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9. The Registry > 85. Safely Edit the Registry Using .reg Files

Safely Edit the Registry Using .reg Files

Forgo the dangers and inconvenience of editing the Registry directly. Instead, use plain-text .reg files.

When you’re editing the Registry, it’s easy to make small errors that cause major repercussions. You might inadvertently edit the wrong key, put in a wrong value, or—given how confusing the Registry is—even make changes without realizing it. The Registry is unforgiving when this happens. It doesn’t keep a backup, so you’re stuck with the new setting unless you’ve made backups yourself [Hack #86] .

When you edit the Registry directly, you’re also apt to make errors if you’re making multiple changes because you have no chance to look at all the changes you’re making at once.


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