File Reference Editor

The registry file reference editor shows you the file reference in your registry along with useful information such as the company name, origin and description of these files as well as their presence and location on disk. If you use this tool with caution and intelligence it can be very useful for cleaning your registry from entries which have been leftover by software applications which have been uninstalled and are not used anymore. However for the safety of your system please read our warning at the bottom of this page regarding registry references to missing files.

Searching for file entries

To start searching the registry for file entries, click the Searchbutton at the lower left corner of the screen. The file reference editor will start searching the registry for file references in your registry. The file names will be displayed, along with their icons, file paths, file descriptions, company names and the registry locations where these files were found. A separate field will indicate if the file specified was also actually found on the hard disk. You can explore the file folders, file properties and registry locations of these file references by using the context menu which will appear if you right-click on any of these items..

Limiting the file search to a certain part of the registry

It is possible to limit the search to a certain portion of the registry. To do so select a registry key in the field labeled Where to Search. You can browse for a certain registry key on any computer on the network by clicking on the Browse button next to this field..

Limiting the file search by specifying a text string

You can limit the search for file references by specifying a certain text to search for. Only registry entries that will contain the text specified in the Text or data to search for  field will be reported.

Browsing the folder and registry locations of a file found

You can browse the file folders, file properties and registry locations of these files by using the context menu which will appear if you right-click on any of these items.

Using the File Reference Editor as a cleaning tool for registry references to missing files

References to files in your registry which are not actually present on disk are often called orphan entries. Many third-party registry cleaning tools exist which delete such entries automatically for you. Note however that very often such tools are mistaken in their assumptions and create irreversible damage to your system settings. Leaving entries in your registry which are no longer used nearly never hurts.

Note that very often registry references to missing files have a valid reason to be there and the fact that a certain file is missing is no guarantee that you can safely delete a related registry entry.
Often such an entry points to a file on a removable disk such as a CDROM so that it may not be actually found until the disk has been inserted. Certain software exists which copies files on the fly so that references to previously missing files temporarily point to a valid location. There are many scenarios in which orphan registry entries have a legitimate purpose and are needed for proper operation of a program. Therefore our suggestion is to never delete any registry or file entry unless you are absolutely sure both the file and the registry entry refer are leftovers of a program that you have previously uninstalled and is not in use anymore. This is also the reason why Registrar does not get distributed with a built-in automatic registry cleaner.

Online Help Topics


· Introduction

· Product Description and Features

· What's new

· Registrar Command Line Edition

· Supported Windows Versions

· FAQ and Tips

About the Registry

· About the Windows registry

· Registry Root Keys

· Registry Path Syntax

· About Windows 64-bit editions

Editing the Registry

· Browsing the Registry

· Editing Registry Keys

· Registry Key Properties

· Editing Registry Values

· Data Editor

· Include and Exclude Filters

Registry Tools

· Advanced Search Tool

· Bookmark Manager

· Undoing Registry Changes

· Registry Backup and Restore

· Registry Monitor

· Registry Defragmentation Tool

· Advanced Registry Compare Tool

· File Reference Editor

· CLSID Lookup Utility

· Hidden Registry Keys

Registry Security

· Registry Key Permissions

· Registry Key Auditing

· Registry Key Ownership

Registry Files

· Registry File Formats

· Importing and Exporting Registry Files

· Editing Registry Files

Remote Registry Editing

· Remote Registry Editing

Advanced Options

· Editor Options

· Startup Options

· Interface Layout Options

· Registry View Options

· Visual Options

· Shell Options

· Remote Registry Options

· Registry Monitor Options

· Bookmark Options

· Undo Options

· Misc Options

· Commandline Options for rr.exe/rr64.exe

· Registry Shortcuts

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