How to Clean Your Computer’s Registry

For any tech company to survive (let alone thrive), they must be willing to constantly innovate.

Microsoft has proven time and time again that they don’t shy away from the challenge of a more modern approach, and their Windows Registry is just another example of that attitude. Before you decide to clean your registry on your own, make sure you first understand it. 

A Central Database

Traditionally, computers have to store the settings for every application individually. This eats up space and is just generally inefficient. To solve this problem and create a more streamlined place to store settings, Windows created the registry. It compiles nearly all of your settings into a single space that you can access at any time. 

The problem that arises is when too much information is stored in this registry, it slows down the system, creating a less efficient computer. Savvy Windows users clean their registries to avoid this issue. 

A Good Scrubbing

The best way to clean your registry is by hand. This is because every function on your computer is stored in the registry, and if you unwittingly delete an important file, you can negatively impact function in a major way, so you need to take great care when deleting anything.

Make a backup copy of your registry before you do any cleaning so you can restore it if something goes awry. If you’re not sure which key is responsible for your computer’s diminished function, you can download and run dusting program that will seek out issues. Having a backup registry will ensure that this isn’t a dangerous move. 

Everyone wants to get the best performance possible out of their computer, and cleaning your registry can give you that if you handle the process with care and tact.