Don’t Try to Tweak the Windows 8.1 Registry, Microsoft Warns

The company is trying to keep users away from changes that could affect system performance

By Bogdan Popa on July 5th, 2013 05:09 GMT

Since it’s just a testing version of what’s to come for Windows users, the new Windows 8.1 Preview indeed has some bugs or lacks specific features, so those more experienced turn to the registry to tweak their operating systems.

Microsoft, on the other hand, claims that this isn’t such a good idea, as this could in the end affect the overall performance and stability of the system.

Talking about a tweak to change the root folder of SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 Preview, a company engineer explained that some registry modifications could even led to important data losses.

“To everyone trying to monkey with the registry. Please, don't,” he said.

“If there were a simple fix to reset the folder, we'd have provided it. The last thing we want is for users to lose their data, and there are ways that you can delete your data by doing this. Or if you are going to do so, please take precautions with your data, and know that what you are doing is not merely unsupported, it's downright discouraged.”

Microsoft has promised to make several changes in the final version of Windows 8.1, thus trying to address customer feedback and make the operating system a bit more familiar.

And still, some of the features requested by users might not be part of the final release, the Microsoft engineer explained, especially because the company is first trying to deal with options that have higher priority.

“For obvious reasons, we simply can't promise future features. They may be harder to implement that expected. Some EVEN HIGHER priority issue might arise and steal our developer time until the next release. We may all contract the flu and be out during the push to the final release,” he explained.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Windows 8.1 update is projected to reach RTM as soon as August, while general availability is prepared for October.
Microsoft wants users to stay away from registry tweaks
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