Clean your Registry

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 30, 2006
Updated • May 6, 2013
Software, Windows tips

Information are regularly added to the Windows Registry. This is the case when you install software, make modifications to Windows, or simply open files or programs in it. Some of these entries can become obsolete over time and while they usually do not hurt the operating system they may leak information. Too many items may also slow down the start of the system as the Registry file gets loaded in full during start of the system.

It is therefore a good idea to remove obsolete items found in the Registry regularly to avoid these issues.

Regcleaner has a lot to offer, more than just cleaning the Registry. All features it makes available are Registry related on the other hand. It offers the following features:

  • Remove obsolete software references.
  • Clean up your PC's startup list.
  • UIninstall or remove entries from the Software Uninstall control panel applet.
  • Remove file type associations.
  • Clean the New File menu.
  • Edit Shell extensions.

It provides you with options to remove those entries manually or help you out by suggesting entries that you may want to remove. Note that it backs up settings by default so that you can undo any changes made.

Update: The Reg Cleaner software has not been updated for a long time, and I'd suggest you check out alternatives like Little Registry Cleaner which we have reviewed two years ago.

All you need to do is start the program and click on the Scan Registry button afterwards to scan your Registry for all sorts of invalid or obsolete entries. The program divides the entries into categories like Windows Fonts, System Drivers or Shared DLLs to improve the identification of the entries. You have options to clean everything at once, or, which we suggest you do, go through the list first to make sure that nothing sneaked in that does not need to be removed from the Registry. You can select individual categories for cleaning, or individual items.

An alternative to that is the Wise Registry Cleaner which has been around for quite some time. You can use it in a similar fashion to remove obsolete entries from the Windows Registry.

Update 2: Little Registry Cleaner is not compatible with newer versions of Windows. While it is possible to install the program, it seems that it won't start up anymore on newer systems. Check out Wise Registry Cleaner instead which is still working just fine.


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  1. timmy said on July 2, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    love regcleaner, it is a great registry tool. Recommended even for windows xp.

  2. John Spence said on June 30, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    I started using this back with win 98se. It was replaced by jv16 power tools which I did not like. The gui was awful. He then began to sell the program. Support for RegCleaner was dropped before XP was released. I still use it with XP but wondered if you shouldn’t mention the above.

  3. gnome said on June 30, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    Once again..thanks!

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