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Regedit or regedit.exe is a standard Windows executable that opens the built-in registry editor. It allows you to view and edit keys and entries in the Windows registry. The file is located in the Windows directory (usually C:\Windows), you can double click it to start the program.
The Windows registry editor (regedit) is a graphical tool in the Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) that allows authorized users to view and make changes to the Windows registry.
In the search box on the taskbar, type regedit, and then select Registry Editor (desktop app) from the results. Right-click Start, and then select Run. In the Open: field, type regedit, and then select OK.
Summary. Microsoft’s official policy states that you should use extreme caution when using Windows registry editing software. Doing the wrong thing can slow down PC performance and you could lose valuable data and important files.
Windows stores a lot of important information in the registry, which (at least part of it) is loaded at an early stage during boot. If you remove this information, Windows cannot find and load critical system files and therefore cannot boot.
On Windows 10 and Windows 7, the system-wide registry settings are stored in files under C:\Windows\System32\Config\, while each Windows user account has its own NTUSER. dat file with its user-specific keys in the directory C:\Windows\Users\Name.
REG files. REG files (also known as registry entries) are text-based, human-readable files for exporting and importing parts of the registry using an INI-based syntax. On Windows 2000 and later, they start with the string Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 and are Unicode-based.
Run an SFC scan
You can also run the System File Checker: Start an elevated Command Prompt window (go to Start, right-click your start button and select “run cmd as administrator”) In the cmd window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
A registry is defined according to the Merriam Webster dictionary as a place where official records are kept, or a book or system for keeping an official record of items. Registration data elements can be persons, e.g. Volunteers, nurses on call, people with access and functional needs.
To open the Windows registry in Command Prompt, press the Windows key + R , type cmd and press Enter . At the command prompt, type regedit and press Enter .
An alternative and relatively quick way to open Registry Editor is to use File Explorer or Windows Explorer. Open the file manager on your Windows device and type “regedit” in the address bar. Press Enter on your keyboard and the registry editor will open immediately.
Regedit allows you to make root or administrator-level changes to your computer and to the configuration settings of applications that connect to the registry, so be very careful when using it.
A registry key in and of itself can do no harm. Neither is a computer virus.
Manually editing the registry can be risky and can cause Windows to malfunction: applications may not start, utilities may not work, or worst of all, the computer may not start.
The short answer is no – do not attempt to clean the Windows registry. The registry is a system file that contains a lot of important information about your PC and how it works. Over time, installing programs, updating software, and connecting new peripherals can all contribute to the registry.
If you are sure that a registry key is the cause of a problem, you can delete it with the Windows tool regedit. To start regedit, press Windows key + R, type “regedit” without quotes and press Enter. Then navigate to the problem key and delete it like any normal file.
In general it is not recommended to change registry entries unless directed to do so for troubleshooting purposes. Although the risk of deleting the mentioned keys (folders) under HKLM Software is relatively low, I would still advise against it. There may be links that are not known.