Windows Registry Fixes - Courtesy of Doc's Computer Services

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A lot of people will persuade you not to run registry cleaners on your computers. However, you might be surprised to know that 8 out of 10 problems on your PC arise due to registry problems. We would suggest, that if you are a Windows user, that you perform regular registry cleanup to maintain a healthy, problem-free PC.

The registry is like the heart of your Windows operating system. When you browse the web, install or uninstall programs, create or delete new files or folders, or perform any other activity on the computer, information is taken from and added to the registry. Although each time you uninstall a program, many registry entries are automatically deleted, many times there are vacant spaces and orphan keys that are left behind and accumulate in the registry. These invalid entries corrupt and defragment the registry.

Although all Windows computers include the Registry Editor (regedit) tool that you can use to perform a certain level of registry maintenance, it is a difficult tool to use and even experts will try and avoid using it for registry repair. This is the reason why we recommend that you use a reliable Windows registry cleaner tool to easily repair the registry and help your system to function at its optimum level.

Therefore, as a first step, download a reliable registry cleaning tool from the internet. As there are several registry cleaner tools available in the market today, selecting a windows registry cleaning tool is not as easy as it sounds.

Broadly categorizing, you have a choice between registry cleaner freeware and shareware. The freeware registry cleaner offers minimal features while the shareware tools—usually available on a 30 day trial—comprise several advanced features available for free during the trial period. It is recommended that you test a registry cleaner tool during the test period, and if you are satisfied with the results, purchase the full edition of the tool and use it regularly to maintain a healthy and functional registry.

There are certain things that you ought to know and remember about registry cleaners:

  • You can use the scan and repair feature of the registry cleaner tool to scan the entire registry records and easily repair the registry errors without eliminating valid records.
  • Many advanced registry cleaners offer manual cleanup tool that scan, analyze, and display detected registry errors on the screen. You can then manually scan through the displayed results and select the errors you want to repair. Doing this helps in minimizing the chances of errors during the repair process.
  • There is a feature that is similar to defragmentation of the files. It removes the empty spaces and consolidates the fragmented registry files, making the computer run faster.
  • Good registry cleaners also enable you to perform various other system maintenance tasks like manage startup programs, Browser Help Objects (BHOs), program shortcuts, orphan system files, and Internet Explorer files (History and Cache).
  • Windows registry cleaners easily repair common Windows errors such as fix rundll errors, DLL errors, runtime errors and Active X errors.
  • Lastly, you can use the registry tool to easily make registry backups to ensure that even if despite of all your maintenance activities, the registry fails, you can easily restore your PC and have it up and running in a very short time.

By using a registry cleaner tool, all of this can be done in just a few mouse clicks. A good registry cleaner not only helps in fixing the Windows XP registry, but it also helps optimize your PC’s performance.