Your Windows Registry is a hierarchical database of files that stores all the critical information about your Windows operating system. The data includes everything from user settings, low-level settings, and other options that make your software and hardware tick.
So naturally, when something goes off with an important aspect like the registry, normal functions of your PC are bound to suffer. It’s therefore essential to know the exact steps to get yourself out of random registry errors on Windows 11.
How to Fix Registry Errors on Windows 11
The exact cause of registry errors is unclear, but the most probable ones include a malware/virus attack, a problem during the installation of new programs, or both.
Even though we may be unable to pinpoint the exact cause of registry errors, we have ways to get out of these problems. Before you try your hand at fixing these errors, though, it’s vital to first have a backup in place. Something going wrong during the fix-up can corrupt your registry entirely, leaving many other new problems in its wake—we really don’t want to end up in such a situation. So it’s best to create a backup for your Windows registry first.
After you’ve created the backup, you can follow the steps to fix it below.
1. Use System Restore
System Restore is a free Windows feature that lets you revert your PC’s state to a previous point in time when everything worked well. The only caveat is that this feature should be turned on beforehand—so that you actually have something to restore your files back to. Here’s how.
1. On the Start menu search bar, type in ‘restore,’ and select the best match.
2. In the System Protection tab, select System Restore.
3. A new dialog box will be launched. From here, pick the restore point you’d like to go back to and click on Next.
The System Restore feature will take your PC back to the old restore point. Now check if you’re still facing issues with your registry.
On another note, if the System Restore tab from the second step is graded out as shown below, then you simply might not have a Restore Point. In that case, this method obviously won’t work; however, it might be a good time to create a Windows 11 restore point for future use though.
2. Run a Registry Cleaner Tool
Registry cleaning tools are a class of software that automates your registry cleaning process. However, besides the usual clean-up, a slew of them also offer features to repair your damaged registries. There are a lot of options to pick from. For our example, we’ll pick the Registry Repair by Glarysoft; you can choose any cleaning tool of your liking.
The Registry Repair not only cleans up your registry files but also creates a copy of any changes it makes while doing this. It’s also relatively fast and offers a comprehensive scan, so you can stay assured of its results. You can grab the free copy of the app from its download page, install it, and launch the app.
As soon as the app gets launched, it’ll begin scanning your registry for errors. If it finds any issues it’ll list them out. You just have to click on Repair your registry then, and the app will fix them all.
3. Perform a Factory Reset
A Factory reset is the last resort to almost all woes of a Windows PC. Generally to be relied upon only on rare occasions, if there’s anything that can definitely fix your Windows problems, it’s the Factory reset.
To Factory reset your Windows, head to the Settings app and select System > Recovery. Then select Reset PC to begin the format.
Choose from either Keep my files or Remove everything. Follow the on-screen instructions from here, and your PC will get formatted in no time. After a format is complete, a new copy of your Windows will be installed on its own. You won’t face any problems with your PC after this.
Fixing Registry Errors on Windows 11
And that’s about it, folks. Registry errors can stop the proper functioning of a PC on its track. We’ve discussed some of the most popular methods that can bring it back to its normal state. But, of course, prevention is better than cure, so try and make sure you don’t end up with registry errors in the first place.
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