Backup And Restore Registry In Windows® XP And Windows Vista®


The Windows® registry system is a centralized storehouse cum database for the computer system that serves to keep a record of software and settings along with user preferences and hardware specifications. It is an integral part of the computer because it is referred to on a continuous basis by the Windows® operating system. Without a registry, a Windows® system would cease to function altogether. Hence, the registry is a critical element of the computer system and it makes sense to keep a backup of the same to use in events of failure.


In this article we will be outlining the following:




  • Backing Up and Restoring Registry for Windows® XP

  • Backing Up and Restoring Registry for Windows Vista®



Backing Up and Restoring Registry for Windows® XP



To back up registry for Windows® XP, you must be logged on as an administrator to perform all these steps. Click Start and then click Run. Type in system32 in the Run command box and click OK. Navigate to find the folder named “restore” and double click to open the folder. Locate the file named “rstrui.exe” and then double click to open the file. You should see a “Welcome to System Restore” page. Click on the “Create a restore point” button and then click next. On the next page, titled “Create a Restore Point”, provide any suitable name for the new system restore point to be created and click Create. Once you get a confirmation that the restore point has been created, click Close. The registry for Windows® XP is now provided with backed up. You may receive an automatic message asking if you want to turn on System Restore now. In that case, click Yes. Next, you will see a box titled “System Properties”, click to clear checkbox called “Turn off System Restore”, click OK, and repeat the steps. To restore the registry for Windows® XP, follow these steps. Click Start and then click Run. Type in system32 in the run box and click OK. Navigate to find the folder named “restore” and double click to open the folder. Locate the file named “rstrui.exe” and then double click to open the file. You will see a “Welcome to System Restore” page. Click on the “Restore my computer to an earlier time” button and then click next. Now, you should be able to see a “Select a Restore Point” page, click on the “System Checkpoint”. Go to “On this list select the restore point” and click the option/entry called "Guided Help (Registry Backup) and click Next. A “System Restore” message outlining the changes about to be made should appear, click OK. On the next page titled, “Confirm Restore Point Selection”, click next. The system will now be restored to a state copied from a previous point in time and will be restarted. Log on to the computer and click OK on the “System Restore confirmation” page. The registry for Windows® XP has now been restored.



Backing Up and Restoring Registry for Windows Vista®



Follow the steps as outlined below to back up registry for Windows Vista®. Click Start and type “regedit” into the Search box an then press Enter. Provide the administrator password if prompted for it. You should now see the “Registry Editor” window on your screen. In the Registry Editor, click on the File menu and click Export. In the resulting save box, select an appropriate name and location to save the registry backup. Click on the “Export Range” radio button to change it to “All” and then click Save. Close the “Registry Editor”. The registry for Windows Vista® has now been backed up. To restore registry for Windows Vista® follow these steps. You must be logged on as an administrator to perform all the steps mentioned. Click Start and then right click on the “Computer” and select Properties. Clicking on the “Advanced System Settings” will cause the “System Properties” window to show up. Select the System Protection tab and click “System Restore”. Select the appropriate restore point and click next. Confirm the restore point that and then click Finish System restore. This will restore the registry and Windows Vista® configurations and the computer will restart automatically. Log in to the computer and click OK on the System Restore confirmation page. The registry for Windows Vista® has now been restored.







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