Fixing Windows Registry Errors

December 28, 2019

The most important reason your should fix Windows Registry errors as they occur is that this one single preventative measure can greatly increase the life-expectancy of your Windows system by stabilizing the growth of its Registry.

Prevention is Key!

It is a fact of Windows that trying to fix Registry problems after they occur is much more difficult than preventing their occurrence in the first place. So when it comes to the Windows Registry, the motto should always be “prevention is key!” This is because it is often the most common and abundant types of errors that wind up killing Registries, especially those caused by a system’s registered applications, users, and even Windows itself.

As new applications are installed and old applications are removed, and as registered applications continue accessing and changing Registry data, they often leave small bits of themselves behind as orphaned registry entries.

By themselves, these errors will probably not reveal themselves in any degradation of speed or normal Windows functions, especially if your system is new. But if these errors are allowed to accumulate for a very long time, they can greatly increase a Registry’s size and wreak havoc on the overall structure and stability of its database. And for a fast-growing Registry, even small error accumulations can quickly send your Registry’s database structure out of control.

If you don’t fix these Windows Registry errors often, your system can very easily fall victim to sudden crashes, system stalls, or a severe decrease in operating speed. It is particularly at risk if you frequently install or uninstall applications and hardware, since these actions increase the Registry’s rate of growth further by adding more registered components, orphaned Registry entries, and undeleted drivers to your system.

Registry Repair Utilities

Once you have made the decision to fix Windows Registry errors on your system, you will need to know something about how to go about it. Although some versions of Windows provide built-in background system utilities designed to maintain Registry structure and stability, these utilities only address the most basic Registry problems in the most primitive ways, making them insufficient when a Registry becomes very large and complicated. However, there are many third-party Windows Registry repair utilities available on the Internet that are inexpensive and easy to use.

For general maintenance and prevention purposes, Combination Repair/Cleaning utilities are perfect. They are effective in finding and removing errors caused by invalid references, viruses, and spyware/tracking programs, and usually have other features, like Registry defragmenting and backup/restore utilities and scanning schedules, that make it very easy to maintain your computer’s health and optimize its performance.

Microsoft, Feds Extend Antitrust Oversight

December 20, 2019

The technology company agreed to extend its licensing and documentation of desktop communications protocols by two years, stemming from the antitrust settlement agreement Microsoft and Justice have in place.

Due to concerns by the federal government that Microsoft has lapsed considerably in complying with terms of its 2002 antitrust settlement, oversight by the government will be extended to November 2009. Microsoft agreed voluntarily to that extension.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the agreement will help the settlement achieve “important objectives of marketplace and consumer protection.” Eighteen states including California, and the US Department of Justice, were parties to the agreement.

Microsoft’s work on developing the communications protocols needed by third-party application providers to interoperate with Microsoft’s software had been found to be “of limited use” to competitors.

To fully comply with the settlement, Microsoft needs to completely rewrite the protocols they have created to date.

General Counsel Brad Smith for Microsoft said “even after the expiration of these provisions of the consent decree, it will continue on a voluntary basis to document and license the communications protocols in the Windows desktop operating system that are used to interoperate with Windows server OS products.”

Smith also said the company would continue to make Windows source code available to licensees under the settlement program’s provisions.

Microsoft will also establish an interoperability lab where licensees can test the protocols and obtain assistance from Microsoft engineers on-site.

Internet Explorer formed part of the issue drawing scrutiny from Justice and the states involved. With IE 7 available in a public beta version, users of that beta can use a search box built in to the browser for the first time.

The inclusion of a search box had search engine leader Google crying foul.

“We don’t think it’s right for Microsoft to just set the default to MSN. We believe users should choose,” Google’s Marissa Mayer said in an April report. It has since been found that the default changes to Google or Yahoo in IE 7 if that PC’s user has downloaded software from either company.

Our test found IE 7 beta 2 defaulting to Google in the search box upon installation, rather than MSN Search. We had downloaded the Google Toolbar for Firefox in a previous test.

Antitrust reviewers had no issues with Microsoft’s search box, a component they had been examining closely. Court documents reported IE 7 has “a relatively straightforward method for the user to select a different search engine from the initial default.”