#1 How to clean Windows XP ? on Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:25 pm
2. Click "Run."
3. Type "regedit" into the text field and press "Enter."
Access the many different entries in your Windows XP registry. It is
separated into primary sections: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER,
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS and HKEY_CURRENT CONFIG. Each section
contains a different set of entries related to different aspects of
Windows XP operation.
5. Click on one of the plus-signs (+) next
to one of the root directories, opening a more detailed list. This
second level will have more directories to choose from, and will make it
easier for you to find entries you need to clean the registry.
Delete entries in the registry that you know are either causing
conflicts or are no longer necessary. Do this by pressing the "Delete"
key, or by right-clicking on your mouse and choosing "Delete entry."
Invest in a third-party registry application to help you clean your
Windows XP registry. Several programs are available that do the dirty
work for you. Some even include backup capabilities to retrace their
steps in the event of a critical error.
8. Clean your boot
records by changing which programs load themselves at startup. Click
through both the LOCAL_MACHINE and CURRENT_USER directories until you
reach Software/Microsoft/Windows/Run and RunOnce. From here, you can
clean out registry entries that are causing certain programs to run on