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How to Backup and Restore Registry Settings in Windows XP

Here are the ways to back-up your Windows XP Registry, manually:

Method 1 – By making a System Restore Point :

Hit on Create a Restore Point option after visiting Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. Hit Next and type some identification for saving that restore, e.g. PreModifiedRegistry. Now click OK and it’s done.

So, if you want to restore the registry now, then just locate that restore point and it will be done automatically e.g. here it is PreModifiedRegistry.

Method 2 – Using Regedit :

Visit Start > Run, write regedit and click the Enter button. Then go to the File > Export, write the identification for the registry file, then select the desired path to save it and hit OK / Save.

And, to restore that registry file, just open the .reg file by double clicking on it that you just exported by using the above method.

Method 3 – Using Windows XP’s Backup Utility :

Visit Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools and then Backup, and choose System Data State option to backup the COM+ Class Registration Databases, registry files and the boot files.

Now to restore that registry file from that backup file, use the below procedure:

  1. Launch again the backup utility (as did above) and hit on Advanced Mode option. Now choose Restore and Manage Media
  2. Locate the backup file, to restore
  3. Tick on System State option. In the Restore Files To window, and choose Original Location
  4. Visit Tools > Menu > Options, then click on Always replace the files on my computer option. It is mandatory, otherwise it will confirm everytime to replace each file (there are several files to be replaced in this step).
  5. Hit the OK button
  6. Hit on Start Restore. Some warning window will appear, stating Restoring System State will always overwrite current System… etc.. Overwrite it by hitting the OK button, and again OK to the Confirm that Restore window.

After adopting the steps mentioned above, the restoring process will be started, which could take a few moments to complete, depending upon your computer’s hardware configuration.

Al last, you’ll have to shut down and re-start your computer.

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