Friday, May 02, 2008

How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B322756


Back up the registry

Guided Help to export registry keys and to back up the registry in Windows XP

Guided Help Guided Help is available to export registry keys and to back up the registry. Guided Help can automatically perform the steps for you.

The actions that this Guided Help performs cannot be undone after Guided Help is finished.

Requirements to install and to use this Guided Help
You must be logged on to Windows by using a computer administrator account to install and to use this Guided Help.
You must be running an English version of Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Media Center Edition, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition to install and to use this Guided Help.
You must first download Guided Help. To start, click the following link:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/)

Manual steps to back up the registry in Windows Vista or in Windows XP

Windows Vista

1.Click StartStart button, type systempropertiesprotection in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
User Access Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
2.Wait for Windows to search for available disks and most recent restore points. In the System Properties dialog box, on the System Protection tab, click Create,
3.Type a name for the restore point and then click Create.
4.After the restore point has been created successfully, click OK two times.
Note If System Restore is turned off, click to select the local disk, click Apply and then click Create.

Windows XP

1.Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and then click OK.
2.On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Create a restore point, and then click Next .
3. On the Create a Restore Point page, type a name for the restore point and then click Create
4.After the restore point has been created, click Close.
Note If System Restore is turned off, you receive a message that asks whether you want to turn on System Restore now. Click Yes. Then, in the System Properties dialog box, click to clear the Turn off System Restore check box, click OK, and then repeat this step.

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Restore the registry

Manual steps to restore the registry in Windows Vista or Windows XP

Use System Restore to undo registry changes in Windows Vista or in Windows XP

Windows Vista
1.Click StartStart button, type systempropertiesprotection in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
User Access Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
2.In the System Properties dialog box, on the System Protection tab, click System Restore,
3.In the System Restore dialog box select Choose a different restore point, and then click Next
4.Select the restore point that you want to use, and then click Next.
5.Confirm your restore point, and then click Finish System restore restores the selected Windows Vista configuration and then restarts the computer.
6.Log on to the computer. When the System Restore confirmation page appears, click OK..
Windows XP
1.Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\System32\Restore\Rstrui.exe, and then click OK.
2.On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next .
3. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the system checkpoint. In the On this list select the restore point area, click an entry that is named "Guided Help (Registry Backup)," and then click Next. If a System Restore message appears that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make, click OK.
4. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration and then restarts the computer.
5. Log on to the computer. When the System Restore confirmation page appears, click OK..


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