just installed. The more programs you install, the more settings are written to the registry. Plus even more registry entries are created when you update your programs. When you uninstall a piece of software, registry entries should be deleted as well. However, that’s not always the case, as a lot of software programs leave their settings behind. As a result, the program is gone but all its records remain even though they are no longer needed. These obsolete registry entries can cause various errors and conflicts, as well as interfere with your other software. That’s why you should use a registry cleaner every time you uninstall a program to make sure all its settings are deleted as well.
2. Remove viruses and malware
Viruses and malware is something every Windows user avoids. Malicious programs can wreak your PC and cause a lot of harm to your files, programs and operating system. Only too often users are forced to format their hard drives and reinstall Windows to get rid of particularly nasty viruses. But luckily most viruses can be deleted with the help of antivirus software. You can learn more about how to remove common viruses from a book called “Shields Up! Complete Guide to Windows Security and Mac Privacy”.
However, a lot of malware infections modify the registry and leave entries behind even if the malicious program itself is removed by an antivirus. Registry settings left by malware damage the registry and cause serious system errors. That’s why you should clean the registry every time you delete a piece of malware to make sure all its records are gone for good.
3. Defragment the registry
Running a registry cleaner to delete obsolete registry entries is a good way to make sure your registry stays error-free. But deleting entries creates one problem. When you delete a bunch of registry records, bits of empty spaces are left behind. These bits of space bloat the registry and increase its size. The larger the registry, the longer Windows will need to fully load it on computer startup. So if you are experiencing slow PC startup, you need to run a registry defragmenter to compact the registry and get rid of those bits of empty space.
Following these simple tips will help you keep your registry healthy and make sure you computer runs error-free.