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Not sure whether to get a defrag program or a registry cleaner? Here we look at the difference between these types of software to help make the decision easier.
When it comes to computer performance, there are always a few key phrases that sound familiar, but may be unclear. "Defrag" and "registry clean" are two such terms, and understanding the differences between these functions will help reduce the changes of something going wrong when trying to optimize a PC.
Over time files and programs can become fragmented on a computer as more and more data is collected and stored from different areas of the hard drive. Disk defragmentation, or "disk defrag" is a function that reorganizes this fragmented data to improve computer performance.
Windows computers come with an in-built option for disk defragmentation which can be accessed through the Control Panel and set up as an automatic function. However, the Windows Disk Defragmenter can slow down performance significantly while it is running, which is why many people are now looking at defrag programs like Ashampoo Magical Defrag, which is designed to defrag when the system is idle.
The benefit of using a specific defrag program is that it offers more customizable options to help maintain the system and your own actions. These programs are also separate from the Windows operating system, which means they can better priotize defragmentation and options like IObit Smart Defrag often run a lot faster than the default Disk Defragmenter.
The registry stores information on software, file types and user settings in the form of "Keys" and "Values". Things like user profiles, applications installed on the computer, creatable file types, settings for folders and application icons, software and the ports that are being used are continually accessed via the registry when a PC is in use.
The way data is stored on the registry can become quite complex, as this article from Microsoft shows. Over time, as programs and files are changed or removed, the registry gets cluttered with redundant information that can make your computer slow.
Manually cleaning the registry is dangerous and not recommended unless you are an expert, which is why registry cleaners have become so popular. These programs, like CCleaner and Registry Mechanic will sort through the registry and remove unwanted data, maintaining the essentials of the registry and optimizing PC performance in the process.
Both defrag and registry cleaning programs can help make your PC run smoother. Knowing how each works will make it easy to see what you can get from both, and decide which can help keep your computer at the top of it's game.
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