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You should be backing up all of your data and photos regularly. But if you don't, a third item you should have high on your priority list for regular backups is your Windows Registry. This is the huge database that tells your computer how to run. Without it, you have an expensive paperweight.
Most backup programs allow you to back up the Registry automatically. If not, you can easily do it manually. Here's how:
• Click Start > Run.
• In the box, enter "regedit" (without the quotes). Click OK.
• In the Registry, click File > Export (or Registry > Export Registry File (in Windows 98). Navigate to your backup medium (CD drive or ThumbDisk). It could be drive D:\ or E:\, depending on your setup.
• Name the file and click Save. (-Example:- 05-2-1 BU of Registry -)
You don't need to back up Windows or your applications, such as Microsoft Word. If the worst happens, you can always re-install those programs. But the information you create must be protected.
FILES YOU SHOULD BACKUP:
Just to be extra safe, make sure to copy ALL of the important stuff on
your computer to a CD-ROM, DVD, thumb drive, external hard drive, or
whatever. You can never have too many backups.
In particular, make sure to backup your:
- Bank records and other financial information
- Digital photographs
- Software you purchased and downloaded from the Internet
- Software you didn't purchase but still download
- Your illegal MP3s and legal iTunes files
- Personal projects and other "My Documents" stuff
- Your e-mail address book and calendar
- Your enemies list
- Your browser's bookmarks or favorites list
Again, you'll probably not need this backup. But you can never be too safe.
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May 6, 2005