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Keeping the Registry Safe

The sheer wealth of data stored in one place makes the registry convenient, but it also makes it very precious. If your registry went missing somehow, or if it got corrupted, Windows XP simply would not work. With that scary thought in mind, let’s take a moment to run through several protective measures. The techniques in this section should ensure that Windows XP never goes down for the count because you made a mistake while editing the registry.

Insider Secret

If you share your computer with other people, you may not want to give them access to the Registry Editor. You can prevent any user from using this tool by running the Group Policy editor. Open User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and then enable the Prevent Access To Registry Editing Tools policy. Note that you won’t be able to use the Registry Editor, either. However, you can overcome that by temporarily disabling this policy prior to running the Registry Editor.



  

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