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Risks with changing registry?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Risks with changing registry?

    I've got a nagging problem and I haven't found any solutions. There is a workaround my problem, but this involves changing the registry. I know this is risky, so what should I do to protect my PC?

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    It is difficult to be specific without knowing the details.
    Creating a restore point before making the change would be a good idea. Making an image backup of the OS would be even better.

    A couple of things to keep in mind about using regedit:
    1. Unlike a text editor there is no save function. All changes are immediate. Of course many changes do not take effect until a reboot or in some cases a logoff and login.
    2. There is no undo facility. So be sure the changes are correct.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Exporting before may help.

    LMiller7 is on the nose.

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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    You can use's Registry Backup:
    • The program is 100% free.
    • One click Backup and restore.
    • Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
    • Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
    • Automatic cleanup of older backups.
    • Set and control scheduling options.
    • Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
    • Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
    • Detailed logs are saved with each backup.

    ​Go HERE and use direct download. there are installer and portable versions.
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