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How to go about repairing your Windows registry

Apr 19, 2008
If you're having issues with your Windows registry, there are several ways you can correct them. However, some of these methods are more risky than others. Here's a run-down of the different ways you can go about fixing your windows registry problems.

*Do it yourself

If you know what you're doing and have all the information you need, you can actually go into the Windows registry editor and fix it yourself. While this might be tempting, especially if you are fairly good at computers, it can also be a bad idea. Making changes to the Windows registry is as easy as making changes to a Word document: click save and your changes are done! This means if you change something you shouldn't, you can very quickly and easily create more registry problems than you fix.

One of the most common ways that people try and make changes to their Windows registry is that when they get the pop up that describes the error it will generally tell you the name of the software that is giving you so many problems. They will then take the name of this program and go into the registry to try and locate what is causing the computer to malfunction in the registry.

It's very easy to get to the Windows registry editor. Just click Start, Run, and type "regedit" in the box that pops up. Bam, there's the Windows registry editor. You can immediately start changing things, which again might be a bad idea. Like I said above, it's so easy to make and save changes that you can end up with just as many or more registry problems than you started with!

*Get a computer person to do it for you

Another option, of course, is to go in search of a relative or friend who is a self-proclaimed "computer expert." Here, again, you have to be very careful because some of these experts aren't really as knowledgeable about fixing the Windows registry as they let on. Plus, people are more likely to experiment on your computer instead of their own. If they cause you even more registry problems, they're going to go home to their working computer and leave you stranded.

However, if you do know someone who you don't doubt is qualified to work on your Windows registry, don't be afraid to call on them. Most likely, they will have already checked out all of the registry scanners and repair tools or at least have an idea of which ones are the best. If you take a look at all of the options and are completely bewildered, call up a friend and get their opinion on which Windows registry repair tool to get.

*Get a repair tool

If you don't feel comfortable changing registry values yourself (and few people do) and you don't know or don't want to call in a friend, you'll want to download a Windows registry repair tool. In fact, it's a good idea to at least get a registry scanner and scan your computer for issues. More than likely, a Windows registry tool will find many more issues than just the one you're going after.

The best way for you to find out what Windows registry fixer is the best one for you to use is probably relying on knowledgeable friends and family who may have encountered this problem before or you can go to online research tools like ours. The most important thing that you will need to look for in a repair tool is one that properly scans, repairs, compacts, and backs up the registry.
About the Author
You can find more detailed information about these registry repairtools, methods of repairing your registry, and much more at http://www.FreeRegistryScanner.com - a website dedicated to helping basic computer users solve any and all Windows registry problems.
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