Clean the Windows Database

One of the most essential components of a computer is the Windows database as it stores all the file associations and device settings of the computer, be it recently installed software and hardware or uninstalled. It also saves important details on directories, drivers, and Windows applications to name just a few. However, the problem with this Windows database is that it cannot efficiently clean itself. Thus, it looks like a cluttered or messy garage. Over time, it becomes full with not needed files which cause the system to slow down in its operation if not managed early.


To clean the database, launch first the Windows registry editor and open the Start menu by clicking the menu button which says "Start." Then, click "Run." Type into the text field the word "regedit" and click "Enter" and "OK." From this, you may now access the various entries in the database. There are five primary sections which contain keys for a certain aspect of the Windows operation. They include: HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_USERS, HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. In the registry editor, the left pane shows the entire database tree and right pane is for individual entry values.


Next to each root directory is a plus sign (+). Click one of these to open a more detailed list and more directories to select from. These are for easier finding of the entries that are needed to clean the Windows database. To clean the database, you want to delete entries which are not necessary or which may be the cause of conflicts. To do this, click the "Delete" key or right click on the mouse and select "Delete entry." Remove all uninstalled application listings.


This can be a complicate and risky process. You might want to invest in a third-party optimization application to help in cleaning your Windows database. There are programs which are available to do the dirty work. Look for the ones that have backup capability features to trace back their steps should there be critical error that will happen.


You should always make backup copies of all your system files before doing the cleaning. You can do this by choosing "System Restore" from the System Tools, or using the ntbackup.exe file, downloading backup application from the Microsoft website or using a third-party Windows database cleaner. Or, press the "File" menu and choose "Export". From the "Export range" panel, select "All" and choose a location for your backup, enter your name, and save. If you plan to clean your database, make sure you know what entries you need to delete and entries to keep. To avoid making your computer system operate badly, always read and check the entry definition before starting to modify. Also, be sure to close the registry editor after use. Again, be careful in cleaning your registry because there is no "undo" application for it.


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