The Need to Defrag the Windows Registry
If you monitor the registry of your system using a tool, you will see that it is accessed by your Windows operating system and programs installed on it more than a hundred times every second. Therefore, if your registry is fragmented and slow in responding to requests for information, it directly affects the performance of your PC and slows it down. This is the reason why it is important for you to keep your registry free from unwanted files and defrag it regularly to speed up your PC and maintain it at its optimal performance.
Causes for Registry Fragmentation
The registry is one of the most used components of your Windows system because it comprises configuration data of all hardware devices and software programs installed on your PC. Therefore, each and every operation that occurs on your system adds or removes information from the registry. Most of the time, when these entries are no longer required, they are removed from the registry. However, in reality, a lot of information gets left behind causing the registry to bloat up. This registry bloating eventually fragments and damages the registry files.
Registry files also get fragmented due to the accumulation of several empty registry keys within it. These keys are generated when the registry entries that are removed from the registry fail to remove their placeholders. In due course, the number of these empty registry keys increases in the registry and causes registry fragmentation.
How to Defrag the Registry
There is no tool available in your Windows system that you can use to defrag the registry. Therefore, the only way to defrag it is by using a reliable third-party registry cleaner tool. Today, there are a large number of registry cleaner tools available in the market today. You must choose and download the one that meets your requirements, carries good user reviews and is compatible with your operating system.
Registry tools are easy-to-use and enable you can defrag the registry easily in just a few mouse clicks. When you start the registry defragment process, your registry tool consolidates all the fragmented registry files, reindexes them to improve the data access time, and removes all empty registry keys to compress the registry.
When To Defrag the Registry
Because the registry defragmentation process enables you to remove empty registry keys, you must defrag the registry after you have performed any activity that removes a lot of entries from the registry.
For instance, after you clean up the registry using the registry scanner tool, all the invalid keys removed leave behind their empty place holders. In the same way, empty keys may get left behind when you uninstall applications from your PC. So, even if you would have removed all unwanted information from the registry—or uninstalled an application, the size of the registry may remain the same due to the existence of these empty registry keys. This is the reason you may always defragment the registry after registry scan and repair and program uninstall processes.
The registry is an important component of your Windows system and it is important for you to perform regular registry maintenance to ensure yourself a healthy, high-performance PC. You can do this easily using your registry cleaner tool. In addition to repairing registry errors and defragging the registry, you may also use the tool to backup the registry. It is quite useful to make regular registry back-ups, because if despite of all your maintenance activities the registry fails, you can easily restore it using the back-up you would have taken earlier.
This article is a guest post by James Ricketts
James Ricketts is a full time writer who loves to write about the errors, solutions, and various tips, tweaks, and nuances of the Windows Vista and XP registry. With his background in computers and writing he’s blended both his talents into writing helpful articles relating to various Windows and computer issues