How to Clear a Trial Out of a Registry

By Nicholas Wyatt

Trial programs are software that offer you limited features of the full version of the program or game you are trying. Once the trial is over, you have the option to continue with a fee or you may decline. If you decline, it is wise to delete the trial version from your registry and computer to free operation memory and hard drive space. Programs that you do not use can still be running in the background processes of your computer slowing the performance of your computer. You can use regedit to remove trial version programs once the evaluation period is over.

Step 1

Click on "Start" and "Run." Type in "regedit" and click "OK" to access the Registry Editor. It is wise to create a backup of your registry in case of an error. To create a backup, Click "File" and choose "Export." Choose a name for the backup and click "Save."

Step 2

Click on the "+" sign next to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" for the registry data for common computer users. This data contains programs installed and used on the local main computer.

Step 3

Click on the "+" sign next to "SOFTWARE" and scroll until you locate the specific trial program in your registry.

Step 4

Click the "+" sign next to the corresponding folder and right-click. The data of the trial program will be shown in the right pane of the program. Select "delete" to clear the trial program from the registry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Registry cleaner software available online may also be used to aid in clearing a trial program from the registry.