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Please Ease Up on the Registry Tweeks

Postby shuggee » Sun Jul 14, 2002 1:53 pm

I, like many other people, it seems, am reluctant to make any alterations to the registry for fear of creating a situation I can't recover from.

I would, however, like to be able to perform some of the tweaks I've read about on sites like this one.

Can anyone tell me how and/or where I can learn more about the registry and how the OS (XP, preloaded, in my case) works.

Thanks,

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Postby dlt » Sun Jul 14, 2002 2:02 pm

Here's the MS knowledge base article about the registry.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... us;Q322756

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Postby XJan87 » Sun Jul 14, 2002 2:04 pm

I believe Microsoft Press has books that explain how the registry works...
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Postby shuggee » Sun Jul 14, 2002 2:10 pm

Thanks for the information.

I'll have a look at the article and scout around for relevant books.

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Postby jrooth » Thu Jul 18, 2002 7:57 pm

:D To learn about the registry and all its mysteries would require one to go to the Himalaya's and speak with the greatone. He , who i sgreat, would tell you with the straightest face, "I DON"T KNOW!"

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Ease up?

Postby QNman » Thu Jul 18, 2002 10:36 pm

Growing up, I didn't have a lot of cash, but I had a car that needed work on it if I were to drive it... so I learned by tinkering, and I got pretty d*mn good at it. I cracked two heads made a few other minor errors that cost me some money and a LOT of time, but in the long run, I learned a lot, including to approach the unknown with a little extra caution.

This is supposed to be a technical forum, right? People who blindly follow instructions they don't understand are doing so at their own risk... and I would suggest they are probably aware of that! Let's not stop sharing technical information openly because it might cost some newbie a few hours of headaches!
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Postby dlaws » Sat Jul 20, 2002 5:00 am

Hey, all.

One doesn't need to be a supertechie to use these registry tweaks. One only needs to be able to follow the instructions. Even typing isn't really a prerequisite because cutting and pasting can be used.

If it's just a matter of confidence (which it is), the only way to get that confidence is to edit the registry a few times.

The only other thing you might want to do is wait until a few of the staff members post positve reviews of the registry edits ("Great tweak!") before implementing them, to make sure they're not malicious.
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Postby mariclaire » Sat Jul 20, 2002 12:18 pm

Great thread -- I am learning, I am learning. I think the warnings in here are extremely valid. The daring will always forge ahead no matter how they are cautioned, that's how they learn. The PC-challenged, like myself, need to have their hand held along the way and that is what I have always been able to get here. Something for everyone, it doesn't get much better than that....... :wink: ........I'm seeing San Diego, northern California, etc. here. I would like to invite all of you over to the Lounge for a cup of coffee (Kaniele's) and share your day with us. All work and no play makes for a dull techie, come on over and have some fun.
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Postby Sprenon » Sat Jul 27, 2002 5:36 pm

If a Registry tweak is posted as a reg file, why not post another reg file that will "undo" what the first one does? Just have it put back the default values...

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Postby purplehawk » Sat Jul 27, 2002 8:21 pm

There's another blast from the past. Welcome back, Sprenon!
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