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Chapter 20. The Windows XP Registry > Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

When you make a change to the Registry using the Windows Registry Editor, the change is made to your system immediately. You don't get the luxury of being able to review your changes and save the file and there is no undo function. Changes just happen. For this reason, it is extremely important that you back up your Registry before making any edits.

There are a couple of different ways you can back up your Registry. The easiest way to back up the Registry is to use the Windows Backup program to back up your System State information, which includes the Registry and other important system settings. You can also include the System State information in your routine system backups for good measure (and if you are not doing routine backups of your system, put this book down, slap yourself on the back of the hand, and then turn to Chapter 21, “Using Backup on Windows XP,” before you do anything else).


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