Saving configuration



Wonderer
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
I have just finished installing xp and sp2. I know that if I keep restore
turned on, it will eventually overwrite older saved restore points. I also
have learned from experience, that it will not restore the registry, if I
screw that up. I want to save the configuration exactly as it is now, so if
I create a restore point and export the registry immediately thereafter,
where would I look, to find the restore point so I can move it to a folder
that will not be effected. I want to be able to restore it months down the
road and basically return windows to its present configuration, all shiny
and new.

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There are two kinds of people in the world
1) Those who finish what they started an

Kerry Brown
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
" Wonderer" <mynewsgrps@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:OnQmnz6XFHA.796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>I have just finished installing xp and sp2. I know that if I keep restore
>turned on, it will eventually overwrite older saved restore points. I also
>have learned from experience, that it will not restore the registry, if I
>screw that up. I want to save the configuration exactly as it is now, so if
>I create a restore point and export the registry immediately thereafter,
>where would I look, to find the restore point so I can move it to a folder
>that will not be effected. I want to be able to restore it months down the
>road and basically return windows to its present configuration, all shiny
>and new.
>
> --
>
> Steven Shelton
>
> There are two kinds of people in the world
> 1) Those who finish what they started an
>

System Restore was not designed to do this. You will need a disk imaging
program like Acronis TrueImage or Norton Ghost. System Restore was designed
to restore to a relatively recent state only.

Kerry

Wonderer
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
It has to be stored somewhere though. I just want to know where. I cannot
afford to just go out and buy software. I am trying to save money here.

--

Steven Shelton

There are two kinds of people in the world
1) Those who finish what they started an
"Kerry Brown" <kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote in message
news:OTbyv66XFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>" Wonderer" <mynewsgrps@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>news:OnQmnz6XFHA.796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>I have just finished installing xp and sp2. I know that if I keep restore
>>turned on, it will eventually overwrite older saved restore points. I also
>>have learned from experience, that it will not restore the registry, if I
>>screw that up. I want to save the configuration exactly as it is now, so
>>if I create a restore point and export the registry immediately
>>thereafter, where would I look, to find the restore point so I can move it
>>to a folder that will not be effected. I want to be able to restore it
>>months down the road and basically return windows to its present
>>configuration, all shiny and new.
>>
>> --
>>
>> Steven Shelton
>>
>> There are two kinds of people in the world
>> 1) Those who finish what they started an
>>
>
> System Restore was not designed to do this. You will need a disk imaging
> program like Acronis TrueImage or Norton Ghost. System Restore was
> designed to restore to a relatively recent state only.
>
> Kerry
>
>

Wesley Vogel
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
Get both of these...

NTREGOPT NT Registry Optimizer
ERUNT The Emergency Recovery Utility NT
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

Direct download links (the zip files just need unzipping and dropping on the
drive. {Thank you, Jim}
http://aumha.org/downloads/erunt.zip

http://aumha.org/downloads/ntregopt.zip

ERUNT [[Note: The "Export registry" function in Regedit is USELESS (!) to
make a complete backup of the registry. Neither does it export the whole
registry (for example, no information from the "SECURITY" hive is
saved), nor can the exported file be used later to replace the current
registry with the old one. Instead, if you re-import the file, it is
merged with the current registry, leaving you with an absolute mess of
old and new registry keys.]]
http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt/erunt.txt

NTREGOPT [[Similar to Windows 9x/Me, the registry files in an NT-based
system can become fragmented over time, occupying more space on your hard
disk than necessary and decreasing overall performance. You should
use the NTREGOPT utility regularly, but especially after installing
or uninstalling a program, to minimize the size of the registry files
and optimize registry access.

The program works by recreating each registry hive "from scratch",
thus removing any slack space that may be left from previously
modified or deleted keys.

