Don't Take Advice from Bloggers
If you can get past my attention-grabbing blog post title, you should take my advice and ignore advice from blogs and forums on remedies for advanced technical computer problems.
In the process of researching issues with Windows XP SP3 installation, compatibility and performance, I spoke with a number of industry experts. Their affiliations included Microsoft, Dell Technical Support, and The Geek Squad. I also scanned some industry and technical magazines, forums and blogs.
In many blog comments and forum posts, I was shocked to find high-risk, but authoritatively-stated fixes to Blue Screen of Death and Windows Registry problems. Far too often, those detailed technical recommendations were not checked for typos or were authored by someone unknowingly giving bad advice.
The average non-technical computer user gets flustered when his or her computer has a serious, unexpected malfunction. At that point, they are in the greatest danger of acting on bad advice and making their unfortunate situation worse.
Non-technical computer users should leave the editing of the Windows Registry (and comparable tasks) to a qualified technician. They should not try to make these highly technical changes from recommendations in a forum post or blog comment.
Forums and blogs offer a lot of invaluable information, but in critical situations, only follow their advice when you are sure of every detail.
If your computer problem is related to a Windows XP SP3 installation, contact Microsoft and request their free technical support.
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