Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seems to go wrong? For example, you may be trying to install a new program on your computer and all of a sudden, an error message pops up and nothing will install correctly. Or, your computer could start running extremely slow and it takes forever to open up programs or files. These issues could be caused by an accumulation of junk in your registry – if this sounds like you, don’t worry; cleaning the registry doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow these easy steps to clean your registry and get back to your regular computing schedule in no time!
5 Easy Steps to Clean the Registry
– Step 1: Go to the Start Menu and type regedit into the search bar, double-click on the program that appears.
– Step 2: Click on File, then go down the list of options until you find Export.
– Step 3: Choose the folder where you would like to save this file, type in a filename, click Save.
– Step 4: In the Export dialogue box, check off all items except for System Volume Information (ticked by default). You can also choose to rename it if desired.
– Step 5: Click on Save and wait for it to finish exporting before closing out of Regedit.
Step 1: Scan for Errors
1) Download Registry Error Fixer, which scans the registry for errors, obsolete items and missing files. After downloading it just run the application, wait for it to finish scanning for errors and then click on ‘Repair All Errors’.
2) If there are still some errors left over after running Registry Error Fixer, use Error Doctor to repair them. This utility can fix any remaining Windows Registry problems that regular system scan might miss.
3) Scan with CCleaner monthly or weekly – CCleaner is an application that cleans your PC by deleting temporary files from your hard drive, erasing cookies and history from Internet Explorer, emptying Recycle Bin contents and other disk space saving options.
Step 2: Repair Errors
Start by clicking on the Start button and typing regedit into the search bar. Click on OK. You will see a screen similar to the one below:
Look through this list, find any errors that are listed, and select them with your mouse. Once they are highlighted in green, right-click on them and click Delete. This will remove them from the registry. Repeat this process until there are no more errors listed on the screen (the screenshot below shows an example of what this should look like).
Step 3: Get Rid of Bloatware
Bloatware is the bane of PC users everywhere because it slows down the computer, takes up valuable storage space, and can even expose computers to malware. There are many ways you can go about removing bloatware from your computer; one of the most popular methods is by using our favorite software program: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Malwarebytes scans your computer for any malicious programs or files that may be causing problems on your PC, such as adware, browser hijackers, dialers etc., then removes them without slowing down performance or harming system files.
Step 4: Defragment Your PC
This step is important for many reasons. First of all, it makes sure that all files are spread out across the hard drive evenly so that they can be accessed quickly by the operating system, which will make the computer run faster. Secondly, it cleans up any files that are fragmented or left in random places on the hard drive which means more space on your hard drive for other files. If this process doesn’t happen often enough, then your PC might start running really slowly because it won’t be able to find what it’s looking for fast enough – just like if you were looking through an entire library of books without knowing what book was located where!
Step 5: Fix System Corruption
Once the system is completely scanned, chances are it will show some corruption with the Windows Registry. Sometimes this is due to an installation that was not fully completed or because of spyware; however, it can happen for a variety of reasons. In order to fix this, use the ScanRegCleaner utility from the Spybot package. This utility will scan the Windows Registry for any inconsistencies and attempt to correct them automatically by running through its own built-in repair routine. If this fails, then it may require further manual intervention on our part by using RegEdit (a program that comes installed with Microsoft Windows).