Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. September 29, 2008
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Save it First
One of the most important things you can do before making registry changes is to make a backup of the keys you change BEFORE you make the changes. The best way to handle this is to export the affected key for later recovery. For example, in the last tip we showed you a REG file designed to remove the Shortcut To prefix from shortcut names. To do this, we modified the Registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.

To save this key prior to running the REG file, click Start, Run. Type


and press Enter. Now, navigate to


and select the key. Choose Registry, Export Registry File. When the Export Registry File dialog box opens, make sure the Selected Branch radio button is deselected. Type a name for the file and click Save. Now close RegEdit by choosing Registry, Exit.

If you have a problem with the changes the new REG file made, you can always run the exported file to put the Registry key back to its default settings.