Information Avenue Registry Backup (Windows XP)

All of your computer's settings, configurations, special instructions, and more are stored in your Windows Registry. It's the heart and soul of Windows. It's the database from which Windows receives its instructions. It's good to make sure you keep a backup of your registry. But only make a backup of your registry if you are not having computer problems.

First you'll need to start REGEDIT (Windows Built-In Registry Editor). To start it, click Start/Run and type in "regedit" (without the quotes of course). You'll see a window like the one below in Figure #1. Right-click on any of the "folders" in the left pane (it doesn't matter which one) and choose "Export" from the drop-down menu which appears when you right click.

Figure #1

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Browse to location you wish to save your Registry back-up and give it a recognizable name. If you have more than one hard drive or more than one partition, don't save this back-up on the save drive with Windows. If you have only one hard drive or only one partition burn it to CD and label the CD. We recommend using a CD-RW disk or USB key or flash drive so you can add more back-ups to it. Keep in mind that these backup files can get quite large (the one we did here was 75 Megabytes). So for most of us, saving this file to floppy is not an option. Besides most new computer don't even come with a floppy drive anymore. Key or Flash drives are very inexpensive and very handy. Think about investing in one or two :)

Figure #2

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Figure #3

If you should ever need to restore you registry, find the backup and right-click it.
Select "Merge" and say yes when asked if you're sure you wish to merge the data
into your registry. Use this only if you're sure your computer was running well
at the time you made the backup.

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