Do you want to know how to delete a registry file in Windows 10? Great. But, first you must need to know something about a registry file.
What is the meaning of a registry file?
Basically, Registry file is a hierarchical database used by the Windows operating system which stores the application settings, user passwords, device driver info, Windows settings, etc.
Did you know Registry editor, i.e., “regedit.exe” stores some part of the software into it? Now, If you want to permanently delete that left part of the software or to remove some other content from the registry, then you have to edit the registry settings.
Steps to Delete a Registry File in Windows 10
Step 1: Go to the Windows search bar and type “regedit”. You’ll see its icon, now right-click on it and choose “Run as administrator” to open a registry editor.
Step 2: The Registry Editor window appears, now click on the left side arrow of “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” to expand it.
Step 3: Then inside the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” go to “Software” and expand that option, So that you”ll be able to see the list of the software installed on your system.
Step 4: To delete a specific file, first you should have an idea about the owner of that particular software. For an example: As I want to delete MS Office, so I will search for the folder named “Microsoft” as this software is owned by the Microsoft company.
Once you find that folder, i.e., “Microsoft”, click on the arrow to expand it, as there may be numerous software installed in your system by the same owner.
Step 5: Here, under the “Microsoft” folder, you have to find “Office” folder, then right-click on it and choose the “Delete” option to remove it.
Step 6: It’s not completed yet, now close all the folders you have explored. Then go to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and expand it and now you have to perform the same task, which you have done before.
Step 9: Find “Office” folder and then right-click on it to choose the “Delete” option. Don’t forget to restart your system, and then only your changes will be amended.
- You can apply these steps in Windows7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista as well.
- Before editing the registry editor, it’s better to take a backup of it in case you have unfortunately edited the wrong files.
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