Do you want to delete a registry file in Windows 10? Do you know when a registry file gets created? What kind of information does it store? Why the registry file should be deleted. This entire article will provide the answers to these questions.
What is a Windows Registry File?
A Windows registry is a kind of database. Whenever you install any software on your system the Windows operating system store the subkey specific to that program in the Registry Editor. This subkey has the information related to that program such as location, it’s primary executable, settings, user password etc.
Now when you uninstall any program from your system using the control panel. The Registry Editor still contains a part of that software which will certainly increase the size of Windows Registry. So, if you want to remove the software completely from the system then you must also remove the registry file of the specific program.
In this section, we will be discussing the steps to delete a registry file in Windows 10.
Steps to Delete a Registry File in Windows 10:
Step 1: Search for the Registry Editor in the Windows search bar and click on it to open the app.
Step 2: Windows will ask you whether you are allowing the Registry Editor app to make changes to your system. Click Yes to proceed further.
Step 3: A Registry Editor window will pop up. At the left side of the window, you have to explore HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
Step 4: Under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE you have to navigate and explore SOFTWARE.
Step 5: Inside the SOFTWARE search for the program whose registry file you want to delete. Once you get the program right-click on it and from the displayed option you have click on Delete.
Note: This doesn’t end here you have to perform the same operation for HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_USER. You have to navigate to their SOFTWARE key and from there you have to delete the registry file of that specific program.
So, this is all about the steps to delete the registry file in Windows 10. Always remember uninstalling the program never removes the program completely from the system, Windows Registry Editor still contains some fragments of it. So, you have to delete the registry file of the program from the system if you want to completely remove it from the system.
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