Backing Up Your Registry Database To Avoid Risks
Beforeimproving your Windows' performance by tweaking the System Registry, it is best to understand the risks involved and how to avoid them.
For starters, accidentally deleting an entry or value might cause some installed programs to malfunction. There's also a possibility that some of the basic functions of the platform might be disabled when you accidentally tinker the sensitive components in the database. Manually undertaking this project entails a thorough knowledge of the application, its files and components; where it is stored in the Registry, and how it will affect your computer's performance when you make modifications or removal. If this sounds intimidating, you can use a third party Registry Cleaner. The procedures are compared and explained in the next article.
One piece of advice for avoiding these problems is to backup your current Registry. If some problems do crop up after editing, you can easily load your previous settings to put it back to normal. Here are the steps to backup your Windows Registry:
1. Load Registry Editor (START > RUN > type REGEDIT > press ENTER)
2. Click on FILE then EXPORT to create a file containing your Registry data
3. Give your backup file a name and select a secure location for it on your computer (note that all Registry files have the .reg extension).
Now that you have successfully created a backup file, you can now start tinkering away with your Windows Registry, a process explained in the next article. You can load your Registry backup file by clicking the IMPORT function under FILE in your Registry Editor. If Windows won't load properly, boot your PC in safe mode to get in and restore the registry.