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Coping with Registry Errors, System Failures and Data Loss

                            Your  computer’s registry  is basically a catalog, or more appropriately a database, which stores information required to run any number of different components, applications and software programs on your computer. 
Sooner or later you may notice that some of your programs or applications will not open on your PC. You may even notice that your computer is running slower lately. System startup or shutdown could require more time than normal; most of the times the problems are rooted in issues with the registry. 

Every activity or function that is performed by your computer is done through the registry. Your hardware settings, software configuration, network settings, and even user profiles are all kept on the computer’s registry. Anytime you install or make changes to a program the registry is modified. Did you change your display or audio settings? This is logged in the registry. 

Typically when a program is uninstalled, a registry key, or entry, is deleted. Sometimes, however, these keys are left behind, especially if the uninstall procedure is aborted, interrupted, or done improperly (you drag the program to the trash bin, rather than run ‘uninstall’ on it). As time goes by, the registry collects these old keys and invalid entries, which can lead to a slow computer or even failures in loading or running programs. 

If you continue to receive an error upon opening an application, a registry error is likely the cause of the problem. There is an abundance of freeware programs, games, kids videos, and other malicious programs you may download to your computer from the Internet, and while these may seem like fun or cute little programs, they can open up your computer to attacks from viruses, Trojans, Spyware, and Adware. These programs are keys that become embedded within your registry, and these can potentially cause serious problems for your computer system. 

These keys could cause your files to have different associations, which could prevent programs from opening or running. Malware may also cause serious damage to the hardware portions of your system. 

The best solution to fix these registry errors is to use what is known as a registry cleaner software program. Before you download a registry cleaner, however, it is important that you select the right one for your operating system. For example, Windows Vista and XP, though both created by Microsoft and very similar in many functions, are certainly not the same when it comes to the registry. Make sure you select the correct registry cleaner for your system. 

Having a healthy system registry is crucial to the optimal performance of your computer system.