Archive for the ‘Windows Vista’ Category

Optimizing your system’s Registry

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Think of the Registry as a database that Windows refers to for just about everything. The Registry is constantly growing to keep up to date all your preferences, software installations and more. As with any database, the larger it is, the longer it takes to query the database. So, the conclusion here is that a registry filled with old information that is no longer relevant, decreases the performance of your computer.

So, how do we purge the Registry of outdated records? Well, you could go in manually using regedit or regedt32 from the run command. I have a feeling that most people won’t know what to look for once inside the Registry Editor though. Even the experienced user wouldn’t spend countless hours going through entries to clean up junk. So, we use Registry Cleaner Programs. These programs automate the cleanup process and can search through the records far faster than a human can.

The one downside to a Registry cleaner is that on rare occasions you may get something deleted in the registry that should not have been deleted.  I recommend you perform a system back up or create a backup of your registry before using a Registry cleaner. Just in case.

So, as with many of the programs I run on my computers, I don’t often buy software when there are so many open source programs or free programs that are in most cases just as good if not better.  So, I have a few links to Registry Cleaners that you can try.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/dr/best-free-registry-cleaner.htm

I have used Easy Cleaner and have not yet had any complaints.  Another Registry Cleaner I used is http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/RegSeeker/1035382760/1 which I find to run just as well for me as Easy Cleaner honestly.

One item that is not often discussed about the Registry is Defragmenting the Registry.  It only stands to reason that file defragmentation improves performance on your computer, so Registry Defragmentation should help as well.  The following link is a free program that defrags the registry and gives a brief description on how the program works.  http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/registry-defrag. This is program combined with one of the Registry cleaners are run once a week on my own computers. So far, I have no complaints about the speed of my computers.

Keep an eye out for future articles on performance optimization.

Run command on Vista

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

When I got my laptop with Vista, I could not stand the fact that it was lacking the Run command when you click the Windows “Start” Button. At first I just settled on using the Windows Key on the keyboard + “R” to bring up the Run command. The shortcut key work fine, but I still was in the habit of click Start to get to Run. Finally, I had enough and added the Run Command to the Start Menu… It’s not hard, but I have been asked about it several times recently, so I thought I would share this little tip.

Right Click on your Windows “Start” Button located at the bottom left corner by default. In the menu, select properties, on the start menu tab select customize and scroll down to near the bottom and place a check next to Run Command.