So you did not head my advice and ran a registry cleaner or you are thinking of running a registry cleaner. What should you do first? Well you should backup your registry. This can be done in 2 ways. The first way is to create a system restore point details of which can be found at System Restore Frequently Asked Questions. Then if your system becomes unstable you can then hopefully restore your system to a time when it worked. The second method is to go to Start , Run and then type regedit You can then export a copy of the registry to a flash drive or other media so that if the worst happens and your computer becomes unstable then you are able to restore a copy of the registry from the backup that you made.Continue Reading
You are then able to pick a date to " rewind " your computer to a time when it was working properly
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If you are having issues getting system restore to work , try starting in safe mode.
You do this by pressing ( in most cases ) F8 when restarting your computer , you then have a choice to start your computer normally , safe mode , and networking. Try safe mode.
If you cannot run System Restore in Safe Mode , you may have serious issues which need further consideration and usually means Windows is damaged or infected.Continue Reading