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   The Windows registry is a directory containing keys and values that hold data necessary for the operating system, software and hardware to work properly. The registry contains software settings and configurations that would otherwise be scattered around the system as .INI files. (
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   When you install a new piece of hardware or software, a new set of keys and values is created within the registry.

   Sometimes poorly coded software applications alter values within the registry that affect the way your computer works.

   An example would be a spyware application that changes or alters the behavior of other applications within your system — such as your browser.
   A worst-case situation would be when you try to remove a spyware/adware program and you are able to complete this task successfully, but – because the spyware program had already altered certain keys and values in the registry (the underlying settings for the Web browser or Internet access) you are no longer able to use the application that was bundled with the spyware/adware.

   A terrible side affect is that you might not be able to gain access to the Internet, either.

   Registry keys and values can affect the performance of the operating system and other applications within it, so registry repair applications have been developed to look for registry entries that are no longer needed, and to repair conflicting or redundant registry values. 

   You may have seen messages appear after attempting to remove software or hardware — messages that alert you that parts of the files still remain in the Registry and might be shared with other programs.

   While the registry can be tuned up manually, it can be quite a hassle because of its sheer size and complexity and the danger of making your computer un-usable if you make incorrect adjustments.

  Most Windows applications write data to the Registry, at least during installation. You can edit the Registry directly by using the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) provided with the operating system.

   Less experienced PC users may hesitate doing a registry cleanup and tune-up manually. More advanced PC users will know what software and hardware has recently been uninstalled and removed. They might be more comfortable, and successful, if they try to alter their registry manually.

   A far more efficient way to address the problem is to automate the process by using registry cleaning software. Most registry cleaning applications scan and provide a list of possible entries that may be in direct conflict with other values that will in turn affect the performance of your system.

   After the software has scanned the registry, you can manually select which items to remove, which ones to repair and which ones to leave untouched.

   Registry repair software has been programmed to identify the most common registry values that are created by malware. After the registry has been scanned, the suspicious keys and values will be displayed in a report to show you which entries were removed along with a short explanation.

                             
Windows registry repair options

   There are many software applications available to clean and solve registry problems. Here are a few names: Microsoft's Live OneCare, Error Nuker, Registry fix, Clean MyPC, Registry first aid, advanced Registry, ACE Utilities, Advanced System , Fix it Utilities, and many more.

   A good idea is to check an online source such as 2008 RegistryCleanerCompared.org for a current comparison of top rated Registry Cleaning Software packages.

   Whichever software application you choose and use, make sure that you first make a backup of your registry before you make any changes that will potentially alter the way your system behaves.

   If the application doesn't offer a way for you to backup your registry then it would be wise to do a quick Google search and get some additional feedback on the different ways you can backup your windows registry before any changes are made.
                                                                                ... Richard Rossbauer

            

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(*) .INI file (INItialization file) Pronounced dot -in-ee file, a file that has a.INI extension and contains configuration information for MS-Windows. Two .INI files, WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI, are required by
MS-Windows. In addition, many applications have their own .INI files. In Windows 95 and Windows NT, .INI files have been replaced by the Registry, though many
applications still include .INI files for backward compatibility

  Just be sure you take great care because errors in the Registry can disable your computer.

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