How to Fix Broken Registry Items in Windows 10.
The Windows registry stores important files that are essential for the proper functioning of the Windows operating system, system applications, and processes. Most of the changes made to your computer are stored in keys and entries known as registry files.
These files are responsible for the optimal functioning of many system applications and processes. As you use and customize your computer, Windows creates more and more registry files, most of which are not deleted even if they are no longer needed.
The registry is bloated with redundant files that eventually get corrupted, corrupted or broken. Factors such as power failure, sudden shutdowns, faulty hardware, malware, and viruses can also damage some registry elements. Consequently, corrupted registry entries clog your computer’s memory, slow down your computer and sometimes lead to startup problems.
Do You Need to Fix Broken Registry Items
From time to time, you should confirm that there are no corrupted registry entries on your Windows computer. This will positively affect the performance of your PC, especially if your PC is running slowly or if some system applications are not working correctly.
The point is that you will benefit more from deleting or fixing corrupted registry files than from leaving them bloat the registry.
Windows has a number of built-in tools that can help diagnose problems with registry files. Continue to the next section to learn how to use these tools to fix corrupted registry entries on your Windows PC.
Note. The Windows Registry is a database of sensitive files and settings. Therefore, it is important to back up the registry before attempting to modify the registry or fix corrupted registry entries. Damage to any registry file can damage the Windows operating system and disrupt your computer. Making a backup serves as your insurance in case something goes wrong. This guide to backing up and restoring your Windows registry has everything you need to know.
1. Perform Disk Cleanup
A disk cleanup tool that allows you to remove unnecessary files from your computer, including corrupted registry entries. To access this tool, type “Disk Cleanup” in the Windows search box and click “Disk Cleanup” in the results.
Click the Clean up system files button.
You can check other file options in the Files to Delete window. These are redundant temporary files that your computer can do without. You can click a file type and check the Description section to learn more about the file and its functions. When finished with the selection of files, click “OK”.
Click “Delete File” at the confirmation prompt and Windows will permanently delete the corrupted registry files and other selected files.
2. Use the System File Checker
The System File Checker (SFC) tool is another important tool that is integrated into the Windows operating system. This tool fixes corrupted registry files using a “repair or replace” approach. It scans your computer for corrupted or missing system files. If the tool detects them, it replaces them with a new copy. The tool is available through the command line; here’s how to use it:
1. Right-click the Start menu or Windows icon and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the shortcut menu.
2. Type or paste sfc / scannow and press Enter.
When the SFC utility executes the command (P.S: it can take up to 30 minutes), it will tell you if it found or fixed any corrupted files. This makes the utility a good way to check if your computer has a corrupted registry entry.
Note. If you receive the message â€œWindows Resource Protection found corrupted files, but could not fix some of them,â€ run the SFC command again. If this continues, restart your computer and try again.
3. Run the DISM Tool
You can also use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command to repair corrupted registry files, especially if System File Checker cannot find and repair corrupted registry files.
Right-click the start menu button and select Command Prompt (Admin). Type or paste DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / RestoreHealth into the console and press Enter on your keyboard.
This will force the DISM tool to scan your computer for corrupted and corrupted system files; check the results to make sure any file has been replaced.
4. Repair Install Windows
Another way to fix or replace corrupted registry entries is to reinstall Windows from scratch while preserving your personal files, installed applications, and other system settings. This is called a recovery installation (or patching an update).
You will need to download the Windows 10 disc image (ISO file) from the Microsoft website. Double-click the disk image file to confirm the patch installation process. Follow the installation instructions and agree to the required license / use terms. On the Ready to Install page, verify that the screen displays the “Keep Windows Settings, Personal Files and Applications” option.
Otherwise, click Change and select Keep personal files, applications, and Windows settings.
When the installation is complete, there are no damaged or corrupted registry files left on your computer.
5. Run Automated Repair
The automatic repair utility is great for solving startup problems on Windows 10 computers. The tool is also equipped to scan and fix problems affecting registry settings as well as other system files and configurations.
1. To access the automatic recovery tool, go to Settings> Update & Security> Recovery and click Restart Now in the Advanced Startup section.
This will reboot your computer into the Advanced Startup Options menu.
2. Select Troubleshoot to continue.
3. Click Advanced Options.
4. In the list of advanced options, select Startup Repair.
5. Select your account and enter your profile password to continue. If your account is not password protected, just click Continue to continue.
The Automatic Repair Tool (on startup) will scan your computer and fix any corrupted registry file it finds.
6. Use a Registry Scanner
You can also use a third-party registry scanner (also called registry optimizers or registry cleaners) to fix corrupted registry entries on your Windows computer. The program will restore your computer’s registry in order by removing and replacing damaged and missing files.
Malwarebytes is a reliable and reliable registry cleaner that you can use to repair corrupted registry entries. The problem with these registry cleaners is that they don’t always fix or replace registry files. A malicious registry scanner can even mess up your computer’s registry. Make sure you read enough reviews before installing a third-party registry scan tool.
Healthy Registry, Healthy PC
In addition to the solutions highlighted above, you can also fix corrupted registry entries in Windows by returning your PC to a restore point where registry entries were not corrupted. Another option is to restart your computer (go to Settings> Update & Security> Recovery> Reset This PC). Performing a reset will remove all installed apps and system settings (but keep your personal files). Therefore, restart your computer only as a last resort.
Finally, make sure you scan your computer for malware and viruses that break or damage registry entries.
How to Fix Broken Registry Items in Windows 10
How to Fix Broken Registry Items in Windows 10