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In this latest Registry Error Insight, User Shell Folders control all the settings for a particular user, and Registry Reviver makes sure those entries are clean.

There’s a standard scan that Registry Reviver performs every time you run it, and there’s a secondary scan as well called the Deep Scan. The deep scan is not enabled in Registry Reviver by default; you need to click the Scan button at the top, and select the Deep Scan check box. Then perform the scan.

When you start your PC, several programs launch automatically. These programs are set up to launch this way. However, when a program is removed incorrectly, often your PC will still try to launch it upon startup. That’s because the registry entry remains in your Windows Registry.

Program shortcuts are files on your PC that point to other applications. If those applications are uninstalled incorrectly, the shortcut can point to nothing. Registry Reviver identifies these.

Registry Reviver fixes paths to DLLs that have been broken when an application is uninstalled incorrectly. This can lead to Blue Screens of Death.

Errors with Help Files in Windows

Help files pop up whenever you click Help within an application. They’re special files in Windows that are stored separately, away from the application. Though the content is written by whoever made the application, the help file’s interface is all Windows. Help files can be crucial for understanding how a complicated application works.

A font is another name for a specific typeface that your computer uses, such as Arial, Helvetica, and so on. A computer full of invalid font entries in your Windows Registry, with no actual corresponding font installed, can crash specific applications.

To understand file types, you first have to understand file extensions. The last three to four letters in a filename after the period, such as .doc or .docx, represent the file extension. Each extension is associated with a file type. In this case, the file type is Microsoft Word Document. Each application on your computer has a list of file types associated with it, and your Windows Registry has a record of those file types.

We get a lot of questions about what Registry Reviver looks at when it runs a scan of your PC, and how Registry Reviver classifies when an error is present. Due to these questions, we’re writing a series of blog posts that describe all the areas of you computer that Registry Reviver scans, and why these areas are important to your computer’s health. These articles will generally be more technical in nature, but we encourage you to ask any questions in the comments section if you would like anything explained.

Welcome to the first installment of Registry Error Insights!


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