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Registry Fix Software – Will It Work?

March 19, 2010 By: lilybird Category: Software

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database used to store all the info that the operating system requires to function. The registry is therefore the “brains” of the computer. It includes all the information relating to the computer’s setup, users and their configuration, the hardware and the programs installed. This database is constantly being updated whilst the computer is in use and when software is added/removed/updated and hardware added/deleted.

When a PC is fresh the registry is unfragmented and error free which means that the PC works without problems. However, as the PC is used the registry increases in size as it gets filled with redundant, partial and possibly damaged data. Whilst day to day activities will affect the registry, it is adding and especially removing programs that can cause problems. Installing software may overwrite an existing registry entry and affect another program whilst an uninstall may delete an entry required by some other software (particularly if you don’t read any warning displayed during the process). Some software does not uninstall completely leaving bits to cause issues for the PC. Registry issues can also result from partially installed programs caused by an terminated installation. The impact is missing or corrupt files which cause an error (or worse).

Also there is also a possibility that installing free programs found online may be intended to damage the registry. The affect of all this can be the PC:

• taking a long time to startup
• running slowly
• crashing
• showing unusual error messages
• displaying unnecessary pop-ups
• displaying ‘Unable to load’ dll messages.

It is possible for an expert to edit the registry manually but unless you are totally sure that you know what you are doing you should not attempt this. Making incorrect changes could make your computer unstable or even unusable. For most users the obvious option is a software package designed for this function.

A PC Registry Cleaner should tidy up the registry and greatly improve the performance of your computer, however, care should be taken to backup the registry prior to running a registry repair. This is important because Registry Repair is not an exact science and it is always possible that some data will be deleted that is really required by another program or windows itself. If this happens it will be necessary to restore the backed-up version of the registry.

To reduce the possibility of problems use a product from a recognised supplier. These will permit you try out the program free and use it to run a scan of your registry. You may be able to fix a small number of the errors highlighted with the free version but to repair the registry properly you will be required to register.

As long as you take care about making backups, registry repair software- along with anti-virus software, a firewall and anti-spyware software will help you to keep your computer working efficiently.

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1 Comments to “Registry Fix Software – Will It Work?”

  1. The issue is magnified when it becomes nearly impossible to find a legitimate source of information on registry cleaning software. The problem lies in the explosion of spam-review sites which are nothing more than websites promoting affiliate links under the guise of an official “review” site. There main goal is to accomplish one thing, to send you to the site they are promoting and hoping you buy the product they are selling. if you do, they get up to a 80% cut of the sale. In other words, their reviews are up for sale, and are nothing buy thinly vailed sales pitches. For example, if you do a search for the term “Paid Survey” or “Registry Repair” you’ll notice that the paid listings all include sites that say “read our review” or “warning, don’t download anything until you read this…” etc


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