Importance of backing up registry files in Windows® XP®
What are the various methods to backup registry files in Windows XP?
Windows Registry is the central database of a system. The registry consists of a bulk of information related to the system. The various files include applications running on the system, driver details, software information, user details etc. Windows XP registry files are a storage area for all components working on Windows XP. Windows Registry is framed with two important components, such as registry keys and registry values. Any corruption to the registry causes severe damage to the Operating System. The corrupt files prevent you from loading the Operating System. But virus attacks or intruders cause system registry to get corrupt. So Windows Registry file backup is necessary when a virus attack affects the system.
Discussed below are some points to backing up registry files on Windows XP:
- Features of registry files
- Need to backup registry files
- Instructions for Windows registry backup
Features of registry files
Registry files are a vital part of the system. The registry carries information about various hardware and software components including Operating System information. The registry keys and registry values are important components of Windows Registry. All existing applications on a system can be found in the registry area. A user with administrator privileges has the right to open Windows Registry.
Need to backup registry files
The backup function of Windows Registry is vital since the corruption of Windows Registry can cause issues with the Operating System. Various virus attacks on the system can cause corruption of Windows Registry. This situation affects the system badly. Also, the backup function is helpful when the Operating System crashes. You can easily restore the registry. The backup of Windows Registry is vital before you try to edit registry values.
Only a user with administrator privileges has the right to backup the system registry. The backup function in Windows XP includes the following steps: Click 'Start'. Select 'All Programs'. Choose 'Accessories' from the menu. Then select 'System Tools'. Click on the 'Backup' option. Select the ‘Backup files and Settings’ option. Then choose the ‘All information on this computer’. Also select a position for storing the backup data. Then click 'Finish'. All the registry values will be stored in the prescribed location. You can then retrieve the data when needed.