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What are the Best Tips for Maintaining a System Registry?

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Computer registry maintenance involves preserving the integrity of the system registry. Routine maintenance should be used by any person that has a computer. Registry maintenance includes the removal of unneeded computer programs, the installation of registry repair software and the removal of obsolete registry keys. The routine use of a comprehensive virus removal software will also safeguard the computer registry.

The removal of unused programs on a regular basis will ensure the health of the system registry. Programs installed on the computer will remove, add and edit information on the registry. Many of these registry keys will become obsolete over time. Computer users can ensure the health of the computer by limiting the amount of programs installed on the computer as well as regularly removing programs that are not actively used.

A removed program will sometimes leave behind registry keys. A registry repair software will sift through the system registry and delete dated registry keys that are not needed by the computer system. Regular use of the registry repair software will help maintain a healthy system registry.

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Many types of registry repair software allow users to fix a fragmented registry database. Over time, pieces of the registry will be scattered all over the computer's memory. This will force the computer to reach deeper into the registry, which can hinder computer performance. Some registry repair software will allow the user to defragment, or "defrag," the registry. This option should be used regularly, especially after obsolete registry keys have been removed.

A virus removal software also should be run on a regular basis. A computer that is connected to the Internet is in particular danger of acquiring a computer virus. Many of these viruses will hide in the system registry. These viruses will edit registry keys, which can compromise the integrity of the registry database.

There are many options when it comes to virus removal software. There are a number of programs that are free for computer users. Users can choose a virus removal software that has the option of sifting through registry keys. Some of these programs will actively warn the user if a registry key is being edited without his or her authorization. The computer user will then be able to run the virus removal software and help maintain the health of the system registry.

The benefits of regular registry maintenance will be apparent to many computer users. The computer will be more stable and become more responsive to computer commands. Regular maintenance will help elongate the life of the computer system.

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