Automatic Registry Cleanup
Working with Automatic Registry Cleanup
Automatic Registry Cleanup Window
To switch to the Automatic Registry Cleanup mode, click the Automatic Cleanup button on the Modes bar in the left part of the main window of Reg Organizer.
The main portion of this window shows a list of problems that Reg Organizer can automatically detect. It includes searching for invalid file extensions (i.e. extensions that have no programs associated with them), invalid references to files, folders and DLLs, invalid uninstallation data and other items.
Recommended: Select all these items to allow Reg Organizer to find as many problems in the Registry as possible.
To select all items, click the Select All button in the lower part of the window. Similarly, click the Deselect All button to clear all the checkboxes at once.
At the bottom of the window there is a link for opening the Automatic Registry Cleanup options. See Automatic Registry Cleanup options below for more details.
In the lower-right part of the window (the Progress area) there are two progress bars showing both the overall progress of Reg Organizer and the progress of the current operation. The Statistics area shows detailed information about Registry analysis.
Running a Registry Check and Searching for Invalid Entries
You can start Registry analysis by clicking the Scan Registry button on the toolbar at the top of the window.
Be patient...Registry analysis can take a while!
After the analysis is complete, you can switch to the Results tab to look through the list of all problems detected in the Registry.
You can see the path in the Registry for each entry, the description of the problem in the Problem column and more.
Recommended: You should repair entries whenever possible.
Click the Repair Selected button at the top of the window on the Results tab to start repairing invalid references. See Repairing Invalid References in the Registry for more details.
Remember: Reg Organizer will try to repair only references you selected. If you do not want some reference to be repaired, leave it unselected.
Recommended: Remove entries that Reg Organizer cannot repair.
What are Ignored Entries?
You can see the Ignored Entries line in the Statistics area. It shows the number of entries the Reg Organizer skipped during the Registry analysis.
Ignored entries include Registry keys Reg Organizer could not open for various reasons. For example, you may not have administrative rights to access a particular Registry key. Ignored entries also include those that have been added to the Ignore list.
You can view the list of these entries and the reason each entry was skipped on the Ignored Entries tab at the bottom of the Results tab in the Automatic Registry Cleanup window.
There is no need to do anything with these entries. They are displayed only for informational purposes.
Automatic Registry Cleanup Options
Click the link in the lower part of the Registry Cleanup Conditions tab to access the Automatic Registry Cleanup options.
The default settings are recommended for most users. Advanced users may sometimes find reasons to change the settings. If you do change these settings, you should manually check all entries Reg Organizer is going to remove.
The most important settings are described below.
You can use this group of options to forbid Reg Organizer to check references to files located on various kinds of media, for example, references to CD-ROM or network drives.
By default, all options are enabled in this group. Reg Organizer will check references only to those files that are located on hard drives and will ignore all others.
If you disable some of these options, Reg Organizer may find more invalid references, but it is not guaranteed that such references will always be removed correctly.
- How to remove invalid entries
The following options are available:
- Remove invalid value only - only the value with invalid data will be removed when an invalid entry is removed.
- Remove invalid value and then its key, if the key is empty - the value with invalid data will be removed when Reg Organizer removes an invalid entry. Then Reg Organizer will check if the key the invalid value was removed from contains any other values or subkeys. If it does not detect any, it will remove the key that contained the invalid value as well.
The second option is less safe than the first one. However, it often allows you to remove more unnecessary entries from the system Registry.
By default, you can retrieve entries removed during Automatic Registry Cleanup and changed using the repair feature.
Switch to the main Reg Organizer window and select the Backups... item in the Commands menu.
Select the backup copy you need from the list and click Restore Selected Backups.
Though not recommended, you can disable the creation of backups in the General section of Reg Organizer's settings.