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Risks with changing registry?

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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.
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    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
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


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