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Frequently Asked Questions.

Q: What is the Windows registry?

A: The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that contains information about the operating system, its components, application programs, and users.

If you look at the registry structure, you can see a tree consisting of nested containers: keys, and subkeys. These are like folders. The data itself is kept in the registry entries, which are like files. Each entry includes a name, a data type defining the format of data that the entry can store, and a value where the data is stored.

A group of keys, subkeys, and values comprise a registry hive. For example, data related to the currently logged on user profile is contained in the corresponding hive (under HKEY_CURRENT_USER).

Q: Why is the Registry so important?

A: The registry is important because it stores vital information about your Windows system and its configuration, as well as info about all application programs installed on your computer.

Whenever you add and remove software, change your settings, add new devices, or upgrade your system, your registry is changed. For example, when you install a new printer, information about this device is written to the corresponding part of the registry. If this data is then somehow corrupted, you will not be able to work with the printer.

Q: Why do I have to clean the registry?

A: The truth is that usual daily work of your Windows computer results in numerous registry keys and files being changed in the Windows registry. Many of these entries become obsolete or inaccurate, impairing your systems ability to run smoothly. Even if you properly uninstall a program, it still might leave a few keys and values in the registry. All this litter accumulates over time, causing your computer to slow down, stumbling over missing .exe or .dll files and other hitches. Finally, it stops running.

Q: What caused the errors in my registry?

A: Every time you install or un-install a software application, changes are made to the Windows registry. When you download a program, delete a file, or perform other simple operations on your PC, the registry enters and removes values. Sometimes these values don't get removed correctly. Sometimes they get copied incorrectly. Sometimes they become corrupted or - if you install certain programs more than once - the values become duplicated. All of these can constitute small errors. Initially, these errors don't affect much, but after time, they become severe enough to cause serious problems with your PC.

Q: What if I just ignore the errors?

A: Like most problems, ignoring registry issues doesn't make them go away; they only get worse. What may be inconvenient now will become a nightmare in the future. Your system crashes will become more frequent and more severe. Eventually, the errors can cause a fatal system error. It's much easier to simply address the registry errors as they occur.

Q: Can I fix my registry myself?

A: Yes and no. Technically, you could. But fixing the registry requires the ability to tell which values are good and which are problematic. Altering the registry incorrectly can be devastating if you don't know what you're doing. Moreover, there could be hundreds of minor errors, and it could take days to go through and carefully mend every problem. Why waste hours doing what FixMyRegistry can do in minutes?

Q: Why simple cleaning does not help, and why compacting is also required?

A: When information is removed from registry, just like if it was a file system some empty space is left between data portions. This empty space leads to poor performance, because the system and applications need to browse through wasted space in search for data. That is why the registry has to not only be cleaned, but also compacted.

Q: Can I delete my registry?

A: The Windows registry provides the massive organizational system needed to run a PC. It tells programs when to run, when to stop, when to install and un-install. It tells software how to interact with hardware and how to display things so you can see and interact with them. Any PC that runs on Windows must to have a registry. There's no way to get around it.

Q: What systems does FixMyRegistry work on?

A: FixMyRegistry can works on Windows XP 32-Bit / Windows XP 64-Bit / Windows Vista 32-Bit / Windows Vista 64-Bit / Windows 7 32-Bit / Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 32-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit. FixMyRegistry is not available for Macintosh, Unix or Linux.

Q: Does FixMyRegistry install any other software onto my PC?

A: No! When you scan with FixMyRegistry, no other software is installed onto your PC. Our FixMyRegistry Scan Technology is 100% Guaranteed Adware Free, Spyware Free, and Virus Free.

Uninstall Instruction.

Windows 7:

1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.
2. In Large or Small icon view, click Programs and Features. If you're using Category view, under "Programs", click Uninstall a program.
3. Select the program you want to remove, and click Uninstall. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall.

Windows Vista:

1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.
2. In Classic View, double-click Programs and Features. In Control Panel Home view, under "Programs", click Uninstall a program.
3. Select the program you want to remove, and click Uninstall. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall.

Windows XP in default XP view:

1. From the Start Menu, select Control Panel.
2. Click the Add or Remove Programs icon.
3. Select the program you wish to remove and click Remove.

Windows XP in classic view:

1. From the Start menu, select Settings, and then Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
3. Select the program you wish to remove and click Add/Remove.

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