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Part VIII: Appendixes > Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

Before you attempt to make any changes to the registry, you should create a backup copy of the registry files. This is because the operation of your computer, when running under Windows, depends on information in the registry. If you inadvertently corrupt your registry, you might not be able to start Windows. It's a very wise precaution, therefore, to create a backup copy of your registry before you begin to make any changes to it.

Having said that, you also should know that Windows automatically keeps a backup of the registry. Rather than relying on that, though, it's much safer to create your own registry backup. In Windows 98 and Windows Me, you can access the registry backup by starting in MS-DOS mode and then entering the command scanreg /restore.


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