The registry is an important part of every computer, but as you use your PC, the registry gradually becomes messier and bigger. Thus, it gets harder and harder to find things in the registry.
The registry must be treated with a lot of care, as the slightest mistake by the registry editor or even you can ruin your PC. Therefore, before you download anything please read this article.
Remember IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING THEN DON'T EVEN TRY TO EDIT YOUR REGISTRY as you could render your PC useless.
If you know a better free registry editor, please leave a comment below.
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Windows provides its own RegEdit that you can access from going to your Start Menu and typing regedit (or for Windows XP go to start menu press R then type regedit). This is the most simple registry editor but who says complex is good?
Obviously RegEdit is missing a few features, like a simple search feature, a description, etc. However, for a tiny .exe that is built into every Windows install then it is easily good enough for the average user.
The first third party product I checked out was Registrar Registry Manager - Lite Edition, the free version of Resplendence Registry Manager. To start with, it works reliably - a must have feature for any registry editor. The user interface is simple, the functionality is excellent, and it has a really fast search.
Finding the Lite version on the Resplendence site is tricky. Go to the download page and locate the heading "Registry Tools". On the right-hand side in faint gray letters there is a link called "Download Free Lite Version". You can also get it from various download sites, including MajorGeeks or Softpedia.
The next product is RegAlyzer which is a tool to browse and change the registry. It is made by Safer-Networking who are known for their high-standard products. This is a very simple, easy to use program. It doesn't have as much features as Registrar, but its small size may make up for that.
I did however, have a problem a couple of times; the picture on the right shows me deleting a key, once I clicked yes nothing actually happened. I presume it was a bug as it was the only time that this has happened. Also, it did seem on the whole pretty slow compared to similar programs.
You might want to check out these articles too:
- Best Free Registry Cleaner
- How to Backup the Windows Registry
- Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson
- What Everybody Should Know About the Windows Registry
Registrar Registry Manager - Lite Edition
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