Windows Registry Cleaner Checklist

Over 92% of computers are infected with Adware and spyware. Such software is rarely accompanied by uninstall utility and even when it is it almost always leaves broken Windows Registry keys behind it. Even if you have an anti-spyware tool your Windows Registry might be broken – developers of those tools are focused on removing Adware and spyware functionality, not every trace of software itself.

Another category of software that is known to leave bits and pieces behind on uninstallation is games. There are a lot of special installation systems that creates strange files, unique entries in your registry file as well as changes system dll’s to other versions. Once you uninstall the game a lot of the special installation changes it made will be left behind, causing you problems.

Cleaning your Registry

You should run an advanced registry cleaner for Windows, such as RegCure, that allows you to safely scan, clean, and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks on a regular basis.

Problems with the Windows Registry are a common cause of Windows crashes (blue screens) and error messages (memory as well as disk errors). By using a PC tune-up utility, your system will be more stable, your software will run quicker, and your operating system will boot faster.

Registry problems can occur for many reasons, including references left behind after uninstallation; incorrect removal of software; missing or corrupt hardware drivers; or orphaned start-up programs. With a few easy steps, a good registry cleaner will scan your entire registry for any invalid entries and provide a list of the errors found.

You then can choose to clean each item or automatically repair them all after making a backup without the need for a registry editor such as Regedit.

Registry Cleaner Checklist

To help people choose a product I have created this short checklist.

A good windows registry clean and repair product should have the following options.

Automatic Scan
To facilitate your windows registry scan. This is the simplest way to clean up the registry. Automatic Scan is recommended for ‘non-technical’ users.

Custom Scans
You customize your search and scan Windows registry for particular types of errors (shared DLLs, missing fonts, invalid start-up entries, etc.).

Manual Cleanup
After the scan is complete, the program should show you a full list of errors with details, broken down by types and let you fix individual invalid entries or all invalid entries of a certain type.

Backup and Undo
Before removing an entry from your registry, should an automatic creation of a backup file be done, that can be used to undo the changes. This to avoid changes without backup.

Scheduler
To schedule the program to scan the registry whenever you start your computer.

Using software like RegCure is not a one time fix. You must run it on a regular basis to keep your registry clean and without errors. This will help the stability and speed of windows.

Fix Windows Registry Errors with RegCure

The most important reason your should fix Windows Registry errors as they occur is that this the one single preventative measure can greatly increase the life-expectancy of your Windows system by stabilizing the growth of its Registry.

Prevention is Key!

It is a fact of Windows that trying to fix Registry problems after they occur is much more difficult than preventing their occurrence in the first place. So when it comes to the Windows Registry, the motto should always be “prevention is key!”  This is because it is often the most common and abundant types of errors that wind up killing Registries, especially those caused by a system’s registered applications, users, and even Windows itself. As new applications are installed and old applications are removed, and as registered applications continue accessing and changing Registry data, they often leave small bits of themselves behind as orphaned registry entries.

By themselves, these errors will probably not reveal themselves in any degradation of speed or normal Windows functions, especially if your system is new. But if these errors are allowed to accumulate for a very long time, they can greatly increase a Registry’s size and wreak havoc on the overall structure and stability of its database. And for a fast-growing Registry, even small error accumulations can quickly send your Registry’s database structure out of control. If you don’t fix these Windows Registry errors often, your system can very easily fall victim to sudden crashes, system stalls, or a severe decrease in operating speed. It is particularly at risk if you frequently install or uninstall applications and hardware, since these actions increase the Registry’s rate of growth further by adding more registered components, orphaned Registry entries, and undeleted drivers to your system.

Registry Repair Utilities

Once you have made the decision to fix Windows Registry errors on your system, you will need to know something about how to go about it.  Although some versions of Windows provide built-in background system utilities designed to maintain Registry structure and stability, these utilities only address the most basic Registry problems in the most primitive ways, making them insufficient when a Registry becomes very large and complicated. However, there are many third-party Windows Registry repair utilities, such as RegCure, that are inexpensive and easy to use. For general maintenance and prevention purposes, Combination Repair/Cleaning utilities are perfect. They are effective in finding and removing errors caused by invalid references, viruses, and spyware/tracking programs, and usually have other features, like Registry defragmenting and backup/restore utilities and scanning schedules, that make it very easy to maintain your computer’s health and optimize its performance.

Registry Maintenance – An Essential Process

Even the most cautious and attentive computer users are subjected to strange errors and other annoyances. These errors will almost inevitably rear their ugly heads after some serious computer usage. You may be asking yourself “What causes these problems, and can I prevent them?” Well the answer, in short, is yes you can.

These errors do not show up by accident..

The age old quote I hear my clients say to me is “My computer used to be so fast! What happened?!” My answer to this is ALWAYS the same: I tell them that this slow down is inevitable unless proper precautions are taken. What if you were to skip changing your oil for say…20,000 miles? What do you think might happen to your poor car? That’s right, you guessed it, it would more than likely cease to work! It would slow down over time and eventually… poof it goes up in smoke (hopefully not literally).

Registry errors are almost always to blame. These errors are sneaky and will often accumulate over time. What is the registry you ask?

The Windows registry is a directory which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows 32-bit versions, 64-bit versions and Windows Mobile. It contains information and settings for all the hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, users, preferences of the PC, etc.

Whenever a user makes changes to Control Panel settings, file associations, system policies, or most installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in the registry. The registry also provides a window into the operation of the kernel, exposing runtime information such as performance counters and currently active hardware.

These changes often leave behind traces of what “used to be”. Old references, obsolete entries, and invalid startup entries are just a few of the problems that can arise on your machine.

Why should I perform a comprehensive registry scan?

A quality comprehensive registry repair program will make cleaning the registry as easy as one, two, three. It will literally hunt down and repair problematic registry entries. Before it does this however it will completely backup and archive your original registry settings to insure that you have a “working” backup to work from.

Not only will it repair the problems, it will maintain the health of your registry. Quality registry repair programs will often compact and defragment your registry. It will re-organize and shrink your registry. What will this do you ask? This will allow your machine to operate at its optimal speed all the time. That’s right, hands free maintenance of your machine.