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Is this method for backup and restore of Registry reliable and safe?


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 12:21 AM

This video is found on YouTube for how to backup and how to restore a Registry.

 

 

Is that method safe?  Is that method reliable?  If there were a Registry problem with Windows, could the user restore a Registry while in SafeMode?

 

 

No current problems on my computer.  I am just interested in knowing and understanding.

(Windows Vista and sometimes Windows 7).



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 03:57 AM

Well, If you restore from a registry backup as shown, and you had installed a program after that backup...that program will no longer work because the old registry entries that you've restored wouldn't include that program.

I'm not an expert on the registry either, but I would recommend you leave it be...and be sure that your computer is creating restore points. If you wind up having a configuration issue, you can go to system restore and go back to before the problem began.  as for malware, that would be another issue.


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Posted 06 May 2015 - 04:41 AM

Well, If you restore from a registry backup as shown, and you had installed a program after that backup...that program will no longer work because the old registry entries that you've restored wouldn't include that program.

I'm not an expert on the registry either, but I would recommend you leave it be...and be sure that your computer is creating restore points. If you wind up having a configuration issue, you can go to system restore and go back to before the problem began.  as for malware, that would be another issue.

Why would I want to do that?  

 

Is the method shown in the video good or bad?  Safe or unsafe?  Reliable or unreliable?

 

Are you saying to ingore the use of Registry backups but to rely on the system "goback" or system restore?



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 05:02 AM

Hi there,

Backing up the registry using the method shown in the video is possible, but it is very time-consuming and not efficient.

If you want to back up the registry, you can create a System Restore point or use a third-party registry backup software such as Tweaking.com Registry Backup.

Hope this helps :)

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 02:11 PM

Hi there,

Backing up the registry using the method shown in the video is possible, but it is very time-consuming and not efficient.

If you want to back up the registry, you can create a System Restore point or use a third-party registry backup software such as Tweaking.com Registry Backup.

Hope this helps :)

Alex

Now we're getting somewhere.

So the idea is, use System Restore instead of making or replacing Registry Back-ups.

 

Does using "Tweaking.com Registry Backup" have risks?  Why any third party bakcup software instead of using what Windows already provides for backup & restore of Registry?  As in the video in first posting?



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 02:18 PM

I've been using tweaking.com's Registry Backup, along with a couple of VBS scripts that make System Restore Points, for awhile now.  Both have strengths and both have slight downsides -- according to other business computing sources.  On a similar note, I tried Windows RegBak once - and I decided what a previous poster indicated -- too time-consuming and too much computer-effort.

 

tc's Registry Backup will give a "report card" when finished, if any item[s] out of 15-17 was not backed up, I begin checking VSS.


Edited by RolandJS, 06 May 2015 - 02:22 PM.

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 02:18 PM

The one thing to remember about system restore is that it will put back the program that you had previously uninstalled.  In that case you should use one of the powerful uninstallers as Alex suggested like revo or iobit uninstaller. 


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Posted 06 May 2015 - 03:33 PM

Now we're getting somewhere.
So the idea is, use System Restore instead of making or replacing Registry Back-ups.
 
Does using "Tweaking.com Registry Backup" have risks?  Why any third party bakcup software instead of using what Windows already provides for backup & restore of Registry?  As in the video in first posting?

Tweaking.com Registry Backup has no risks as far as I know, since it works by backing up the files containing your registry in its own folder. This way you can keep track of where the backups are, choose what to backup and restore everything in one fell swoop.

To be honest I prefer using third-party programs (specifically Tweaking.com Registry Backup) to backup the registry for the reasons above. ERUNT does not play well with Windows 8, so I would refrain from using that.

Hope this answers your questions.

Regards,
Alex

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 04:46 PM

Other Tools for Backing up the Registry:
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Posted 07 May 2015 - 10:46 AM

Tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One) includes a module that will make registry backups and system restore points on demand.  Unless there is a specific repair need, one can safely ignore all other modules [such as Repair].


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 02:49 PM

Just FYI Roland, the registry backup module in Windows Repair All-In-One is Tweaking.com Registry Backup standalone :)

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 03:00 PM

I think Roland was referring to Step 5 of Tweaking.com - Windows Repair all-in-one repair tool which includes Tweaking.com's Registry Backup (and Restore) & System Restore.
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Posted 07 May 2015 - 03:03 PM

I mean, since I already mentioned Tweaking.com Registry Backup one can use it precisely for the purpose of backing up the registry instead of having to use the built-in version in Windows Repair All-In-One. :)

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 03:19 PM

Alexstrasza's correct, definitely already mentioned Registry Backup, a separate utility.

I was thinking if OP wants only one tool, not several, to do Registry Backup, System Restore Point making, and if needed - repairs - WR(Ai0) will certainly do all of that.  Registry Backup uitility has one ace up its sleeve:  it can be set to automatically make a backup at every first post/boot of the day. 


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 03:28 PM

I understood what Alex said. I thought you were saying if someone already had Windows Repair (AOI)...they could simply use it instead of downloading the standalone tool.

In any event, either way works.
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