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Help With Batch And Registry

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#1 thisismydisplayname


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Posted 21 November 2007 - 10:24 PM

I'm trying to make a batch file backup the registry , with the date and time of when the
backup was created. The problem is that there is some sort of problem with the
environment variables being in the paths. When this is invoked, a box pops pops up
titled "Registry Editor" saying, "Cannot export C:\autoregbackups\auto-reg-backups-
created-on-wed 11/21/07-22:20:09.37.reg:Error opening the file. There may be a disk
or file system error."

Any ideas on how I could get this to work? Here's the code I'm having problems with.

[codebox]set now=%date%-%time%
if not exist "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" (mkdir "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups")
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" -s -h -r
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\explanation.txt" -s -h -r
@echo The Registry.bat file you ran always creates a backup of the registry, reguardless of weather or not the user says to. Each backup file should be a backup of only parts of the registry edited by this, and named accordingly>%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\explanation.txt
regedit.exe /e "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\auto-reg-backup-created-on-%now%.reg"
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\auto-reg-backup-created-on-%now%.reg" +h +s +r
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\explanation.txt" +h +s +r
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" +h +s +r

echo some message so i know the stuff above executed.

(I'm trying to make the batch file back this up and then allow the user to edit certain
things in the registry.)

Edited by thisismydisplayname, 21 November 2007 - 10:30 PM.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:35 AM

First in line would be the slash and colon characters - they can't be used in filenames.

Characters illegal in filenames: ? [ ] / \ = + < > : ; " , * |
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 08:34 AM

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:17 AM

with the explanations.txt, you're right, it was trying to access it before it was sure it was being created.

everything was being created by the batch though. it's just i couldn't make that one .reg file, but as i realized reading the first reply, the %date% and %time% added colons and slashes to the name, making it invalid (the source of the problem). after reading that, I got everyting else working great! (thankyou platypus)

now the only thing i need help with is suppressing the message "The operation completed successfully." I tried putting @ in front of the reg export command, but that didn't work. (echo is off)

also, here's the altered code i have for this now:

echo You want to %hideshow% the %accedit% account, correct?
set /p confirmation=(Y/N): 
if %confirmation%==cancel (goto cancel)
if %confirmation%==n (goto hs)
if not %confirmation%==y (goto hsinvalid2)
set backedupreg="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList"
set home=hs5
goto loop
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList" /t REG_DWORD /v "%ccedit%" /d "%hsvalue%" /f
goto start
if not exist "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" (mkdir "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" -s -h -r
set filename=%random%%random%
if exist "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\%filename%.reg" (goto tworandomnumber)
if exist "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\backuplog.txt" (attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" -s 
-h -r)
if not exist "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\backuplog.txt" (@echo This is the log of which registry keys have been backed up.>%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\backuplog.txt)
@echo %filename%.reg is a backup of the %backedupreg% on %date% at %time%.>>"%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\backuplog.txt"
@reg export %backedupreg% "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\%filename%.reg"
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\backuplog.txt" +s +h +r
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups\%filename%.reg" +h +s +r
attrib "%SystemDrive%\autoregbackups" +h +s +r
goto %home%

it all works fine, and there are absolutely no problem with any of the variables in it.

Edited by thisismydisplayname, 22 November 2007 - 09:22 AM.

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