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Back Up Critical System Files

Several of the tips here require modifying the Registry. Be very careful! Tampering with system files can cause problems if not done properly. To be safe, back up the Registry and other critical files before making any changes.

Microsoft makes this easy. Just select Start and click Programs in Win Me or All Programs in Win XP. Select Accessories and System Tools and System Restore. Choose Create a restore point and Next. Give the restore point a description, and press Next in Win Me or Create in Win XP.

If your system develops any problems and you can still get into Windows, follow these steps to get back to System Restore, and choose Restore my computer to an earlier time. If Windows will not boot, press F8 as soon as the operating system starts trying to load. If you're running Win Me, boot to Safe Mode and run System Restore. In Windows XP, you can use Safe Mode or choose Last Known Good Configuration.

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