Fix Registry Problems on My Computer

By: D Fraser

The windows registry is somewhat of a mystery for most regular computer users. Aside from those that thrive on knowing everything about how to repair PC's and professional repair technicians, I don't think I've met anyone who knows how to understand the windows registry, let alone edit it. So how do you fix registry problems on your computer? With a little help from software tools designed to do just the job.

How do I fix registry problems using software?

I know that software is the problem when you're having errors and freezing on your PC all the time. How ever software can also be the solution. In this article I'm going to review the 3 step process needed to fix registry problems on your computer, and increase the speed, performance and reliability of windows.

NOTE: You can do all of these steps without any additional software. Of course the risk of causing damage to windows, losing data, and possibly crashing your computer is a lot greater, but with some education on registry editing, and how the windows registry system works you can remove problems on your own. If you don't have the technical knowledge or desire to learn it I suggest you follow the steps below.

Step 1 Scan for your registry for Errors

Scanning your windows registry isn't as difficult as it sounds. There can be thousands of entries, some of which are valid relating to programs and hardware on your PC now. Others are old information not removed properly after old programs were uninstalled, or possibly items entered by spyware, adware, and suspicious websites.

The easiest way to scan your system registry for problems is to download one of the many PC registry cleaner programs that offers a free scan. The majority of registry repair tools do offer this feature and it allows you to scan your entire registry to get a feel for how many if any problems exist on your computer right now.

A few programs you can check out are Regcure, Registry Mechanic, and Registry Easy they all offer a free scan utility you can use.

Step 2 Backup what you have

This part is probably the easiest to do manually, as windows now has a built in backup system that you don't have to be a PC genius to use. You can backup your windows registry files using what's known as the system restore feature in windows XP and newer.

Click Start -> Help and Support -> Create a new restore point

You'll be prompted to name the restore point something, so think of a name you'll remember but is descriptive enough so you can identify when it was made.

The other alternative is to use the same software you ran your registry scan with to backup your registry files. Not all the programs offer this registry backup feature, but look for a software that does. The three programs I used above do offer that feature.

Step 3 Repair registry problems you found

Here's the step that's makes or breaks the process. If you've been using a piece of software to fix problems with your registry thus far then just keep on going. Let the software repair the issues it finds, if your not comfortable allowing a registry repair tool automatically change items most tools offer a semi manual option. This means you can pick and choose which items are repaired, and which ones are left alone.

Have you followed those three steps? If so you should be enjoying a faster PC with improved performance. Almost all computers have something in their registry that shouldn't be there, the extent to whether it's an error causing things to slow down, crash, or freeze can only be determined by scanning and repairing the items found, unless of course you're a technician or computer geek, which you probably haven't read this far anyways.

I wish you like with how to to fix problems in your windows registry, and enjoy the improved performance of your computer in the process.

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