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Registry: Quick Cures for the 7 Most Serious Errors

Most Windows users think of the registry as being so complicated that they never consider it as a place to fix their problems. The huge database of settings is usually the domain of anyone looking to tweak their computer in some way by editing it to change the appearance of Windows or improve performance, but the registry can also be used to fix problems with Windows. There are many Windows errors that you will come across that are due to a defective registry setting, and can only be fixed by repairing that setting in the registry. Providing care is taken, the registry can be a valuable tool when it comes to getting your computer back up and running. When making changes to the registry take care to navigate to the correct key to avoid making potentially harmful mistakes. Before applying the fixes in this article you should create a backup of your registry by following the steps given in article R 17.

Category: Issues, Troubleshooting
Issue: 2011 Issue 9 November/December
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Article Reference: R19

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