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Chapter 11. Getting to Know the Windows ... > Keeping the Registry Safe

Keeping the Registry Safe

The sheer wealth of data stored in one place makes the Registry convenient, but it also makes it very precious. If your Registry went missing somehow, or if it got corrupted, Windows Vista simply would not work. With that scary thought in mind, let’s take a moment to run through several protective measures. The techniques in this section should ensure that Windows Vista never goes down for the count because you made a mistake while editing the Registry.

Tip

If you share your computer with other people, you might not want to give them access to the Registry Editor. In Windows Vista, User Account Control automatically blocks Standard users unless they know an administrator’s password. Also, you can prevent any user from using this tool by running the Group Policy editor (refer to Chapter 10, “Using Control Panel and Group Policies”). Open User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and then enable the Prevent Access to Registry Editing Tools policy. Note that you won’t be able to use the Registry Editor, either. However, you can overcome that by temporarily disabling this policy prior to running the Registry Editor.



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