How To Safely Clean Windows 10 Registry

The Windows Registry is pretty much what it sounds like. It contains settings and databases for almost everything you use, and generally holds the keys to the castle for the day-to-day operation of your machine. So, put simply, it isn\’t something you want to mess around with as it\’s very easy to break things and stop your computer working properly.

The good news is that there are apps which can declutter and clean up the Registry, removing leftover stuff that hasn\’t been removed when apps were uninstalled, and fixing things. They are much safer that poking about manually. 

Back up the Registry before you start

Before you do anything, it’s crucial to ensure you back up the Registry first..

There is a good reason why it’s not immediately obvious how to access the Registry within Windows. If you delete the wrong thing you could seriously damage your computer’s ability to function.

Should I clean the Windows Registry?

The longer you\’ve used your computer, the more apps will be installed and uninstalled. Even if the uninstall is successful, links and other things can be left in the Registry – this is one reason why Windows Uninstaller programs exist. They can do a better job than Windows\’ built-in tools for removing apps because they monitor what changes are made when an app is installed so all traces can be removed.

If you don\’t use one, then yes, it is worth running a Registry scan to remove the clutter. This will mean you see fewer errors in Windows and there might even be a slight improvement in performance, too.

How to clean your Windows 10 Registry

There are plenty of apps which can do the job, including Auslogics Registry Cleaner and Piriform\’s CCleaner.

Download and install CCleaner. If you haven’t done it already, create a save point for your registry now. It is important you do this, because if anything goes wrong, you can always revert back to this save.

Then run CCleaner and click the Registry icon on the left.

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