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How do I Backup the Registry using Erunt ?
Topic Started: Sep 22 2012, 02:48 PM (306 Views)
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..............................................What is the Registry

The Registry is a database that is used to store settings and options for Microsoft Windows.
It contains information and settings for all the hardware, software, users, and preferences within the PC.
Whenever changes are made to Control Panel settings; File Associations; System Policies or installed software,
the changes are reflected and stored in the Registry. The Registry is a very important part of the system and
should be treated with the utmost respect.

The Registry is a hierarchal structure.
There are 5 main branches. They look like this:

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Within each branch there are hundreds of sub-branches and keys that store information on every aspect of your system.

You should never alter or delete registry entries unless you know exactly what you are doing.

There are programs that suggest that they can clean the Registry of unwanted Keys etc.
We recommend that you DO NOT use registry cleaning software.
The Registry is far too sensitive to entrust to a piece of software.

It is a good idea to make regular backups of the Registry - just in case it ever gets corrupted.
You can do this using a facility provided by Windows.
A better option is ERUNT. (Emergency Recovery Utility NT)
The backup option within Windows does not make a complete backup of the Registry. ERUNT does.
ERUNT backs up the Security Hive and even the User Sections.

You can download ERUNT from here:
http://www.aumha.org/downloads/erunt-setup.exe
ERUNT is compatible with XP / Vista / Win7

When the download box opens just click on "RUN" to install it on your system.

When Erunt installs you will be given this option:
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Please Note:
Automatic backups are not available with Vista or Win7.
If you DO decide to use Auto Backup - please be aware that each backup will use up Hard Disk space.
If you have Vista or Win7 click "No" at this stage otherwise you will get an error on every boot up.

Erunt will complete the install and create a Desktop Icon.

To Manually Backup the Registry

Click on the ERUNT icon.
This will be either on your desktop or on the quick launch toolbar ( bottom left of screen ).

You will see this:

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After Clicking OK you should see this Box:

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You can use the suggested default folder or specify one of your own.
Note that the default shows the date - which is very useful.

You will probably see this box next telling you that the folder does not exist.

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Simply click "Yes" to create it

ERUNT then shows the Progress Box:

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You will then be informed that the process is complete.

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At this point simply click OK.
The backup is stored at the location C:\Windows\ERDNT\(date of backup) ( see above image).
To restore the Registry to a specific date simply locate the stored backup file and click on it.

There is no need to keep old back-ups.
I suggest you keep the 4 or 5 most recent ( just in case ). You can delete the rest.

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