Get Perfect Copies Of Your Windows Registry (for XP and Newer)

January 26, 2015

Registry Backup is a program by Tweaking.com that has the ability to use the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service to make a perfect copy of your Windows registry. Tweaking.com recently upgraded the program (to v2.0).

I have featured this utility on the blog in the past and due to its’ powerful ability to backup the registry (in an easy way) on computers from Windows XP to 8.1 I thought it necessary to remind my readers of the importance of this program. Registry Backup is available as a Windows install or as a portable app (which is ideal for you troubleshooters out there).

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If you wondering what the Volume Shadow Copy Service is, then CLICK HERE. Microsoft recommends using the Volume Shadow Copy Service to backup up the registry. This grabs a complete backup of the registry hives as they are (in their current real-time state); thus, giving you that perfect registry backup.

Below is a video that demonstrates and explains Registry Backup 

Key Features:

  •  The program is 100% free.
  •  One click backup and restore.
  •  Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
  •  Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
  •  Automatic cleanup of older backups.
  •  Set and control scheduling options.
  •  Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
  •  Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
  •  Detailed logs are saved with each backup.
  •  Multiple easy restore options.
  •  Online videos showing how to use the program and how to use the different restore options.

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Must Have Software To Backup The Windows Registry

December 26, 2014

The Windows operating system is dependent on a built in component called the registry that is a centralized storage (database) area that all-in-all manages the operation of your Windows computer. The registry stores and manages your Windows system configuration, computer hardware, information about installed programs, program associations and user preferences. I often refer to the registry as the brain of Windows.

During the operation of your computer, Windows continually references the registry, via a structured hierarchy of keys, subkeys, and named values; to ensure the consistent operation of your computer. For example, when you install hardware and/or software on your computer, the registry is often accessed and modified. The registry can also be manually edited with the right amount of understanding and expertise. The whole point here is that the registry is a sensitive part of the operating system and can be corrupted due to a bad hardware/software install, improper editing by the user and most commonly through a malware infection.

To bail out of these type of situations, most users will often use Windows Restore, in an attempt to recover the system; however, I have found through experience that the Windows Restore is not always the answer and does not always work (especially if it is a malware infection).

A solution that I use is a utility, made by Tweaking.com, called Registry Backup. This utility has been specifically developed to backup the registry either manually or automatically (at scheduled intervals). With this utility I typically backup the registry prior to any software installs, hardware installs and/or Windows Updates (which also can cause issues). In the event a problem occurs, you can restore the registry via one of the backups that you created; and, if you are saavy enough to understand the registry it is possible to backup only specific areas of the registry with this utility.

Registry Backup

This program contains the follow features:

  • One click backup and restore.
  • Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
  • Can restore from the Windows Recovery Console
  • Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
  • Automatic cleanup of older backups.
  • Set and control scheduling options.
  • Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
  • Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
  • Detailed logs are saved with each backup.
  • Multiple easy restore options.
  • Online videos showing how to use the program and how to use the different restore options.

Windows XP/Vista/7/8 — 32-bit program. Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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A FREE Registry Backup Tool For Windows 8

January 3, 2013

Just talking about the Windows Registry can make the hair stand up on one’s neck; however, if you work in IT there is a high probability, at some point, you will need to dissect the registry to make a system configuration change or to repair a registry setting that has been targeted by malware.

To those who have no idea of what I am talking about; the best and simplest definition I could find to describe the Windows Registry, for those at home, was at WikipediA.

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Most folks at home are unaware of the registry and the method to edit the registry; which should only be performed by the skilled hands of a computer tech. To put the registry into perspective; ”mess up the registry and you mess up the operation of your computer”.

This is why backing up the registry should be part of your backup strategy. A program, that is FREE, I recently started to use for registry backups is called Registry Backup (go figure) by Tweaking.com .

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Registry Backup

When I upgraded to Windows 8 I wanted to make sure I had a compatible registry backup program and Registry Backup was the surefire solution.  Note:  Registry Backup is compatible with Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7 & 8 (32 & 64 Bit).

