How to Delete Windows Registry Files Manually

by Jay Darrington
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The Windows Registry manages values and data for almost every program that is installed on your computer, whether the program is still installed on your computer or not. Sometimes a file gets corrupted, making the computer run slow, causing programs not to work, or just simply making the computer malfunction. If this is the case, a registry file may need to be removed.

Step 1

Click "Start" on your task bar.

Step 2

Click "Run" in the menu that appears.

Step 3

Type "C:\\Windows\\System32\\Config" in the box that appears.

Step 4

Right-click the registry file you want to delete in the folder that appears.

Click "Delete" in the menu that appears. Confirm that you want to delete the file in the prompt that appears after clicking the Delete button.


  • Do not attempt this unless you know what you are doing. This could severely corrupt and/or render your computer unusable. If you even have a slight amount of doubt about whether this will help your computer, consult the services of a professional technician.


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About the Author

Jay Darrington has been a professional writer since 2006, specializing in technology. He has published on several online blogs, including iTech24, iPhoneland and Tech101. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication technology from California State University.

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