How to Easily Fix Broken Registry Items in Windows 11

Windows Registry is a database that stores settings for the operating system and associated applications. This registry is used by various applications in order to achieve their specific tasks.

Windows Registry

So, in case of a damaged/broken registry, the associated program will not function properly. In some cases, the damage caused through a broken registry is very serious.

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However, in Windows 11, you can perform some simple steps to repair broken registry. Here’s how:

Creating a Backup of Windows Registry

The first thing you need to do is to create a backup of Windows Registry, just to be on the safe side. Follow these simple steps to do so:

  1. Press Windows Key + R simultaneously to open Windows Run window.
  2. Type ‘regedit’ to open Windows Registry. Alternatively, you can type ‘Windows Registry in the search bar to get to it as well.
  3. Right-click the ‘Computer’ icon in Windows Registry, then select the ‘Export’ option.
  4. Name the backup file and choose a destination for it to be saved in, then click ‘Save’.

If something happened to your registry while you were trying to fix it, then you can import this backup registry file to return the things to normal. Here’s how:

  1. Open Windows Registry by typing ‘Windows Registry’ in the search menu.
  2. Click on File>Import. Now select the backup file and ‘Open’ it.
  3. Or you can simply head over to the location where the backup registry file is located and right-click it.
  4. Then select ‘Merge’ to achieve the same results.

Method # 01: Using System Checker File (SFC)

SFC is a utility that comes with Windows. Its purpose is to scan the Windows for corrupted Windows files and repair them. It can also be used to fix the broken registries.

In order to run SFC, do this:

  1. Type ‘cmd’ in the search bar and run it as administrator.
  2. Type sfc/scannow in the cmd window.
  3. Let the scan take some time to complete.

Method # 02: Using DISM Command

DISM Scan is short for Deployment Image and Servicing Management Scan.

  1. Open command prompt by typing ‘cmd’ in the search menu.
  2. Run it as administrator.
  3. Type, DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  4. Once this scan finishes, run this scan, DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Method # 03: Using Windows Startup Repair

Windows Startup Repair is a system recovery tool in Windows that analyzes errors in Windows and fixes them. It also fixes broken registry items. Follow these steps to use Windows Startup Repair:

  1. Right-click the Start button and go to Settings.
  2. Select the System category in the Settings window.
  3. Click the Recovery option and then click the ‘Restart Now’ option in front of the Advanced startup.
  4. This will take you to the Windows Recovery Environment which helps in troubleshooting common booting problems.
  5. Select the ‘Troubleshoot’ option. Go to Advanced options and click on the Startup Repair option.

The Startup Repair will start analyzing the issues and fix them.

Hopefully, after performing these steps, your Windows Registry gets back to being normal.