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Chapter 28. Working with the Registry > Modifying the Registry

Modifying the Registry

Editing the Registry is not recommended by Microsoft. Changing Registry data can result in programs failing to function properly, your losing data, or your computer failing to start up. Even given all these dire warnings, there may be times when you want—or need—to edit the Registry. Windows NT comes with two tools to help you edit the Registry—both called Registry Editors. You won't see options on the Start Menu for either of these tools. Microsoft doesn't want the uninformed user blindly playing with these tools—that would create a technical support nightmare. However, for the informed user, these tools are available.

Caution

When you are using either Registry Editor, you might make a mistake that could stop one of your programs from running correctly, or maybe from running at all. If you aren't so lucky, that mistake could disable your computer and prevent you from connecting to the network or accessing devices attached to your computer. You read it again and again in this chapter—be careful when using the Registry Editor! It is a very good idea to make a backup copy before making any changes. Even better, set the attribute flag for the Registry files to Read-Only. You can do this from Windows NT Explorer.



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