Note that the program does NOT change the contents of the registry in
any way, nor does it physically defrag the registry files on the drive
(as the PageDefrag program from SysInternals does). The optimization
done by NTREGOPT is simply compacting the registry hives to the
minimum size possible.]]
http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt/ntregopt.txt

Installing & Using ERUNT
http://www.silentrunners.org/sr_eruntuse.html

To see an illustrated registry restore procedure
http://www.silentrunners.org/sr_erdntuse.html

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:OnQmnz6XFHA.796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
Wonderer <mynewsgrps@hotmail.com> hunted and pecked:
> I have just finished installing xp and sp2. I know that if I keep restore
> turned on, it will eventually overwrite older saved restore points. I also
> have learned from experience, that it will not restore the registry, if I
> screw that up. I want to save the configuration exactly as it is now, so
> if I create a restore point and export the registry immediately
> thereafter, where would I look, to find the restore point so I can move
> it to a folder that will not be effected. I want to be able to restore it
> months down the road and basically return windows to its present
> configuration, all shiny and new.
>
> --
>
> Steven Shelton
>
> There are two kinds of people in the world
> 1) Those who finish what they started an

Kerry Brown
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
" Wonderer" <mynewsgrps@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:uBzT896XFHA.2684@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> It has to be stored somewhere though. I just want to know where. I cannot
> afford to just go out and buy software. I am trying to save money here.
>
> --
>
> Steven Shelton
>
> There are two kinds of people in the world
> 1) Those who finish what they started an

Over time there are too many changes for System Restore or a combination of
System Restore and a registry restore to work. Files are added or removed,
updates installed, programs installed etc. A google search finds many hits
for free disk imaging software.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=free+disk+imaging+software&btnG=Search&meta=

I have only tried TrueImage and Ghost so I can't recommend a free one. You
will have to do a bit of research and decide for yourself which one will
work for you.


> "Kerry Brown" <kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote in message
> news:OTbyv66XFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>" Wonderer" <mynewsgrps@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>news:OnQmnz6XFHA.796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>>I have just finished installing xp and sp2. I know that if I keep restore
>>>turned on, it will eventually overwrite older saved restore points. I
>>>also have learned from experience, that it will not restore the registry,
>>>if I screw that up. I want to save the configuration exactly as it is
>>>now, so if I create a restore point and export the registry immediately
>>>thereafter, where would I look, to find the restore point so I can move
>>>it to a folder that will not be effected. I want to be able to restore it
>>>months down the road and basically return windows to its present
>>>configuration, all shiny and new.
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Steven Shelton
>>>
>>> There are two kinds of people in the world
>>> 1) Those who finish what they started an
>>>
>>
>> System Restore was not designed to do this. You will need a disk imaging
>> program like Acronis TrueImage or Norton Ghost. System Restore was
>> designed to restore to a relatively recent state only.
>>
>> Kerry
>>
>>
>
>

bumtracks
07-09-2005, 11:41 PM
C:\System Volume Information

" Wonderer" <mynewsgrps@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:uBzT896XFHA.2684@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> It has to be stored somewhere though. I just want to know where. I cannot
> afford to just go out and buy software. I am trying to save money here.
>
> --
>
>

Byte
07-09-2005, 11:41 PM
The below app has a free trial period, probably enough for you to complete
what you are trying to do:
Argentum - Backup
http://www.argentuma.com/backup.html

Argentum - Windows Backup Guide
http://www.argentuma.com/backup/registry-backup.html
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your life.


"Wonderer" wrote:

> I have just finished installing xp and sp2. I know that if I keep restore
> turned on, it will eventually overwrite older saved restore points. I also
> have learned from experience, that it will not restore the registry, if I
> screw that up. I want to save the configuration exactly as it is now, so if
> I create a restore point and export the registry immediately thereafter,
> where would I look, to find the restore point so I can move it to a folder
> that will not be effected. I want to be able to restore it months down the
> road and basically return windows to its present configuration, all shiny
> and new.
>
> --
>
> Steven Shelton
>
> There are two kinds of people in the world
> 1) Those who finish what they started an
>
>
>

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:42 PM
Wonderer wrote:

> I have just finished installing xp and sp2. I know that if I keep restore
> turned on, it will eventually overwrite older saved restore points. I also
> have learned from experience, that it will not restore the registry, if I
> screw that up. I want to save the configuration exactly as it is now, so if
> I create a restore point and export the registry immediately thereafter,
> where would I look, to find the restore point so I can move it to a folder
> that will not be effected. I want to be able to restore it months down the
> road and basically return windows to its present configuration, all shiny
> and new.
>

System restore does save the registry. That's one of it's functions.
However you can't take a restore point, save it elsewhere, then use it
at a later time. All the restore points are chained together.

Easy registry backup use ERUNT. Read the documentation.
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

To be able to restore your system to a previous pristine state use a
drive imaging program such as Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image or BootIt NG.



--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


Saving configuration