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Chapter 20. The Windows XP Registry

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Let's face it. Just the mention of the Windows Registry makes most people a bit nervous. After all, Microsoft has gone to great pains ever since the introduction of the first Registry in Windows 3.1 to make people aware that editing the Registry can cause serious problems; improper changes can even prevent your computer from being able to start. However, if you take the proper precautions (such as backing up the Registry before editing it); learn to use the proper tools; and perhaps most importantly, learn when editing the Registry is the proper choice, you will find that the Windows Registry is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal.


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