Among the different components that are part of our operating system, Windows 10, there is one little known to some users and somewhat feared by others. We are talking about the Registry Editor , a database located on our hard drive, which contains vital information about our PC and how it works. This is where the settings of installed programs of Windows itself are saved, as well as of the drivers, user profiles and hardware of the computer.
Therefore, we are talking about a component that is as important as it is delicate in our system. Within the Registry we find five main categories, which are full of entries and subkeys, which can get messy if some maintenance is not carried out, but which must be treated with great care if we do not want to cause damage to the system.
Clean or not the Windows Registry, that great dilemma
Over time, installing programs, updating software, and connecting new peripherals cause the Registry to get larger and larger. Also, even when we uninstall programs, some Registry values are kept and not removed .
But not only that, since, in this case, the system will continue trying to find those files to which the Registry entries belong. This wastes processing and memory while trying to run something that is no longer available. This is something that could cause error messages or related problems. In this case, cleaning could be considered with a possible solution to this problem.
However, we must also bear in mind that many users think that cleaning the Registry will improve the performance of our PC. This is quite uncertain and for this there are other simpler and more common practices such as removing unwanted software, freeing up hard disk space, etc.
Cleaning applications are they effective?
Windows does not have its own application by default with which to clean the registry. In case we want to keep the Registry clean, the truth is that it is a task with which we must be careful. It is not recommended to delete the entries manually , since we can delete an active registry entry, which can cause system stability problems. Therefore, if we do it, it will always be under the responsibility of each user.
Therefore, if we want to clean, we must go to third-party applications . Tools like Wise Registry Cleaner or CCleaner work by searching for content such as applications, files, and folders that correspond to registry entries. If the content does not exist and does not match the registry entries, these entries are considered residual and the tool removes them.
But even these automatic registry cleaners are perfect and capable of incorrectly identifying and removing important registry values, so they are not as safe as you might expect. That is why, if we are willing to clean the Registry, it is very important that, first of all, we make a backup copy of it. In this way, in case of any failure, we can restore it.