resolving registry problems
Posted on 2010-01-01
I own a dell core i7 studio 15 laptop running windows 7 ultimate.
Upon installing and applying the "optimizing and defragging registry" functions using norton utilities, it seems nothing on my computer works properly anymore, particularly my devices.
I've researched this issue extensively and the general consensus appears to be avoiding registry cleaning programs all-together (made similar mistakes with spybot years ago).
Anyway, I did not create a system restore point or a backup file at any point before installing norton utilities. Also, all attempts to revert back to previous states using auto-generated restore points have failed.
I'm wondering if it would be easier to reformat/clean install HD/OS than attempt to restore the registry. I've always wanted to remove dell bloatware anyway.
I've seen many links and read several articles on reformatting with windows 7...I'm all backed up and ready to go...just not sure if it's as simple as I've read...can anyone recommend any failsafe instructions for reformatting HD or restoring registry?
Thanks in advance people!