Corrupt Windows Registry - Causes, Signs and the Remedy

By: Julius ozoh

Causes of Corrupt Windows Registry
These are the 3 common causes that corrupts the windows registry;

1) Freeware
With the Internet boom and the era of freeware with free downloads of freebies, one is often inundated with a lot of installation from time to time.This creates installation and updates challenges for registry entries for the windows system. Overtime if all these redundant entries are not purge with its attendant system and windows errors, they cause the system performance to drop considerably.

2) Tampering with Windows Registry
The registry is a crucial component of the windows operating system acting as the database system, first of all, for the operating system itself and then for all the user's application/software, hardware, installations, uninstallations and their updates with related user preferences. Except you are an ardent experience windows user or a windows expert, users are not encourage to tamper with the registry.

3) Users' incorrect uninstallation of programs
This is another common mistake. It can result in errors of Shared DLL's and Active X Controls, it is always advisable to abide by the windows instruction to close all applications when doing installation.

Signs of Corrupt Windows Registry
The signs of a corrupt registry are mostly sudden when least expected. It is like having your PC crashes or freezes without any warning. You have error messages on your screen with some of your routine application refusing to start.

At times the system refuses to boot or you notice your PC slowing down, amidst a robust processor and rugged versatile memory. The worst of these signs or symptoms is the sudden blue screen of death.

How to Solve Corrupted Windows Registry

  • 1) Updates of hardware and the attendant software components with the system settings. Every hardware comes with a new version or a updates, this operation will be effected with changes to the system settings which leaves redundant files thus increasing the size of the registry thereby slowing down the performance of your windows.
  • 2) Installation of some programs with shared DLL and some annoying spyware leaves behind unwanted files that clog both storage and start up operations. For instance unless you have a good registry cleaner, running different security suite to manage anti-virus, spyware and adware will clog the registry faster with every start up operation!
  • 3) When software are not properly uninstalled, it leaves either a bad shortcut and links with unwanted files in your registry, thus causing error messages to be displayed when falsely trying to start the application. This at times can lead to a blue screen episode.
  • 4) Registry editing and making changes to the keys and the various user profiles ids very delicate. A wrong editing operation can corrupt the operating system itself or cause third party software or drivers to malfunction.
  • 5) Internet activities and operations account for most of registry problems as malevolent programs downloaded create numerous malicious embedded keys within the registry.

The most cost effective remedy for this malady is to get a good registry software or cleaner that will be purging the registry from time to time in real-time and also tweak the system for better performance.

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