Waiting For Your Computer? Could Be A Registry Problem
Paul Watson, PC Technician Wednesday, May 5th 2010
The Registry Doesn’t Take Care Of Itself
The registry is a common area in which the OS and applications meet. The registry contains a lot of information about what’s installed and how the system is configured. The information in the registry is dynamic, meaning that it changes all the time. Each time you change the configuration on your computer a new entry is created in the registry. Adding, subtracting or updating applications and hardware can also require changes in the registry information.
Installers and uninstallers are supposed to clean up after themselves. They’re supposed to remove old, useless entries from the registry when they’re done. The registry is a common area and everyone is responsible for keeping it clean. (For those of you with roommates, does that sound familiar?)
Well, just as with your old college roommates, not everyone does what they’re supposed to do when it comes to maintaining the registry. As a result, leftover code that should have been removed instead gets abandoned in the registry. Installers add only what they’re supposed to add and uninstallers remove only what they’ve written into the registry, so if something gets left behind, it’s stuck there.
That’s why it’s a good idea to use a registry cleaner software program like RegCure. RegCure eliminates the leftover and abandoned registry code that should have been removed and wasn’t. RegCure also backs up your registry files before it makes any changes, so reverting to the former state is as easy as it gets. Removing the leftover code is essential. It can eliminate persistent errors and reduce the amount of time the computer needs to read and interpret the registry file.
People ask me all the time about whether or not a registry cleaner is useful or necessary. For a highly experienced technician, it can be a time-saver, although many professionals prefer to edit the registry manually. For the inexperienced user, a registry cleaner is like a miracle worker, so I recommend it for users who don’t have access to professional technical support.
Users who install RegCure are almost always surprised by how much faster and more reliably their computers perform.
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