Ed, Making a Registry Backup Is ALWAYS Best
by Grif Thomas - 1/7/06 9:53 AM
In Reply to: backup registry by edismobile
...and NO, don't trust third party programs to make the correct decision. (Although you were able to get back online, it only means that those particular programs were left untouched..You still might have an issue when opening a word processing document, or running a media player, or all of the other programs that worked before.) That said, Tweak Now should allow you to restore many of the items it's changed and it's usually safe but it's always a good idea to make a backup before making any changes..Here's how:
IF YOU HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE, BE CAREFUL. First, make a backup of the Registry. Click on Start-Run. When the box opens type in "regedit" (without the quotes). Click Ok. When the Registry Editor window opens, click on the "My Computer" entry so it is highlighted. Next, click on "Registry" in the upper left corner of the window, ("File" in Windows 2000/XP) choose "Export Registry File" (or "Export" in Windows 2000/XP). When the next window opens, be sure of the location where you are saving it to (I direct it to my desktop for easy access) and give the file a name like Backup. Click "Save". You now have a backup registry that can be double clicked and will replace the new one youre going to make, IF you make any deletions you don't like..
As far as to which registry changes are "correct" and which ones aren't, try checking on "Google". Or post back here and we might have some input.
Hope this helps.
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