Backup and Restore Your Registry

I have been giving lectures on how to edit registry. But I never talked even a single word
about backing up or restoring the registry. Well, it is my honest mistake. I admit it. One
incident prompted me to write this section. I received an mail from “Ajith Kumar" who while
editing his system registry, accidently changed the file associations. Well, thank God, it was
not a major one! But what would have happened if he had done something else?? So this time
I'm not taking any chances. You back it up or not, here is my tip to backup and restore your
system reg settings.
We use the XP Backup utility for backing up the registry . To get this utility go to: START[1]
PROGRAMS[1] ACCESSORIES[1] SYSTEM TOOLS[1] BACKUP. The wizard will launch,
Then click next.

Choose BACKUP FILES AND SETTINGS. Click next. Choose LET ME
CHOOSE WHAT TO BACKUP. Click next. Expand the section for MY COMPUTER (click
the minus sign next to it) and place a check mark in the box next to SYSTEM STATE
DATA. Add the drive containing XP or at least the WINDOWS folder. However this does
add considerable time and size to the backup.Click next. Now choose a place to store the info
and name it. If you are proficcient, you may choose a different type of backup by using the
advanced tab.
Now let us see how to restore the backed up reg in case of an emergency:
Go to START[1] PROGRAMS[1]ACCESSORIES[1]SYSTEM TOOLS[1]BACKUP. The
wizard will launch, Now click on the ADVANCED button. Click on the RESTORE
WIZARD button. Click next on the following screen. Choose the backup you want. Follow
the remaining screens. Done
Most probably you don’t see the Backup option in XP Home. Put the XP CD in the drive and
exit out of the screen that pops up. Go to My Computer and Right Click on the Drive
containing the XP CD. Please choose Explore. Now click on the following file
VALUEADD[1] MSFT[1] NTBACKUP[1] NTBACKUP Installer.


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