How to remove registry errors in Windows

There are many different reasons why your computer may be displaying error messages after you’ve logged in or might be sluggish in starting up or even in shutting down (from too little memory to computer viruses or even errors in your Windows’ registry).  Today we’re looking at startup registry errors and how you can safely and easily get rid of them.

Before going any further let me say here, just as I would have stated in a previous post, I am not a fan of registry cleaners so I’ll not be recommending any such software, instead I’m going to show you how you can find those registry errors and get rid of them without having to pay for or even install any additional software on your Microsoft Windows-based computer.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download the Autoruns for Windows (It is a portable program, meaning it works without needing to be installed).
  2. Unzip the downloaded file.
  3. Right mouse click on the autoruns application (Run Autoruns64 if you’re using a 64-bit operating system, DO NOT run autorunscthis is the command line version) and choose Run as administrator (if you’re using Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10).
  4. Say Yes to the User Account Control message.
  5. Click on Agree (if presented with that option).  The application will run.  You will need to give it a minute or two (based on the amount of software installed on your computer and its speed).
  6. Click on the Everything tab (this should not be necessary as it is the default tab and should be already selected) – see the image below.
  7. Scroll though the list paying attention to the Image Path section.  Any file with a “FILE not found… listing can be safely deleted.
  8. Hit delete on your keyboard OR right mouse click on the entry and choose Delete from the menu
  9. Continue until all the “File not found… errors are gone.
  10. Restart your computer.

If you had been experiencing pop-up error messages just after logging on to your computer they may be gone now.  One thing is for certain, you have helped to boost the overall performance of your machine without spending a dime.

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Author: Jervis Dabreo

Jervis A. Dabreo (1979 - ) is a Grenadian author, blogger and high school teacher with a passion for technology and empowering others.

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