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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 XP 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 XP never goes down for the count because you made a mistake while editing the Registry.

Backing Up the Registry

Windows XP maintains what is known as the system state: the crucial system files that Windows XP requires to operate properly. Included in the system state are the files used during system startup, the Windows XP protected system files, and, naturally, the Registry files. The Backup utility has a feature that enables you to easily back up the current system state, so it’s probably the most straightforward way to create a backup copy of the Registry should anything go wrong. Here are the steps to follow to back up the system state:


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