Best Registry Cleaner for Windows 7
After upgrading to Windows 7, you may be looking for a registry cleaner that takes full advantage of the latest Microsoft operating system's capabilities. Here are my recommendations for registry cleaners that are certified to work with Windows 7 computers...
Windows 7 Registry Cleaners
The Windows registry is a set of databases that contain thousands of records of settings, file locations, and other information that Windows uses. When you start your computer, the registry tells Windows what programs should be automatically started. When a program is installed or un-installed, a registry setting is created or altered. The locations and names of recent documents and Web URLs are stored in the registry. Hardly a second passes without some alteration of the registry. It's a very busy place!
Over time, the registry becomes cluttered with entries that are no longer valid; for example, a program's entry may not be deleted when the program is uninstalled. Performance may suffer as Windows tries to load programs or files from locations where they no longer exist. In the worst case, an invalid or corrupted registry setting can prevent Windows from loading at all. Hence, the need to clean your registry periodically.
A registry cleaner (sometimes called a registry booster) scans every entry in the registry to see if it is valid. If a bad registry entry is found, the cleaner attempts to fix it. If the entry cannot be fixed the cleaner may simply delete the entry or flag it for your attention. You then have to decide whether to delete the entry or leave it alone. Deleting the wrong registry entry can cripple your system.
The best registry cleaner for Windows 7, or any other operating system, takes a conservative approach to deleting registry entries. If in doubt, leave it alone. The best registry cleaners even make a backup copy of your registry before tampering with it, so you can restore the working registry if anything goes wrong. Because a full scan of the registry can take a long time, a good registry cleaner can run in the background, scanning only during moments when the system is otherwise idle.
Undoubtedly you will encounter people who say registry cleaners are useless, harmful, or downright evil. You'll find experts on both sides of this issue. But based on my personal experience, and reports I've heard from many other users, I believe they can be beneficial.
My Recommended Registry Cleaners for Windows 7
The functions of a registry cleaner are rather limited, so most registry cleaners also do other necessary computer maintenance tasks to remain competitive. Below are some of the best registry cleaners for your Windows 7 system. I've selected these because they have been well-respected for many years, and except for one, they're all free.
- Wise Registry Cleaner backs up and restores your registry; by default, it does not scan areas of the registry where it is difficult to determine whether an entry is needed (you can change that but scans will take longer). Freeware, no registration fee.
- Advanced System Care Free is a popular all-in-one system maintenance suite that includes registry cleaning among its many functions. It also fine-tunes registry settings for home, business, and gaming use; tweaks Internet settings to increase speed; eradicates spyware; and cleans up junk files.
- CCleaner is a free full-featured registry cleaner that also does system optimization, privacy and hard disk cleaning tasks. CCleaner will get rid of old, unused and unnecessary files from your hard drive, freeing up disk space, and speeding up your system. It will also wipe your Internet browsing history, cookies, and web forms.
- Uniblue Registry Booster does a deep scan to fix registry errors; tweaks registry settings to improve your PC's performance; and automatically backs up your registry settings. It's the only one on my list that's not free (US$29.95) but Uniblue is also the only registry cleaner vendor I know of that is a Microsoft Gold partner, which means they are "certified for outstanding levels of skill and expertise with Microsoft technology." That has to count for something when mucking around in the registry.
Do you have a favorite Windows 7 registry cleaner that I haven't mentioned? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 16 Mar 2011
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