The Windows Registry is a database that stores configuration information. It contains your user account information and preferences, system hardware and program information etc, and is continually monitored while Windows is in use. Windows does perform frequent registry backups, but you can periodically backup the registry yourself. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to backup the Windows Registry.
For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium
- Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
- Then move your mouse onto the Programs menu folder until it expands.
- Now move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
- Then move your mouse onto the System Tools menu folder until it expands.
- Now click on the System Information icon to launch the System Information program.
- Then click on the word Tools, which is contained in your top tool bar area.
- This will pull down a menu for you to now click on Registry Checker.
- Windows will quickly scan the Registry and ask if you would like to back it up again.
- Simply click on the Yes button to allow Windows to back up the Registry.
- Then click on the OK button after Windows informs you that the registry backup is complete.
- Then close the System Information window to return back to your Windows session.
For Windows XP
To backup the Registry and other critical system files in Windows XP, you have to use the Windows XP Backup Program. This program is installed by default in Windows XP Professional. However, Home Edition users do need to install it manually as outlined here: The Windows XP Home Edition Backup Program Utility.