Is it or not necessary to clean your registry on windows XP? You may canceling this again and again, but one day slowing speed and errors will start to annoy you and then you will re-consider the importance of a registry cleaner. Don’t wait too long. It may be too late, you know?
Things you’ll need to clean your registry XP
To have a clean Registry under Windows XP, you’ll obviously need administrative privileges within Windows XP. The Windows XP registry is an important, if not the most important components of your PC. The registry is where Windows XP stores all of your computer’s devices and file associations as well as critical information about directories, drivers, Windows applications and more.
Most folks have no idea what is all about, because they never see where are the registry located, what they are doing, how they are improving or slowing down computer. Well, believe it: they are there and every move you make (even when you open a document or navigate on internet) is stored in the registry. So, to have them accurate, we must remove old entry’s, corrupted or duplicate entries, errors and 0kb files, unnecessary entries, clear cash, fix registry and so on. Don’t worry; you don’t have to do this manually.
Instructions on how to clean your Windows XP registry
To have an idea how registry works and how can they be edited or deleted, here is an example of how to access them (but is better not to really edit/delete anything, if you don’t know what you are doing! Just a little practice, okay?)
First of all, click the ‘Start’ button to open the start menu and click ‘run.’ The next step is important, type ‘regedit’ into the text field and press ‘enter.’ You will access many of the different entries in your Windows XP registry that are divided into different sections including but not limited to: HKEY_Current_USER, HKEY_LOCAL_Machine and so on. All the sections contain a different set of entries related to different aspects of the Windows operation.
The next step is to click on the plus sign next to one of the root directories to open a more detailed list. This second level will have even more directories to choose from, and it will make it easier to find entries you need to clean the registry. Now, delete entries in the directory that you know are either no longer necessary or creating conflicts with your PC. You can do this by pressing the ‘Delete’ key or by right clicking and choosing ‘Delete entry’. You may also edit them and change the registry value.
Now… to be sure you will not do something wrong in your registry database, the best idea to invest in a third-party registry application (some are free), to help you clean your registry. There are several applications available to do the dirty work for you. Some of the third-party applications even include backup capabilities to retrace their steps in the event of a critical error. Just Google them with these keywords: ‘registry fix’ or ‘clean my registry’.
Next, clean your boot records by changing which programs load themselves at startup. You don’t want to have too many applications open at start up; it can cause conflicts and make your PC run slower. Click start, run and write in there: msconfig and click startup. There you can disable programs that you don’t need right from the start.