Backing up Windows® XP® Registry
Get to know more about backup registry of your Windows XP system
Windows-based operating systems are very popular because of their simplicity. Windows XP is no exception. Windows XP is light on system resources and is ideal for users who like to install very large numbers of applications on the system and execute them at the same time. Windows XP can be also customized to suit user requirements. Like all Windows based operating systems, even Windows XP has a registry. Registry of Windows OS is the place where all information regarding the working of the system are stored and accessed. This includes critical operating system information and also applications that users are installing on the system. Over time, registry entries tend to increase to great numbers and they might cause conflicts or clashes with each other. Any problems with the registry of your computer installed with Windows XP would directly affect the functioning of the system and cause problems such as blue screen errors, system freeze issues, application corruption problems and so on. Therefore, all Windows XP users are recommended to create backup of the registry of the system so that even if the registry of the system becomes corrupt or damaged, backed up copy can be used to get the system back to ideal working state.
The following gives users more information regarding tips to backup registry in Windows XP:
- Clean Registry
- Use Separate Software
- Run Antivirus Program
Before backing up registry of your system operating on Windows XP, users are advised to ensure that the registry of the system is totally clean. This means that users have to clean the registry of the system and clear off unwanted entries before taking backup. Backing up registry entries with inherent issues would be useless as they would not help to solve problems that prompt registry restoration.
Use Separate Software
All Windows XP users are advised to make use of separate software to create backup of the registry. Software such as Registry Mechanic can be installed on the system which creates backup of the registry without causing any harm. Manually creating the backup is not advised as any mistakes during backup creation may corrupt the registry and make the system inoperable.
When backing up the registry of Windows XP system, it is recommended that users run the antivirus program installed on the system. This should be done as a precautionary measure so that users would not backup an infected copy of the registry. An updated antivirus program or malware removal tool such as Norton Antivirus or Malwarebytes' antimalware must be used for this purpose.