It is impossible to prevent errors from occurring
entirely, but by knowing what to look for, youíll be much better able to
troubleshoot the problem and protect your Windows registry. Here weíll
look at the two most fundamental categories of errors affecting Windows
registries: Program Errors and System Errors.
* Bugs - or applications that are poorly written.
Having said that, all applications have bugs to some degree, which is
why all applications are regularly and frequently updated and upgraded.
Most often, the bugs are minor, and cause negligible inconvenience, if
anything. However, other bugs can run amock on your computer and cause
all sorts of problems.
* Incompatible Drivers - Generally, before a driver
is released, it is tested in multiple environments, however it is
impossible to test all combinations of pieces and parts to ensure total
universal compatibility. And so it happens that sometimes a driver is
incompatible with a particular system.
* Wrong Driver - Oftentimes, a user will
inadvertently try to activate a device using an incompatible driver. In
those cases the device will either not work correctly or not work at
* Application adding incorrect entries into the
Windows registry during the installation process - If the SETUP.INF file
that most applications use to relay pertinent installation information
contains a mistake, the application is not likely to work properly.
* Application makes incorrect associations between
themselves and certain file extensions - Every application records
default document types in your registry - extensions that let the
computer know that when you double-click on them, the particular
application in question will open in order to load the document. But
quite often, completely incompatible applications will use the same
extension, and then the document wonít load properly or, in many cases,
* Uninstall errors - Even when you properly run the
correct uninstall program that comes the application you wish to remove
from your computer, the Windows registry can still be damaged. This can
happen when an uninstall program tries to remove registry entries
related to that application and ends up removing entries
required for other applications to run properly.
* Viruses - Viruses are malicious attempts to
infect anotherís system by irreparable altering a systemís files.
* Registry size - If your registry grows to equal
or larger than the maximum registry size allowed according to your
control panel, it will become unusable and you are likely to receive a
STOP error. An easy way to avoid this error is to increase your maximum
registry size in your control panel.
* Power difficulties -Registry problems can be
caused by brownouts, power spikes, and electrical surges, though a
decent surge protector can help limit your exposure to damage. Beyond
that, an UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is the only way to truly
protect against this source of potential registry damage.
* Disk errors - If you replace your hard disk -
whether for capacity reasons or because your system has experienced
hardware failure, youíll have to restore your entire Windows registry
from a backup. But sometimes, only a cluster or sector of the drive is
damaged, making certain parts of your disk unreadable, your registry
files among them.
Other ways that problems could arise with your
Windows registry is if you make manual changes to your registry or copy
a registry from another system.
By knowing just how your Windows registry can
become corrupted, you can begin to improve the techniques you employ to
manage your system and start understanding just how you can take better
care of your computer operating system.