Windows® XP® Registry
Why to backup and restore the registry in Windows XP?
Windows XP comes with an advanced tool called the registry editor. The registry editor is useful for viewing and changing settings in your system registry. It usually contains information about how your computer has to be run. Entire settings of the system are stored in these registry files. Data from your user account names and passwords to the important system settings are stored in these files. Thus, it is important to keep the registry safe. Windows XP users are thus advised to take a backup and restore the registry. They are advised to do so as any incorrect changes in the registry could break your system. So, you need to take care of taking backup of registry before editing the registry files.
Here are some tips to backup and restore registry in Microsoft Windows XP:
- Backup by exporting
- Using the system restore
- Backup using utility
Backup by exporting
If you are attempting to make changes to a specific branch of the registry, then you could use the backup by exporting method. You could follow some simple steps to make this possible. First of all, you need to type in 'regedit.exe' in the 'Run' command box. Then, you need to locate those keys which contain value which you need to edit. Then, make a right-click on the key and choose the 'Export' command. Now, select the location where registry entries are to be saved in the 'Save In' box. Finally, you need to type the specific file name and click the 'Save' button. To undo the registry changes made, you need to save the REG file in a safe location. By just double-clicking the REG file, you could restore the settings.
Using the system restore
You could create a System Restore snapshot to backup the registry. You could get your computer restores to a previous point without lose of any details in your system like personal information, such as documents, history lists, favorites, or e-mail. The restore function could monitor the computer and many applications for changes and creates restore points. When your configuration isn't working, then you could restore these snapshots. If you want to rollback the registry changes made a longtime ago, then this method is unreliable for you. The System Restore might have purged that particular restore point.
You can use the NTBackup Utility to backup the entire registry. The tool is useful for system using the Microsoft like Windows XP operating system. You can run the utility and then select the option to back up the system state. The registry, the COM+ Class Registration Database, and your boot files are included in the system state.