How to Remove Hidden Registry Keys

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How to Remove Hidden Registry Keys
Windows Registry is located on the computer's hard drive. (hard drive image by IMAGINE from Fotolia.com)

The registry is a part of the Windows operating system. The registry stores information about locations of various programs, changes made and other reference information needed by the operating system. Bits of information stored in the registry are known as registry keys. When an application is deleted, it may leave behind passwords, shortcuts and other data. These unwanted registry keys can be located and removed. However, Microsoft does not offer a system utility for removing hidden registry keys. There are many free, safe applications that can remove hidden registry keys.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Navigate to the CCleaner download page on the Piriform website. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Click the green "Download" box. This will open the "CCleaner-Priority Support" box.

  3. 3

    Scroll down to the bottom of the grey box, and click "Download from Piriform.com."

  4. 4

    Click "Save File." Double-click "ccsetup302.exe."

  5. 5

    Click "Yes." Follow the on-screen prompts to install CCleaner.

  6. 6

    Click "Run CCleaner v3.02." Click "Finish." CCleaner will generate a list of files that can be removed.

  7. 7

    Mark the check box next to the files you wish to delete.

  8. 8

    Click "Run Cleaner." CCleaner will complete the disk and registry cleanup. The application will indicate the amount of space created during the cleanup process.

  1. 1

    Navigate to the CNET website to download TweakNow PowerPack 2010 (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Click "Download Now." Click "Save File."

  3. 3

    Double-click "PowerPack232.exe." Click "Yes." Follow the on-screen prompts to install TweakNow PowerPack.

  4. 4

    Click "Launch the TweakNow PowerPack 2010." Click "Finish."

  5. 5

    Mark "Clean registry." Click "Analyze." TweakNow will analyse your computer's registry for errors. Click "Fix and Clean."

  1. 1

    Navigate to the CNET website to download Privacy and Registry Cleaner 3.0." (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Click "Download Now." "Save File." Double-click "PRCSetup.exe." Click "Yes." Follow the on-screen prompts to install Privacy and Registry Cleaner 3.0.

  3. 3

    Click "Launch Privacy and Registry Cleaner." Click "Finish."

  4. 4

    Click "Registry." Click "Scan registry issue."

  5. 5

    Mark the check box next to issues you want the application to fix. Click "Repair registry issue."

Tips and warnings

  • Restart the computer after using a registry utility application.
  • Back up files before attempting any changes to the registry.

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