How to fix the registry

Is your computer running slow? Even after you have cleared it from all of the spyware and adware? It is very likely it is the result of your registry files being corrupted or missing.

This problem is faced by almost everyone who likes to tweak the registry of their computers (like me..!!). They will always end up in finding their system crashed . The following tips will help you fix this problem and possible prevent it from happening again.

Tip #1: Back up your registry files

Although your registry files may be corrupted, or missing, you still need to backup the good ones you still have before attempting any changes. The last thing you want is to make changes, and the changes cause something else bad to happen – Like it won’t start up again. So, backup the registry files as follows:

1. Click on start, then run
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. On the File menu, click Export.
4. In the Save in box, select the boxes at the bottom according to whether you want to export all or only selected branches of the registry. I would select them all.
5. Next select a location in which to save the backup .reg file. In the File name box, type a file name, and then click Save. To keep from forgetting this, I would save it My Documents.

Tip #2: Use a registry repair software

Now that you have your registry files backed up, you can begin to fix the corrupted or missing ones. See, when you install and uninstall software, it leaves behind registry files, or removes registry files which belong to other files as well. Then, when you go to launch one of your programs, the computer can not find the correct registry files to launch it. And it hangs. Sound familiar?

Download and run a registry program and it will tell you all of the registry files which are corrupted. If you tell it “yes”, it will then fix all of the errors it found. Done! You just optimized your registry files and sped up your computer. There are many registry editors and optimizers which will do this work in no time. For example CCLEANER which will delete the temporary files and will clean up the registry.

Tip #3: Restoring your registry files

Every now and then, something may go wrong, and certain programs, may not start after running the software. Normally everything goes according to plan, but just in case, we will need to restore the backup you made in step #1.

To restore the registry files, just find the file you backed up, and double click on it. That’s it.

With the above tips on how to fix my registry, I am able to keep my computer clean and up to speed, and so can you.

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November 14, 2007 by: Prasanth Chandra


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