The Windows Registry stores settings that enable the hardware and software on your PC to function properly. Windows itself and the kernel, drivers, and applications you rely so much on all depend on it. Leaving your registry full of broken entries and empty keys is a sure recipe for computer glitches.
The normal operations performed on a computer, such as installing and uninstalling programs, copying, moving and deleting files, updating the operating system, and shutting down the computer (sometimes improperly), all contribute to registry issues.
Cleaning the registry and fixing glitches in Windows 10 requires more than just knowledge of the problem. You need a safe tool, and it should be easy to use. It should be safe because the registry isn’t something to carelessly mess around with, and it should be easy to use because the registry is like a maze of keys and entries that need to be simplified for the user.
Auslogics BoostSpeed 11 includes a registry cleanup tool that has been praised by experts as one of the safest and most user-friendly registry cleaners on the market. You can use it to fix glitches and improve all aspects of your PC’s performance.
Using the Registry Cleaner tool in BoostSpeed is simple and straightforward. Once BoostSpeed 11 is launched on your computer, click the Clean Up tab in the main program window.
The Clean Up tab is divided into three vertical panes (and the Useful Tools section). The pane in the middle contains the tools that will help you to clean up the registry and eliminate broken keys.
This middle pane contains two registry-cleaning tools that will help restore your computer’s registry to perfect condition:
- Clean registry entries
- Compact Windows registry
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to use each tool and achieve the best results.
Clean Registry Entries
This tool eliminates broken, empty, and invalid keys from the registry. It also removes corrupt keys that might be causing audio and other glitches.
Here is how to use it:
- Click the “Clean registry entries” link in the middle pane of the Clean Up tab to load Registry Cleaner. The tool will load in a new tab on the right side of the main program window.
- You will see a list of categories on the left. These categories won’t be deleted or affected in any way. They are merely stand-ins for the registry keys associated with them.
- Peruse the categories and subcategories and deselect any whose associated registry keys and entries you don’t want scanned.
- Click the Scan Now button, and the tool will start checking the registry for corrupt keys and other issues. If you click the Scan Now arrow instead, you will see two options:
- This option simply scans the registry and does nothing else.
- Scan and Resolve. This option scans the registry and immediately starts fixing discovered issues.
- Review the scan results. Click on a category to review individual registry keys. Some categories may have subcategories. You can also untick any category whose associated registry keys you don’t want removed, although doing so is not recommended.
- The Back Up Changes checkbox is checked by default. You want to leave this option alone so that the tool can save your current registry configuration to the Auslogics Rescue Center. You will be able to restore your registry should the need arise.
- Click the Resolve button to repair the registry.
At the end of the registry repair process, you will get the “Items cleaned out” notification along with the “View detailed report” link, which you can click to read a comprehensive cleanup report.
Compact Windows Registry
This tool helps to make the system more stable. It defrags the registry to reduce its size and make registry keys contiguous, thus creating space for new keys to be added.
Here is how to use the tool:
- Click the “Compact Windows registry” link in the middle pane of the Clean Up tab to load the Auslogics Registry Defrag tool. The tool will load in a new tab on the right side of the main program window.
- Read the information on the page, then click the Analyze button. The tool will analyze your current registry status and figure out the best optimization strategy.
- Review the scan results. The tool will display the extent to which the registry has been fragmented and tell you whether any fix or improvement is required.
Note: If Windows is installed on a solid-state drive, Disk Defrag may show up the “Your system is not fragmented” message. This is because, unlike HDDs, solid-state drives are not particularly affected by fragmentation.
- Select Defrag Now to commence defragmenting the registry or “Defrag on next computer reboot” to schedule the operation for the next time you start up the PC.
At the end of the registry defragmentation process, you will get a notification that your registry has been defragged (if applicable) along with the “View detailed report” link, which you can click to read a comprehensive cleanup report.