Windows XP registry tweaks or registry tweaks for any Windows operating system is a subject that is very important. It is important because tweaking a registry should be avoided entirely. Yes, it is true you can change the way your Windows operating system behaves in many ways by getting into the registry manually and making tweaks or changes to registry files. However, there is nothing that can be gained by doing this but a lot, in fact everything, can be lost.
The reason there is nothing to be gained by tweaking the registry is because anything you can do inside the registry you can do by entering your control panel. The difference between the two methods of tweaking your Windows behavior is that when you enter the Windows registry through programs such as “regedit” you are left to face the inner workings of your Windows operating system without any help. Doing it this way you risk making a very small mistake which can turn into a major problem.
We all know “to hear his human” but one little error made in a Windows registry could make your operating system unbootable. It could leave you in a position where the only way you could ever get to use the computer again would be by reinstalling your Windows operating system. Doing this, of course, would erase everything on your hard drive. So, all your save files will be gone forever; unless, of course, you’ve backed everything up.
When you change things in the Windows Control Panel you are working with a graphical user interface. You’re given choices of doing things that are all viable. In other words, you wouldn’t be able to change something that would ruin your computer. You could only change things that would change the Windows operating systems slightly. Of course, this is all you are trying to do when you tweak the registry manually. However when you’re working in the registry manually you have no reference point. Changing a file that should include the letter C to a file that includes the letter D instead could be catastrophic! Whereas changing anything in the control panel only lets you make choices that will do no harm.
I’ve seen articles online telling you how to alphabetize your favorites menu using regedit. Alphabetizing your favorites menu by working in the control panel is very easy. So why would you want to risk your operating system altogether by doing something you can do while taking no risk? In short, the rule of thumb about tweaking your registry using a program such as regedit is: don’t do it!
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