In Windows NT, 2000, or XP, how do I back up the registry?

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Windows NT 2000 XP Registry back backup
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Under certain circumstances, you may need to restore the Windows
registry from a backup file. For best results,
UITS recommends that you create this backup file, as well
as backups of other important documents, at a time when your computer
is problem-free.

To back up the registry in Windows NT, 2000, or
XP, choose one of the options below, and follow the
appropriate steps:

With Regedit

  1. From the Start menu, select Run... .

  2. In the "Open:" field, enter  regedit , then
    click OK.

  3. In the Registry Editor window, from the
    Registry menu, select Export Registry File... .

  4. In the Export Registry File dialog box, in the "File
    name:" field, enter a name for your registry file (e.g.,
     regbackup , or
     registry ).

  5. If you wish to select a destination folder other than the
    default, from the drop-down menu next to "Save in:", select your
    preferred destination.

  6. Click Save.

With System Restore

In Windows XP, you may use the System Restore feature to make a backup
of the registry. For more information, see the Knowledge Base
documents In Windows Me or XP, how can I save my computer's configuration for use in a System Restore? and In Windows Me or XP, how can I restore my computer to a previous configuration? Although the
System Restore feature does not mention the registry by that name, it
does in fact create a backup of the registry.

With the Backup tool

In Windows 2000 and XP, you may use the Backup tool to create backup
copies of the registry. Since the Backup tool is designed to save all
the data on your computer, in order to make a backup file of only the
registry, you will need to restrict the backup to what Microsoft calls
the "System State". To run this tool, follow the steps below:
  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs (in
    Windows 2000, select Programs), then Accessories,
    then System Tools, and then Backup.

    Note: In Windows XP, the default desktop
    view and Start menu are quite different than they are in the Windows
    Classic View (e.g., in Windows 2000). Therefore, navigating
    to certain items may be different in XP; for example, the path from
    the Start menu to the Control Panel in the default XP view is simply
    Start, then Control Panel, whereas in the Classic
    View it is Start, then Settings, then Control
    . In the interest of broad applicability, most
    instructions in the Knowledge Base assume that you are using the
    Classic View. There are several steps you can take to switch from the
    Windows XP default view to the Windows Classic View. For more
    information, see the Knowledge Base document In Windows XP, how do I switch to the Windows Classic View, Classic theme, or Classic Control Panel?

  2. If the Backup window appears, click the Backup
    Wizard (Advanced)
    button (Backup Wizard in Windows

  3. When the Backup Wizard dialog box appears, click


  4. Select Only back up the System State data, then click

  5. In Windows XP:

    • In the "Choose a place to save your backup:" field, enter a
      location in which to save the backup file.
    • In the "Type a name for this backup:" field, type a name for the
      backup file.

    In Windows 2000:
    • In the "Backup media or file name:" field, enter a location and
      filename for the backup file.

    Note: Since the file will be fairly large, you may
    want to choose an option other than the default, such as your
    CFS account, a Zip disk, or a blank CD. If you choose to
    save the backup to your hard drive, you may lose this file if you
    reformat your computer without saving it onto removable storage media
  6. Click Next.

  7. The next window will display a summary of your choices. If there
    are any mistakes, click Back to go back and make
    corrections. Otherwise, click Finish.

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