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How To Fix Windows Registry Errors & When Not To Bother

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    How To Fix Windows Registry Errors & When Not To Bother

    Did you hear that fixing your registry would speed up your computer? Or did you read somewhere that ‘fixing’ your registry will remedy any Windows malaise on your machine, that a quick registry clean-up will solve your computing problems for good? Many of these articles are not only wrong, but some can be downright harmful for your machine in the long run.

    Here we’ll explore how to identify, isolate and fix registry problems – and when to just not bother at all.

    What Is The Registry?
    The registry is essentially a massive internal database containing important, machine specific information regarding almost everything in your machine:

    • System Hardware
    • Installed Software and Drivers
    • System Settings
    • Profile Information
    Your Windows operating system constantly refers to the registry. Opening a program, installing new software and altering your hardware all requires Windows to refer to the information contained in the registry. It’s no wonder that when things start to go wrong ‘experts’ decide to meddle with the registry without truly understanding the implications.

    In reality, fragments of deleted software registries or orphaned registries are miniscule in size and shouldn’t cause your machine any problems at all. However, when the time comes to fix a real problem with your registry, it is important to know what you are doing and the best way is often the easiest…

    What Causes a Registry Error?


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    How to Backup and Restore the Windows Registry

    Any time you make a change to the Windows Registry, any responsible article will probably tell you to backup the registry first. But how do you do that? It’s not quite as simple as you might think.

    You can’t just backup and restore the registry like any other file — much of it can’t be modified by hand, and the files themselves can’t be replaced or copied over, at least not while Windows is running. And you can’t restore a full backup of the registry from an export file either.

    But there are a number of things you can do to backup sections of the registry, and you can use System Restore to actually restore the registry back to a previous state. Keep reading for all the details.

    What is the Registry?
    The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that contains all of the configurations and settings used by components, services, applications, and pretty much everything in Windows.

    The registry has two basic concepts to be aware of: Keys and Values. Registry Keys are objects that are basically folders, and in the interface even look exactly like folders. Values are a bit like the files in the folders, and they contain the actual settings.

    For more on the registry and how it works, be sure to read our guide to using the registry editor like a pro.

    Backing up and Restoring Sections of the Windows Registry
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