Maintaining the Registry

The Registry is a database, and like any other database it works best when it is optimized. Optimize the Registry by reducing the amount of clutter and information it contains. This means uninstalling unnecessary system components, services, and applications. One way to uninstall components, services, and applications is to use the Add or Remove Programs utility in Control Panel. This utility allows you to remove Windows components and their related services safely as well as applications installed using the Windows Installer.

Most applications include uninstall utilities that attempt to remove the application, its data, and its Registry settings safely and effectively as well. Sometimes, however, applications either do ...

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