When I turned on my Dell laptop, I got this message:
One of the files containing the system’s Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful. (Printscreen attached)
I tried Googling it but it’s like speaking a foreign language. All my desktop settings, default search engine, etc. are gone.Do you know what this means? Should I start backing up?
Source: Email message July, 2009

A colleague wrote me recently sharing the screen shot above and the questions shared. While I’m not absolutely sure what the problem is, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Registry on her computer probably hasn’t been optimized or cleaned up.

Here are my recommendations…would they be your’s?

  1. I recommend installing Macecraft’s PowerTools , which was released as freeware. Can you believe I actually received a copy of Registry Supreme ($12) many years ago from a grateful author when I wrote about how great it was in an article? Kudos to the author’s work. . .RegistrySupreme remained the best registry cleaner out there for many years and a tool in my anti-spyware kit (spyware mucks up your registry something awful).
  2. Another program I have in my “kit” for registry problem is CCleaner. It’s a great tool that I’ve actually set up to run automatically on Windows computers I’m responsible for. Get it online at http://www.ccleaner.com/

If the problems continue, when you get it all fixed up again, consider using Syncback Free to backup your Windows installation. These days, it’s easier to just image your machine to a large external USB drive and then restore when you encounter problems. I’ve fallen in love with this approach when my Macbook, Windows or UbuntuLinux machine gets slow!

You can get Syncback Free online via this download link in English as well as review the tutorial.

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