How To Backup Your Windows Registry
To put it simply, a windows registry is basically just a huge database of
records. This database stores every single hardware & software configuration,
settings on your computer. It is organized in a hierarchical model and can
contain hundreds of thousands of entries.
You usually will not need to fix or clean the windows registry when your
computer is new. However, after a period of time depending on the usage of your
computer, you may need to perform some registry cleaning to remove unnecessary
and obsolete entries.
The windows registry grows in size primarily because of new hardware and
software programs being installed on the computer. Even a simple plugin for
your internet explorer such as flash or quicktime is recorded in the windows
There are some software programs and drivers that do not remove the entries
from the windows registry when it is being uninstalled. As a result, they
become obsolete and taking up memory space on your computer.
The windows registry contains thousands of entries which can be difficult to
understand and sometimes unreadable and I would recommend not to clean the
windows registry manually unless you know what you are doing.
I recommend using a registry cleaner to do the job such as error doctor as
it do it faster than a human can.
Nevertheless, whether you are cleaning the windows registry manually or
using a software, you must back up the registry first before cleaning. It is
actually a good idea to backup the windows registry periodically, the same
thing you do with your backup.
To backup your registry in windows XP/2000, click on 'start', click on 'run'
and type in 'regedit'. The windows registry will open. Then click on 'File' and
select 'Export'. Another windows will open and you can specify the name and the
location to save the registry.
There are 2 important points to note here. Make sure the file type is set to
'Registration Files (*.reg)'. You do not want to want to save as txt as you
will not be able to import the registry file in the event that your windows
registry is corrupted.
The second point is to click on the radio button 'All' in the export range
options at the bottom of the windows. You want to backup the entire registry
file, not just part of it.
It is also recommended you backup the registry file to another computer or
to a diskette or CD. Sometimes when the windows registry is corrupted, you may
not be able to boot into windows at all.
The windows registry is one of the most critical files on your computer, so
make sure you backup a copy and only edit or remove an entry in the registry if
you know what you are doing.
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