The Windows Registry is a large database with information about the hardware and software in your machine. However, due to extraordinary changes performed to your computer, these entries may become corrupt, damaged, or invalid.
Most of the time, you don’t need to worry about them, but occasionally they start to cause issues like error messages, a slower PC, and even crashes. Here are three secure ways to wipe the registry, should you believe it to be the cause of your computer issues.
Back up first
You should only attempt to clean the Windows Registry if it is absolutely required, given how critical the data it contains is. Since Windows requires that information to function properly, one incorrect alteration, addition, or deletion might make your machine inoperable. In fact, tampering with the Registry may necessitate a Windows reinstall.
Utilizing the Registry Editor is one of the methods we go over below; however, we advise backing up the Registry before doing so. In the event that something goes wrong, you can utilize the backup to restore the Registry to its original condition.
Another option is to make a system restore point. In essence, this will produce a snapshot of Windows’ present state, including the Registry. Restoring Windows to that state will allow you to reverse any unfortunate modifications you may have made.
Using Registry cleansers to improve the Windows Registry is not something we advise. That’s because these programs frequently alter the Registry in a broad manner, which in some circumstances may cause damage.
Instead, consider these three safer ways for cleaning the Registry.
Use the SFC and DISM Tools
You may repair corrupted files on your Windows installation, including Registry entries, using the SFC and DISM programs.
The former will examine your computer for broken and damaged system files, and it will replace or fix any that it discovers. The latter will fix the entire system image of Windows, including all of its documents, programs, drivers, and settings.
Launch the Disk Cleanup Utility
The Windows Registry is not directly cleaned by the Disk Cleanup program. Instead, it will, among other things, erase any lingering pieces of software and hardware that weren’t fully removed. As a result, Windows will probably be forced to delete the leftover Registry entries linked to them, averting a variety of issues in the process.
Check read our article on the Disk Cleanup tool as one of the finest ways to clean Windows if you want to learn more.
Use the Registry Editor
Finally, you can use the Registry Editor to delete any invalid, damaged, or corrupted entries. However, you must be aware of the precise entries to delete for this tool to be secure.
Follow these steps to do that:
- To launch Windows Run, press Win + R.
- Enter regedit in the text box.
- Right-click the key (in the left panel) or entry (in the right panel) you want to delete and select Delete. Take notice that deleting a key will also erase the entries linked with it.
This has an easy mechanism. Imagine that you wished to remove any faulty Registry entries that some programs left behind after a partial removal. You would enter the Registry Editor and delete them by going to the key listed below (you can copy and paste the text into the tool’s address bar at the top to do this):
Have a professional do it for you if you’re too scared to erase anything in the Registry yourself.