Back-Up Windows 7 and 8 Registry

By | August 23, 2014

The Administrator of the computer is the only account that can change system settings. Administrators create 2 accounts for themselves. One is the admin account which has system privileges and the other is a user account for day-to-day computing.

The admin account is able to install / uninstall software, change computer settings, delete other user accounts, and perform maintenance.

As a matter of fact if a normal user wants to install or download a program, such as a game the system will prompt for the administrative password. If that normal user is not privy to the password then the system will not allow the download.

The Computer Administrator Privileges.
File Association Disaster.
Back up Windows 7 Registry – Short Video
How to Restore the Registry.
Microsoft Adopts Apple’s Business Plan.
Back up Windows 8 Registry. 

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File Association Disaster.

In every Windows operating system the registry keys or hive is a common factor. It controls the hardware, software, and the overall environment and interface. If incorrectly altered it will cause serious damage resulting in booting issues, applications missing dynamic-link library (.dll) files, file corruption, and data loss. This reminds me of an issue I encountered running WinXP.

Should have known better

I uninstalled Dragon Naturally Speaking (it stopped working properly) and a few days later I tried to run a program which didn’t have any files associated to Dragon (so I thought). An error message stating “The program can’t start because xxxx.dll is missing from your computer.”

So, I’m profusely brainstorming trying to figure out what I changed on the system. Then I remembered. At the time I uninstalled Dragon the system prompted me that if I removed certain files other applications might be affected and may not work properly.

I clicked the Ok button anyway and now I’m paying the price. I was green and unfamiliar with the back office of the computer sort of speak, so I did some research (I should have dug deeper) and downloaded a .dll file from the Internet. I’m basically a DIY person, so I accessed the registry and proceeded to load it into the related subkey.  I overcame and conquered. Right? Wrong!

Well, I restarted my computer. It failed to boot to Windows and I was struck with a blank screen with the curser blinking in the left corner of my monitor.  Long story short I restored my computer to factory settings.  Now, I said all of that to say this, I didn’t back up my registry and I paid the price by losing all my files, pics, documents, favorites, etc. Always, but always back up the registry first before any installation.

Back up Windows 7 Registry – Short Video

Backing up the Windows Registry keys is level 1 difficulty (1 being the least complicated).
These instructions can be performed on Windows 7 as well as Vista. Backup up the registry or the subkey(s) prior to making any changes.

1.) Click Start > Run > type “regedit” in the Open field

2.) The User Account Control window will display > Left click Yes.

Windows 7 Run Command

Windows 7 Run Command

3.) Click File > then Export.

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Registry Editor

 

4.) In the Dialog box choose the location to save the backup copy (Desktop or USB) > Type in a file name which  I suggest should be something in reference to the registry for easy remembrance  and enter it into the File Name field.

Best practice would be to save in a location off  the local computer, such as a USB. I say off the local computer because if the computer fails to boot to the desktop the backup registry file will be in a safe location. This will allow you a work around and access Safe Mode and import the file.

Export Registry Editor

Export Dialog box

 

5.) Click Save.

6.) Done!


How to Restore the Registry

1.) Click Start > Run > type regedit in the Open field > Enter the Administrator password if prompted.

2.) In the Registry Editor > Click File > Import.

3.) In the Dialog box choose the location (desktop or insert the USB) where you previously saved the backup copy > Click on the backup copy > then  click Open.

 

Registry Editor Import Dialog box
 Import Dialog box

4.) Done!

Note:  You can either back up the entire registry or just a subkey(s).


Microsoft Adopts Apple’s Business Plan

Windows 8 is a different animal, but yet the same in reference to its registry keys. Rather than just jump to backing up Windows 8 registry let’s analyze what’s occurring today and what ails me. We all should be aware the operating systems, such as Windows 7, Vista, and yes Windows 8. Microsoft is moving faster than we can keep up. Can you believe there’s already a new version of Windows 8 namely 8.1?

You see for yourself operating systems have a shelf life. I for one was extremely disappointed when WinXP was retired, but technology is relentless when it comes to innovations, it reminds of New York City because it never sleeps or takes a break. So, we move on especially if we don’t have a choice.

Microsoft image

I believe Microsoft the world’s largest software company is moving in the directions of Apple meaning more proprietary and restrictive. Consumers don’t have a choice but to purchase specific software and hardware to ensure compatibility; just like Apple. Me, I preferred the freedom of choosing various hardware / software from different vendors or open source (shared publically) and knew I’d have no issues with compatibility, now that’s gone by the way side.

Microsoft is basically adopted Apple’s “ecosystem” business plan and will probably turn around the fortunes of the company.  Apple operating system is great and many people buy their products; no doubt; however, I never liked the fact that to own an Apple you had to purchase apple components only.

I enjoyed the Microsoft Windows versatility. I guess I’m like the typical American and prefer choices and don’t relish the thought of being cornered, but if Microsoft is taking on Apple’s business practices then what’s the difference? I must conform to the trend. What are your thoughts?

I apologize for my rant now back to backing up Windows 8.

Back up Windows 8 Registry

 Backup the registry prior to making any changes to the registry or subkeys.

1.) Swipe from right to the edge of the screen and tap “Search.”

2.) In Search type “regedit” > hit Enter. Enter the Administrator password if prompted.

3.) Locate the registry key(s) or subkey to back up.

4.) Click File > Export

5.) Select the location where you want to save the file on desktop or on external USB in the Dialog box and enter a related name for the file in the File Name field.

6.) Click Save.

7.) Done!

The only task you must remember is to always back up the Registry before any editing to ensure your computer runs efficiently and without interruption.


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    This is a great tip, the cause of many computer problems is registry corruption. Frequent registry backups can easily be stored as the backups don’t take up much space. I recommend creating a number of registry backups and a few restore points and regular backups of important files as the ideal backup strategy. I little bit of effort now often saves a lot of pain later.

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