Solved

how can I defrag the registry within Windows 10?

Posted on 2016-11-26
5
18 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-26
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

          Over the course of time, I have been removing invalid or unneeded entries within the registry of my laptop running Windows 10 using CCleaner.  With that point in mind, it seems logical that there might be some degree of fragmentation within the registry.  I know that fragmentation of the hard drive occurs over time as applications are uninstalled, files deleted, and so forth.  As such, I am under the impression a similar outcome can happen when unnecessary entries are deleted within the registry, thus, deterring performance of the operating system.  

          In conclusion, I am wondering if there is a way of either manually defragging the registry within Windows 10 or perhaps running a 3rd party program which can be downloaded and installed freely.  

         Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

        Thank you

         George
0
Comment
Question by:GMartin
5 Comments
 
LVL 90

Accepted Solution

by:
John Hurst earned 300 total points
Comment Utility
Do NOT. No need whatever to defrag the registry.

I have Glary Utilities which can do this but it accomplishes nothing in terms of speed or efficiency. (tried on my Windows 8.1 machine).

Just let Windows 10 manage the registry. It does the correct job.
0
 
LVL 78

Assisted Solution

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 150 total points
Comment Utility
in a word "DON'T" you won't improve anything and the chance of doing irreparable damage is very high.  A fair chunk of the registry resides in memory and is only read in on boot.  There are thousands of registry cleaners on the market because there is a perceived need for them in actuality there is absolutely no need.  Defragging the hard drive does have merit.

From actual real world experience I had a customer that had a vital piece of software that the programmers had gone out of business and he 'cleaned up his registry' in doing so he cleaned up the registry entries that held the registration for this piece of software. The cleaners said they were unused/empty entries,  By pure luck we found a backup that was done prior to this misadventure.
1
 
LVL 82

Assisted Solution

by:Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin earned 50 total points
Comment Utility
I love it when people 'remove unnecessary files and entries' in any version of Windows.  It provides some tech like me with many hours of work.
1
 
LVL 90

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
Comment Utility
Thanks George.  3 of us combined here and we have lots of world experience.
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
Comment Utility
Thanks everyone for your candid suggestions.  I think I will skip the idea of defragging the registry.  It is obviously not in the best interest of speeding up the laptop.  In fact, it would likely open the door for new problems.

George
2

Featured Post

Complete Microsoft Windows PC® & Mac Backup

Backup and recovery solutions to protect all your PCs & Mac– on-premises or in remote locations. Acronis backs up entire PC or Mac with patented reliable disk imaging technology and you will be able to restore workstations to a new, dissimilar hardware in minutes.

Join & Write a Comment

Ever wondered why Windows 8 and 10 don't seem to accept your GPO-based software deployment while Windows 7 does? Read on.
What to do when Windows Update is not working correctly? What tools can I use to detect the cause of the malfunction problem? What does this numeric error code mean? These and other questions that you have been asking in the past are answered here (…
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…

763 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now