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Editing the Registry

Windows stores its configuration information in a large database called the Registry, containing all user profiles and information about system hardware, installed programs, and property settings. Windows references this information and updates it continually. That’s why Help Center tells us sternly: “Incorrectly editing the Registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the Registry, you should back up any valued data on your computer.”

Lots of books, magazines, Web sites, and geeks, however, offer useful tips that involve Registry changes. Although you shouldn’t edit the Registry arbitrarily, it’s safe to modify it if you follow precise instructions.


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