The Windows Registry is a sort of accounts keeper for all the software programs and settings that exist on your Windows-based computer. Every new program that you install will add one or more entries to the registry. In most cases, these entries remain in your system even after you uninstall the program. Your registry can report errors due to various reasons. Here are seven ways in which you can avoid them.
1. Uninstall software properly – Use the Add/Remove option in Windows XP or Programs in Windows Vista and 7. Simply deleting the folder where the software was installed will not get rid of registry entries.
2. Get rid of leftover entries – Using a registry cleaning software you can remove entries left behind by programs that did not uninstall completely. If you are experienced with it you can use “Regedit” which is found on any windows system to manually remove entries.
3. Use an Anti-Virus program – Malicious software will often cause registry errors. Use an Anti-Virus program regularly to avoid such entities entering your system.
4. Use a firewall – This will provide additional protection when used with Step 3.
5. Disable the Remote Registry and Remote Assistance services – If you do not use these services you might as well disable them. Left unused, they represent a risk, so you must take steps to address this issue.
6. Backup your Registry – Before you do any change whatsoever to your Registry, you must always make a backup. This way, if you do encounter errors after the changes, you can replace the Registry with the copy you backed up.
7. Use registry cleaner software – Use this software once every two weeks to help you remove any outdated and unneeded entries which the deleted software may have left behind.