Even the most cautious and attentive computer users are subjected to strange errors and other annoyances. These errors will almost inevitably rear their ugly heads after some serious computer usage. You may be asking yourself “What causes these problems, and can I prevent them?” Well the answer, in short, is yes you can.\nThese errors do not show up by accident..\nThe age old quote I hear my clients say to me is “My computer used to be so fast! What happened?!” My answer to this is ALWAYS the same: I tell them that this slow down is inevitable unless proper precautions are taken. What if you were to skip changing your oil for say…20,000 miles? What do you think might happen to your poor car? That’s right, you guessed it, it would more than likely cease to work! It would slow down over time and eventually… poof it goes up in smoke (hopefully not literally).\nRegistry errors are almost always to blame. These errors are sneaky and will often accumulate over time. What is the registry you ask?\nThe Windows registry is a directory which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows 32-bit versions, 64-bit versions and Windows Mobile. It contains information and settings for all the hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, users, preferences of the PC, etc.\nWhenever a user makes changes to Control Panel settings, file associations, system policies, or most installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in the registry. The registry also provides a window into the operation of the kernel, exposing runtime information such as performance counters and currently active hardware.\nThese changes often leave behind traces of what “used to be”. Old references, obsolete entries, and invalid startup entries are just a few of the problems that can arise on your machine.\nWhy should I perform a comprehensive registry scan?\nA quality comprehensive registry repair program will make cleaning the registry as easy as one, two, three. It will literally hunt down and repair problematic registry entries. Before it does this however it will completely backup and archive your original registry settings to insure that you have a “working” backup to work from.\nNot only will it repair the problems, it will maintain the health of your registry. Quality registry repair programs will often compact and defragment your registry. It will re-organize and shrink your registry. What will this do you ask? This will allow your machine to operate at its optimal speed all the time. That’s right, hands free maintenance of your machine.