What is registry? Basically, over time your computer accumulates information that you don’t necessarily need or want on it – it accumulates in ‘the registry’. This happens, for example, when software is uninstalled from your computer but remains in the registry. Over time this causes a decrease in the speed at which your computer can operate.
A registry cleaner allows you to clean all the obsolete information from your computer, allowing it to operate once again at its optimum speed. There is a slight danger of data being lost during the registry cleaning process and for this reason it is wise to make a data back-up beforehand.
In this list we highlight ten of the best free registry cleaners:
Sets out the information in your registry clearly, enabling you to see what need to be done, hence less margin for error. A good ‘MOT’ for your computer, restoring speed.
Popular amongst users of free registry cleaners. User friendly way to backup the registry. Usable with both the older and most recent versions of Windows. In particular, the free Piriform CCleaner registry is recommended.
An affordable product; the System Utilities registry cleaning tool is not only free, but also now enhanced. Very safe to use and will not damage a PC in the way that some registry cleaning tools can.
Delete obsolete items from your system (such as imprints left behind by uninstalled items/software that hasn’t been properly deleted), and also trouble-shoot any problems you are having with your registry by using Eusing.
Displays your registry in such a way that you can scan through it quickly; however the large amount of cookies and the fact that it tries to install a toolbar can be annoying. Compatible with: both versions of Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista.
Compatible with: Vista, Windows 7, and XP. An exceptional, speedy cleaner, removing old web-browsing records, obsolete database files, cleans current files, enhances current network settings.
Only compatible with Windows XP. Allows you to enhance and modify your registry, as well as to create the usual backup and ‘MOT’ your registry. User feedback indicates that this system is user-friendly, does the job and has a good level of user safety.
Has more options than some of the others, such as creating your own junk folder for obsolete items. Will highlight for you any entries that are creating difficulties for the registry. All-round, a robust cleaner, but can break the registry.
User friendly, effective and compatible with several versions of Windows. Highlights, by colour-coding, the areas of the registry that are the likely priorities for moderation or deletion. When downloading this software, de-select any programs that you don’t want.
Compatible with Windows Vista and XP. Good interface: scan through the registry for such items as histories, , installed apps and so on. Apply any changes you want to the registry and delete any items as required.