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#1 legoman786

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 02:22 AM

I was always wondering, is it possible to move entire program registries from one Windows to another? I say this because, since my recent HD crash, I had bought another HD. Now, Windows worked fine on the other drive, but didn't wanna boot. (for whatever odd reason) Now, I have games and apps, to which the CDs are just completely shot, that I wanna move to my new HD. Is it possible to get into the Windows registry file of the other HD, and copy it into this new copy of Windows I am running? I really want to get that new computer that my dad is willing to get, but I don't wanna lose my stuff either (we are selling this current comp for money towards the new one). Thanks very much!!

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 06:52 AM

Yes but you will have some bizzare things go on with the computer, if not lock it up totally.
Start>Run>regedit Export the files from the top of the tree to aa folder on C:\, then burn to CD.
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:50 AM

Are you serious? Well, isn't there some way I can do it without getting the windows registries? Because I recall that I had some stuff stuck in the registry (spy/mal/etc) and it really was freaking us out. I wanna go into regedit myself and look around, but I'm afraid the wrong move could send my entire computer into the air. Is there someway that I can export a specific folder from the registry? So that I can what I want and not the whole 60+ megs of it?

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 08:34 AM

Of course, you can back up all or a part of the registry. More info can be found HERE.

And, yes. It is my opinion that acklan was serious.

Anytime you mess with the registry you run the risk of hosing your system. Especially if you import part or all of a known infected registry.

I would strongly recommend against this, as it should only be done by experts, and if you have to ask how to do it then you are not an expert in Windows Registry. Not a slam, mind you, just trying to give you some caution about the seriousness of what you are attempting. If you try this, please post back and tell us how it went, as I have never done it quite that way and perhaps I can learn from your experience.
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 09:25 AM

ok... I just opened regedit, and here what I saw. All the things I want to keep are already there. How did this happen? I know I created a backup of the registry on the other HD, but neither my mom or I can recall that I unpacked the backup into my current drive.

From what I know about registries, the regitry files on other hard drives aren't supposed to show up. Can somebody back me up on that?

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 02:54 PM

How did you install the new HD?
Did you migrate everything from the old one or do a new installation of Windows?

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 06:10 PM

I plugged in the new HD and left the other out of the case. I installed XP Home via the CD Dell gave me. Plugged in the HD and backed up everything I needed to. And, then (I just now remembered this) I found the registry backup I created just prior to the BSOD, and got our registry to what it was. Hehe, I did do that. And now, my dad wants to sell the computer with the 80GB HD and keep the 60GB HD (the one that crashed). Thanks for all your help, I'll keep all this in mind for later uses.

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