Reg­istry clean­ing

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Third-party clean-up tools – in­clud­ing CCleaner – in­clude Reg­istry clean­ing tools, with the prom­ise of stream­lin­ing and speed­ing up Win­dows. These tools scan ar­eas of the Reg­istry for sup­pos­edly re­dun­dant Reg­istry en­tries, of­fer­ing to delete them with one click. Hun­dreds or even thou­sands of en­tries get re­moved at a time, but even if your clean­ing tool doesn’t ac­ci­den­tally delete an im­por­tant Reg­istry en­try (and it will sooner or later), Reg­istry clean­ing of­fers no ben­e­fit to per­for­mance what­so­ever.

You can po­ten­tially im­prove per­for­mance – but not by much – by de­frag­ging the Reg­istry files (known as ‘hives’) us­ing a ded­i­cated tool, such as Reg­istry De­frag Free (www. reg­­istry-de­frag.htm). It’ll anal­yse the Reg­istry and tell you if sig­nif­i­cant ‘bloat­ing’ has taken place; if it has (more than 10%), you can take a Re­store Point then let the pro­gram com­press and de­frag the files.

If you’re run­ning Win­dows on an SSD, how­ever, there’s lit­tle ben­e­fit in de­frag­ging the files. In most cases, you’ll also find that Win­dows has done a rea­son­able job of keep­ing the hives in good or­der, mak­ing the process re­dun­dant.

On rare oc­ca­sions, you’ll see that the Reg­istry needs de­frag­ging – in most cases, how­ever, Free Reg­istry De­frag will tell you it’s not re­quired.

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