What is Registry Editor and where do I find it? I'm not even sure what that is..?? Thanx.
The registry editor is a tool, provided with Windows since at least version 3.1. In layman's terms, the registry is a one-stop shop for a lot of your computer's various settings, values, and information. When most programs are installed they write values to the registry called "keys". These keys are usually configuration information of various kinds and sorts, which are later referenced by programs when needed. Windows itself keeps many values in the registry for things like user preferences and privileges, hardware information, startup services, and more! You can edit the registry by clicking on the "start" button, then "run", and finally typing "regedit" into the run dialog box. A word of caution however, the registry is a vital component of a Windows operating system, and should NOT be toyed with unless all other possibilities for fixing a problem are exhausted. The registry is intended to primarily be used by your computer, and it's information often looks like just a bunch of gobbledy-gook to us. You should NEVER edit a key unless you know exactly what you are doing. You could feasibly render your computer unusable if you set a value incorrectly! A common problem with the registry is that when programs are removed, they often don't clean up after themselves very well. Old keys can begin to clog the registry with useless and erroneous information; causing general system slowdowns, errors, and other odd behavior. A registry cleaner is used to remove some of this old data. A clean registry can general speed up access and, in certain cases, improve stability. A good tool I have found for registry cleaning is PC Tools' Registry Mechanic. It can be downloaded for free here: http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/download/ . Once run, Registry mechanic will preform a scan of your registry, and tell you how many items can be cleaned. With this information you can see just how much junk can build up in the registry, but to actually clean these old keys out you must buy Registry Mechanic. Other tools for registry cleaning exist, but in my experience they frequently do more harm than good. If there is anything else you would like to know concerning the registry, try Wikipedia. They have a fairly in-depth article on the registry that will perhaps fill in any areas I have not covered. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_Editor
Start > Run > type "Regedit" and click OK. Why do you need to run the registry editor?
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