How to take registry backup in Microsoft® Windows® Vista OS
Softwares available to take backup of registry in Microsoft Windows Vista OS?
The system registry is the critical component present on the computers. The registry stores the information regarding the various system components as registry values. The corruption or alteration in the registry values can cause the stop working of the system. Thus the user should be careful while altering the registry contents. The corruptions or the issues with the Operating Systems also damage the registry. The user should backup the system registry using any of the available methods. Microsoft Windows Operating Systems includes some in built features to backup the registry. Apart from the utilities available with the Operating Systems, the user can also use the third party software for backing up the registry. Some of the available software tools for backing up the registry are Registry Mechanic, Vit registry backup, RegKey backup, Comodo, Erunt etc. The user should take care while downloading and using these software since the presence of false positives along with the valid softwares is more nowadays. These software will support in taking the complete backup or backup only the registry hive contents according to the instructions of the user.
Discussed below are some methods to take registry backup for Microsoft Windows Vista OS:
- Steps for manual backup
- Registry backup using various tools
- Alternative methods to backup the registry
Steps for manual backup
The user should click on 'start' menu at Microsoft Windows Vista OS enabled computer screen and select the 'run' option. Type 'regedit' at the text area provided and click 'enter' key. Microsoft Windows registry editor window will appear and the user should click on the 'file' option at the top of the window. Then select the 'export' option from the drop down menu. In the export option window select the export option to all and then provide a location and name the file. Then click 'ok' and wait till the exporting completes. The file will now be exported to a location specified by the user. The user can copy and save the file to any other storage devices for avoiding risks.
Registry backup using various tools
The user can also take the backup of the registry on Microsoft Windows Vista OS enabled computer using various tools or softwares. Microsoft itself provides such options for Microsoft Windows Vista OS users by including the complete PC backup and restore utility along with the Operating System. The user can use those tools provided by the Microsoft for backing up the system registry. There are also some third party tools available for the users to take the backup of the registry. Install and use them after verifying their valid nature and also check the compatibility to work on Microsoft Windows Vista OS supported computers.
The user can restore the registry contents that are corrupted or changed while altering the values without the help of any back up tools or by importing the backed up data. The user can restore the registry contents along with the other system files and programs using the system restore utility available with Microsoft Windows Vista OS based computers. Using this feature the user can restore the system data including the registry to a previous state of the system.
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