Delete Registry KeysIf you delete certain registry keys in Windows, also called registry entries, it can give your PC a speed increase, although in most cases a minor one. Not many people know there is a way you can do this manually. Although removing registry keys by yourself is a time-consuming process, it gives you total power over which keys you delete or not. This comes in handy when you need to delete a certain registry key of a certain program. Below is explained how to delete registry keys Windows 7, Vista and XP.
Backup Your Windows You Delete Any Registry KeysThe first thing you should always do when you delete or edit something in the Windows Registry is making a backup of it. You can do this the following way:
- Click on the Start button in the left corner of your Windows screen
- Type regedit in the command line(if you don't see the command line click on Run)
- Click on File in the top toolbar in the Registry Editor window that pops up and select Export
- Now save a backup file of the Windows Registry to your harddisk
How To Delete Registry Keys
- Follow the first 2 steps of "Making a Backup Of Windows Registry Before Deleting"
- Click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER to delete registry keys for your own Windows user account
- Click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE for deleting registry keys which affect all users on your computer
- Click on the Software folder to delete registry keys for programs
- Find the program(s) you want to delete the registry keys for
- Right-click on the folder of the program you want to remove the registry for and click Delete
- If you want to delete specific registry keys of a program, click on the folder of the program, right click on the specific registry key and click Delete
- Close the Registry Editor and restart your PC to see the changes take effect
Remember, never delete a registry key when you aren't sure of if you can delete it or not. Some registry keys are needed for crucial programs that you need to keep your PC running safely, or keep running at all. Always try to find out which key you are deleting and which programs it's used for. When you think you made a mistake and you want to correct it you can always use the backup of your registry that you made.