Cleaning a Windows 7 registry is really no different than cleaning a Windows XP registry, a Windows Vista registry or any other Windows registry for that matter. The registry Windows 7 uses is very much like Windows XP and Windows Vista registries. All these registries use five main segments which are referred to as hives.
The older Windows operating systems, namely Windows 95, Windows 98 and ME all used registries that were split into six different main hives. Even though this is the case, there are many registry cleaners that will clean Windows ME registries and are also capable of cleaning a Windows XP registry, for instance.
So, this means that even though Windows 7 is an operating system that is more similar to Windows Vista than Windows 95, don’t assume that all registry cleaners that will clean Windows Vista will also clean Windows 7. In fact, there are lots a registry cleaners that are still incapable of cleaning Windows 7 registries.
In other words, you have to look before you clean your registry. Make sure that you have a Windows registry cleaner that is capable of cleaning Windows 7 before you use it. Actually, if you did use a registry cleaner incapable of cleaning Windows 7, nothing very awful would happen. However, you would see a pop-up that would tell you your operating system is not compatible with the program you are running; that is all.
When Windows Vista was the new kid on the block, it took a long time before most registry cleaners were capable of cleaning it. In fact, as hard as it may be to believe there are still registry cleaners, some of them highly renowned, that will only clean registries in operating systems as new as Windows XP. Obviously, the companies that designed these registry cleaners are way behind the times!
Whether the registry cleaner says it is Windows 7 certified or Windows 7 ready; it really doesn’t matter. Ready or certified really mean the same thing. They mean the internals of the software program will do the job of ridding your Windows 7 registry of corruption and duplicate files and they will add files that are missing from your registry.
One final point is the fact Windows 7 is as prone to collecting registry corruption as any other Windows operating system. Just because it’s newer doesn’t mean that registry corruption is any less of a problem to it. Yes, there has been many improvements made and Windows 7. However, its registry still does collect corruption so it is very important to keep it cleaned out with a good registry cleaner. If you don’t clean the corruption every once in a while, the computer will start become slow and may give erratic error messages and even crash on occasion.