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9. The Registry > 86. Better Registry Backups

Better Registry Backups

Avert disaster by backing up the Registry so that you’ll always be able to revert to a clean copy.

The Registry is unforgiving; once you make a change to it, that change is permanent. There is no Undo function. To get the Registry back to the way you want it, you’ll have to reedit it and remember the often arcane and complicated changes you made—if you can. And, unlike most other Windows applications, the Registry Editor doesn’t ask you whether you want to save your changes. Make the change, and it’s done. To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are no second acts when you edit the Registry.

Because of this, you should take precautions to keep your Registry safe and ensure that you can restore it to its previous safe settings whenever you want to. The best way to do that is to back up your Registry before you edit it. You should make copies of your Registry not only to protect against accidentally doing damage while you’re editing it, but also to ensure that you can restore your system in the event of a system crash.


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