The Best Vista Registry Cleaner

By: Cynthia Blake

The Vista registry is very much like the registry in other versions of Windows. Microsoft didn't change the structure of Windows much in this area. Consequently Windows Vista is prone to all the typical registry problems that tend to plague Windows users.

What Is The Registry?

The Windows registry is the storage area for all the software and hardware settings and preference files. Windows constantly reads the registry keys and files as you use your computer so it can properly run everything.

Sometimes, however, corruption of these files and keys and file clutter can cause problems.

Signs Of Problems

There are several signs of registry clutter and corruption, such as slow system performance, error messages,

If your computer is running slowly for example, it's a sign that the registry is corrupted with useless entries. This tends to happen after the incomplete uninstallation of software or hardware devices.

When you install a new program or piece of hardware, new entries are written to the Vista registry. When you then go to remove those programs or hardware, those same entries get left behind. They can cause the computer to bog down or cause conflicts with existing or new files that can lead to errors.

How To Fix These Problems

Although the registry tends to be difficult to understand, there is a very easy way to clean it up. Programs called registry cleaners allow you to scan for obsolete and orphaned files, keys, and folders, and then remove them with the click of a button.

There are several software titles available for this purpose. You should definitely make sure that the software you choose is Vista compatible. Although the registry is the same across Windows platforms, the subtle difference between operating systems is enough reason to get software that's Vista ready.

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