When I turned on my Dell laptop, I got this message:One of the files containing the system's Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful. (Printscreen attached)I tried Googling it but it's like speaking a foreign language. All my desktop settings, default search engine, etc. are gone.Do you know what this means? Should I start backing up?
Source: Email message July, 2009
A colleague wrote me recently sharing the screen shot above and the questions shared. While I'm not absolutely sure what the problem is, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the Registry on her computer probably hasn't been optimized or cleaned up.
Here are my recommendations...would they be your's?
- I recommend installing Macecraft's PowerTools , which was released as freeware. Can you believe I actually received a copy of Registry Supreme ($12) many years ago from a grateful author when I wrote about how great it was in an article? Kudos to the author's work. . .RegistrySupreme remained the best registry cleaner out there for many years and a tool in my anti-spyware kit (spyware mucks up your registry something awful).
- Another program I have in my "kit" for registry problem is CCleaner. It's a great tool that I've actually set up to run automatically on Windows computers I'm responsible for. Get it online at http://www.ccleaner.com/
If the problems continue, when you get it all fixed up again, consider using Syncback Free to backup your Windows installation. These days, it's easier to just image your machine to a large external USB drive and then restore when you encounter problems. I've fallen in love with this approach when my Macbook, Windows or UbuntuLinux machine gets slow!
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