A registry is like a small directory or data bank that contains settings, values, information, and critical things required by the hardware and software of the computer. When you install a program or open a webpage on your computer, a small field creates in the registry that contains all the information and options. Let’s explore in this article what is a broken registry item.
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What Is A Broken Registry Item?
After uninstalling or deleting an application, the registry item for that particular application or file should be deleted.
But sometimes, some registry entries are left behind. These residues are called Broken registry items. The items can either be deleted entries or could be some corrupt files. Either way, they can slow down the computer.
Why Should You Fix Broken Registry Items?
It is good to check that the computer is free from broken registry items from time to time. It is better to clear them rather than leave them. Fixing the broken things in the registry can help speed up your computer.
But it would help if you were speculative not to delete the wrong item. If a helpful file damaged, it may corrupt the operating system and may cause some malfunctioning in the computer. So please do remember to back up the registry before you try to delete any files on it. It would act as insurance just in case something goes wrong.
How To Fix Broken Registry Items On Windows?
One can use many different methods to fix broken registry items on Windows. There are many in-built tools in a Windows PC, and here are a few ways to restore damaged registry items:
This tool, called the Disk Cleanup, helps you remove some unwanted files from the computer. These unwanted files include broken registry items as well. For using this tool, follow these steps.
- Search for Disk Cleanup in the Windows search box and click on the result.
- You can see a button that says Clean up system files at the bottom. Click on it.
- A window called “Files to delete” will appear. Under that, check the necessary files. If needed, you can click on a file and see the description to learn what the file does. When you have selected the files, click on OK.
- Now click on Delete files on the prompt, and all your selected files and broken registry items will be deleted.
Repair Install Windows
Another option for repairing or replacing broken registry entries is reinstalling Windows from scratch while keeping your files, installed applications, and other system settings. This refers to a repair install (or repair upgrade).
Download the Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO file) from Microsoft’s website. To complete the repair installation process:
- Double-click the disc image file.
- Follow the installation instructions and agree to the license/usage terms.
- Ensure you select the option “Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps” on the “Ready to install” page.
Otherwise, select Keep personal files, apps, and Windows settings and click Change what to keep.
After the installation, your computer will not have any corrupt or broken registry files.
System File Checker
Another helpful tool included with the Windows operating system is the System File Checker (SFC). This tool uses a “repair-or-replace” approach to repair broken registry files. It looks for corrupted or missing system files on your computer. If any are found, the tool replaces them with a new copy. The tool can be accessed through the Command Prompt; here’s how to use it:
- In the Quick Access menu, right-click on the Start Menu, press the Windows icon, and select Command Prompt (Admin).
- Type the command “sfc /scannow.”
After completion, it will let you know if it found any corrupt files or repaired any.
If the System File Checker could not find or repair any broken registry files, use the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command to improve them.
Select Command Prompt from the Start Menu by right-clicking the Start Menu button (Admin). In the console, type or paste DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter.
This will cause the DISM tool to scan your computer for corrupted or broken system files; review the results to check the replacement of any file.
The Automated Repair utility is excellent for troubleshooting startup issues on Windows 10 computers. The tool can also scan and repair problems with registry settings and other system files and configurations.
- Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Recovery and click Restart in the “Advanced startup” section to access the Automated Repair tool. This will restart your computer and take you to the Advanced Startup Options menu.
- To proceed, select Troubleshoot.
- Select Advanced settings.
- Select Startup Repair from the Advanced menu.
- To proceed, select your account and enter your profile password. If the account does not have a password, click Continue to proceed. The Automatic (Startup) Repair tool will scan and repair your computer for broken registry files.
To repair broken registry items on your Windows computer, you can also use a third-party registry scanner (also known as registry optimizers or registry cleaners). The software will repair your computer’s registry by removing and replacing corrupt and missing files.
The issue with these registry cleaners is that they do not permanently repair or replace registry files. A malicious registry scanner could even corrupt your computer’s registry. Before installing a third-party registry scanning tool, make sure you’ve read enough reviews.
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Do you know what is a broken registry item now? A broken registry item can hinder your activities one or the other time. Do not let these broken files interrupt you. Hoping that you have learned easy fixes to the problem. Fix it immediately.
Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of TechnoScan and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of TechnoScan, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets.