Ways to solve various Windows® Registry problems
How do you solve various Windows Registry problems? What are the problems that can occur?
Windows Registry is a database used to store settings and information, needed by the computer. Windows Registry also contains information and settings for all the hardware and software. Windows Registry contains settings for low-level operating system components. Windows Registry contains extended information, settings and various other values for the Windows operating systems. It consists of two files hidden in the Windows directory, they are system.dat and user.dat. User-specific information is contained in the user.dat file and hardware and computer specific information in the system.dat file. To access Windows Registry, open ‘Start’ and select ‘Run’ and type 'Regedit'. It is not recommended to make changes to Windows Registry because this may damage the system.
Different Windows Registry problems and their causes are discussed below:
- System crash
- Error message
- File corruption
A Windows Registry corruption can result in a system crash. You may face a system crash if you install a pirated version of the operating system. An error in the operating system of your PC can also result in corrupt registry contents. You need to make sure that the operating system is downloaded from the manufacturers website to avoid any kind of error or a system crash.
You might face different error messages if there is any problem in the registry. Usually a error comes up if there is any problem with registry entries. This can be caused due to viruses in the system. A virus can make the registry corrupt. To avoid such a situation you need to make sure that you install a dependable antivirus software on the system to scan, detect and remove the virus if detected.
Another registry problem is file corruption in the system. This might happen when you try to delete any program installed on the system. An accidental deletion of any system file can make the registry corrupt. It can also happen when you are trying to delete any program manually. When you perform a manual deletion you delete entries from the registry, so any mistake in it can make the registry corrupt. So you need to make sure that you perform these steps with the help of a technician.
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