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Registry Compressor 2.0 - User Guide and FAQ

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Using Registry Compressor:

How to Use Registry Compressor

You can start Registry Compressor from the Start Menu in Start | Programs | Registry Compressor or from a Desktop shortcut for the program. The Registry Compressor Wizard will open.

From the Wizard you can launch one of four actions:
  • Start Registry Compression Process
  • Check Registry Integrity
  • Create Registry Backup
  • Restore Registry Backup
Start Registry Compression Process: The Registry Optimization Process screen describes the steps involved in the optimization process. After reading the information click Next.

Registry Compressor will now prepare to analyze the registry. Click Next to begin the analysis. This process will take several seconds to complete.

After Registry Compressor has finished analyzing the registry, the program will display a "map" of the blocks in the registry file as well as the estimated wasted space and file fragmentation. (Registry Compressor calculates these estimates based on sample pieces of your registry in order to save time during the analysis process). Red blocks in the map indicate gaps in the registry that degrade system performance.

Click 'Next' to proceed.

Registry Compressor is now ready to optimize and compress the registry. You are reminded to close all running applications - this is to prevent any applications from writing to the registry while the compaction is in process. Registry Compressor will automatically create a backup copy of your registry before compressing. Click Next to begin the backup process.

Once the backup is completed, you are now ready to perform the optimization and compression of the registry. Click Next to begin the optimization process.

After the compression process is complete, the program displays a summary of before and after information, including the amount of unused space and fragmentation percentages. Click Finish to exit Registry Compressor. Your system will automatically reboot.

Check Registry Integrity: This feature will quickly scan your registry file for structural integrity and provide the user with some details as to file size, number of hives, and estimates of wasted disc space based on 1% and 5% fragmentation levels.

Create Registry Backup: This function will create a new backup set of the existing registry. This can be useful if you are planning to manually make changes to your registry - if you make a change that causes your computer to not work correctly, you can restore the registry from the backup.

Restore Registry Backup: This feature lets you restore a previously backed up registry set (Windows 2000 / XP Home or Professional / 2003 Server).

Frequently Asked Questions - Registry Compressor

  1. Does Registry Compressor change any data in my registry?
    No, Registry Compressor only optimizes and then rebuilds your registry by removing unused file space. No registry keys are deleted or modified by the compression process.

  2. Can I restore my old Registry to the "before compression" state?
    Yes, you can easily revert to a backup of your Registry if you experience any problems after restarting your system.

  3. Sometimes I see a difference between the estimated size and actual size after registry optimization?
    Registry Compressor uses to quick algorithms to estimate the size. For this purpose, small samples from the registry are taken into consideration. As a result, Registry Compressor is able to quickly display its analysis. After the compression has been done the entire registry size is taken into consideration, so the final values for unused space and fragmentation from "before optimization" may differ some from the estimated amounts reported during the initial analysis.

  4. Why do I need to close all running application before compression?
    Registry Compressor will optimize and rebuild your Windows Registry for maximum performance. For this purpose, Registry Compressor requires exclusive access to the System Registry. Once the optimization process begins any changes made afterwards are not written to registry and no changes made afterwards are saved.

  5. Why do I need to reboot my PC after compression?
    Registry Compressor cannot replace your old registry with the new optimized version while Windows runs. The actual registry replacement is done during when restarting the system.

  6. I have optimized and compressed the registry, rebooted and run Registry Compressor again. Why are there several unused blocks in the registry?
    This will happen occasionally with Windows 2000/Windows XP. Windows system services will at times modify the registry during the bootup process, and this can result in some unused blocks appearing.

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