Definitely bad. I was sitting there right in front of the screen thinking “wow I really have to sort my registry out.” I know what you think, right Geek? Okay you’re probably right! I know it’s important to log on my machine. I know it needs to be kept clean, in order and mostly free of rogue entries. Now to most of you out there, geeks or not, you know it’s like keeping all the food in your cupboards in order to keep your computer in some sort of order. Odd an comparison right? Wrong!
Think of it this way; if the groceries are facing the right direction, have the labels attached, they’re not out of date and you’ll be able to work around the kitchen in a more organized manner in easy reach. May be more effective at working. Ok, making sure that your registry is kept in order is close enough to the same, but not as good.
Then I digress. There I was sitting in front of my computer and pressing the search button on my registry scanner just couldn’t be bothered. Why? For what? I don’t really remember. The only answer is sheer laziness. For years I’ve been using the scanner and this one time I didn’t press the scan button, I learned my lesson with the auto scan switched off too.
When you install something from the wonderful Internet, you know and it asks if you want to add a wonderful search gadget too? I still press choice ‘no.’ Yet this one time I didn’t mess up my machine registry entirely. The computer had started working slowly. It started by punishing me for my incompetence. Really, I had no choice but to reinstall Windows because my scanning program couldn’t even navigate it. Believe me I’m pretty smart with computers but I couldn’t solve the problem this time.
Don’t get me wrong, luckily I hadn’t missed a lot of work but it was a near-miss. This for the purpose of periodic checking of the registry.
The good news is that my machines are now working perfectly, my head is not hurting and neither is my pride. The key thing that I did was configure auto scanning and scheduled scanning. Often you don’t even know what’s sitting on your machine and you’re well-being in the registry. Request. Don’t be loose like me. Most of the software out there is now free, so now there’s really no reason, is there?
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