How to Backup Registry
Registry cleaner software is scanning your registry and removing keys from improperly uninstalled software. It could be that the cleaners will remove keys that they think them unnecessary, or malicious, but the fact is that you still need them. In such a case, you need to restore the backed up copy.
This article talks about how to backup registry.
To backup registry manually means that you save to registry file as a backup. You can do this from the Windows Registry Editor using the Export command. You can also go to directory c:\windows\system32\config, the registry files are: SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE and SYSTEM files.
The manually way to backup registry is not recommended for most users. The other options to use are using Windows build-in features like Windows System Restore or using a third party tool like registry cleaner software.
Windows System Restore
Windows XP periodically records restore points of your computer system changes. You can also create a restore point at any time by yourself. If you install any software that made errors in your computer, or make it slow, you can restore to the previous well known snapshot.
Good registry cleaner software should support integration with the Windows System Restore, which will simplify the process.
How to Backup Registry when Cleaning the Registry?
Registry cleaner software should ask you before you start scanning, if you want to backup your registry. Use this feature instead doing it yourself. Some of them may have an option to make a backup on schedule based, which is the most recommended.
Registry cleaner software may remove keys that you need, so it is very important that you can restore the registry to previous state.
The advantage of using a commercial tool is that it has support, and you don’t need to handle it by yourself, and if the tool is supporting full backup of the registry, this is the best solution.
Good commercial Registry Cleaner Software should have the options of:
• Registry Backup – This will be a backup full registry. Verify it does a full backup and not only partially for the deleted keys etc.
• Restore Point – Use the Windows System Restore feature to restore for different restore point in the past.
When using Registry cleaner software, you should not ask yourself how to backup registry any more, it should be handled by the software for you.
Backing the registry is recommended to do before you install new software or make changes to the registry. You should avoid asking yourself how to backup registry and let automated process do it for you. If the change to the registry does something bad to Windows Registry, then you can restore the backed up version of the registry. It is very important and recommended that you make a registry backup regularly.