the size of Windows NT's Registry
|Being a database, the registry may get
fragmented because it is constantly modified. Especially
when values are set to 0, there is no cleaning mechanism
to remake unused space available. Fragmentation can
become very important on an overworked machine. There is
no tool for compressing Windows NT's registry, but
there is a way to do it. Backup your registry
|Uncompress the hives in a temporary location.
|Comparing the size of the hives in %Temp%
with the ones in %SystemRoot% \System32 \Config
may show a very interesting difference. The biggest hive
is generally Software. Replace the hives in %SystemRoot%
\System32 \Config with the ones in %Temp%. Windows
NT keeps active hives open and locked. The way out is
to copy the files when the system is not loaded.
you have installed Windows NT on FAT
partition, just reboot in DOS mode.
Windows NT is on an HPFS partition,
the best way is to install a 2nd version which
you will use to boot and update the 1st version's
|This method is not riskless, but automatic
increasing of the registry's size may entail poor system
performance. If your server or workstation gets slow and
there is no obvious reason for that, reducing the size of
the registry may enhance performance. To be used only if
you can undo.