After hours upon hours of using your computer, your computer’s performance suffers. It could be a virus hiding in your system, defective hardware drivers, or just simply too many unwanted programs collecting dust. There is one thing that is often overlooked on every PC users system: a corrupt registry.
A registry keeps internal information of a program or hardware for easy access by the CPU. Excessive use of software and hardware will eventually bring your computer to a crawl. Computer viruses also play a role in degrading the registry.
Don’t go to Plan B just yet. There are ways around to fixing the registry before restoring Windows or using “regedit.exe”. The built-in registry editor can be executed by typing “regedit” in the Start menu from the “Run…” application. It is not recommended for beginners unless you know what you are doing. Editing an important entry in the registry may cause unexpected problems to prevent use of the computer.
There are free programs that can edit the registry the similar to “regedit”, but offers extra confidence in removing problem entries, including prompts to backup the registry before repairing. A few registry editors also include addition features for cleaning unwanted files to prevent system slowdowns later.
If the above programs doesn’t work for you, there is another alternative: System Restore. This is done by going into Safe Mode: restart the computer and press the F8 button before the Windows logo appears. You will be presented with many options, one of them “Last Known Good Configuration”. This will restore Windows back to a previous state.
While these methods are idea for newer PC users, it is recommended to understand how the Windows registry works by editing the hive directly using “regedit”. But it is a process that can be time consuming unless executed properly to avoid damaging system resources. So be careful or get some technical help before you do this.