How to Fix Registry Errors Manually

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Since the registry contains system information vital to its operation, registry errors can cause havoc if they are not addressed quickly. Some of the stored data includes user profiles, port references, hardware and software applications as well as other records. If your computer shows sudden abnormality in acknowledging any of these basic operations, this could indicate the registry error is in need of repair. To remedy this situation, try some basic steps to run the System Restore utility feature.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP or Vista operating system

System Restore for Windows XP

  • Click "Start" and then select "Control Panel." Next, press "Performance and Maintenance."

  • Select "System Restore."

  • Select "Restore my computer to an earlier time" and then press "Next."

  • Choose a restore point from the available list. The dates of the restore points are in bold. The default selection is the date of the last "System Checkpoint" or manual restore point.

  • Press "Next." When the confirmation screen appears, press "Next" again.

  • Press "OK" to confirm the restoration after the computer restarts and you have logged on.

System Restore for Vista

  • Click "Start" represented by the Windows icon.

  • Go to the "Start Search" box and type "systempropertiesprotection". When finished, press "Enter."

  • Go to the System Protection tab and press "System Restore."

  • Select "Choose a different Restore Point" and then press "Next."

  • Select the restore point from the available list and then press "Next." When the confirmation screen appears, press "Next" again.

  • Press "OK" to confirm the restoration after the computer restarts and you have logged on.

Tips & Warnings

  • System Restore must be turned on in order to restore the registry. If it is turned off, you will be prompted to turn it on. It is best to ensure that it is on before you need to use it.
  • You must have Administrator privileges to run this task.

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