Windows Registry – Cleaning and defragmenting the registry Windows 7/8

How to clean the registry

Brakes the computer? Optimization and defragmentation of the Windows registry will help speed up the system

Optimization and defragmentation of the registry.

Used Software: CCleaner and Defraggler

The Windows registry is the main database for storing all computer configuration information, operating system settings, and program settings. The registry contains data that Windows and programs access hundreds of times per second, while the system is loading and working. For this reason, a littered and fragmented registry can cause a serious slowdown of the computer.

Settings for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista

In the process of installing and removing various software, various “garbage” can remain in the Windows system registry: program settings, shortcuts links, incorrect file extensions and much more.

Over time, a large number of such outdated registry settings can significantly slow down the operation of the operating system, leading to crashes, freezes and various problems, interfering with the normal functioning of Windows.

To launch the RegEdit utility, open the Win Key “Start” menu and type the word “regedit” in the search box Search query regedit Select the “RegEdit” link in the search results.

For Windows 8: open the search bar with a shortcut key Win + key Q (Win + Q) Call Regedit in Windows 8 Type “Regedit”, and select the corresponding item in the search results. To configure and clean the registry, you can manually edit its settings using the RegEdit firmware, but this option is only suitable for very experienced users, because the risk of deleting or changing important system parameters is extremely great.

Especially for those users who do not have time to get acquainted with all the registry settings, a lot of programs have been created that can automatically find and correct erroneous and outdated entries. We recommend using the familiar CCleaner and Defraggler free programs already familiar to you from previous articles about system optimization.

How to clean the windows registry

The first step in optimizing the registry is to clean up various debris. For these purposes, we always use the best in our opinion registry cleaning software – СCleaner, which has proven itself in this field (where to download and install CCleaner and Defraggler – read the first step of the manual: Cleaning and defragmenting a hard disk or just download c for free the official website of the program or from our server in one click).

After installation, run the application with administrator privileges, select the “Registry” tab and click on the “Search for problems” button, as shown in the image:

CCleaner – interface in Windows 7 and Windows 8 – cleaning the registry

After the search is completed, click on “Fix”. The program will offer to save backup copies of the changes, it is not necessary to do this, but when using it for the first time, we recommend keeping a copy of the registry just in case. In the window that appears, click on “Fix marked” and confirm the selection. The program will automatically clean the registry of various debris that violate the integrity of the registry.

In order to prevent various problems in the future, we recommend that you clean the registry regularly. Repeat this operation at least once a month and immediately after removing any software from the personal computer. After cleaning the registry, you can safely begin to defragment it.

Registry Defragmentation

Windows XP owners can use the free PageDefrag program to defragment the registry. You can download it on the official Microsoft Technet website: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426.aspx. The Windows 7/8 and Vista registry is prone to fragmentation as well as other files on the hard disk, due to which the data access speed is gradually reduced. Over time, this leads to a slowdown in the system as a whole. Regular defragmenters, unfortunately, cannot access the registry files while the operating system is running, so special software should be used for this purpose.

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