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Chapter 2. Configuring Hardware > Take a snapshot of the current settings for s...

2.5. Take a snapshot of the current settings for safekeeping

Installing Windows 2000 and your applications and then configuring everything just the way you want it takes a lot of time. One hardware problem or failed software installation could force you to redo much of that work. It's therefore a good idea to make a backup of your system's configuration information after you have the system set up and configured, and prior to making any system changes, such as adding or removing hardware or software.

Windows 2000 stores its configuration data in the registry, a group of several files stored in the systemroot\System32\Config folder. The registry stores settings that define the way Windows 2000 looks and functions and also stores application settings. If you experience a problem with the registry, having a backup copy of it can make it relatively simple to recover the system.


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