I recently started using this program for several primary reasons:

Registry Backup uses the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service to backup your system registry, which allows for perfect backups of the registry files and profiles on your computer.

Registry Backup is a full scale backup and restore program that has the ability to restore a backup from safe mode.

Registry Backup has a built-in scheduling option that can perform unattended backups.

I particularly keep registry backups around in the event of a malware infection, which in today’s world of computer, the registry becomes a prime target.  Also, during those rare occasions where I do make registry edits, I feel more comfortable making the edits knowing my bacon is covered with Registry Backup.

 Registry BackupFeatures List:

  • The program is 100% free.
  • One click backup and restore.
  • Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
  • Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
  • Automatic cleanup of older backups.
  • Set and control scheduling options.
  • Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
  • Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
  • Detailed logs are saved with each backup.
  • Multiple easy restore options.
  • Online videos showing how to use the program and how to use the different restore options.

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A FREE Tool to Backup The Windows Registry in a Few Seconds

November 21, 2010

Built into the Windows Operating System is a central hierarchical database, called the Registry, that is the lifeblood of the operating system. Any corruption to that database can, and will, result in an operating system failure. The registry, dynamic in operation, stores the information that controls every aspect of your computer. Windows continually references, and writes to the registry, and is important in maintaining the overall health and integrity of the operating system (and your computer).

What I am trying to say, to those who are trying to understand, the Registry is one of the most important aspects of Windows. As a result, it is as important to regularly backup the registry as it is to backup your personal files. Windows does maintain backups of the registry with its’ System Restore utility; however, from my experience I question its’ integrity.

To backup the Windows Registry, I use a third party tool called Regbak – Registry Backup & Restore Tool. I typically run Regbak prior to any software I install on my computer or at least once a week. Regbak is a light-weight and simple to use utility that creates backups of the Registry files to a location of your choice. In the event the Registry on your computer becomes corrupted simply open the backup destination folder and run the restore utility called Regres. Typically, you would run the restore utility in such instances where your computer has become trashed as a result of a malware infection and/or as a result of a software install that went south.

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An Easy Way to Backup the Windows Registry

September 2, 2010

Ah yes, the Windows Registry… In comparison to the human body where our brain is the data storage component that controls our thoughts and bodily processes; the Windows registry is similar in this fashion. Just like the brain, if injury or damage occurs to the registry, the impact can be great and ultimately result in a crash of your computer.

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third party applications all make use of the Registry. The registry also provides a means to access counters for profiling system performance. – [Source: Wikipedia]

Now the good to this is that the Windows registry can be backed up (even sections of it) and the backups can be used to restore or heal the registry. I am a big advocate of backing up my registry on my computer; especially when installing or testing software. These backups are also especially helpful in the event of a malware infection where malware will hook into the registry unbeknownst to the user and will ultimately cause havoc.

Backing up and/or restoring the Windows registry is a process that is not an easy process. I know of many techs that even get the jitters when you even talk about the registry.  The Windows Restore function, does try to perform backups of registry changes so that the user can try to recover from a mishap; however, in my opinion this is not the most reliable option.

If you want an easy way to backup your Windows’ Registry, I suggest using ERUNTgui .

ERUNTgui is a graphic user interface for the popular registry backup and restore program “ERUNT” created by Lars Hederer.

ERUNT – current versions 1.1j are still compatible with Windows 7, but as in Vista, they will only work correctly if you turn off User Account Control in Windows’ Control Panel (move the slider to the lowest position).

This utility is pretty easy to use. Simply select, “Backup The Registry” and you will be prompted for a location to save your backup. Once the backup is saved, you can also use ERUNTgui to perform a restore in the event your registry becomes corrupted. There is also an “Optimize the Registry” button; however, if you do try this, make a backup of the registry first.  See, I even get the jitters when I know I am messing with the registry.

ERUNT.gui can also be used as a portable app on your flash drive. I currently have this utility in my tech toolbox and will often use it to make a registry backup on other computers that I know I will be getting down and dirty with.

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